Downtown Julie Brown
|Downtown Julie Brown|
in a 1999 USO show
27 August 1959 |
Bedfordshire, England, United Kingdom
|Occupation||Actress, television personality|
Life and career
Brown's father, Valentine Brown, was Jamaican and her mother, Doreen, is English. Brown has three brothers, Paul, Mark and Terry and three sisters, Shirley, Carol and Sharon. Her father was in the Royal Air Force and she grew up on Air Force bases all around the world, including Singapore and Cyprus before returning to the United Kingdom, where they settled in Bridgend, Wales. After winning the UK Disco Dancing Championships she went on to win the World Disco Dancing Championship in 1979. Soon after, Brown began a career on British television as presenter and guest on a number of children's programs, including the long-running entertainment show Crackerjack. Brown also appeared as a dancer on Top of the Pops in the early 1980s as a member of the dance troop "Zoo"; she is very prominent on the Christmas Day 1981 show, in particular.
Brown became a presenter on the pan-European music channel Music Box and, after moving to the United States, eventually became an MTV VJ and went on to host the Club MTV show in the late 1980s. That show had a format similar to American Bandstand's, but featured an exclusive lineup of dance music. From this came her famous catchphrase, "Wubba Wubba Wubba." MTV capitalized on the confusion between Downtown Julie Brown and comic actress Julie Brown by sending the pair together as correspondents for MTV News, as well as "facing" each other on both their shows (Club MTV and Just Say Julie).
Brown has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows including Spy Hard; Spring Break '83; The Weird Al Show; Ride; Walker, Texas Ranger; Battle Dome; Hey Arnold!; I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!; The Dog Whisperer; and RuPaul's Drag U. Most recently, she appeared in television's Wife Swap on July 21, 2013. She also appeared on the cover and posed nude for the August 1998 edition of Playboy.