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Danielle Tarento presents the world première of
Le Grand Mort
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Julian Clary
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Julian Clary is one of the country’s most-loved entertainers and his popularity has endured across a three-decade career in show business. 

Julian studied Drama and English at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Once that was out the way, he began working on the cabaret circuit in the 80s, as The Joan Collins Fan Club.

His TV break came in 1989 with ITV quiz show Trick Or Treat. Then, following an appearance on Saturday Night Live, Channel 4 offered him his own show, Sticky Moments.

More TV followed including 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 and Celebrity Big Brother, which he won in 2012.

Julian is a regular panelist on Radio 4’s Just A Minute and narrates The Little Princess animated series.

Roles on stage include Leigh Bowery in Boy George’s Taboo (West End & UK tour) and the Emcee in Rufus Norris’s Olivier Award-winning production of Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret (West End), plus myriad pantomimes.

Julian made his London Palladium debut as Dandini in Cinderella in December 2016, which broke box office records for the highest grossing week in West End theatre history and was twice nominated for an Olivier Award. He returns to the Palladium this Christmas to play Spirit of the Bells in Dick Whittington.

Julian is also a Sunday Times best-selling novelist having written Murder Most Fab, Devil In Disguise and Briefs Encountered along with hisautobiography, A Young Man’s Passage.

His first children’s book, The Bolds, about a family of hyenas living incognito in suburban England, was published by Andersen Press in 2015. The Bolds To The Rescue followed in 2016 and this year brought the latest in the series, The Bolds On Holiday.

Julian toured the UK with his critically acclaimed one-man show, The Joy Of Mincing, in spring 2016, adding further dates in the autumn because of high demand and a short run in Australia. His earlier tours were Lord Of The Mince, Natural Born Mincer and Mincing Machine.

In 2014, Julian was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of East Anglia. No one knows why.