Julian Clary was born in 1959 in Surbiton, Surrey. He attended Goldsmiths College at the University of London, studying English and Drama. He began his career in stand-up comedy, performing as “Gillian Pieface”, and later as “The Joan Collins Fanclub”. He went on many successful tours of his act, many being released on home video.
He made his first TV appearance back in 1989 on Trick or Treat, an ITV quiz show. Soon enough, he was offered his own show, Stick Moments, on Channel 4 which ran from 1990-1991. His other TV work includes All Rise, Just A Minute and Your Face Sounds Familiar.
In 2004, Clary made his West End debut, playing Leigh Bowery in the Boy George musical, Taboo. In 2007, he appeared in the Olivier Award winning production of Cabaret playing the role of the Emcee. He has also played roles in Canned Clary and For The Love of Coqs. In 2017, he starred in Le Grand Mort at Trafalgar Studios.
In 2016, Clary starred in the first London Palladium pantomime of this era, playing Dandini in Cinderella. He's appeared in many Palladium pantomimes since, including Dick Whittington, Snow White, Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Pantoland at the Palladium.