Lieutenant Nina Barry is one of Commander Straker's first recruits into S.H.A.D.O.
Lieutenant Barry works as a space tracker on Moonbase and later replaces Lieutenant Ellis as its commanding officer. Lieutenant Barry also serves aboard Skydiver at one point (Episode: Sub-Smash).
There is an implication that Lt. Nina Barry's father is either aware of S.H.A.D.O. or even a member of it.
In the UFO script for the episode,"Survival", the following is quoted:-
On arrival on Moonbase with Colonel Foster, on entering the Control Sphere, Commander Straker walks over to Nina...
Straker: "Miss Barry... "
Nina: "Sir... "
Straker: "I er... met your father about a month back."
Nina: "You know him, sir?"
Straker: "Yes... back from my Army Airforce days. Straker smiles. I was happy to tell him I think you’re settling in extremely well."
Nina: Thank you, sir.
Lieutenant Nina Barry is one of Commander Straker's first recruits into S.H.A.D.O. Lieutenant Barry works as a space tracker on Moonbase and later replaces Lieutenant Ellis as its commanding officer. Lieutenant Barry also serves aboard Skydiver at one point (Episode: Sub-Smash).
Lt. Nina Barry appears in the following 17 UFO episodes:
02 Computer Affair
03 Flight Path
07 The Dalotek Affair
08 A Question of Priorities
Lt. Nina Barry is just about to enter the crash-dive flood tube to make her escape from SkyDiver.
The SkyDiver take up crash positions just prior to SkyDIver descending and hitting a rocky outcrop.
Dolores Mantez's biography
Dolores Mantez was born on Saturday, the 17th of October, 1936 in Liverpool, Merseyside, England, UK. Her birthname was Dolores Brenda Mantey. Dolores's father was Ghanaian and her mother was Irish.
Dolores began in show business as a singer, as was best known for her regular role as the purple-haired radar operator Lieutenant Nina Barry in Gerry and Sylvia Anderson's UFO (1969/1970). Dolores Brenda Harding (née Mantey) was known professionally as Dolores Mantez. In the mid 1970's, Dolores met businessman Robert Harding in a pub during a power cut and they were married soon afterwards. Dolores left show business soon after with the birth of their son, also called Robert Jr. ("Robbie").
Dolores changed her birth surname of "Mantey" by one letter and initially followed a career as a seamstress in a dress shop. She then started to sing semi-professionally, an occupation that became a full-time job when she joined a group that appeared in cabaret. However, while she was visiting her agent, she happened to meet an actor's agent who believed that her exotic physical appearance was exactly what was needed for a role as a student in Sapphire (1959), a film about the emerging Afro-Caribbean community in England. At the time, Mantez had no acting experience, but her work on the film resulted in a succession of parts in television series such as Shadow Squad and The Avengers. She also played a small role as a nurse in the film The Angry Silence (1960) starring Richard Attenborough.
Dolores Mantez's acting career was boosted with a role as a nurse in the film Life for Ruth (1962), co-starring Patrick McGoohan. This in turn led to appearances in two episodes of the TV series Danger Man, first as an agent working with John Drake in "Loyalty Always Pays", and then as a West Indian woman in "The Man on the Beach". She appeared as artist Rita Bell in an episode of the ABC series The Human Jungle ("The Twenty-Four Hour Man", 1964). Another of Mantez's roles was as Happy Lee, the girl suspected of Marty Hopkirk's murder in the pilot episode of the ITC series Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) ("My Late Lamented Friend and Partner", 1969). During the 1960s, Mantez appeared in a number of stage musicals; these included Cowardy Custard (the Mermaid Theatre's tribute to Noël Coward), Monty Norman's The Perils of Scobie Prilt, and the West End production of Every Other Evening (starring Margaret Lockwood). She toured Europe, once appearing in Porgy And Bess in East Berlin. Dolores may be best known for her portrayal of Lieutenant Nina Barry (frequently sporting a purple wig, as did all female staff on Moonbase) in the science-fiction TV series UFO, broadcast in 1970 and 1971. Her final acting role was as Indigo Jones, a mixed-race lady of means, in an episode of the BBC series The Onedin Line ("Fetch and Carry", 1972).
After leaving UFO, Dolores still enjoyed going to the UFO conventions and meeting the fans. One of the fan groups - ISOSHADO - flew her out to Italy, so she was treated very well.
Tragically, Dolores passed away due to cancer on Friday, the 30th of November, 2012 in Sydenham, London, England, UK.