Barbara New was an English character actress, well known for playing Mabel the scullery maid in the David Croft sitcom You Rang M'Lord?. Following this role, she appeared as Vera Plumtree in Oh, Doctor Beeching!. She had previously played smaller parts in Croft's earlier sitcoms Dad's Army and Hi-de-Hi!.
She also played many other roles in British television programmes including Z-Cars, Emu's Broadcasting Company, Ripping Yarns and the silent Ronnie Barker comedy By the Sea. One of her last screen appearances was as Ali G's Nan in the 2002 film Ali G Indahouse.
She was married to actor Michael Barrington.