|Birth name||Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris|
20 April 1968 |
|Spouse||Dan Thomas (m. 2005)|
Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris (born 20 April 1968) is an Australian comedian, actress, writer, television presenter and television producer who has worked extensively in Australian television and radio, touring the country with her solo comedy shows. She relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000, appearing on British television, then returned to Australia in 2007.
Morris married British comedian Dan Thomas in Las Vegas on 31 December 2005. The couple have two daughters, Ruby Charlotte and Sophie Rebecca. In 2003, her husband bought her the title "Lady of the Manor of Gosforth" online. Although it has no legal standing, Morris utilises its comic value in her stand-up show, referring to herself as "Lady Julia Morris".
Morris's first television appearance was in 1985, aged 17, as a contestant on the talent show New Faces. She performed "Holding Out for a Hero", a Jim Steinman song made famous by Bonnie Tyler, and tied for first place.
After several years in variety and stand-up, Morris's her big break came when she joined the ensemble cast of the hit Australian sketch comedy series Full Frontal in 1995. This led to hosting roles on Great Aussie Bloopers and "The Morris Report" on the live variety series In Melbourne Tonight, as well as regular appearances on The Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, Beauty and the Beast and Who Dares Wins as well as the action series Gladiators.
Morris relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000. As well as stand-up, she made appearances on the TV quiz QI, an episode of the sitcom Not Going Out playing a successful beautician, and in the sixth episode of season three of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List, offering advice on the British audiences. Morris also had a stint presenting the BBC's Liquid News show in 2002.
Since her return to Australia in 2007, Morris has made appearances on Thank God You're Here, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, The Singing Office and It Takes Two. She won the third season of the reality singing series It Takes Two, in which she was partnered with opera singer David Hobson. Her winnings were donated to the Emily Tapp Foundation, a charity dedicated to melanoma awareness and prevention. She has also appeared in a series of commercials for All-Bran cereal, which also featured fellow actress and comedienne Helen Dallimore.
Morris tours international comedy festivals, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, South Africa's Vodacom Funny Festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She won a Herald Angel Award at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Time Out magazine's Comedy Performer of the Year Award in 2004. She is a former manager of Sydney's Comedy Store venue.
|1995–1996||Full Frontal||Various characters||Writer/actor||26|
|2006||Not Going Out||Ruth||1|
|2012–present||House Husbands||Gemma Crabb||23|
|1999–2002||Beauty and the Beast|
|2006–2007||Spicks and Specks||2|
|2007||Thank God You're Here||1|
|2008||Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2008||It Takes Two||11|
|2008–2012||Good News Week||14|
|2010||Just For Laughs|
|2011||The Celebrity Apprentice|
|2013||Australia's Got Talent|
|2015||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!|
- Morris, Julia l (August 2006). "Julia Morris Blog". JuliaMorris.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- Staff writer l (22 April 2008). "Comic Morris is Australia's top diva". Chortle. Retrieved 2008-08-20.
- Staff writer (17 June 2008). "Julia Morris is a funny lady". Sunshine Coast Daily Online. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- Gadd, Michael (2 August 2007). "It's time for the anti Straya Nidol". NEWS.com.au. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- "Julia Morris". Onya Soapbox. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- John, Katelyn (22 April 2008). "Julia Morris wins It Takes Two". The Herald Sun. Retrieved 2008-08-19.[dead link]
- Staff writer (23 April 2008). "Comedian Julia Morris has laughed her way through to win It Takes Two!". Who Magazine. Retrieved 2008-08-19.
- Julia Morris to host channel 9's Australia's Got Talent. Herald Sun 14 April 2013 | Retrieved 14 April 2013
- Official website
- Julia Morris at the Internet Movie Database
- BBC News article discussing the Liquid News presenter lineup, August 2002
- Review at chortle.co.uk
- Review of 2003 Edinburgh Festival show Will You Kids Get Out Of That Pool Please!
- Review of 2004 Brighton Comedy Festival show Lady Julia Morris Live
- Julia Morris biography – It Takes Two website