Shaun Williamson

Fee Band

Fondly remembered as Barry in Eastenders, Shaun has since appeared in Extras, Life’s Too Short, The Secret Policeman’s Ball, Chicago and in Rapunzel the BBC’s new anthology of Fairy Tales. He offers a peek inside Albert Square - and fronts his own ten piece soul band.


Shaun Williamson came to acting late, after the Navy and a stint as a postman. He also worked in the wines & spirits department at Safeway, before being shot to fame as Barry Evans in EastEnders. He returned to the screen as a long-suffering, struggling actor known by all as Barry (because of the profile of his Eastenders role) in Ricky Gervais’s hit show Extras.

After leaving the Square, Shaun also turned his hand to game shows as host of The 24 Hour Quiz on ITV. (He is an obsessive quizzer with an in-depth knowledge of films, pop and boxing.) He also won Celebrity Mastermind, Celebrity Pointless, and Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes - with his performance as Meatloaf. He also re-joined Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant in their Warwick Davis sit-com Life’s Too Short.

Away from the small screen, Shaun joined the cast of Chicago in the West End and toured nationwide with Saturday Night Fever, starring as Monty the DJ. He also appeared once again alongside Ricky Gervais in his Hollywood film, The Invention of Lying.

Shaun is a skilled and versatile all-rounder. He performs in cabaret, speaks after dinner (offering a peek inside Albert Square amongst other tales) - and fronts his own soul band.


After Dinner Speaker Shaun Williamson


We’re on hand to help you find the perfect speaker, presenter or performer for your events. Call or email our London office and use our agents' experience to expertly match you with the right person for your programme!

From time to time we send out emails announcing new speakers and free tickets to our showcase events including Speakers Breakfasts and the JLA Real Variety Show. Please tick the box below if you would like to receive these emails.

Don't miss anything!

We will never share the data you submit here with a third party. Information is stored in a database in order to service your enquiry, but is deleted once it is no longer required. You may request to have this data removed at any time.

JLA Presents

Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London