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Barratt in 2006
|Born||Julian Barratt Pettifer
4 May 1968
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, musician, music producer|
Julian Barratt Pettifer (born 4 May 1968), known professionally as Julian Barratt, is an English comedian, actor, musician, and music producer. He is best known for his role as Howard Moon in the BBC cult comedy series The Mighty Boosh, which he co-wrote with his comedy partner Noel Fielding.
Barratt was born in Leeds. As a teenager, he started a band called Satan's Hoof, which "never really took off". He adopted his middle name as his surname to distinguish himself from well-known reporter Julian Pettifer. He attended the University of Reading.
Film and television
The Mighty Boosh
Barratt stars as the character Howard Moon opposite Noel Fielding's Vince Noir in the comedy series The Mighty Boosh. Howard labels himself a "jazz maverick" and claims to be a multitalented intellectual, calling himself a "man of action", but he is actually unsuccessful in his literary and romantic ventures. He is unpopular with many of the characters, including Mrs. Gideon (who always forgets his name), Bob Fossil (who often uses Howard as a puppet for his bizarre schemes), and Bollo (who often says his name wrong or ignores him completely). Barratt composes all of the music for the series, 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, who wrote and starred in Spaced. The character of Brian Topp in Spaced was written for Barratt, but eventually went to Mark Heap. Barratt played Jackson, a musician, in How Not to Live Your Life. He starred in the "Freelance Scientist" commercial for Metz alcopop. He appeared as The Padre in the spoof horror series Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. He also starred in (and was a writer for) the 1998 sketch show Unnatural Acts, alongside Fielding. Before this, Barratt was involved in TV series The Pod with friend Tim Hope, about a fictional techno band called The Pod. The show was unusual as everything was animated except for the heads of Barratt and Hope. He also appeared in the 2001 film Lucky Break.
Barratt has recently completed his directing début for Warp Films with theatre director Dan Jemmett. Curtains is set in a Norfolk seaside town. It is a dark comedy about a Punch and Judy man. In 2012, Barratt directed his first music video, for the song "All of Me" by Tanlines. He can be heard as the voiceover on many adverts, such as More Th>n Car, House and Pet insurance, and the Directgov advert. He appeared in the music video for Mint Royale's "Blue Song", alongside Noel Fielding, Nick Frost, and Michael Smiley. In 2010, Barratt took part in Sky Comedy's Little Crackers. He wrote and directed a 15-minute film based on his teen band, Satan's Hoof. On 12 March 2011, he made a brief appearance as Heathcliff in Noel Fielding's "Wuthering Heights" dance on the Let's Dance for Comic Relief finale. He also narrated the 2011 documentary Seven Dwarves.
In 2012, Barratt appeared in the miniseries Treasure Island on Sky1, as well as narrating the BBC Two documentary The Tube. He also had a part as an art teacher in the BBC drama White Heat. In 2013, he appeared in the fifth series of Being Human, playing a werewolf named Larry. He also narrated the BBC Two documentary The Route Masters: Running London's Roads.
From 3 June to 9 July 2011, Barratt played the Mayor in a production of Nikolai Gogol's classic comedy The Government Inspector at the Young Vic Theatre. In October 2012, he returned to the stage in Lucy Kirkwood's play NSFW at the Royal Court.
Barratt is an accomplished musician who spans many genres, and played guitar for Little Chief during their European tour. He claims to be a "jazz fusion fanatic". He was in a band called Groove Solution in the early 1990s with Dave Westlake. He has also played with Chris Corner in IAMX.
Barratt is in a relationship with comedienne Julia Davis. They are the parents of twins Arthur and Walter, born 25 June 2007. Barratt is known to be shy, quiet, and self-deprecating. Unlike his comedy partner Noel Fielding, he prefers not to appear on comedy quiz shows, stating that he would rather stay at home and read a book. He enjoys dog racing and online snooker.
|2001||Lucky Break||Paul Dean|
|2002||Surrealisimo: The Trial of Salvador Dalí||Rosey|
|2003||How to Tell when a Relationship is Over||Him|
|2003||The Principles of Lust||Phillip|
|2009||Bunny and the Bull||Atilla|
|2013||The Harry Hill Movie||Conch|
|2013||A Field in England||Commander Trower|
|1996||Asylum||Victor / Julian|
|1998||Unnatural Acts||Various Characters|
|2000||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala||Himself|
|2001||Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala||Himself|
|2004||Garth Marenghi's Darkplace||The Padre|
|2004||AD/BC: A Rock Opera||Tony Iscariot|
|2004–2007||The Mighty Boosh||Howard Moon|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Dan Ashcroft|
|2006||The Mighty Boosh Live||Howard Moon|
|2008–2009||Boosh Live||Howard Moon|
|2009||How Not to Live Your Life||Jackson|
|2010||Little Crackers||Episode: "Satan's Hoof"
|2012||Treasure Island||Thomas Redruth||Miniseries|
|2011||The Government Inspector||The Mayor||Young Vic Theatre|
- 2010 The Mighty Boosh won Best Live Show with Future Sailors at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010.
- 2009 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009.
- 2008 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
- 2007 The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2007.
- 2001 The Boosh, first on London Live, then on Radio 4.
- 2000 Arctic Boosh won the Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival
- 1999 Perrier nominee with Noel Fielding as Arctic Boosh
- 1998 Perrier Best Newcomer winner with Noel Fielding as the double act The Mighty Boosh
- 1995 Winner of BBC New Comedy Awards
- 1995 Open Mic Awards, Edinburgh
- The Guardian interviews Julian Barratt
- PBJ Artist Page
- Julian Barratt at the Internet Movie Database