Speakers Profile - Julia Morris

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With over thirty years experience entertaining crowds all over the world, Julia Morris is one of Australia’s most successful performers and has shared the stage with comedy royalty including Richard Pryor, Jason Alexander, Whoopi Goldberg, Jerry Lewis and Robin Williams.

Julia has been a regular on Australian TV since her debut on New Faces in 1985. By 1995 she was a household name, starring in shows including Full Frontal, In Melbourne Tonight and Beauty and the Beast.

Between 2000 and 2007, ‘Lady J-Mo’ lived in the UK. During that time Julia hosted TV shows for the BBC, worked with everyone from Stephen Fry to Dame Edna, appeared in nearly every major international comedy festival from Montreal to South Africa, won the Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 and was named Time Out London’s ‘Comedy Performer of the Year’ in 2004.

In December 2006 Julia gave birth to her first daughter Ruby, and returning to Australia in 2007 with her new family, co-hosted the Astra-Award winning Singing Office. In early 2008 Julia and opera star David Hobson won Channel 7’s popular celebrity singing show It Takes Two. During filming, Julia discovered she was pregnant again and in November 2008 delivered her second daughter, Sophie. Julia used the final months of her second pregnancy to pen the memoirs of her time abroad, entitled ‘Don’t You Know Who I Used To Be?’, which were released in April 2009.

Julia’s 2008 and 2009 stand-up tours were both nominated for the Helpmann Award (Australia’s Tony/Olivier theatre awards) and she won ‘Best Australian Act’ at the Time Out Sydney 2009 Comedy Awards. Julia also appeared at the Just For Laughs Festival in 2009. During most of 2010 and 2011 Julia was based in Los Angeles, where she attended acting school – but also hosted several high profile events in Australia including the 2011 Midwinter Ball in Australia’s Parliament House.

In late 2011 Julia returned home to become Australia’s very first Celebrity Apprentice, raising nearly $200,000 for breast cancer research along the way. In May 2012 Julia started recording her first major acting role as Gemma in Nine Network and Playmaker Media’s House Husbands. The show aired in late 2012 and quickly established itself as a firm audience favourite, with Julia being nominated for ‘Most Popular Actress’. Julia also received nominations in the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Logies. The fifth and final season of House Husbands was broadcast in 2017.

Between August and November 2013 Julia hosted Nine Network’s Australia’s Got Talent alongside judges Dawn French, Geri Halliwell, Timomatic and Kyle Sandilands. The same year, her ‘No Judgement’ stand-up tour won the Helpmann Award for ‘Best Comedy Performer’. Her 2015 tour ‘I Don’t Want Your Honest Feedback’ was also nominated for a Helpmann award.

At the beginning of 2015 Julia co-hosted the very first Australian season of Network Ten’s hit reality show I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! which broadcast live five nights a week from Kruger National Park in South Africa. I’m A Celebrity has since become a highlight of Ten’s annual TV calendar and completed its fourth season in March 2018.

Julia will doing a ‘Golden Anniversary’ regional tour of her 2017 stand up show ‘Lift And Separate’ in May/June 2018 and also filming the first season of Network Ten’s Blind Date – a contemporary version of the hugely successful British dating show.