as Zephyr Gilat
Julia Farino is a British actress and singer who now lives in Los Angeles following over 20 years of performing in the UK in television, film, West End theatre and on UK tours. She has worked with stars as diverse as Sir John Gielgud and Sir Elton John, Robbie Williams, Michael Madsen, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brian Cox OBE, to name but a few. As a vocalist, from rock and pop vocals to resident jazz singer at The Dorchester Hotel, London, Julia has covered it all, even reaching No 2 in Tower Records in Japan singing, Ooh Gary Gary, a song about the England striker, Gary Lineker, on an album of football songs !
Julia’s television credits include Veep (HBO), Jane The Virgin (The CW), Age of the Living Dead playing the President of the United States (Amazon Prime), The Gifted (Fox), My Haunted House (Lifetime), Days of our Lives (NBC), True Nightmares (Investigation Discovery), Crocodile Shoes with Jimmy Nail (ITV) and In Suspicious Circumstances with Edward Woodward, OBE (Granada Television).
Julia’s film credits include Oscar Wilde’s, Lady Windermere’s Fan, The Wrong Neighbor, Court of Appeals, My Little Girl Is Gone, Icarus (for which she won Best Actress at the River Bend Film Festival), Kiss Kiss, Solver, Clocking The T, Synapse, If Tomorrow, Locked Out, We Detected That Your Footage May Be Shaky and Jeanine. And for all those sci fi and comic con fans, Julia appears in the video, I was a Doctor Who Monster! (Reeltime Pictures) with Sylvester McCoy who played the seventh Doctor in the BBC franchise.
Julia’s theatre work includes playing leading roles in Les Misérables (West End, London), Calendar Girls, Laughter In The Rain, The Cherry Orchard, the world premiere of, Alfie – The Musical and the title roles in The Little Prince and Cinderella. Julia has toured the UK and Ireland playing Barbara Orbison and k. d. lang in The Roy Orbison Story – Only the Lonely, and as Brenda in the musical comedy, Somebody Loves You, by Charles Way. Other work includes, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man and Mother Goose with Frankie Howerd, Maureen Lipman and Donald Sinden (Theatre Royal, West End, London). And Julia performed at both the 10th and 25th anniversary concerts of Les Misérables at the Royal Albert Hall and The 02 Arena in London.
Alongside her work in theatre and film, Julia also had her own jazz trio in London and has played at many venues and clubs: The Dorchester Hotel, The Savoy Hotel, Pizza On The Park, The 606 Club, Selena Jones Jazz Room, Aspinalls Casino, Gala Casinos throughout the UK, The Grand Hotel Paradiso in France, the Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and at countless jazz festivals throughout the UK and abroad. And, after establishing her Little Big Band in 2005, Julia launched her debut, jazz album, Don’t Talk To Me Of Love, a mixture of original songs and covers which received rave reviews. Dave Gelly in the UK national newspaper, The Observer, wrote, “Her cool voice and clear, direct phrasing fit effortlessly into all kinds of settings – swing, ballad, Latin, even Dixieland – and in every case the words and music sound as though they belong together, which is not as common as you might think.” Tracks from Julia’s album are also selling well in Singapore and Malaysia for EQ Records on several jazz compilation albums.
And over the years, if you haven’t got up to make a cup of tea during the TV commercial breaks, you probably will have seen Julia popping up all over the place as she’s worked on a huge range of advertising campaigns: Chubb, Volkswagen, Tesco, Sky TV, Whiskas, Silvikrin Hairspray, Hewlett Packard, Greenpeace, Pedigree Chum, Dell, Embraer Jets, Bank of New York Mellon, Land of Leather, Epson, Humira, the list goes on.
Julia loves variety and having her fingers in many pies! She’s even featured on the BAFTA winning video game, What Remains of Edith Finch. “Not knowing what’s around the corner keeps me energised,” says Julia. “Los Angeles is the perfect town for me as there is so much on offer. I hope the next 25 years of my career will be as exciting as the first 25”.
(Source : juliafarino.com)
She is in the Foundation cast list (2021) as Zephyr Gilat and is present in 3 episodes.
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