Julian Clary went to School at Ealing Abbey, where the Benedictine Monks taught him the rudiments of glamour and alternative living.
He then studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he began performing as half of the double act Glad and May. After college he joined the Covent Garden Community Theatre for three productions, most notably I was a teenage sausage dog.
After some time as a singing telegram Julian began to working on the cabaret circuit as Gillian Pie-Face, later known as The Joan Collins Fan Club. A small mongrel called Fanny The Wonderdog joined him on stage and her uncanny impersonations of the Pope and members of the Royal Family were a big success.
Television work followed, Friday Night Live (Ch4), Sticky Moments (Ch4), Terry and Julian All Rise (BBC2), Its Only TV But I Like It (BBC1) and Prickly Heat (SKY ONE).
Julian took part in the second series of BBC 1’s Strictly Come Dancing, which finished its run in December 2004. Ten celebrities teamed up with professional dancers, Julian was teamed with Erin Boag. Each week they performed a new dance live in the studio, being judged by a panel of judges and the audience at home voted by telephone to determine who would go through to the following week. Julian was the surprise hit of this series, particularly with the viewers at home, who voted him through to the final with Jill Halfpenny and Denise Lewis. The series was a huge success for the BBC, and some of the shows in the series attracted audiences of 12 million viewers.
Live tours include:- Natural Born Mincer, which Julian toured in 2003 and then took to Australia in 2004. Mincing Machine, My Glittering Passage, which finished with a six week run at the Aldwych Theatre, Bare Faced Cheek and most recently Special Delivery, which culminated in a four week run at the Vaudeville Theatre.
In his time Julian has performed at Fifteen Edinburgh Festivals, Three Royal Variety Shows and the Vauxhall Tavern. He has also toured Australia, New Zealand four times and has worked in Canada, America and Morocco.
Julian is a regular panellist on Radio Fours Just A Minute and has also guest hosted on Danny Bakers breakfast show for BBC Radio London and also on BBCs Southern Counties radio.
In September 2002 Julian did a three-month run in the West End musical Taboo, playing Leigh Bowery. Julian also took part in the tour of Taboo, which finished in July 2004.