Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris (born 20 April 1968) is an Australian comedian, television presenter, actress, writer and producer who has worked extensively in Australian television and radio, touring the country with her solo comedy shows. She relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000, appearing on British television, then returned to Australia in 2007.
|Birth name||Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris|
|Born||20 April 1968|
Sydney, New South Wales
Dan Thomas (m. 2005)
|Notable works and roles|
Morris was educated at St Patrick's Catholic Primary School, St Joseph's Catholic College, East Gosford, Santa Sabina College, Strathfield, and the Ensemble Theatre School. She later attended acting school for two years in Los Angeles.
Morris's first television appearance was in 1985, aged 17, as a contestant on the talent show New Faces. She performed "Holding Out for a Hero", a Jim Steinman song made famous by Bonnie Tyler, and tied for first place.
After several years in variety and stand-up, Morris's her big break came when she joined the ensemble cast of the hit Australian sketch comedy series Full Frontal in 1995. This led to hosting roles on Great Aussie Bloopers and "The Morris Report" on the live variety series In Melbourne Tonight, as well as regular appearances on The Midday Show, Good Morning Australia, Beauty and the Beast and Who Dares Wins as well as the action series Gladiators.
Morris relocated to the United Kingdom in 2000. As well as stand-up, she made appearances on the TV quiz QI, an episode of the sitcom Not Going Out playing a successful beautician, and in the sixth episode of season three of Kathy Griffin's My Life on the D-List, offering advice on the British audiences. Morris also had a stint presenting the BBC's Liquid News show in 2002.
Since her return to Australia in 2007, Morris has made appearances on Thank God You're Here, Good News Week, Spicks and Specks, Rove Live, The Singing Office and It Takes Two. She won the third season of the reality singing series It Takes Two, in which she was partnered with opera singer David Hobson. Her winnings were donated to the Emily Tapp Foundation, a charity dedicated to melanoma awareness and prevention. She has also appeared in a series of commercials for All-Bran cereal, which also featured fellow actress and comedian Helen Dallimore.
In 2018, it was announced that she would host a local version of Saturday Night Takeaway alongside Chris Brown. It's set to air on Network 10 in 2019, with the name Chris & Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway.
Morris tours international comedy festivals, appearing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, South Africa's Vodacom Funny Festival, Montreal's Just For Laughs and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. She won a Herald Angel Award at the 2001 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Time Out magazine's Comedy Performer of the Year Award in 2004. She is a former manager of Sydney's Comedy Store venue.
|1995–1996||Full Frontal||Various characters||Writer/actor||26|
|2006||Not Going Out||Ruth||1|
|2012–2017||House Husbands||Gemma Crabb||58|
|1999–2002||Beauty and the Beast|
|2006–2007||Spicks and Specks||2 episodes|
|2007||Rove Live||1 episode|
|2007||Thank God You're Here||1 episode|
|2008||Melbourne International Comedy Festival|
|2008||It Takes Two||11 episodes|
|2008–2012||Good News Week||14 episodes|
|2010||Just For Laughs|
|2010||Sleuth 101||1 episode|
|2011||The Celebrity Apprentice Australia||8 episodes|
|2013||Australia's Got Talent||Host|
|2015–present||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Co-Host|
|2016, 2018||Have You Been Paying Attention?||2 episodes|
|2018||Guest Quiz Master|
|2018||Hughesy, We Have a Problem||1 episode|
|2019–present||Chris & Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway||Co-Host|
- "Comic Morris is Australia's top diva". Chortle. 22 April 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
- Morris, Julia (August 2006). "Julia Morris Blog". JuliaMorris.co.uk. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
- Gadd, Michael (2 August 2007). "It's time for the anti Straya Nidol". NEWS.com.au. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- Staff writer (17 June 2008). "Julia Morris is a funny lady". Sunshine Coast Daily Online. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- "Julia Morris". Onya Soapbox. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- John, Katelyn (22 April 2008). "Julia Morris wins It Takes Two". The Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 28 April 2008. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- Staff writer (23 April 2008). "Comedian Julia Morris has laughed her way through to win It Takes Two!". Who Magazine. Retrieved 19 August 2008.
- Byrnes, Holly (14 April 2013). "Julia Morris to host channel 9's Australia's Got Talent". Herald-Sun. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
- Official website
- Julia Morris on IMDb
- BBC News article discussing the Liquid News presenter lineup, August 2002
- Review at chortle.co.uk
- Review of 2003 Edinburgh Festival show Will You Kids Get Out Of That Pool Please!
- Review of 2004 Brighton Comedy Festival show Lady Julia Morris Live
- Julia Morris biography – It Takes Two website