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Barney played by Russell Dykstra in TV One's new drama Rake

Cleaver and Barney met at law school. They are yin and yang and they know it. Barney is conservative, not flashy ... He's solid, reliable, a family man. Never one to seek the spotlight, Barney decided life as a solicitor was his proper station. Cleaver was the performer, the one destined to go to the bar. Together they make quite a team in and out of court.

It never ceases to amaze Barney that despite the fact he pays every time he dines with Cleaver, and despite the fact he's lent Cleaver thousands, he's the one with the beautiful house and Cleaver lives in a flat above the Piccolo Bar in Kings Cross.

About Russell Dykstra 

Russell Dykstra has had a successful career in film, television and theatre spanning over 20 years. He made his feature film debut in the critically acclaimed Soft Fruit, for which he received the 1999 AFI Award for Best Actor.

He has since appeared in Romulus My Father, - where he was once again nominated for an AFI Award for Best Supporting Actor - Oranges and Sunshine, Clubland, Lantana, Garage Days, Ned Kelly, View from Greenhaven Drive, The Wannabes, and Hey Hey it’s Esther Blueburger.

Some of Russell’s television credits include Spirited; My Place; Scorched, BlackJack; ABC TV’s Loot; All Saints; and White Collar Blue. His theatre credits include God Of Carnage; Wonderful World of Dissocia; The Unlikely Prospect of Happiness; Toy Symphony and Stuff Happens – the last two earning him a Helpmann Award for Best Supporting Actor - Ray’s Tempest, The Underpants, The Laramie Project, Yibiyung and The Ham Funeral.

His one-man show Children of the Devil toured nationally for which he won a Brisbane Theatre Critics’ Matilda Award.