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Johnny Barker

Actor, Director

Johnny Barker began acting in musicals at high school. Since then his career has balanced music and drama. After playing a small-town cop in TV's Mercy Peak, he co-starred as one of the heroes of 2003 horror film The Locals. Later Barker rejoined Shortland Street, winning infamy (and a Qantas nomination) after being revealed as the Ferndale Strangler. He co-created and acted in 2014's music-themed series Coverband, and composed for Nia's Extra Ordinary Life. His ex band Jester provided the opening song for teen hit Being Eve. Barker has also directed for Funny Girls, and on a run of successful 48 Hour shorts. 

It will follow me around for the rest of my life, and I'm happy with that ... Normally I'm quite lazy and have a big beard and no one bats an eyelid, and as soon as I shave for a project or whatever, when I go to the supermarket, people always spot me. It's crazy. People have amazing memories. Johnny Barker on playing the Ferndale Strangler on Shortland Street, The NZ Herald, 27 May 2013

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Funny Girls - NZ Suffragette Special

2018, Title Music - Television

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Tane Williams-Accra and Ngahuia Piripi on Joey (The Ferndale Strangler)

2017, AS: Joey Henderson - Web

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Funny Girls

2015, Director - Television

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Flat3 - Series Three

2014, As: Director (episode 5, 6, 7), Second Unit Director (episode 4) - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 01, Stones (First Episode)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 02, Castles Made of Sand (Episode Two)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 03, Lucas (Episode Three)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 04, The Scrap (Episode Four)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 05, The Weakest Link (Episode Five)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 06, Artsy Fartsy (Episode Six)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 07, Wonderland (Episode Seven)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 08, Pontoon (Episode Eight)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 09, Deserted Island (Episode Nine)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 10, Diorama (Episode 10)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 11, Into The Night (Episode 11)

2014, Composer - Web

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Nia's Extra Ordinary Life - 12, Goodbye Hazel (Episode 12)

2014, Composer - Web

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Flat3

2014,2014, As: Director, Second Unit Director - Web

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My Wedding and Other Secrets

2011, As: Danny - Film

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Go Girls

2011 - 12, As: Joel - Television

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Shortland Street - The Ferndale Strangler finale

2008, As: Nurse Joey Henderson - Television

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Burying Brian - First Episode

2008, As: Booze Bus Cop - Television

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The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

2007, As: Victor Zeno - Television

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The Locals

2003, As: Grant - Film

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Mercy Peak

2001 - 2003, As: Constable Matt - Television

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Shortland Street

2000,2007 - 2008, As: Jed Ferris, As: Joey Henderson - Television