• Julie Brown is a radio personality, television personality, and actress.
• She has an estimated net worth of over $5 million.
• She competed in the World Disco Dancing Championship in 1979 and joined the music chart show “Top of the Pops” as a dancer.
• She has worked for the radio station SiriusXM and MTV.
• She is married to Martin Schuemann, former CEO of Intermedia, and they have a child together.

Known for movies

Short Info

Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1963
SpouseMartin Schuemann
FactHer father was in the Royal Air Force and she grew up as an air force brat at bases all around the world including Singapore, India, Cyprus and Wales.

Who is Downtown Julie Brown?

Julie Dorne Brown was born on 27 August 1963, in Bedfordshire, England, of Jamaican descent from her father’s side, and British through her mother. She is a radio personality, television personality, and actress, best known for working as a video jockey (VJ) and disc jockey (DJ) under the name Downtown Julie Brown. She has worked for the radio station SiriusXM and also had a long stint in MTV.

The Net Worth of Downtown Julie Brown

As of early-2020, Downtown Julie Brown’s net worth is estimated to be over $5 million, earned through a successful career in the entertainment industry, working on television and radio programs since the early 1980s.

Hey Indy, this is former MTV VJ, "Downtown Julie Brown". It is my way of reminding you that I will be at Crackers Comedy Clubs new downtown location this Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Hope to see you there.

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She’s made guest appearances in several popular television and reality programs during her career.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

While Julie was born in Bedfordshire, she and her family didn’t stay there long due to her father’s work with the Royal Air Force (RAF), not only in the UK but in various locations around the world too, such as Singapore and the island country of Cyprus in the Mediterranean. Eventually, the family returned to the UK and settled in Bridgend, Wales.

At a young age, Julie developed a love for dancing, and was skilled to the point that she competed in several competitions.

Her biggest competition was the World Disco Dancing Championship in 1979, for which she qualified after winning the UK Championship. After that, her fame elevated to the point that she was offered work on television, so she started her career working as a presenter for children’s programs. One of her earliest projects was the show “Crackerjack”, staying with the program during the latter part of the show’s run in the 1980s.

Dance and Music

Meantime Brown also continued her dance career, becoming a member of the troupe Zoo, who appeared consistently in the program “Top of the Pops”, which is a music chart program in the UK featuring the highest-selling songs each week.

This would be in some way, her introduction into hosting music shows, as after her run in “Crackerjack” ended, she was then hired by the channel Music Box as a presenter. The show is considered the pioneer of music television in the UK, and was the equivalent of the MTV of the British.

After Music Box folded, she moved to the US seeking better opportunities, and her experience led her to be hired as a VJ for MTV. She began by hosting the program “Club MTV”, which ran during the late 1980s up to the early 1990s. The show featured mainly dance music, and was an effort by MTV to introduce new VJs to the network, transitioning from their original five.

As she developed her name in the UK, a lot of people confused her with comedian Julie Brown, which actually led to MTV taking advantage of the situation, casting them in programs and live events together for an added bit of humor.

During her time with MTV, she developed a catchphrase called “Wubba Wubba Wubba” which she blurted on air by accident as it was the shirt that was being worn by the guy holding her cue cards. The catchphrase stuck and her time as a VJ for MTV was always identified with it.

Downtown Julie Brown

Life After MTV

Following the end of her contract with MTV, Julie was then hired by Entertainment and Sports Programming Network (ESPN), which featured a shift from her usual work in music to doing more sports-oriented work, with one of the most recognized sports programming networks around the world. With ESPN, she mainly did off-field interviews with athletes in American Football, then after some time, she moved to Los Angeles, returning to the entertainment industry to become a part of a gossip show for “E Entertainment”.

While working with E, she also ventured into radio work, becoming the host of the show “American Dance Traxx” for a year. The show was at one point one of the most well-known dance music radio programs in Los Angeles, featuring the most popular songs as well as some up-and-coming tracks. The program was discontinued, though its international editions still ran for some time.

Acting Work, Reality Television, and Recent Projects

While working on these projects, Julie also took a few acting projects, appearing mostly in minor or cameo roles. One of her earliest professional acting projects was the film “Spy Hard”, which starred Leslie Nielsen and is a parody of various popular spy films of the era, mostly from the “James Bond” series.

She also made appearances in “Spring Break ‘83” and “The Weird Al Show”. In the late 1990s, she had a support role in the comedy film “Ride”, and then made a guest appearance in “Walker, Texas Ranger”, starred Chuck Norris and following his character’s life as a member of the said force. Other projects she worked on over the next few years included “The Dog Whisperer”, “Hey Arnold!”, and “The Eric Andre Show”.

At the same time, she also accepted an invitation to pose nude for a 1998 edition of “Playboy”, and was featured on the cover.

In recent years she’s returned to radio, working for the satellite radio network SiriusXM, hosting the shows “’90s on 9” and “The Back in the Day Replay Countdown”, which focus on hits from the 1990s and from decades passed, respectively. She also made an appearance in the program “Wife Swap” in its celebrity version, exchanging with Lisa Leslie for the episode.

Personal Life

Julie met businessman and film producer Martin Schuemann in the late 1990s, and they married in 2001. He is known for being the former Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company Intermedia. The couple has a child together, and the family resides in Marina del Rey, California.

General Info

Full NameDowntown Julie Brown
Net Worth$5 million
Date Of BirthAugust 27, 1963
ProfessionTV Personality, VJ, Actor, Radio personality


SpouseMartin Schuemann
ChildrenGianna Schuermann
ParentsDoreen Brown, Valentine Brown
SiblingsShirley Brown, Paul Brown, Carol Brown, Mark Brown, Sharon Brown, Terry Brown


MoviesSharknado 2: The Second One, Bug Buster, Ride, Spy Hard, The Homeboy
TV ShowsClub MTV, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, 1987 MTV Video Music Awards, 1986 MTV Video Music Awards

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1Wubba wubba wubba!


1Has one daughter, Gianna.
2Father is Jamaican by birth, her mother is English.
3Her father was in the Royal Air Force and she grew up as an air force brat at bases all around the world including Singapore, India, Cyprus and Wales.
4Former host of "Club MTV"
5Former MTV vee-jay.




Days of Our Lives2015TV SeriesFashion Reporter
Sharknado 2: The Second One2014TV MovieNurse Fletcher
Gimme the Mike2004/IITV SeriesHost
The Homeboy2001Tallulah Jones
Cousin Skeeter2000TV Series
Diagnosis Murder2000TV SeriesJulie Brown
Shadow Hours2000Speaker
Sabrina, the Animated Series1999TV Series
Martial Law1999TV SeriesCeline Vashon
Hey Arnold!1999TV SeriesReporter
When1999Mrs. Stephany
Battle Dome1999TV Series
Bug Buster1998Katie Cunning
Walker, Texas Ranger1998TV SeriesCassandra
B*A*P*S1997Downtown Julie Brown
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1997TV SeriesSamantha
On Seventh Avenue1996TV MovieFrancesca (as Julie D. Brown)
Spy Hard1996Cigarette Girl
The Crew1995TV SeriesAnita
Burke's Law1995TV SeriesPaige Sinclair
Fist of the North Star1995Charlie
Jungle Book Reunion1990TV MovieHostess
Wacaday1985TV SeriesGenie of the Kettle


The Music Insider2011TV Series executive producer


Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy1998Video documentary special thanks - as Julie Brown


Spring Break '83completedHerself
The Eighties2016TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Fmr MTV VJ
Lord of the Freaks2015DocumentaryHerself
Fashion News Live2008-2015TV SeriesHerself
Oprah: Where Are They Now?2014TV SeriesHerself
Entertainment Tonight2014TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Ghost Stories2014TV Series documentaryHerself
Unsung2013TV Series documentaryHerself
The Eric Andre Show2013TV SeriesHerself
Celebrity Wife Swap2013TV SeriesHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge / Herself
RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked!2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest Judge
The Music Insider2011TV SeriesHerself - Host
RuPaul's Drag U2011TV SeriesHerself - Contestant
The Tragic Side of Fame2011TV MovieHerself
Black to the Future2009TV SeriesHerself
Most Shocking Celebrity Moments of the 90s2007TV Movie documentaryHerself (as 'Downtown' Julie Brown)
Watch This!2006TV SeriesHerself
Retrosexual: The 80's2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!2003TV SeriesHerself (6th Celebrity to Leave)
Playboy: Inside the Playboy Mansion2002TV Movie documentaryHerself
MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal2001TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy Video Centerfold: Playmate 2000 Bernaola Twins2000Video documentaryHerself
Kenan & Kel1999TV SeriesHerself
The Howard Stern Radio Show1999TV SeriesHerself
V.I.P.1999TV SeriesHerself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHerself
I Was an MTV VJ1998TV Movie documentaryHerself
Playboy: The Best of Jenny McCarthy1998Video documentaryHerself (as Julie Brown)
A Magical Walt Disney World Christmas1997TV SpecialHerself -
The Parent 'Hood1997TV SeriesHerself
The Weird Al Show1997TV SeriesHerself
World's Coolest Bachelors1997TV MovieHerself - Host
Behind the Music1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Match Game1997TV SeriesHerself
The 1996 Fox Rock 'N Roll Skating Championships1996TV SpecialHerself - Judge
Deadly Games1995TV SeriesHerself
Howard Stern1995TV SeriesHerself
Dream On1995TV SeriesHerself
The 1995 Fox Rock 'N Roll Skating Championships1995TV MovieHerself
Vicki!1993TV SeriesHerself
The Arsenio Hall Show1993TV SeriesHerself
Circus of the Stars and Sideshow1992TV Special documentaryHerself - Co-Host
Square One Television1990-1992TV SeriesHerself
The 6th Annual Soul Train Music Awards1992TV SpecialHerself
120 Minutes1991TV SeriesHost (1987)
MTV Video Music Awards 19911991TV SpecialHerself - Co-Host
The Chuck Woolery Show1991TV SeriesHerself
Voices that Care1991TV Movie documentaryHerself - Choir Member
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHerself - Co-Presenter: Favourite Female Musical Performer
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Outstanding Choreography
MTV Video Music Awards 19901990TV SpecialHerself
America's Dance Honors1990TV SpecialHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael1990TV SeriesHerself
The Earth Day Special1990TV SpecialHerself
Club MTV1990TV SeriesHerself - Host
Robert Wuhl's World Tour1990TV MovieHerself
Bobby Brown His Prerogative1989Video documentary
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHerself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHerself
The New Hollywood Squares1989TV SeriesGuest Appearance
21st NAACP Image Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Presenter
Negligee and Underpants Party1988TV MovieHerself
MTV Video Music Awards 19861986TV SpecialHerself - Host
Crackerjack!1982-1983TV SeriesHerself - Regular
Rub-a-Dub-Tub1983TV Series documentaryHerself
Top of the Pops1981TV SeriesHerself - Guest

Archive Footage

Candid Camera: 5 Decades of Smiles2005VideoHerself
Celebrities Uncensored2004TV SeriesHerself
RuPaul's Drag Race2013TV SeriesHerself

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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