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Julian Clary's Biography

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Julian Clary was born on 25 May 1959 in Surbiton, Surrey.

Julian Clary's father was a policeman, and his mother was a probation officer. He attended Ealing Abbey School and was taught by Benedictine Monks. Julian Clary was beaten with a studded belt by a monk and was bullied by classmates for homosexuality.

After studying at Goldsmith's College, Julian Clary went on the comedy circuit, along with Fanny the Wonder Dog who continued to accompany Julian Clary when he changed his act to The Joan Collins Fan Club.

On 27 May 1999, Fanny the Wonder Dog, died aged 19.

According to Julian Clary's interview with the BBC, Joan Collins objected to him using the name so he dropped it.

Julian Clary then appeared on television's Friday Night Live, and as well as writing and performing for shows in support of Comic Relief, Amnesty International and the Dockers, Julian Clary has also hosted the Channel 4 game-show Sticky Moments as well as Terry and Julian and Prickly Heat. Clary has also presented the National Lottery Show.

Julian Clary suffered depression after nursing his partner, who was dying from an Aids-related illness.

"I was having these all-day panic attacks and the only way I could stop them was valium ... I went through this haze for some months and I realised that had to stop."

Julian Clary also appeared on BBC's popular series, Strictly Come Dancing.

In 2005, Julian Clary released his autobiography, A Young Man's Passage.

Julian Clary was the resident judge and master of the double entendre on Channel 5's The All Star Talent Show.

In 2007, Julian Clary published his first novel Murder Most Fab, which is the story of a gay TV star who falls from grace. The Guardian has an informative article on the background to Murder Most Fab.

In 2008, Julian Clary bared (nearly) all for a PETA campaign to try to persuade the Queen and her representatives to switch her guards from wearing real fur hats, saying: "If the queen's guards wore fake fur hats instead, it would be a changing of the guards well worth applauding."

In July 2010, ITV announced that it had commissioned a series called Monte Carlo or Bust, in which three celebrity partnerships including Julian Clary and Jodie Kidd hit the road for a jaunt from London to Monte Carlo.

In the summer of 2012, Julian Clary won Celebrity Big Brother.

In 2016, he married Ian Mackley.

He has also written a series of children's books about The Bolds. The third book was published in 2017.

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