Julian Doyle was born in London. He went to Haverstock School and left to join Nobel Prize winner Prof. Peter Medawar's team as a junior technician at University College London. He completed his Bachelor of Science at the University of London before going to the London Film School.
He became best known for editing 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' and shooting the special effects for Terry Gilliam's films Brazil and 'Time Bandits'. It was Gilliam who put him in contact with Kate when she was looking for a director for her music video Cloudbusting. He went on to direct 'Can I Play With Madness' for Iron Maiden and 'A Gentleman's Excuse Me' for Fish.
In 1987, Doyle directed the film 'Love Potion', about a drug rehabilitation centre. This was followed by 'Chemical Wedding' (2008), an occult thriller starring Simon Callow which he wrote with Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson. He has also written 'Twilight of the Gods', a play about the relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche which was performed at the Edinburgh Festival.