Known for movies

Short Info

DiedMarch 10, 2003, Gold Coast, Australia
SpouseStephanie McLean
FactBetween 1975-1982 he won more international 500GP and 750GP races than any other rider

Barry Sheene MBE (11 September 1950 – 10 March 2003) was a British professional motorcycle racer. He won the 500cc world championship in 1976 and 1977. He remains the last British rider to win the 500cc world championship. After his racing career ended, he became a television commentator.

Sheene was born in London, England. His parents were Sidney and Eileen Sheene. He had two sisters, Pamela and Christine. His father was a car dealer and his mother was a hairdresser. Sheene was educated at Bexley Grammar School.

Sheene began racing motorcycles at the age of 12. He won his first race in 1964. He turned professional in 1968. Sheene won the 500cc world championship in 1976 and 1977. He also won the British Grand Prix in 1976 and 1977. He retired from racing in 1984.

Sheene became a television commentator after his racing career ended. He commentated on MotoGP for the BBC from 1987 to 2001. He also commentated on Superbikes for Sky Sports from 1992 to 2002.

Sheene was married to Stephanie McLean from 1977 to 1996. They had two sons, Sid and Freddie. Sheene died of cancer on 10 March 2003, at the age of 52.

General Info

Full NameBarry Sheene
DiedMarch 10, 2003, Gold Coast, Australia
ProfessionMotorcycle Racer


SpouseStephanie McLean
ChildrenFreddie Sheene, Sidonie Sheene
ParentsFrank Sheene, Iris Sheene
SiblingsMaggie Sheene


NominationsBBC Sports Personality of the Year Award
MoviesSpace Riders

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1Although this is a complete pain in the arse, it happens to a lot of people and a lot of people get over it," About being diagnosed with cancer


1In later years, he became involved in historic motorcycle racing, usually thrashing awed amateurs behind him.
2Colourful, exuberant character who used his good looks, grin, and Cockney accent to good effect in self-promotion. Combined with an interest in business, he was one of the first riders to make large amounts of money from riding.
3Children: sons, Sidonie and Freddie.
4Diagnosed with cancer in July of 2002 and chose to fight the disease with a natural diet regime and other therapies, in lieu of the more common chemotherapy treatments.
51976 500GP Champion
61977 500GP Champion
7Inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame October 2001
8In 1984 he retired and moved to Australia in the hope of relieving some of the pain of injury induced arthritis
9Claims to have invented the back protector which is used by motorcycle racers of all skill levels back in 1973. He used old helmet visors and formed them in a way they could only bend in one direction. He then sold it to Dainese a manufacturer of protective gear for motorcyclist in 1977.
10Raced under #7
11Between 1975-1982 he won more international 500GP and 750GP races than any other rider
12At one point in his career, he was racing with metal plates in both knees, 28 screws in his legs and a bolt in his left wrist
13In 1982 surgeons rebuilt his shattered legs using metal plates and screws
141975 suffered his first major 175 mph+ crash in Daytona, Florida breaking his left thigh, right arm, collarbone, and two ribs but, incredibly, he returned to riding within six weeks. Won the first of his two 500cc world championships for Suzuki the following year
15Only Brit to win the 500GP Championship
16Son of Frank Sheene a GP motorbike mechanic and was riding by the age of five
17He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1978 Queen's Honours List for his services to motorcycle racing.



Space Riders1988Barry


After They Were Famous2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Heart-throbs of the 70s2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
I Love 1970's2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Neighbours1997TV SeriesHimself
Joey Dunlop 1952-20001997Himself
Driving Force '861986TV Movie documentary
Blankety Blank1986TV SeriesHimself
A Question of Sport1986TV SeriesHimself
Just Amazing1983TV SeriesHimself
James Bond: The First 21 Years1983TV Movie documentaryHimself
Good Morning Britain1983TV SeriesHimself
The Saturday Show1982TV SeriesHimself
Take It to the Limit1980DocumentaryHimself
3-2-11978TV SeriesHimself - Special Guest
The London Weekend Show1978TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1978TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

The Mavericks2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Hunt vs Lauda: F1's Greatest Racing Rivals2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
When Playboys Ruled the World2010DocumentaryHimself
Alan Davies' Teenage Revolution2010TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
20 to 12008TV Series documentaryMotorcycle Racing Commentator
Legacy: A Personal History of Barry Sheene2007TV Movie documentaryHimself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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