Julian Barratt

Julian Barratt

Date of birth: 04-05-1968
A former stand-up, Julian Barratt is now best known as one half of The Boosh with Noel Fielding.

He appeared at Montreal's Just For Laughs festival in 1998, and made stand-up appearances on BBC One, Channel 4 and Five before finding success with The Boosh.

The double-act made their debut at the 1998 Edinburgh and Sydney festivals, earning them the Perrier best newcomer award, and returned to Edinburgh in 1999, when they were nominated for the main award, 2000 and 2001. The 2000 show, Autoboosh, won the equivalent Barry award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

The Boosh was picked up by Radio4 in 2001 for a series which won the first and only Douglas Adams Award for Innovative Comedy Writing. The show transferred to BBC Three for two series in 2004 and 2005, giving them a cult success that enabled them to embark on a major nationwide tour in 2006.

As an actor, Barratt has appeared in the Channel 4 adaptation of Zadie Smith's White Teeth, Garth Marenghi's Darkplace and independent films including The Reckoning and Mexicano (both 2002).

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New images from Truth Seekers released

Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's new horror-comedy

Amazon Prime has today released some new images Nick Frost and Simon Pegg's  upcoming eight-part  horror-comedy series Truth Seekers.

The show revolves around about a team of part-time paranormal investigators who  film ghost sightings across the UK, sharing their adventures on an online channel.

Kayo with video camera

The core ghosthunting team are  Emma D’Arcy as Astrid, Sliced's Samson Kayo as Elton, above, and Frost as Gus – and one still shows D’Arcy being terrorised by a ghoulish figure as she lies in a hospital bed.

Darcy with sinister figure looming over her in Truth Seekers

Today's photograph also show Chewing Gum's Susan Wokoma as Helen and  veteran Malcolm McDowell as Richard working together.

Mcdowell at laptop truth seekers

Wokoma at laptop truth seekers

Pegg's role as Dave is uncertain, but today's images suggest he plays a corporate figure, below.

Pegg in suit

Julian Barratt also appears as Dr Peter Toynbee, and a picture of him in character was previously released.

Barratt in Truth Sekers

When the show was announced last year, Frost said: ‘It’ll start as a very parochial idea, a very small business venture for these people, but it will expand as the series goes on to be something far more global. It’s a language everyone understands, the mystery of the unknown.

‘Shaun of the Dead was a very parochial story set in North London and somehow it managed to get this global reach because everyone understands the language of zombie movies.’

Truth Seekers trio

Pegg and Frost wrote the series with Nat Saunders and James Serafinowicz, who previously created the Netflix comedy show Sick Note.

And it will be made by the Hot Fuzz duo’s production house Stolen Picture, with The Wrong Mans' Jim  Field  Smith directing.

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Published: 21 Jul 2020

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