Carl Au

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Carl Au
BornApril 1987 (age 33)[1]
Liverpool, England[citation needed]
Years active1998–present

Carl Andrew Au (born April 1987) is a British actor, known for his role as Barry Barry in BBC school drama, Waterloo Road and his many stage credits.


Au began his stage career in 1998, whilst very young. He played Tootles and Nibs in a production of Peter Pan. He didn't star in anything until 2001, when he was a dancer in Aladdin and shortly after, appeared as Young Arthur Pendragon in Pendragon. The following year, he starred as Benny in the musical, Her Benny and in 2004, appeared as Lorenzo in the musical, Lorenzo's Quest.[citation needed] He went on to appear at the Merseyside Singer of the Year event and had small parts & a dancing role in a 2005 musical version of A Christmas Carol. Au was the principal dancer in the Mardi Grass Festival and the dance captain in Robin Hood and Babes in the Wood.[citation needed]

Au was the winner of the inaugural 'Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Award' in 2007 and appeared in 'Good Thing Going' ( a Sondheim concert) along with other members of Arts Educational drama school. He also starred as a solo vocalist in Barbara Cook & Friends and in 2008, was a dancer at the What's on Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards.[citation needed] Au was in the ensembles for stage productions of both High School Musical and Hearts and was a dancer in Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi in 2008. He went on to appear in the stage production of Sleeping Beauty and at the 2009 Brit Awards as one of the Pet Shop Boys dancers.[citation needed]

Au appeared as Nephew Fred in the 2009 Christmas show of A Christmas Carol and as The Mute in the 2010 musical of The Fantasticks. He played Carl in the 2010 Christmas musical of Bells are ringing and appeared as Joe Pesci in Jersey Boys in 2011.[citation needed]

Waterloo Road

On 25 June 2012, it was announced that ex-EastEnders star Zöe Lucker would be playing Carol Barry, the mother of three teenagers, Barry Barry (Au), Dynasty Barry (Abby Mavers) and Kacey Barry (Brogan Ellis), in BBC school drama, Waterloo Road.[2] This was Au's first television credit. Au's character was billed as "bad boy", causing serious trouble within his first day at the school.[3] Au's first scenes aired on 3 January 2013, which was the eleventh episode of the series.[4] Barry's storylines included: constant troublemaking; sleeping with a pupil's mother; difficult relationships with Dynasty and Kacey due to Dynasty's choice in men and Kacey's transgender decision; taunting his science teacher, Sian Diamond (Jaye Jacobs) which leads to her slapping him; taunting Kyle Stack (George Sampson); blackmailing struggling science teacher, Sue Spark (Vanessa Hehir); and being involved in 'sexting'. Au decided to leave Waterloo Road and departed on 7 November 2013, which was the tenth episode of series nine.[5] His exit storyline saw Carol exclude him from the family after discovering he stole Kacey's boxing fund. However, Au returned for a guest stint and Barry returned to screens on 22 January 2014, which was the thirteenth episode of series nine.[6] His main storylines since his return was his relationship with Gabriella Wark (Naomi Battrick) and his relationship with his family. Barry left screens on 26 February 2014, which was the eighteenth episode in series nine, following Dynasty's decision to hand him in to the police for human trafficking.[7]

Post Waterloo Road

Au's next credit was an appearance in BBC medical drama, Casualty as trouble man, Danny Smith. This episode aired on 20 September 2014.[8] He then appeared as Alan "Icarus" Flynn in the stage production of Bright Phoenix.[9] He was cast in 2017 as Bobby in Jeff Pope's production Cilla The Musical, an adaptation of the ITV television series.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
2013–2014 Waterloo Road Barry Barry Regular role
2014 Casualty Danny Smith 1 episode: "Home"
2016 Till Death Us Do Part Mike 1 episode


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Peter Pan Tootles / Nibs
2001 Aladdin Dancer
2001 Pendragon' Young Arthur Pendragon Musical
2002 Her Benny Benny Musical
2004 Lorenzo's Quest Lorenzo Musical
2005 A Christmas Carol Dancer/Small Parts Musical
2007 Robin Hood and Babes in the Woods Dance Captain
2007 Barbara Cook & Friends Solo vocalist
2008 Nine Guido Musical
2008 High School Musical Ensemble Musical
2008 Hearts Ensemble Musical
2008 Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi Dancer Musical
2008 Sleeping Beauty Ensemble/Dancer/Galahad
2009 A Christmas Carol Nephew Fred
2010 The Fantasticks The Mute Musical
2010 Bells are Ringing Carl Musical
2011 Jersey Boys Joe Pesci Musical
2014 Bright Phoenix Alan 'Icarus' Flynn
2016 Lost Sitcoms Mike
2017 "Cilla The Musical" Bobby Willis


Year Title Role Notes
2004 Merseyside Singer of the Year
2005 Mardi Gras Festival Principal Dancer
2007 Stephen Sondheim Student Performer of the Year Representing Arts Ed Winner
2007 Good Thing Going Chorale Stephen Sondheim Concert
2008 What's on Stage Theatregoers Choice Awards Dancer
2009 2009 Brit Awards Dancer Pet Shop Boys performance
2009 Dance:Radio Dancer


  1. ^ Forrester, Kate (22 February 2013). "Kirkby-born Waterloo Road star Carl Au laces up dancing shoes for Comic Relief". liverpoolecho.
  2. ^ "'Waterloo Road' role for ex-'EastEnders' star Zöe Lucker". Digital Spy.
  3. ^ "S08E11: New arrivals cause chaos at Waterloo Road". Digital Spy.
  4. ^ "BBC One – Waterloo Road, Series 8, Episode 11". BBC.
  5. ^ "BBC One – Waterloo Road, Series 9, Episode 10". BBC.
  6. ^ "BBC One – Waterloo Road, Series 9, Episode 13". BBC.
  7. ^ "BBC One – Waterloo Road, Series 9, Episode 18". BBC.
  8. ^ "BBC One – Casualty, Series 29, Home". BBC.
  9. ^ "Spotlight".
  10. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Andrew Lancel and Carl Au Join the World Premiere of CILLA THE MUSICAL; Full Cast Announced".
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