I believe in creating your own luck!
Julie-Anne McDowell hails from Belfast and has been involved in the creative arts for as far back as she can remember. She trained with RADA both in classical ballet and speech and drama and then went onto perform in numerous musical and repertory theatre productions around Northern Ireland.
Fluent in French and Spanish, Julie-Anne has a Joint Hons degree in languages, an International Marketing Diploma, and is currently studying for a Masters in Script and Screenwriting at Falmouth University. The Hive is her second short film script.
An award-winning actress, her favourite roles include Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible, Model in Beauty (NI Best Supporting Actress Award), Julia in Me and My Best Friend (NI Best Actress Award), Catherine in The Memory Of Water, and as part of her degree at Manchester University she performed the role of Elvire in Don Juan in French.
In 2006 she moved to Johannesburg to marry her now-husband and returned to acting in 2017 in Couplet. In 2018/19 she appeared as Marilyn in The Revlon Girl which earned her a Naledi Best Supporting Actress Nomination.
In 2020, she set up How Now Brown Cow Productions, initially to create work for herself but having emerged from the lockdown incubator with a more holistic goal of keeping South African theatre alive and kicking.
  • Writer (2 Credits)
    The Hive
    Short Script
    The Hive 2022
    Short
  • Acting (1 Credit)
    The Hive 2022
    Short
Winner - Best Female Scriptwriter
The Hive
Toronto International Women Film Festival
Toronto
2022
Winner - Muse Award Short Film Script
The Hive
Writers Guild Of South Africa
South Africa
2022
Quarter- Finalist Short Film Script
The Hive
Outstanding Screenplays - Shorts
London, UK
2021
Quarter-Finalist Short Film Script
The Hive
Wiki- The World's Fastest Screenplay Contest
Santa Barbara, USA
2021
Semi-Finalist Short Film Script
The Hive
London Indie Short Festival
London, UK
2021
Semi-Finalist Short Film Script
The Hive
Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Awards
Hollywood USA
2021
Winner Honorable Mention Short Film Script
The Hive
New Jersey Film Awards
New Jersey USA
2021
Winner Special Jury Award Short Film Sctipt
The Hive
Festigious Los Angeles Monthly Film Competition
Los Angeles, USA
2021
Nominee
The Hive
Toronto International Women Film Festival
Toronto
Winner Best Production
The Hive
8&Halfilm
Rome
Winner Best Narrative
The Hive
Short To The Point Film Festival
Bucharest
College
Falmouth University
MA in Script and Screenwriting with Distinction - 1st
20202022
College
Boston University
Diploma in Intl Marketing
19921993
College
Manchester University
BA Joint Honours in French and Spanish
19881992
High School
Methodist College Belfast
19821988
Birth Date
June 6, 1970
Nickname
Jules
Birth City
Belfast
Current City
Johannesburg
Hometown
Johannesburg
Height
5ft4
Gender
Female
Ethnicity
Caucasian
Eye Color
Brown
Zodiac Sign
Gemini
Children
3
Classically trained ballet dancer, actress, writer and producer
Owner of How Now Brown Cow Theatre Productions
www.hownowbrowncow.co.za
"Life is not a dress rehearsal" Rose Tremain
I believe in creating your own luck!