Ras was born in Hampstead, north west London. The son of artists Clive Barker and Rosemary Bruen, he spent his childhood between London and the idyllic surroundings of the Malvern hills in Worcestershire.

In his summer holidays, he would regularly be at an art gallery opening or sitting in a recording studio with his brother, ex studio engineer, Tad Barker.

Although first attending acting classes at the age of 7, Ras worked in business before (in his own words) “finally succumbing to the inevitable” and going to drama school.

Since attending the Academy of Live and Performing Arts, he has appeared in countless independent films, and many television series for BBC, Thames, and LWT. Ras is currently working on projects  for his production company, Extra Digit Ltd.

Ras has a daughter, Coral, with his first wife, Alison Ruffelle. Ras remarried in October 2018 and lives with his wife, Jan in Buckinghamshire.