I'm an experienced designer, builder of puppets, sets, props and creatures for TV, film and theatre. I am also an illustrator and sculptor.

From kids theatre shows to adorable TV characters. From realistic animals to creepy creatures; I strive to bring artistic excellence, character and attention to detail to every project I work on.

With an added background and degree in performance and direction I can take a project from early sketch and concept right through to development, build, implementation and performance training.

As a designer and a trained performer (Bretton Hall) I always consider the performative challenge to the puppeteers and artists working on a production and approach any project from the point of view of the performers aiming to create something that is both expressive and a joy to use.

I have worked for a wealth of companies on some very exciting projects. These have included Lucas film, BBC, TED Group, Anarchy, Millenium FXTiger Aspect, Working Title, Sky, Merlin Entertainment, Life Cast, Paul Holman Associates, Kenny Wax, OBJEKT, Talk to the Hand, The Daryl Worbey StudiosIllyria, and many others.

Working as character maker and/or puppeteer my work has spanned creating the characters for the major Cbeebies Series Feeling Better, to the new Worzel Gummidge, Dr Who, Zapped, Yonderland and working international campaigns for Esso, Old Spice, NIKE, Future Play, Pepsi, KAYAK. My work can be seen in internationally in theme parks and resorts including The Maho group, Legoland, Sea life Centres.

I enjoy doing many bespoke commissions and like most creatives, I try to do a lot of personal projects, just for fun.

Please browse my galleries in puppets, sculpture, illustration and design or have a browse over my CV.

I am always very happy to discuss or consider a project, and I will always offer advice on something if youre just not sure where to begin. So please feel free to contact me for more information, or to discuss commissions and custom jobs.

Launched in 2019!

The new Sonesta Family Resort in St Maartens has launched. Featuring a new family product The Beach House Crew with puppet characters and artwork by me. These Characters are seen across the entire resort in stage shows, signage, merchandise, workshops and walkabout performances.


Very excited to announce that my bigger, brighter studio is now up and running
Mckenzie crook as Worzel, photo: BBC

Worzel Gummidge

I was very lucky to be both a puppet maker (with Millennium fx)  and creature suit performer (playing Rag Bag) for the BBCs new adaptation of Worzel Gummidge. Written, starring and directed by the multi talented Mckenzie Crook. It was shown over the festive period and can be seen on BBC Iplayer.

Oi Frog and Friends Live - Olivier Award Nomination!

Very happy to see that Oi Frog and Friends Live, for which I made a number of Puppet costume characters, has been Nominated in the 2020 Olivier Awards for Best Family Show.

Playing in the West End and on tour nationally, is this new stage show musical based on the amazing 'Oi Frog and Friends' books. Developed by Pins and Needles theatre company and produced by Kenny Wax.

Chris Barlow Puppets and Creatures

Unit 11

124 Toms Ln

Kings Langley