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).
After leaving MTV Brown went on to work for ESPN conducting on- and off-field interviews with football athletes. Brown then moved to Los Angeles to host the E Entertainment channel's gossip show. She also became the host of the syndicated radio program American Dance Traxx in March 1992 until its final broadcast in December 1993.
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 21 July 2013. She also appeared on the cover and posed nude for the August 1998 edition of Playboy.
Brown currently hosts "The Back in The Day Replay Countdown" radio show on the SiriusXM station '90s on 9, where the 30 biggest songs of the week from a particular year in the 90s are counted down.
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- "'90s on 9 - '90s Pop Hits - SiriusXM Radio". SiriusXM. Retrieved 4 May 2014.