|Born||Julia Charlotte L Davis|
25 August 1966
Lambeth, London, England
|Occupation||Comedian, actress, writer, director|
Julia Charlotte L Davis (born 25 August 1966) is an English comedian, actress, writer, and director. She is known for writing and starring in the BBC Three comedy Nighty Night (2004–2005) and Sky Atlantic comedies Hunderby (2012–15) and Camping (2016), which she also directed. A seven-time BAFTA TV Award nominee, she won Best Comedy Writing for Hunderby in 2013. She is also known for playing Dawn Sutcliffe in Gavin & Stacey (2007–2009). Her film roles include Love Actually (2003), Cemetery Junction (2010) and Four Lions (2010).
Davis was born in Lambeth, to a secretary mother and a civil servant father, and grew up in Guildford before moving at the age of 14 to Bath, Somerset. After studying for a degree in English and Drama at the College of Ripon and York St John, she returned to Bath, working at Tesco, and dead-end jobs, starting a comedy double-act The Sisters Of Percy with her friend Jane Roth at a local theatre group. It grew to an improvisation troupe with Welsh radio DJ Rob Brydon and Ruth Jones.
Radio and television
Davis's sketches sent to Radio 4 led to her first commission, in 1998, Five Squeezy Pieces, a BBC Radio 4 all-female sketch comedy show, with Meera Syal and Arabella Weir. Weir introduced her to Arthur Mathews and Graham Linehan and they cast her as a regular cast member in the television sketch show, 1998's Big Train. Her career was given a further boost in 1998 after she sent a tape of various characters to Steve Coogan, who invited her to write and tour with him later on his 1998 national tour. Chris Morris, director of the Big Train pilot, cast her for his 1997-1999 radio series Blue Jam, its successor March-April 2000 TV show, Jam, and Brass Eye. In November 2000, a British black comedy television series, written by and starring, Rob Brydon and Davis, Human Remains debuted.
Davis has appeared in many comedy television shows in the UK including I'm Alan Partridge, Coming Soon, Gavin & Stacey, I Am Not an Animal, Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible, Ideal and Nathan Barley.
In 2004, Davis wrote and starred in the dark comedy Nighty Night, which returned for a second series in 2005. In more serious roles Davis has starred in productions such as the BBC's For the Love of God, The Alan Clark Diaries, Fear of Fanny, in which she played the original celebrity chef Fanny Cradock, and Persuasion, an adaptation of the Jane Austen novel.
In the last episode of The Office, she is heard on the phone as the voice of a woman from a dating agency in conversation with David Brent. In 2008, she appeared on Little Britain Abroad as a Russian mail-order bride called Ivanka. In 2010, she co-wrote and co-starred in Lizzie and Sarah with Jessica Hynes. The pilot was aired in the UK on 20 March 2010 on BBC Two. It was made by Baby Cow Productions, and was noted as being even darker than Davis's previous work; when the BBC did not commission the remaining episodes of the series, there were online protests.
In December 2011, Davis appeared in "Fifteen Million Merits", an episode of the anthology series Black Mirror, as Judge Charity on the fictional talent show Hot Shot. On 22 December 2011, she appeared as Anne Yeaman in the Christmas special and finale of the BBC Three comedy How Not to Live Your Life. Davis appeared in the pilot episode of Bad Sugar, shown on Channel 4 on 26 August 2012. A full series was set to air in 2013, but was cancelled due to availability of the cast and writers.
In 2013, Davis played various characters in BBC sketch show It's Kevin and in Psychobitches on Sky Arts. In 2014, she starred in the short film The Bird and appeared in an episode of Inside No. 9 as a stage manager.
In 2016, Davis wrote, directed and starred in Camping on Sky Atlantic. This was her directorial debut. She is working on a new comedy for Channel 4 called Morning Has Broken, about a struggling daytime TV host.
In 2018, Davis co-wrote the podcast comedy Dear Joan And Jericha with comedian Vicki Pepperdine. The podcast satirizes agony aunts, "life coaching, female sexual health, psycho-genital counselling and sports journalism"
|2001||The Parole Officer||Insinuating Wife|
|2002||Wilbur Wants to Kill Himself||Moira|
|2004||AD/BC: A Rock Opera||Ruth|
|2004||Sex Lives of the Potato Men||Shelley|
|2010||Come On Eileen||Dee|
|2010||Cemetery Junction||Mrs Taylor|
|2014||The Bird (Short Film)||Mother|
|2017||Phantom Thread||Lady Baltimore|
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