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Julian Bleach (born 29 December 1963)[1] is an English actor, singer and playwright, who is best known as co-creator and "MC" of Shockheaded Peter, a musical entertainment based on the works of Heinrich Hoffmann,[2] which won the 2002 Olivier Award for Best Entertainment.[3] He is also known for playing Davros in the Doctor Who stories "The Stolen Earth" / "Journey's End" (2008) and "The Magician's Apprentice" / "The Witch's Familiar" (2015).

Julian Bleach
Born (1963-12-29) 29 December 1963 (age 55)
Alma materLondon Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
OccupationActor, singer, playwright
Years active1990–present

Early lifeEdit

Bleach was born in Bournemouth, Dorset. He was educated at Summerbee School and studied drama at Bournemouth and Poole College. After that he trained at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[4]


His other theatre work includes playing Ariel to Patrick Stewart's Prospero in the RSC's 2007 production of The Tempest,[5] directed by Rupert Goold, and Mr. Sowerberry (to Louise Gold's Mrs. Sowerberry) and Dr. Grimwig in the 2009 Theatre Royal Drury Lane production of the musical Oliver!.

On television, he has starred as "The Monster" in the 2007 ITV adaptation of Frankenstein.[6] He played the Grand Master from the second series of children's drama M.I.High and guest-starred as the villainous "Ghostmaker" in Peter J. Hammond's "From Out of the Rain" in the second series of Doctor Who spin-off series Torchwood.[4] Bleach was later recruited by the parent series as Davros, enemy of The Doctor and creator of the Daleks, in "The Stolen Earth" & "Journey's End", the 2-part season finale of the 2008 series,[7] and live at the Doctor Who Prom,[8] before returning to the role in the 2015 series opener, "The Magician's Apprentice", and its conclusion, "The Witch's Familiar". In 2010, it was announced that he would star as the eponymous character in The Nightmare Man, the opening story of Series 4 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. This makes him one of only two actors (the other being Paul Marc Davis) to appear in not only Doctor Who, but 2 of its spin-offs, Torchwood and The Sarah-Jane Adventures. In 2011, he appeared as Niccolò Machiavelli in the Showtime series The Borgias.

In 2016 Bleach appeared as Barkilphedro in the critically acclaimed new musical The Grinning Man at Bristol Old Vic which transferred in late 2017 to Trafalgar Studios. In the same year he also appeared in Rory Mullarkey's new play Saint George and the Dragon at the Royal National Theatre.



Year Title Role Notes
1990 The Fool
1994 Beg! Dr. Rogers
1999 Topsy-Turvy Mr. Plank
2002 Ghost Child Leo
2005 The Brothers Grimm Letorc
2006 The Fall Mystic/Elderly Patient
2008 Lecture 21 Aristocrat
2009 Badinage Franklin Gothic
2011 Anonymous Sir Richard Pole
2012 Lord Horror: The Dark and Silver Age Lord Horror
Les Misérables Claquesous
2013 The Fallen Word Franklin Gothic
2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron Ballet Instructor
MindGamers Preacher
Remainder Pianist
Word Made Flesh: Sir Peter Blake Mad Hatter Short film
2016 Mother Crematorium Technician Short film
Suicide Note The Man Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Gist David Luscombe TV movie
2005 Riot at the Rite Violinist TV movie
2007 The Afternoon Play Stefan Episode: "Come Fly With Me"
Frankenstein The Monster TV movie
2008–13 M.I. High The Grand Master
2008 Torchwood The Ghostmaker Episode: "From Out of the Rain"
2008, 2015 Doctor Who Davros 4 episodes
2008 Criminal Justice Gaoler Series 1, Episode 3
2009 Doctor Who at the Proms Davros
2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures The Nightmare Man[9] Episode: "The Nightmare Man"
Psychoville Doctor/Eddie Episode: "Halloween Special"
2011–13 The Borgias Niccolò Machiavelli
2012 Ripper Street Cecil Creighton Episode: "I Need Light"
2014 This is Jinsy Undertaker Episode: "Population 791"
2016 Close to the Enemy Geoffrey Salter TV miniseries
2017 Emerald City Roquat Episodes: "The Beast Forever"
"Prison of the Abject"
"The Villain That's Become"
"No Place Like Home"
2019 Heirs of the Night Dracula

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2015 Lego Dimensions Davros Uncredited



  1. ^ Swain, Richard (29 December 2016). "Happy Birthday to Who? – 29th December: Bernard Cribbins & Julian Bleach". Blogtor Who. Retrieved 29 December 2016.
  2. ^ Brantley, Ben (23 February 2005). "Nasty Surprises for Bad Children (and Grown-Ups, Too)". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  3. ^ Gans, Andrew (4 November 2004). "Olivier-Winning Shockheaded Peter to Play-off-Broadway's Little Shubert Theatre". Playbill. Archived from the original on 28 March 2008. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  4. ^ a b John, Timothy (23 October 2007). "I'm so proud of my 'monstrous' son!". Dorset Echo. Newsquest Media Group. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  5. ^ Spencer, Charles (2 March 2007). "Beamed to a better ship". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  6. ^ Fitzsimmons, Caitlin (25 October 2007). "Titchmarsh scares off Frankenstein". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 12 March 2008.
  7. ^ Clout, Laura (17 June 2008). "Dr Who's enemy Davros to make a comeback". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  8. ^ Rawson-Jones, Ben (28 July 2008). "'Doctor Who' and Davros take over Proms". Digital Spy. Retrieved 29 July 2008.
  9. ^ "Julian Bleach". Spotlight. Retrieved 20 November 2017.

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