Julian Clary

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Julian Clary in 2008
Julian Clary (Julian Peter McDonald Clary, born 1959) is a comedian and writer, known for his deliberately camp style.

He was born in Surbiton and brought up in Teddington. He went to school at Ealing, where he suffered homophobic bullying.[1] He studied English and Drama at Goldsmiths' College, University of London. He entered the alternative comedy scene in the early 1980s, first as "Gillian Pieface", and later as "The Joan Collins Fanclub". He wore heavy glam make-up and dressed in outrageous clothes, often involving leather/PVC and hinting at bondage. His pet whippet "Fanny the Wonder Dog", also featured in performances.

He became a well-know TV personality in the late 1980s with shows such as Sticky Moments with Julian Clary and Terry and Julian.

In 1993, while announcing one of the winners at the British Comedy Awards he made a joke comparing the set to Hampstead Heath and stating that he had just been fisting (then Chancellor of the Exchequer) Norman Lamont.[2] The joke was met with uproarious laughter from the audience, but he was criticized by the tabloid press, and Garry Bushell of The Sun started an unsuccessful campaign to have him banned from television.

In more recent years he has regularly appeared in pantomime [3], and had parts in films and television programmes. In 2005 he appeared on stage in a wheelchair after an injury while performing in Cinderella [4]. In 2012 he was the winner in Celebrity Big Brother.

He has published an autobiography, A Young Man's Passage, and several novels.

He was ranked number 70 in the Pink List 2010, a National Treasure in the Pink List 2011, a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Pink List 2012, and 75 in the Pride Power List 2011

He lived in Aldington, Kent, until 2018 in the house formerly owned by Sir Noël Coward.

Clary and Ian Mackley were married on 19 November 2016.


  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2299315/Julian-Clary-reveals-terror-set-school-bully-gay.html
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iAU7pATH5_M Youtube
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julian_Clary has a list of pantomines he has appeared in
  4. Pantomime star Julian Clary is to perform on stage in a wheelchair after hurting his foot during a performance of Cinderella http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/4569140.stm