Somewhat ogre-ish in appearance with his deep-set eyes, heavy brows and broken nose, Tim Barlow was, for a long time, one of the few profoundly deaf actors on our screens. His deafness, caused while testing a rifle in the army during the '50s, leant his speech a distinctive hollow timbre while his careful diction added a menacing, other-worldly element to his characters when required. He must have been a shoo-in for the part of 'The BFG' in the stage version produced at Wimbledon's Polka Dot Theatre, for example.
That facility was put to use in some of his TV appearances, notably 'Doctor Who' (as Engineer Tyssan in the Tom Baker-era story 'Destiny of the Daleks') and in television dramas from 'The Nearly Man', 'Wire in the Blood' and 'Secret Army' to 'Gormengast', 'Cracker' and 'My Uncle Silas'. More lightweight fare includes 'Grange Hill', 'Crown Court' and 'Mike Bassett: Manager'. His comedy roles include 'Inside Victor Lewis Smith', 'In Loving Memory' and Ricky Gervais's slightly misjudged sitcom effort 'Derek'.
|In the 1979 Doctor Who story 'Destiny of the Daleks'|
|As the landlord in 'The Eagle has Landed' (1976) with Donald Sutherland|
Here's his showreel.