English comedian, actor, musician, music producer and member of surreal comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh.
Julian Barratt achived mainstream recognition as a comedy actor as the character Howard Moon opposite Noel Fielding’s Vince Noir in the surreal comedy series The Mighty Boosh. An accomplished musician, he also composed the music for the show, which includes a variety of genres such as rap, heavy metal, and psychedelic rock.
Barratt has had parts in other dramas, often alongside his Mighty Boosh partner Noel Fielding. He starred as Dan Ashcroft, a frustrated magazine writer, in the Channel 4 media satire Nathan Barley, and appeared in the surrealistic black comedy series Asylum alongside Simon Pegg and Jessica Stevenson.
Julian played Jackson, a musician, in How Not to Live Your Life and appeared as The Padre in the spoof horror series Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, that also starred Matt Berry. He also helped write and starred in the 1998 sketch show Unnatural Acts, alongside comedy partner Fielding. Before this, he was involved in TV series The Pod with friend Tim Hope, a strange semi-animated show about a fictional techno band called The Pod.
Barratt made his directing début for Warp Films with theatre director Dan Jemmett on a project called Curtains, set in a Norfolk seaside town. It is a dark comedy about a Punch and Judy man.
Having teamed up with veterans, John Bird and John Fortune, he hosted Bremner, Bird and Fortune, which (along with its predecessor Rory Bremner, Who Else?) has won numerous awards.
In September 2009, he presented a BBC Four documentary, Rory Bremner and the Fighting Scots, about the history of Scots serving in the British Army.
Julian can be heard as the voice over artist on many adverts, such as More Th>n Car, House and Pet insurance, and the Directgov advert. He also starred in the “Freelance Scientist” TV commercial for Metz alcopop.
He also narrated the BBC Two documentaries The Route Masters: Running London’s Roads and The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway. In April 2014, Julian Barratt collaborated with Julia Davis and Joe Frank on Frank’s radio show “Isolation,” which was broadcast as part of KCRW’s UnFictional series.