He was educated at Westwood St. Thomas's School in Salisbury, and was an active member of the Salisbury Playhouse Youth Theatre "Stage '65" and graduated from RADA in 1986. On-screen credits include roles in Watching, EastEnders, Shades, Murder in Mind, The Bill, Casualty and the 1995 film Feast of July. On stage he appeared in productions of Closer, Of Mice and Men, The Tempest, The Trestle at Pope Lick Creek, Look Back In Anger, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and All My Sons.
Previously teaching Acting for Camera at Webber Douglas Drama School, he took up the post of Senior Lecturer in Acting at the Rose Bruford College in 2006 and has directed adaptations of Body of Water, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Winter's Tale, The Seagull, Three Sisters, Punk Rock and Herons, August and Earthquakes. He is a visiting Lecturer at East 15 Acting School where he leads workshops on both Brecht and Shakespeare. An interest in Greek Theatre led to a BA in History and Archaeology, a Masters in Classical Studies and a diploma from the Epidauros Summer School run by the University of Athens. Julian is also a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.