The self annointed, ignobly titled “Lady J-Mo” was born the reasonably honorable Julia Carolyn Margaret Morris on April 20th 1968 in Sydney Australia.
It was during her lead performance in Gosford Musical Society’s Calamity Jane that folks began to suspect that this young and gifted oracle was destined for even bigger things.
Several years of honing her stand-up and variety skills followed, both as an entertainer in Club Med resorts and as resident MC at the Sydney Comedy Store. Then Julia got her big television break in 1995 on the Logie award-winning comedy sketch show Full Frontal.
Quickly becoming a household name on Australian television, radio and the stage, a move to the comedy capital of the world was inevitable and by the turn of the century Julia was working in London, where her refreshing honesty captured the imagination of British comedy’s elite.
Whilst living in the UK, Julia hosted TV shows for the BBC, worked with everyone from Stephen Fry to Dame Edna, appeared in nearly every major international festival from Prague to South Africa, won the prestigious Herald Angel award at the Edinburgh Festival 2002 and was named Time Out London’s ‘Comedy Performer of the Year’ in 2004. She also wrote and performed three different one woman shows on London’s prestigious West End.
Since her return to Australia in 2007 with husband Dan and baby Ruby, Julia hasn’t stopped. She has featured on every commercial television channel, on shows including Good News Week, Sunrise and Thank God You’re Here – and co-hosted Foxtel’s Astra award-winning The Singing Office.
In April 2008 Julia and opera superstar David Hobson not only won Channel 7’s hit show It Takes Two, but, with their interpretations of songs like “We Don’t Need Another Hero”, also provided the nation with some of the most memorable TV moments the year.
Julia’s stand-up featured at the galas of both the 2008 Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney’s Cracker Comedy Festival Her stand-up shows were sell-outs in both festivals and also nominated for a Helpmann Award. (Australia’s version of the USA Tonys or UK Olivier theatre awards.)
During It Takes Two, Julia discovered she was pregnant again and in November 2008 she delivered her second daughter, Sophie. Her return to tip-top health after the birth was speedy, no doubt aided by the fact that she had become the Australian face of both Kellogg’s All Bran and Fernwood Fitness!
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 on 1st April 2009.
Her current stand-up tour, the accompanying slideshow spectacular to the book, has already sold out at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the In Stitches Festival in Brisbane, Sydney’s Cracker Comedy Festival, as well as the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Julia hosted the official Gala opening nights to the Sydney and Adelaide Festivals (which also featured Bernadette Peters) to great public and critical acclaim. So far the show has won Julia “Best Local (Australian) Act” in Time Out Sydney’s 2009 Comedy Awards and recently earned her a second Helpmann Award Nomination.
These days, apart from the business of show, Lady J-Mo undertakes various official, ceremonial and representational duties befitting her level of Royal Prerogative. And as the Lady says “Dementis Pro Is”
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