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28 February 2023


Julia is inspired by Julia Child’s extraordinary life and her long-running television series, The French Chef, which pioneered the modern cooking show. Through Julia’s life and her joie de vivre, the series explores a pivotal time in American history – when public television emerged as a new social institution, alongside feminism and the women’s movement. At its heart, the series is a portrait of a loving marriage with a shifting power dynamic.

BAFTA winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) plays Julia Child, with multiple Emmy winners David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) and Bebe Neuwirth (Frasier, Cheers), multi-award-winner Fran Kranz (The Cabin in the Woods, Dollhouse), and Fiona Glascott (the young Minerva McGonagall in the Fantastic Beasts movies) co-starring. Emmy nominees Judith Light (tick, tick… BOOM!, Who’s the Boss?) and Isabella Rossellini (Joy, Big Night, Blue Velvet) are also among the cast, with Oscar nominee James Cromwell (Succession) guest-starring.

Created by Emmy nominee Daniel Goldfarb, who co-produced The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel, Julia has a 93% critics’ rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus says, “Sarah Lancashire portrays Julia Child with infectious joie de vivre in this appetising valentine to the iconic chef.” As The Guardian puts it, “Julia is about a successful woman’s rise to even more success, against the odds. This is a Mrs Maisel-esque world, in which men tell Child what she can’t do, and she goes ahead and works out a way to do it anyway.”

Julia was nominated for Best Television Series: Drama at the 2023 Satellite Awards; Best Episodic Comedy at the 2023 Writers Guild of America Awards; and two 2023 Casting Society of America awards, among other accolades.

For more about the real-life Julia Child, stream the documentary Julia, also on Showmax.

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