Julia has been performing in radio drama since her early years as an actress in Bristol, and began her audio career at the Christchurch Studios in Bristol where she worked with Brian Miller, Shaun McLoughlin and Alec Reid.
When the BBC Bristol Radio Department moved to Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham, Julia travelled there too, performing in many radio plays and productions, including various episodes of “The Archers”.
She began her life in Ambridge as a barrister prosecuting racist thugs who had abused Usha; she then went on to marry Sid to Jolene, accuse Eddie Grundy of selling rotten meat, and lose a snake in the rooms of Grey Gables whilst staying there in the guise of the Burlesque dancer Scarlett Del Monte!
Most recently she has settled down to play Borchester Land’s successful and sharp suited lawyer Annabelle Shrivener.
At the same time, Julia has appeared in many radio comedies, including series such as “Saturday Night Fry” with Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson and Hugh Laurie; “The Long Hot Satsuma” with Alison Steadman, Barry Cryer and Graeme Garden; “Life, Death and Sex with Mike and Sue” with Robert Duncan and Sally Phillips, and, most recently, “Revolting People” by Andy Hamilton and Jay Tarses.
Her many drama productions include:
Julie and the Prince, Earth Song, It Started With a Click, Dealing with Clair, The Culper Tapes, The Rainbow Bridge, Gilbert Without Sullivan, The Lost Child, The Walsall Boys, Book at Bedtime and Our Man in Havana.
Listen to some of these in the following clips: :
Julia has also performed in the Penguin Books recording of Oscar Wilde's play "An Ideal Husband" with Derek Jacobi and Jane Lapotaire.
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Julia recently appeared in two “Woman’s Hour” serials on radio 4.
She played Hyacinth Gibson in Elizabeth Gaskell’s “Wives and Daughters” as dramatised by Theresa Hesketh, and she narrated an adaptation of ‘Dusty Answer’ by Rosamond Lehmann
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Click play to listen to a track from a poetry CD. 'Herding Cats' is a poem by Les Barker that was recorded for The British Computer Association of the Blind.