Bill Barker has portrayed Thomas Jefferson in a variety of venues since his first appearance at Independence Hall in Philadelphia in 1984. He first arrived to Williamsburg in the spring of 1993 to perform as Jefferson in a film made to honor Ambassador and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg. He has continued to appear as Jefferson for Colonial Williamsburg, and assists in the development of Jefferson programs for the foundation.
Barker has performed as Jefferson at the White House, the Palace of Versailles and throughout Great Britain, France and United States, with several appearances at Chautauqua. He has been featured as Jefferson in several magazines, including Time, People, The Atlantic, Philadelphia, Southern Living, Reader's Digest and Colonial Williamsburg Journal. Barker graduated from Villanova University with a bachelor's degree in history.