Portrait of Barry Otto

Barry Otto

Barry Otto has worked in the performing arts in Australia for more than 35 years.

Barry’s performance as Doug Hastings in Strictly Ballroom received two awards for Best Supporting Actor from the Australian Film Institute and Film Critics’ Circle. He has appeared in the Australian films Australia, Three Blind Mice, Rogue, Newcastle, Oscar and Lucinda, Kiss or Kill, Dead Letter Office, The Nice Guy with Jackie Chan and starred in Lilian’s Story, On Our Selection and Cosi for which he received a Green Room Award for Best Actor. Other film credits include Love’s Brother and Bliss* for which he received a Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor.

Barry’s theatre performances include Bell Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Tartuffe for the Melbourne Theatre Company for which he was nominated for a 2008 Green Room Award for Best Male Performer, Heroes, Troupers, Boy Gets Girl with daughter Miranda, Proof, Volpone and King Lear at the Sydney Theatre Company and in the Griffin Theatre production of The Falls. His role in Last Cab to Darwin for Pork Chop Productions earned him a 2005 Adelaide Theatre Guide Award Nomination for Best Individual Male Performance. In 1999 Barry was also nominated for a Green Room Award for his performance as Captain Andy in the Marriner Theatre’s Showboat. In 2009 Barry performed in the Malthouse Theatre production of Optimism which had successful seasons in both Melbourne and as part of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.

Other theatre credits include performances in several productions for the Sydney Theatre Company including Barrymore, under the direction of Judy Davis, The Marriage of Figaro for which he won the 1991 Green Room Award, Hot Fudge and Ice Cream and Tom and Viv. For the Melbourne Theatre Company, Barry’s credits include Faust and Cosi for which he received the 1994 Green Room Award for his performance as Roy, a part he originally played in the 1992 Belvoir production. Other Belvoir credits include Wasp, Night on Bald Mountain and Prospero in the 1995 production of The Tempest.

Barry has also worked extensively in television with credits including Stupid, Stupid Man, Through My Eyes , Loot, Farscape and The Secret Life of Us.