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Julian Barratt

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Julian Barratt
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Barratt in 2006
Julian Barratt Pettifer

(1968-05-04) 4 May 1968 (age 50)
Leeds, England, U.K.
OccupationComedian, actor, musician, music producer
Years active1995–present
Partner(s)Julia Davis

Julian Barratt Pettifer (born 4 May 1968), known professionally as Julian Barratt, is an English comedian, actor, musician, music producer and member of surreal comedy troupe The Mighty Boosh known for his partnerships with fellow comedian and Boosh member Noel Fielding. He played Howard Moon in their cult-comedy BBC sitcom of the same name. Alongside Fielding, he has starred in Unnatural Acts, Nathan Barley and Garth Marenghi's Darkplace. Barrett also co-wrote and starred in the 2017 film Mindhorn. He currently stars in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 black-humour sitcom Flowers.

Early life[edit]

Barratt was born in Leeds.[1] He adopted his middle name as his surname to distinguish himself from reporter Julian Pettifer.[2] He attended the University of Reading.[3]


Film and television[edit]

The Mighty Boosh[edit]

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.[4] 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 made 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.[5] 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 documentaries The Route Masters: Running London's Roads and The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway. In April 2014, he collaborated with Julia Davis and Joe Frank on Frank's radio show "Isolation," which was broadcast as part of KCRW's UnFictional series.

In April 2016, he starred as Maurice Flowers in the Channel 4 series, "Flowers", a 6 part dark comedy mini series which follows the eccentric and dysfunctional members of the Flowers family.[6]

He plays the title character in the film Mindhorn, which was released onto Netflix on 12 May 2017, which he co-wrote with Simon Farnaby.


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.[7]


Barratt is an accomplished musician, and played guitar for Little Chief during their European tour.[8] At a young age he took an interest in "jazz fusion" and at seventeen failed in an attempt to become a jazz guitarist. He was in a band called Groove Solution in the early 1990s with Dave Westlake [8]. He has also played bass with Chris Corner in IAMX [9].

Personal life[edit]

Barratt is in a relationship with comedian Julia Davis. They are the parents of twins Arthur and Walter, born 25 June 2007.[10] Barratt is known to be shy, quiet, and self-deprecating .[11] 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[citation needed].



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Sweet Stitch
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 Reckoning Gravedigger
2003 The Principles of Lust Phillip
2008 Curtains Short film
writer, director
2009 Bunny and the Bull Atilla
2013 The Harry Hill Movie Conch
2013 A Field in England Commander Trower
2014 ABCs of Death 2 Segment "B is for Badger"
writer, director
2015 Aaaaaaaah!
2017 Mindhorn Richard Thorncroft/Mindhorn Also screenwriter


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Asylum Victor / Julian
1997 The Pod 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 Episodes "Once Upon a Beginning", "The Apes of Wrath" and "The Creeping Moss from the Shores of Shuggoth"
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"
Writer, director
2012 White Heat Derek Bowden One episode
2012 Treasure Island Thomas Redruth Miniseries
2012 Being Human Larry
2013 NTSF:SD:SUV:: Lockheed
2015 Prison Night Narrator
2016-2018 Flowers Maurice Channel 4 series
2018 Sally4Ever Nigel Sky Atlantic


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Bear Smirnov
2011 The Government Inspector The Mayor Young Vic Theatre
2012 NSFW Royal Court



  1. ^ "Julian Barratt". EggMonday, Inc. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  2. ^ "Julian Barratt". CNET Networks, Inc. Retrieved 17 June 2008.
  3. ^ "Julian Barratt". Metacritic. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  4. ^ York, Peter (5 September 1999). "PETER YORK ON ADS: No 289: METZ". The Independent. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  5. ^ tanlinestheband (21 March 2012). "Tanlines - All Of Me" – via YouTube.
  6. ^ Arnold, Ben (2016-04-25). "Flowers: Olivia Colman and Julian Barratt come together to fall apart". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  7. ^ Billington, Michael (2012-11-01). "NSFW – review". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  8. ^ a b "Mighty Boosh: Mightier by the minute". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  9. ^ Ohanesian, Liz (2009-07-22). "TV's the Mighty Boosh". L.A. Weekly. Retrieved 2018-10-31.
  10. ^ Freeman, Hadley (2016-04-24). "Julian Barratt: 'I have trouble keeping a lid on the self-hatred'". the Guardian. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  11. ^ "Julian Barratt". BBC. Retrieved 18 September 2009.

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