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Julian Clary began working on the cabaret and alternative comedy scene in the 1980s, becoming one of the UK’s biggest stand-up comedians.
Since then, he’s undertaken many successful tours of his stage act, had a hugely varied TV career, including winning Celebrity Big Brother 10, while his London Palladium debut as Dandini in Cinderella broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history.
He’s a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Just A Minute and is recognised for his work on stage, most recently as Norman in the national tour of The Dresser, opposite Matthew Kelly.
Come and hear him in conversation with James McDermott, talking about his diverse life and career, including his passion for dogs, as featured in the memoir The Lick of Love: How Dogs Changed My Life.
Running Time 60mins plus book-signing
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Julian Clary studied Drama and English at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and began working on the cabaret and alternative comedy scene in the 1980s, first under the alias Gillian Pieface and later as The Joan Collins Fan-club.
Since then, Clary has undertaken many successful tours of his stage act and stand-up comedy, including: The Mincing Machine Tour (1989), My Glittering Passage (1993), Natural Born Mincer (2003), Lord of the Mince (2011), Position Vacant: Apply Within (2013), The Joy of Mincing (2016) and Born To Mince (2020/22).
Clary began his television career in 1989 with regular appearances on Friday Night Live. He co-hosted the ITV game show Trick or Treat with Mike Smith. Channel 4 then offered Clary his own show, Sticky Moments with Julian Clary. Other television credits include: Terry and Julian, All Rise for Julian Clary, Prickly Heat, It’s Only TV But I Like It, Has Anyone Seen My Pussy?, Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News for You, Who Do You Think You Are?, QI, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Give a Pet a Home, Nature Nuts, My Family, Celebrity Big Brother, and Passions: Noel Coward.
Clary was a recurring and popular performer in a series of ITV’s pantomimes. He played many roles including the First Henchman and Tim in Jack & The Beanstalk; the Good Fairy in Cinderella; the Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin, and Chris the Cat in Dick Whittington. Clary is also recognised for his work on stage, most recently playing Norman in a National Tour of the Dresser, opposite Matthew Kelly. In Le Grand Mort, written by Stephen Clark, Julian starred alongside James Nelson-Joyce at the Trafalgar Studios. He also appeared as Leigh Bowery in Boy George’s Taboo (West End and national tour) and as the Emcee in Rufus Norris’s Olivier Award- winning production of Cabaret (West End).
He made his London Palladium debut in 2016 as Dandini in Cinderella. The production broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history. He returned to the Palladium in 2017 as the Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington, which won an Olivier Award and again in 2018 as the Man in the Mirror in Snow White, which was followed by Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2019), Pantoland (2020 and 2021), Jack and the Beanstalk (2022).
His film credits include: The Baby Juice Express by Enterprise Films and Gerald Thomas’ Carry on Columbus. He is a regular panellist on Radio 4’s Just a Minute. He is a Sunday Times best-selling novelist, having written Murder Most Fab, Devil in Disguise, and Briefs Encountered and his autobiography, A Young Man’s Passage. His latest memoir The Lick of Love: How Dogs Changed My Life was published in 2021. He has also written a series of six children’s books The Bolds which have sold over half a million copies.