Julian Clary began working on the cabaret and alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s, first under the alias Gillian Pieface, and later as The Joan Collins Fanclub. Since then, Clary has undertaken several successful tours of his stage act and standup comedy, including The Mincing Machine Tour (1989), My Glittering Passage (1993), Lord of the Mince (2011), Position Vacant: Apply Within (2013), and The Joy of Mincing (2016).
Julian began his television career in 1989 with regular appearances on Friday Night Live. Clary co-hosted the ITV game show Trick or Treat with Mike Smith. Channel 4 then offered Clary his own show, Sticky Moments with Julian Clary.
Other television credits include: Terry and Julian, All Rise for Julian Clary, Prickly Heat, It’s Only TV But I Like It, Has Anyone Seen My Pussy?, Strictly Come Dancing, Have I Got News For You, Who Do You Think You Are?, QI, Your Face Sounds Familiar, Piers Morgan’s Life Stories, Give A Pet A Home, Nature Nuts, My Family, and Celebrity Big Brother which he won in 2012. Clary is a recurring and popular performer in ITV’s Pantomimes. He has played many roles including The First Henchman and Tim in Jack and The Beanstalk; The Good Fairy in Cinderella; The Genie of the Lamp in Aladdin; and, Chris the Cat in Dick Whittington.
Julian is also recognized for his work on stage. Most recently in Le Grand Mort, written by Stephen Clark, alongside James Nelson-Joyce at the Trafalgar Studios. He also appeared as Leigh Bowery in Boy George’s Taboo (West End and National Tour) and as the Emcee in Rufus Norris’s Olivier Award-winning production of Cabaret (West End).
Julian made his London Palladium debut in 2016 as Dandini in Cinderella, the production broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history and was twice nominated for an Olivier Award. He returned to the Palladium in 2017 as The Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington and again in 2018 as The Man in The Mirror in Snow White.
His film credits include: The Baby Juice Express by Enterprise Films and Gerald Thomas’ Carry On Columbus.
He is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Just a Minute and narrates Channel 5’s The Little Princess animated series. He is a Sunday Times best-selling novelist having written Murder Most Fab, Devil in Disguise, Briefs Encountered and his autobiography, A Young Man’s Passage.