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Mullet makeover

Author: with Amy Edwards and Michael Gadd
Date: 22/03/2005
Words: 244
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 12
CARDIFF actor Barry Shepherd has made Dave from Beaurepaires disappear with a mullet.

Shepherd played the character of Dave in the Beaurepaires TV commercials for 10 years and is still recognised in shopping centres as the eager tyre salesman.

However, for his latest theatre production Seems Like Old Times, Shepherd grew a beard and wore a rather unattractive hair piece.

"It was great actually. I'm missing it already," Shepherd said of his mullet.

"Nobody picked it. People were saying 'geez you've grown your hair in a short time'."

'Seems Like Old Times ran at The Playhouse from February 25 to March 19 and Shepherd played ex-band member Steve.

While the actor maintains his number one passion is theatre, his latest project is a television role on Home and Away.

He plays a character who owns a storage warehouse and is questioned by police about a stalker in Summer Bay.

The episode will air on Prime on Monday April 11.

Shepherd was a science teacher for 14 years before becoming a professional actor.

He has appeared on All Saints and is currently the voice-over guy on the Kooee commercials. He recently enjoyed success with one-person show Indecent Obsessions which he performed in Newcastle, Adelaide and Sydney.

"For me the great thing about doing Beaurepaires was that it paid enough money for me to pursue my theatre," he said.

Shepherd plans to do a return season of Indecent Obsessions in the Playhouse in 2006.

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