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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Filming starts on Bloods series 2

Samson Kayo and Jane Horrock return in Sky's paramedic comedy

Filming has begun on a second series of Sky’s paramedic comedy Bloods.

Samson Kayo – who co-created the show – again stars alongside Jane Horrocks in the ten new episodes, up from the eight in series one.

The supporting cast includes Lucy Punch, Julian Barratt, Adrian Scarborough, Kevin Garry, Sam Campbell and Aasiya Shah

Katherine Kelly, from ITV’s Innocent joins the cast as the ambulance station’s acting counsellor, while Nathan Foad, who made an appearance in series one as the son of Horrocks’s character Wendy becomes a regular.

Kayo said: "I’m so excited the Bloods team are back together again for this new bigger and bolder series. With ten episodes, there is going to be loads more laughs, friendship and fun for fans to enjoy.’

Horrocks added: ‘I am very much looking forward to getting back to Bloods for series 2. The scripts are already banging and Wendy is getting more naughty.’

Series two – currently being shot at North London Studios and in various locations in South London –  will air on Sky Comedy and streaming service Now next year, released in two chunks.

The news comes ahead of the comedy’s US debut on streaming service Hulu on December 9

»Bloods series 1 review

Bloods series 2 production credits

Made by: Roughcut TV
Created by: Samson Kayo and Nathan Byron
Written by: Nathan Byron and Paul Doolan with Patrica Alcock, Tasha Dhanraj and Tom Melia
Produced by: Debbie Pisani
Executive producers: Ash Atalla  and Alex Smith
Commissioned by: Zai Bennett, Sky’s managing director of content, Jon Mountague, Sky Studios’ director of comedy and Tilusha Ghelani commissioning editor for Sky Studios

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Published: 17 Nov 2021

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