Comedic TV presenter Julia Morris moves to Sydney

Comedic TV presenter Julia Morris moves to Sydney
Comedic TV presenter Julia Morris moves to Sydney

The comedic television presenter Julia Morris and her husband, Dan Thomas, have made the move back to Sydney from Melbourne.

They have chosen Coogee as their base, renting a modernised 1930s Coogee family home (above and below) that was offered at $2,000 a week over the summer break.

Their relocation — interrupted by Morris filming I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here! in Africa — came after being selected to co-host Channel 10’s new show, Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway.

After six years away from Sydney, the move also meant they’d be closer to family who reside at Kincumber on the Central Coast.

The show, filmed live at the nearby Fox Studios Australia, hasn’t been a ratings winner.

Comedic TV presenter Julia Morris moves to Sydney

It has lost viewers three weeks in a row, down last Sunday night to 259,000 viewers.

Struggling against Nine’s Married At First Sight and Seven’s My Kitchen Rules, the show had debuted in late February with 383,000 viewers.

Morris and Dr Chris Brown both appear on the more successful Channel 10 show, I’m a Celebrity Get me out of Here! 

Their Coogee rental, last traded for $3.6 million in 2016, has four bedrooms, for the couple’s two daughters.

Morris and Thomas have their own master retreat, complete with a walk in wardrobe, ensuite and private balcony.

Comedic TV presenter Julia Morris moves to Sydney

The ground level living space, separate to the dining area, opens to a rear garden with lawns and a barbecue terrace.

Dr Chris Brown possibly helped them choose the eastern suburbs coastal lifestyle, as previously they’d did a stint in the harbour capital at Narrabeen.

Brown had long been based at Bondi until his move in 2017 to Clovelly, where he spent $5.8 million on a classic beach house.

Morris and Thomas had been paying around $2,000 a week in Melbourne, renting a 1920s home with a pool in Brighton which their landlords paid $4.5 million in 2015.

They retain a $400 a week investment property on the outskirts of Geelong which cost $366,000 in 2014. 

Morris, who grew up around Gosford the Central Coast, worked in real estate briefly as an agency receptionist before embarking on her career in comedy. 

After trying her luck in the UK, she returned to Australia teaming up with Gus Worland on The Singing Office. She then teamed up with opera singer David Hobson, winning It Takes Two in 2008.

During the It Takes Two series she had joked: “Australia, I think it’s time that a nearly 40-year-old, overweight woman wins something in this country”.

This article was first published in the Saturday Telegraph.

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