ByEmily Browne, writer at
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Emily Browne

Barbara Holland became one of the most beloved characters on Netflix's , despite only being around for a measly 3-episode arc which ended in her tragic death at the hands of the Demogorgon. She was beloved for her over-sized glasses, mom jeans and tell-it-like-it-is attitude, and emerged as the unsung hero of the hit show. Barb was played to perfection by emerging actor Shannon Purser, who recently revealed a personal and moving message about her history with self harm on Twitter, proving she's just as fearless as the character she plays on .

Along with the Tweet which reads, "I haven't self-harmed in years, but I kept this around, "just in case." I forgot it was there & now it's in the trash," she added:

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With over 63K Twitter followers, it takes some serious Barbs to share such an intimate and difficult part of your past — and it didn't go unnoticed. Fans responded with messages of their admiration and stories of their own struggles, and how they overcame them:

Check out how Barb's biggest scene was created in the video below:

Barb was so loved on the show because of how relatable she was, and it looks like the actress shares that same realness. By being visible as a survivor, Shannon Purser has shown others that they're not alone. It's definitely a good time to be more Barb.


Sadly, Shannon will not be returning to Stranger Things as for Season 2, but thanks to the Internet and Shannon's awesome presence within it, she will not be forgotten. Shannon will next be taking on the role of Ethel Muggs in the upcoming show Riverdale, and will make her big screen debut in 2018 with Life of the Party, which stars Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.


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