Mat Fraser

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Mat Fraser
Born England, UK
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Julie Atlas Muz (2012–present)

Mat Fraser is an English actor.

Performing career[edit]

As an actor Fraser has performed on the hit show American Horror Story: Freak Show, and with the "Graeae Theatre Company", Europe's leading disabled theatre company. He is the creator and main performer in a new play called Thalidomide!! A Musical. He also co-hosts the BBC's Ouch! Podcast.[1]

Fraser has appeared on television both as a presenter and as an actor, in a number of productions including Metrosexuality and Every Time You Look at Me. He is also a martial artist having studied hapkido, taekwondo, and karate.[2] Fraser coined the use of term "spacking up" to describe when an able-bodied actor plays the part of a disabled person rather than the part going to a disabled actor, as a play on "blacking up", used to describe the controversial practice where non-black actors take on the characters of black people.[3]

His film Kung Fu Flid was released in 2009, starring Faye Tozer (formerly of pop group Steps), Frank Harper and Terry Stone.[4]

Fraser made his Fair City debut in June 2011,[5] playing Esther's son David and impregnating Susan before fleeing to Kosovo.[6]

Fraser played the drums in a performance of Ian Dury's "Spasticus Autisticus" at the 2012 Paralympics opening ceremony,[7][8] and with Coldplay during the closing ceremony.[9][10]

Personal life[edit]

Fraser married Julie Atlas Muz, a burlesque star, in May 2012 in New York City.[7][8]


  1. ^ Ouch! It's a disability thing BBC
  2. ^ Schillinger, Liesl (30 January 2005). "Arms and the Man: The Star of 'The Flid Show'". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  3. ^ I’m a bit surprised to be referred to as “you people”… Isn’t that kind of condescending? (Irish Times), 6 March 2010
  4. ^ Kung Fu Flid IMDb
  5. ^ Man on a mission Irish Times, 7 June 2011 (subscription required)
  6. ^ "David Osbourne played by Mat Fraser". Fair City. Raidió Teilifís Éireann. 
  7. ^ a b Flippers and strippers – Mat Fraser and Julie Atlas Muz Time Out London, 31 August 2012
  8. ^ a b From Paraphilia to Paralympics with Mat Fraser This is Cabaret, 8 September 2012
  9. ^ Disabled drummer gets biggest gig of his life as he joins Coldplay at Games finale London Evening Standard, 10 September 2012
  10. ^ As it happened: Paralympic closing ceremony BBC Sport, 9 September 2012

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