- June 15, 1970 (age 50)
- Actor, Presenter, Voice Actor, Clown, Singer
- Guy Fletcher, Sheila Fletcher
John Sparkes (born 9 January 1954) is a Welsh comedian born in Swansea and is more commonly known on Welsh television as Barry Welsh, in the award-winning (Best Light Entertainment, Welsh Baftas, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004) series Barry Welsh is Coming. He also had major roles in Naked Video, Absolutely, Pub Quiz, and Jeff Global's Global Probe, and is the narrator of children's TV show Peppa Pig.
Naked Video and Absolutely
Sparkes starred in the sketch show Naked Video, where he played Siadwel, the geeky bedsit poet who wore an anorak and glasses. The character also appeared when Sparkes was part of the BBC Radio 4 comedy programme Bodgers, Banks & Sparkes.
He was one of the team behind the Channel 4 sketch show Absolutely and Barry Welsh is Coming (ITV Wales),
Barry Welsh is Coming was made for ITV Wales and broadcast only in Wales. As well as playing Barry Welsh, the host of a chat show, Sparkes also plays other characters within the programme, such as pub singer Gwyn and Fishguard news reporter Hugh Pugh. Although the series ended in 2004, it did return in 2007 for a series of one-off specials broadcast throughout the year.
He provides the voice of the narrator and some other characters in the children's animated series Peppa Pig (in which the voice of fellow Absolutely star Morwenna Banks is also featured), in Shaun the Sheep he voices Bitzer the Dog and the Farmer. He also voices Mr. Elf and King Marigold in Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom. He also voices Professor von Proton in The Big Knights, Steven in A Town Called Panic, and Fireman Sam in the 2003-05 series.