EastEnders legend Shaun Williamson has moaned he still gets called Barry.
It happens every day even though it has been 17 years since the character was killed off.
Barry, 55, said: “EastEnders used to get enormous audiences. There were only four channels. There were a lot less options at the time, so everybody seemed to watch it. We’d get 20million people on a Tuesday night even if there wasn’t a murder.
“So among a certain age group, I’m Barry. I get called Barry a lot, even now. When it happens abroad, it gets you.
“I was once in a bar in New York and a man came over and asked if I was Barry from EastEnders. He was American. But his girlfriend from Essex had recognised me.
“Back in the early days I enjoyed being recognised!”
Barry has done a string of big shows since his time on EastEnders, but even that doesn’t help.
He added: “Some younger viewers know me from when I did Extras with Ricky Gervais, rather than EastEnders. But of course, I was still called Barry in that!
“So I’m either known as Barry from EastEnders or Barry from Extras. You can take your pick!”
Being known for playing Barry has made him a figure of fun.
But Barry doesn’t mind.
He said: “As long as it puts a smile on people’s faces, I don’t mind being the but of a joke. It’s all good fun.”
Barry is back on the box on Celebs on The Farm, which continues Monday at 9pm on MTV.
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