Published: 29 December, 2011
The actor Barry Clayton – whose deep bass voice was behind movie trailers and the introduction to the Iron Maiden song The Number of the Beast – has died at the age of 80.
An Islington resident for 40 years, Clayton was also a pioneer of black television and radio programming.
He produced the Black Londoners radio programme for the BBC – the first black daily radio programme – from its first airing in 1974 until 1988 when he left to join Capital Radio.
He also arranged for a Christmas link-up with Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad for a Channel 4 special in 1981.
Clayton cut his teeth at Joan Littlewood’s famous theatre school after training in Poland. He did a stint as a producer for Granada’s north-west magazine TV programme, People and Places, and narrated the children’s television programme Count Duckula.
A full tribute will appear next week.