Abusive boyfriend’s sad fake life as Hollyoaks TV star and Instagram influencer

An abusive boyfriend who kicked his ex in the face, put cigarettes out on her neck and hit their dog and made her watch, pretended to be a Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale actor.

Vile Ryan Barr, also known as Romeo, appeared at Liverpool Crown Court as it emerged he had subjected his ex-girlfriend to a “disgusting” display of abuse after the pair met in February 2018.

The court heard Barr, 24, would call his girlfriend names, “such as slag,” and would hit her with a hairbrush, put cigarettes out on her back and even poured bleach on her.

He was spared jail after he told a judge he had changed and is now a carer for his nan, who he lives with.

Liverpool Echo now reveals Barr is a fantasist who falsely claims to have appeared in TV shows including Hollyoaks, Coronation Street and Emmerdale.

According to the Echo, Barr created a fake profile on IMDB – the Internet Movie Database – listing his supposed roles in award winning dramas Shameless and This is England.

The fake profile claimed he was part of Hollyoaks Later in 2008 at the age of 12, and a Hollyoaks TV movie in 2012, when aged 16.

A spokeswoman for Lime Pictures, the TV production company behind the hit Channel 4 soap, told the ECHO these were false claims.

He also boasted of an army of 47,000 Instagram followers, who he nicknamed #BarrHunters.

St Helens Council was even duped by the vile 24-year-old and booked him for a Christmas Light Switch On, offering up a meet and greet too.

Barr also has an entry on famousbirthdays.com, which states Barr is “most famous” for his British Soap Opera Award-nominated work on Hollyoaks.

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He was handed 15 months in jail, suspended for 18 months, a 20-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement and 150 hours of unpaid work, for his violent tirade against his ex girlfriend.

Judge Menary also ordered him to pay £500 in compensation to the victim and imposed a two-year restraining order.

In an impact statement, his victim said she was previously confident, with close friends and family, but had been "isolated" from both by Barr.

Prosecuting, Louise McCloskey said: "She is still coming to terms with the financial difficulties that this defendant has left her in and obviously feels like she is a different person than she was before."

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Barr's defence, Carmel Wilde, said he realised he needed help and his guilty pleas spared his victim having to give evidence at a trial. She noted "trauma" he experienced as a child.

Wilde also claimed jailing him would "do nothing to address the risk of future offending" and the report found his community order had a "positive effect" in the two years since, meaning there was "a realistic prospect of rehabilitation."

Sentencing Barr, Judge Menary said: "Much of the relationship was marked by appalling and disgraceful behaviour on your part. You were overbearing towards her, abusive, threatening, violent.

"You abused her financially in terms of taking out unnecessary and excessive loans, which plainly she has now been saddled with.

"The aggression and violence towards her was at times particularly unpleasant, involving for example stubbing a cigarette on her neck, or pouring bleach on her."

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