Barry Humphries is a successful character actor in Europe, Australia and the United States and an acclaimed landscape painter. He was educated at the University of Melbourne where he studied law, philosophy and fine arts. It was at the University of Melbourne where he held his first Dada exhibitions – exercises in anarchy and visual satire that have become a part of Australian folklore.

After writing and performing songs and sketches in University revues, Humphries toured in Shakespeare with Zoe Caldwell and joined the newly formed Melbourne Theatre Company.

In 1955, he created Mrs. Norm Everage, a Melbourne housewife who has subsequently become internationally celebrated and has evolved into the hugely popular and universally adored Gigastar, Dame Edna Everage. In Sydney, in the late 50's, Humphries joined the Philip Street Revue Theatre, Australia's first home for intimate revue and satirical comedy. After a long season in which he developed his newly invented characters, Humphries appeared as Estragon in Waiting for Godot in Australia's first ever production of a Samuel Beckett play.

During the 60's in London, Barry Humphries appeared in numerous West End productions. Most notable were the musicals Oliver! and Maggie May by Lionel Bart, and stage/radio productions by his friend, Spike Milligan, in particular The Bed Sitting Room. He also worked in productions with Joan Littlewood at Stratford East, and played Long John Silver at the Mermaid Theatre. In 1967 he starred as Fagin in the Piccadilly Theatre's revival of Oliver! Phil Collins played the Artful Dodger in this production. Between West End engagements, he regularly returned to Australia with a new one-man offering, presenting a wide range of characters, always including Edna, whose popularity was fast developing.

In the early 1970's, with his friend, Bruce Beresford (Breaker Morant, Driving Miss Daisy), Humphries brought to the cinema the character of Barry Mackenzie, a personage he had invented in the Sixties in a cult comic strip he wrote for Peter Cook's satirical magazine Private Eye.

By the mid-70s Humphries was not only playing character roles in British films, plays and television shows, but starring in his own one-man show at the Apollo Theatre in London. Housewife Superstar! took London by storm, dominated by Dame Edna and Les Patterson, and his favorite theatrical invention, the suburban ghost Alexander (Sandy) Stone. He has been presenting his own shows in the West End ever since, culminating in Edna, The Spectacle at the historic Theatre Royal Haymarket.

In 1979, Humphries won the Society of West End Theatres Award for A Night with Dame Edna! at the Piccadilly Theatre. Since then, he has collected innumerable honours for stage and television work, including the Rose d'Orde Montreux in 1991 for his television show, "A Night on Mount Edna", and a Sir Peter Ustinov Endowment, for his life work as an entertainer, at the Banff Television Festival in 1997. In 2000, he won a Special Tony Award for his Broadway show and a Special Achievement Award from the Outer Critics Circle.

He has toured in Germany, Scandinavia, the Netherlands and in the Far and Middle East, and recorded Dame Edna television specials for the BBC, London Weekend TV, NBC and Fox networks. Most recently he has stared as a guest on the internationally acclaimed and mould breaking Australian comedy, Kath and Kim.

Mr. Humphries returned to international television screens in 2007 with the return of his award winning TV talk show format, The Dame Edna Treatment. Mr. Humphries was also awarded the Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in August 2007.

Dr. Humphries is the author of innumerable novels, autobiographies, poetry and plays. His autobiography More Please won the J.R. Ackerley prize for biography in 1993, and he is the subject of two critical and biographical studies: The Real Barry Humphries by Peter Coleman, and Dame Edna Everage and the Rise of Western Civilisation by John Lahr. His second volume of autobiography My Life as Me won popular and critical acclaim in Australia and the UK. He was given the Order of Australia in 1982 and was endowed with an Honorary Doctorate of Griffith University (Australia) in 1994 and a Doctorate of Law at his Alma Mater, Melbourne University in 2003. He is married to Lizzie Spender, the daughter of British poet Sir Stephen Spender, and has two sons and two daughters.