Julia Davis

Julia Davis

Date of birth: 30-11-1965
After studying English and drama at York St John University, Julia Davis formed an comedy group which also featured Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.

Her career was given a further boost in 1998 after she sent a tape of her work to Steve Coogan who invited her to write and tour with him.

Some of the early improvisations with Brydon would form the basis for their breakthrough 2000 series Human Remains, while other early TV work included being a regular cast member of Big Train and Blue Jam.

In 2004 Davis wrote and starred in the black comedy Nighty Night, which ran for two series, and in 2010 she co-wrote and co-starred in the equally dark Lizzie and Sarah with Jessica Hynes, but to their chagrin, BBC Two aired the pilot late at night and it never took off for a series.

In 2012, she starred in the spoof melodrama Bad Sugar, shown on Channel 4, with a full series in 2013, and also the period comedy Hunderby which she created and wrote for Sky Atlantic, the first show she made for the broadcaster followed by Camping and Sally4Ever .

Davis lives in North London with Mighty Boosh star Julian Barratt, and their twin boys Walter and Arthur, born on June 25, 2007.

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Missed it! Julia Davis's aborted Channel 4 comedy Morning Has Broken

Pilot posted online... then quickly vanishes

A previously unseen comedy pilot that Julia Davis filmed for Channel 4 has been released online – but just as quickly disappeared.

In Morning Has Broken, the Nighty Night and Hunderby star plays a demanding and self-centred daytime television presenter.

She wrote it with Nick Mohammed, who-co-stars as her co-host on the fictional show  – and who has now uploaded the episode on to the internet.

The cast also includes Georgie Glen, Seb Cardinal, Jamie Demetriou and Asim Chaudhry, and was directed by Dan Clark.

It was shot in 2014 and a series was commissioned, with Friends star David Schwimmer has signed on for a starring role as a US producer brought in to try to save the floundering daytime show.

But later the plans were shelved – a decision described as a ‘mutual’ one  between production company Brown Eyed Boy and Channel 4.

So the pilot  never saw the light of day – until now. But within a few hours of Mohammed uploading it, it disappeared again.

UPDATED 11/12/18 as the video was taken down again

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Published: 10 Dec 2018

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