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Host: welcome Chris Barrie

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To its legion of fans across the world, Chris is best known as Rimmer - the Red Dwarf character who made love only once in his life. To others he is Hilary, Angelina Jolie’s butler in Tomb Raider; but to many he will forever be remembered as Gordon Brittas, the most irritating manager in the history of the British leisure centre industry. Chris has since added more strings to his bow as presenter of Massive Engines, exploring almost every invention in mechanised transport from trains to airships. As the proud owner of several classic cars, motorcycles and trucks, it played perfectly to one of his biggest obsessions. After moving to London from his native Northern Ireland, Chris started out in the comedy clubs as an impressionist. It wasn’t long before he was picked up by the producers of Spitting Image, and he went on to provide the voices for a stream of characters from HRH Prince Charles to Paul Daniels. For live audiences, Chris performs after dinner, as a speaker or in cabaret. He also hosts awards and lightens up conferences. It’s not unknown for him to toss the audience a curved ball, particularly in relation to those all-important health & safety issues: “What would you do if faced by a tiger rampaging through your office?”

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