Christine Barry (Rees,) who died on September 8, three days after her 58th birthday, was a successful actress before editing Spotlight for nearly a decade.
Born in Kent to Hugh and Joyce Rees on September 5, 1952, Christine spent the first three years of her life living in Africa which instilled in her a great love of the natural world. Back in Britain, at age five she attended the Gladys Dare Stage School from where she went on to have a successful acting career as a child and young actress. She appeared in stage productions such as The Others, Wait Until Dark, Little Women and Under Milk Wood, while television performances included The Haunting for ATV, Precipitation and I Wouldn’t Tell You, Miss for the BBC, plus the films Pope Joan and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Her first appearance in Spotlight was in the Spring 1969 edition as a 16 year old.
After marrying in 1977, Christine turned her hand to the other side of the stage in several West End Box offices and as box office manager at Richmond Theatre. In 1986 she re-joined Spotlight, first as picture assistant, becoming editor in 1991-1999, and continuing as a proof reader until her recent death.
Petite in stature, but big in heart, she brought her meticulousness and delightfully quirky sense of humour to bear on everything she did. An amazing friend and colleague she will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, the former actor Frank Rees. Christine Barry (Rees) born September 5, 1952, died September 8.