At the age of seventeen she began her voice over career, and has since recorded over 7000 radio and TV voice overs, in Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Tyson’s voice is heard in virtually all areas of media.
Barbara’s career began in Toronto, Ontario where she worked in an advertising agency by day, took college classes at night, and still managed to land parts in television, radio, and theatrical productions.
Her big break came at the age of 18, when she was cast as Carol Burnett’s daughter in “Between Friends”, an HBO film starring Carol Burnett and Elizabeth Taylor.
Barbara moved to New York City soon after to study acting at Carnegie Hall with renowned coach Freddie Kareman, and Herbert Berghof at HB Studios in Greenwich Village.
Tyson then landed a contract role on the popular NBC Daytime series “Another World” as singer Dawn Rollo, the first character ever in daytime drama to to battle AIDS. This role garnered much publicity, including a feature story in People Magazine.
As a singer/songwriter, Barbara fronted a band while in New York and was able to sing her original composition “Bye Bye” live on Another World. She had the opportunity to play such venues as “The Stone Pony” in Asbury Park, and CBGB’s in New York City.
After working and studying in New York City, Barbara moved to Los Angeles where she was cast in several productions taking her all over the world.
Doctors, Cowgirls, Lawyers, and Madams. Killers, Cops, Aliens and Singers… Barbara Tyson has played them all.
After four seasons on Neon Rider, a popular Canadian television Series. Tyson was tapped to star in a Stephen J. Cannell series called “TWO”. In “TWO”, Barbara played FBI Agent Terry Carter, alongside American actor Michael Easton. This made Tyson the first Vancouver-based actor to share equal billing with an American star.
As Tyson’s career grew she was cast as series regular Madame Luci Prescott opposite Tom Berenger in the Western “Peacemakers” for USA Network… and then as Mrs. Clause opposite Beau Bridges as Santa, in “A Christmas Secret”. She was love interest to Jim Belushi in K9-PI, and Billy Connolly’s wife in “Beautiful Joe”. She played opposite Sam Elliot in “The Final Cut.” Barbara also worked alongside Timothy Hutton in the Mini-Series, “5 Days to Midnight”.
Barbara, sometimes credited as “Barbara Bush”, has appeared as a guest star on many television series, including E.R., The Outer Limits, Poltergeist, Fringe, Painkiller Jane, Fear Itself, and Alien Nation to name a few.
She has also appeared on numerous sitcoms including the memorable “Bambi”, secretary #22 on Murphy Brown with Candice Bergen. Bambi ran a phone-sex service off the side of her desk in the season 2 opener “Anchors Away.”