Long live Barry Evans!
The helpless romantic roamed around Walford from 1994 until 2004 when he was pushed off a cliff by the love of his life Janine Butcher and consequently died. Savage.
The car lot owner was involved in a series of other dramatic storylines during his decade in EastEnders, including a joint wedding to Natalie Price (Lucy Speed) with Ian Beale (Adam Woodyatt) and Mel Healy (Tamzin Outhwaite) to celebrate the Millenium, being honey-trapped and losing all his cash, and a turbulent relationship with his family.
He didn’t have the easiest of times in Walford but has remained a firm fan favourite all these years later.
Fast forward to 2013 and actor Shaun Williamson, who played Barry in the BBC One soap, took an unexpected twist in his personal life that would have been worthy of ‘Enders itself.
Shaun has two children from his marriage to his ex-wife Melanie Sacre, a daughter named Sophie and a son named Joseph, but eight years ago he received an email from a man named Gary who lives in Northern Ireland.
According to The Sun the email to Shaun said: “It’s Gary, from your circus days — can we talk?”
The email went on to say that Gary was told that Shaun was his dad after he had a relationship with a circus juggler in the ‘80s.
Shaun, who also starred in Extras with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, had indeed had a relationship with a woman in 1987 whose family were all part of a circus so immediately knew there was some truth to the revelation.
Shaun and Gary decided to get a paternity test and the results confirmed that he was the dad.
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Shaun told The Sun: “When I found out I had another son, I was stunned. I was shaking when I went to meet him.
“He said he never thought in a million years that Barry from EastEnders could be his dad.”
They both decided to meet in a bar in Northern Ireland and immediately connected with each other.
Shaun said: “It was a surreal experience. I could immediately see the similarity. We hit it off straight away.”
On Father’s Day (June 20) Shaun took to Instagram to pay tribute to his three children and shared a series of snaps.
The Daily Mail recently reported that Shaun and Gary are forging a great father/son relationship.
Gary said: “‘My nan used to tell me I loved EastEnders as a boy. One of my favourites was Barry. Nan always told me his storylines had me hooked and made me laugh…
“For years I thought someone else was my dad, but some information from my mum and a paternity test revealed that it was in fact the bloke I used to watch on the TV all those years ago…
“I tell people I meet that ‘Barry from EastEnders is my dad’ — they never believe me, but it’s true. The guy I thought was my father left when I was six, but to now have the relationship I do with Shaun is a dream.
“It’s proof that miracles do happen.”
Gary was immediately welcomed in by Shaun’s other two children and they reportedly all meet up a few times a year.
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