Julie Atherton is one of the West End's most versatile entertainers. With a distinctive voice and unmatched comic timing, she is best known for her leading stage credits which include Avenue Q, Sister Act, Mamma Mia, Fame, Lift and Therese Raquin. She recently appeared as Queen Angelica in The Grinning Man at London's Trafalgar Studios.
In addition to featuring on various cast albums, Julie is a recording artist with a growing catalogue of solo albums, including her latest release 'Rush of Life', as well as being a YouTube comedy sensation with over one million hits. Her video Portrait of a Princess, co-starring Sheridan Smith, has had over 790k hits alone.
The Preston-born star is also well known as a supporter of new writing in musical theatre, and now joins the ranks of directors developing new writing with companies such as Perfect Pitch and Youth Music Theatre UK.
Julie trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
Theatre: Love Me Tinder (Sanctum Soho), My Name is Beethoven (workshop), SWEET (workshop), The Grinning Man (Trafalgar Studios), Liver Birds Flying Home (Seabright Productions), January The Musical (Live at the Zedel), Pure Imagination (St James Theatre), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change (Arts Theatre), Shock Treatment (Kings Head Theatre), Therese Raquin (Finborough & Park Theatre), Ordinary Days (Finborough & Trafalgar Studios), The Opinion Makers (Derby Theatre), Another Way (Cockpit Theatre), Lift (Soho Theatre), Sister Act (UK Tour), The Hired Man (Leicester Curve), Cinderella (Lyric Hammersmith), Avenue Q (Noël Coward Theatre), Mamma Mia! (Prince Edward Theatre), Fame (Aldwych Theatre & U.K. Tour), First Things Last (Lincoln Centre, Broadway), Mrs Gucci (The Arts Theatre), Tick Tick Boom (Duchess), The Last 5 Years (Haymarket & Duchess), The Women’s Inspiration Awards (Cadagon Hall), Partners in Crime (St. James' Studio), West End Recast (Phoenix Theatre), You'll Never Walk Alone (Queens Theatre), A Spoonful of Stiles and Drewe (Her Majesty's), Little by Little (Arts Theatre), Tempting Fate (St. James Theatre), Notes from New York (West End), Christmas in New York (Palace Theatre), The Great British Musical in Concert (Criterion Theatre), Euro Pride (Royal Albert Hall), Night of 1000 Voices (Royal Albert Hall), Tomorrow Morning (Landor Theatre), Through the Door (Trafalgar Studios), Charlotte’s Web (Polka Theatre), Let Him Have Justice (Cochrane Theatre), Just So (Chichester Theatre), Once Upon a Time at the Adelphi (Liverpool Playhouse), Out of this World (Chichester Festival Theatre).
Television: Monty & Co (Pipkins Productions Ltd), Pirates (imaginarium), Shakespeare and Hathaway (BBC), Doctors (BBC), The Sound of Music Live (ITV), Otherworld (BBC3), Barbara (Carlton) and Brainiacs (Sky One).
Julie also appeared on the Royal Variety Performance filmed at the London Coliseum, Children in Need, The Paul O'Grady Show, Challenge Anneka and Britain's Got More Talent.
Radio: Somethings Afoot (Abbey Road Studios), Toyota Yaris Advert, Doctor Who (BBC), Big Cook Little Cook and I’m an Alien Beam Me Off Here.
Directing: Club Mex (Hope Mill Theatre, Manchester), Her Story (Backstage Theatre), Bare (The Vaults), Juliet Letters (Backstage Theatre), Love Me Tinder (Sanctum Soho), Pirates (Imaginarium), The Battle of Boat (Stockwell Playhouse), Lemons (comedy Pilot), Fanny Hill workshop (Park Theatre), Deeds not Words (Karamel Club), Club Mexicano Workshop (Perfect Pitch), Girlfriends (Karamel Club), A Teenage Opera (YMT), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Bernie Grant).