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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Julian Barratt and Sam Campbell join Sky's Bloods

Samson Kayo and Jane Horrocks start shooting paramedic comedy

Julian Barratt and Australian comedian Sam Campbell have joined the cast of Sky’s new paramedic sitcom  Bloods.

Filming has just started on the series, which stars Samson Kayo  and Jane Horrocks as an ambulance crew in South London.

Both Boosh star Barratt and Campbell, below, who won the top award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2018, will play paramedics.


Six half-hour episodes are being made for broadcast next year, following a taster episode made as a Sky comedy short in 2018.

Other cast members also announced today are Adrian Scarborough, Kevin Garry, and Aasiya Shah.

Kayo - who co-created the series –  said: ‘I’m super excited to show the world Bloods especially because I almost became a paramedic. Lucky for the NHS, I chose to play the character instead’

And Horrocks added: ‘I am very much looking forward to working on Bloods and being paired with the extremely funny Samson Kayo. I know nothing of the world of paramedics, but maybe I need to overcome my fear of blood before I start.’

Bloods production credits

Made by: Roughcut TV
Commissioned by: Jon Mountague, Sky Studios’ director of comedy and Tilusha Ghelani commissioning editor
Created by: Samson Kayo and Nathan Byron
Written by :Nathan Byron and Paul Doolan
Produced by: Seb Barwell
Executive producers: Ash Atalla and Alex Smith

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Published: 22 Sep 2020

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