Barratt in February 2006
Julian Barratt Pettifer
4 May 1968
|Occupation||Comedian, actor, musician, record producer|
Julian Barratt Pettifer (born 4 May 1968) is an English comedian, actor, musician, and record producer. As a comedian and comic actor, he is known for his use of surreal humour and black comedy. During the 2000s he was part of The Mighty Boosh comedy troupe alongside comedy partner Noel Fielding.
Born in Leeds, Barratt was educated at the University of Reading. With Fielding, he established the Mighty Boosh. Together, they produced a 2001 radio series, The Boosh, for BBC Radio London. This was followed by a television series, The Mighty Boosh, comprising three series for BBC 3 from 2004 to 2007. The show generated a cult fan following and won a variety of awards.
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 starred in the critically acclaimed Channel 4 black-humour sitcom Flowers.
Film and television
The Mighty Boosh
Barratt adopted his middle name as his surname to distinguish himself from reporter Julian Pettifer. He 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 wrongly 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 one half of an experimental comedy duo called "The Pod" with friend Tim Hope, in which they billed themselves as a "Cyberdance Collective". During this time 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. 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 Chrysler. 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, a children's author battling depression, in the Channel 4 series, "Flowers", a 6 part dark comedy mini series which follows the eccentric and dysfunctional members of the Flowers family. He reprised the role for the second series in 2018.
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, and played guitar for Little Chief during their European tour. He took an interest in "jazz fusion" at a young age, and by 17 was attempting to launch a career as a professional jazz guitarist. He was in a band called Groove Solution in the early 1990s with Dave Westlake, and has also played bass with Chris Corner in IAMX.
Barratt is in a relationship with comedian Julia Davis. Their twin sons, Arthur and Walter, were born on 25 June 2007. In 2010, they performed together in a production of Chekhov's The Bear for Sky Arts 2. 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 or make similar public appearances, stating that he would rather "stay at home with a good book".
|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|
|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||Peter Toland||Segment "B is for Badger"; also writer, director|
|2017||Mindhorn||Richard Thorncroft / Mindhorn||also co-writer|
|1996||Asylum||Victor / Julian||6 episodes; also writer|
|1998||Unnatural Acts||Various||6 episodes; also writer and composer|
|2004||Garth Marenghi's Darkplace||The Padre||3 episodes|
|2004||AD/BC: A Rock Opera||Tony Iscariot||Television special|
|2004–2007||The Mighty Boosh||Howard Moon / Various||20 episodes; also co-creator, composer and writer|
|2005||Nathan Barley||Dan Ashcroft||6 episodes|
|2009||How Not to Live Your Life||Jackson||Episode "Don the Singer"|
|2010||Little Crackers||Himself||Episode: "Satan's Hoof"; also writer, director|
|2010||Comedy Shorts||Smirnoff||Episode: "The Bear"|
|2012||White Heat||Derek Bowden||2 episodes|
|2012||Treasure Island||Thomas Redruth||Miniseries|
|2012||Being Human||Larry Chrysler||Episode: "Pie and Prejudice"|
|2019||Killing Eve||Julian||Episode: "Nice and Neat"|
|2019||Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart||Rufus (voice)||Episode: "Outfoxed"|
|2019||Moominvalley||Mr. Brisk (voice)||Episode: "Moomin's Winter Follies"|
|2020||Truth Seekers||Dr. Peter Toynbee||TV series, 5 episodes|
|1998||The Mighty Boosh||Howard Moon / Various||Edinburgh Fringe Festival|
|1999||Arctic Boosh||Howard Moon / Various||Edinburgh Fringe Festival
and Melbourne International Comedy Festival
|2000||Autoboosh||Howard Moon / Various||Edinburgh Fringe Festival
and Melbourne International Comedy Festival
|2006||The Mighty Boosh||Howard Moon / Various||Tour; 55 shows|
|2008-2009||The Mighty Boosh Live: Future Sailors Tour||Howard Moon / Various||Tour; 91 shows|
|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
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Unlike Fielding, an enthusiastic guest captain on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, Barratt eschews TV panel shows, saying he would he rather stay at home with a good book.