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Julian Simmons on hectic life juggling careers and how it is difficult to joke about the soaps after leaving UTV

Julian Simmons, whose job as continuity announcer at the broadcaster has been terminated, tells Claire O'Boyle why he doesn't warm to the showbiz life

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Julian Simmons

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Julian Simmons in 1995

Julian Simmons in 1995

Julian Simmons in the UTV stuido

Julian Simmons in the UTV stuido

John Linehan (May McFetridge) and Jullian Simmons.

John Linehan (May McFetridge) and Jullian Simmons.

Julian Simmons' Christmas Jumper

Julian Simmons' Christmas Jumper

Gerry Kelly and Julian Simmons

Gerry Kelly and Julian Simmons

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Julian Simmons

He's a Northern Ireland institution - and last week Julian Simmons said goodbye to the iconic role at UTV that made him famous.

Now the Belfast star, who spent more than three decades at the station, is taking some time to look back at his extraordinary memories on and off screen - and to look ahead at what's coming next.

"It's sad of course, but I have to admit there was no big, dramatic episode with me walking out of the building when I left at midnight last Monday," says Julian.


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