Diana Barrand Biography

As Holly

As Holly
Turn On To T-Bag (1988)

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As Holly

As Holly
Turn On To T-Bag (1988)

FULL NAME: DIANA BARRAND
CHARACTER/S IN T-BAG:
Holly-Anna Jones
EPISODES APPEARED IN:
10 Episodes (1 Series)
BIRTH DATE: 14th October 1971
BIRTH PLACE: Mombasa, Kenya
STAR SIGN: Libra

Diana went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, in 1987 the Children's TV show Splash filmed a special programme entitled 'School for Stars' focusing on Jane Horn, a student at the school. Diana can be seen a few times throughout this special which can be seen on Youtube.

Diana was cast as the children's TV presenter Holly-Anna Jones in Turn On To T-Bag. Diana took over the role of the girl from Jennie Stallwood who had played Debbie in the first three series. Diana then became the first main cast member to have joined the series since John Hasler, Elizabeth Estensen and Jennie Stallwood all appeared from the first series. Turn On To T-Bag was filmed between September and November 1987 and aired from January 1988.

Diana was a welcome addition to the series, making her an enduring nemesis for T-Bag throughout the fourth series. Diana sung many of the songs in the series including 'Whistle a cheerful tune' (episode three), 'Bubble Girl Kid' (episode four) and Good King Wenceslas (episode six). Diana had many highlights through the series including being the only girl to brandish a gun at T-Bag (episode nine) and being locked up twice (episodes two and seven).

Bad Boyes

As Schoolgirl (in back row)
Bad Boyes (1987)

From the age of fourteen Diana appeared in theatre. Diana appeared as Annie in the production of Annie at the Perth theatre, Scotland, for six months and also appeared in the Howard Barker play 'The Bite of the Night' (1988-1989), as Charity, for the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre, London. The opening night was on the 5th September 1988 and ran through to 1989.

In the late 1980's Diana also made other TV appearances on the BBC series 'Rockliffe's Folly' in 1988 and episodes of the BBC children's series 'Bad Boyes' and in 'Crimewatch'. Diana also appeared on the Christmas special of the 'Cannon and Ball' Show and in a space themed Milky Bar Commercial.

In 1990 at the age of 18, after T-Bag and her other TV and theatre appearances, Diana was in a girl band called 'Faith, Hope & Charity' alongside Dani Behr and Sally-Anne Marsh. Initially the band was named S.W.A.L.K. but after being signed by Tom Watkins (the manager of pop duo Bros) they changed the name of the band. Faith, Hope & Charity released two singles, 'Battle of the sexes' and 'Growing Pains' (see images in gallery below), through WEA records. The single 'Battle of the sexes' charted at number 53 in June 1990 but the following single 'Growing Pains' failed to chart, after this the band split. The 'Growing Pains' single also featured another song titled 'The Battle's One' which is part new song mixed with the 'Battle of the sexes' music and lyrics.

Below is a gallery of images taken from the 'Battle of the sexes' music video, scans of the two CD sleeves and promo VHS.

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Battle of the Sexes cover

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Growing Pains cover

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You can watch the video for their single 'Battle of the sexes' below:

During the late 1990's Diana had some updated publicity photographs taken which can be seen below (used with permission from Andy Johnstone). Andy also let me know what Diana had been doing since being in the band 'Faith, Hope & Charity'.

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Diana had worked as a manager at the Topshop store in Bluewater in Bexleyheath and during 2001-2002 she was managing a girl band (no-one particularly famous) whilst working in a hair salon. Sometime in 2006 Diana moved to Australia with her family. She returned to the UK briefly but intended to go back to Australia in December 2008.

Diana went on to work with the girl band Stooshe after recruiting two of the Stooshe girls whilst Diana was working in the Topshop store. Diana became their stylist for a year working in the UK with them, she was very involved with them and co-wrote two songs which appeared on their 2013 album 'London with the Lights On', Hoochi Mama and My Man Music which would be their last single released in July 2013.

You can talk about Diana Barrand on The T-Bag Forum!
The information on this page is from my knowledge and the following resources:
General Details:
Diana Barrand (The Internet Movie Database)
Diana Barrand (TV.com)
The T-Room
Faith, Hope and Charity Details:
Faith Hope & Charity - Wikipedia page
Kinemagicz.com - Faith Hope & Charity Biography
Other TV/Theatre credits Details:
BFI Collections - School For Stars
Theatricalia.com - Diana Barrand
BBC Genome Project - Rockliffe's Folly: Witch Hunt episode
Stooshe Details:
hamadamania.com - Stooshe album tracklisting
Wikipedia - London with the Lights On album
Discogs.com - Diana Barrand

Thanks to...
Andy Johnstone for further details and for his three photographs of Diana
Mary and Chris for details of several TV and theatre appearances.
Chris for details of the Splash Special appearance and video link.

If you have any images of Diana Barrand or any further information on appearances (if you can fill in the ? details below) etc or if you would like to remove these images here (if they are yours) please contact me.

1980's
1987
Splash Special
Kids TV Series | Appearance (1 Episode)
(14.07.1987)
As: Herself (uncredited)
School for Stars (14/07/1987) ... (uncredited)

Bad Boyes
TV Series | Guest cast (1 Episode)
(15.09.1987)
As: Girl (uncredited)
The Slug (#1.1, 15/09/1987) ... (uncredited)

1988
Turn On To T-Bag
Kids TV Series | Main cast (10 Episodes)
(5.1.1988 - 8.3.1988)
As: Holly-Anna Jones
Sparkes (#1.1, 05/01/1988)
Gangsters (#1.2, 12/01/1988)
Yeti (#1.3, 19/01/1988)
Bubble Boy (#1.4, 26/01/1988)
Pyramids (#1.5, 02/02/1988)
Scrimp (#1.6, 09/02/1988)
The Two Musketeers (#1.7, 16/02/1988)
The African Queen (#1.8, 23/02/1988)
Doc Leaf (#1.9, 01/03/1988)
Turn On To T-Bag (#1.10, 08/03/1988)

Rockliffe's Folly
TV Series | Guest cast (1 Episode)
(16.11.1988)
As: Girl
Witch Hunt (#1.3, 16/11/1988)

Unknown Dates
Cannon and Ball
TV Series | Appearance (1 Episode)
(?)
As: Unknown
Unknown Christmas special
Crimewatch
TV Series | Appearance (1 Episode)
(?)
As: Unknown
Unknown Episode
Milky Bar Commercial
TV Commercial | Main cast (1 advert)
(?)
As: Girl