Julian Pearce is Dorothy's younger brother, and the brother-in-law of Sean Turner. He is a constant presence in the couple's life, sharing interests with Sean and being close to his sister. He is portrayed by Rupert Grint in the Apple TV+ series Servant.

Biography

Investigation

After learning that Dorothy and Sean hired a live-in nanny, Leanne, to care for Jericho, Julian is interested in meeting her and even jokes to Sean that he was being respectful by waiting until the weekend to visit the house.

As Leanne ingratiates herself with Dorothy and Jericho, Sean becomes suspicious of her and enlists Julian's help in finding out more about her. Julian turns to a friend of his, a private investigator named Roscoe, to help dig up information on Leanne.

Julian, alongside Roscoe, visit Wisconsin to find the grave of Leanne Grayson and her house burned down which adds any suspicions they already had. Julian passed to this information on to Sean and he kept investigating the issue and reporting back to Sean.

Confronting Leanne

Julian cares a lot about his sister, Dorothy, and wants to do all he can to protect her. One night he confronted Leanne and said she would have to go through him if she wanted to harm the Turner household. She then asked him if he was there on the night of Jericho's death.

He tried many ways to remove Leanne from the household, through suggesting to Sean that he play practical jokes on her to drive her out. He also paid Wanda to go to the Turner house to convince Leanne to leave.

When Leanne's uncle, George, arrives at the Turner house, Julian arrives in order to protect his sister and brother-in-law. He asks George who he really is and decides to sleep on the couch at the house as he does not trust George. Waking Dorothy during the night, they attempt to find George as he was not in his room, only to find Jericho out of his crib, on the floor, and George assuming his place his the baby's crib.

Defending Dorothy

When Natalie arrives at the house and discovers the 'real' baby, Julian comes to dinner with her and the Turner family to try to protect Dorothy's name. With this, Julian works with Sean to try to deflect Natalie's attempts to tell Dorothy the truth.

after an incident with a stray dog, Natalie joins Julian outside for a smoke where he reveals to her he's struggling mentally with this situation. Natalie says she can help and the two make love in the cellar, and leave together that evening.

Babysitting

While Sean and Dorothy leave the house for the evening, Julian is asked to babysit Jericho. When he arrives at the house and checks on the baby, he finds a doll in the crib instead of an actual baby. This panics him and when his and Dorothy's father arrives at the house and sees the doll, Julian has to deflect an idea of his to replace the doll with a real baby as this seems to have already happened.

Paranoid by this, he tells Leanne everything that happened to Jericho and the Turner family. Dorothy and Sean return home to find the real baby in the crib, much to Julian's confusion.

The trauma

Julian had discovered what had happened with Jericho when he had arrived at the Turner house to discover a slab of meat on the kitchen surface that had attracted flies. He then entered Jericho's room after this.

Unwanted guests

After Aunt May and Uncle George come uninvited to the baptism of Jericho, Julian asks Roscoe to kill the uncle which Rosco refuses, but he does agree to keep an eye on the house.

Covering up

Julian and Natalie arrive at the Turner house to see the police there, and Leanne and Jericho gone. While Natalie goes upstairs to delay the police officer, Julian discusses with Sean that they need to cover up the situation so they can have plausible deniability. They can convince the police the baby did not vanish use the following story: Dorothy is rejecting the doll and is taking her first steps towards healing. Julian is able to convince the officer to leave.

In the living room, Julian is unconvinced that they should search for May Markham, leader of The Church of the Lesser Saints and thinks they should just move on which Natalie agrees with. Despite this, Julian is still asked questions by Sean about the cult and Julian states that the cult disbanded after the siege Dorothy reported at and there is no trail after that.

Julian goes into Jericho's room to search for clues and puts a baby shoe in his pocket. Dorothy asks Julian to distribute more flyers, but he instead puts them and the Reborn Doll in the trash.

A new lead

Julian awakes in the Turner house to see a hole in the wall and the bath running. After turning this off, he goes to speak to Dorothy who he finds watching videos of her and Leanne cuddling Jericho. Dorothy comments she can feel her stomach tightening which she says only happens when Jericho cries. Julian dismisses this, which Dorothy believes is because he is an atheist. The doorbell rings, and it is a package which Dorothy thinks came from the people who took Jericho, but it is in fact a spacesuit Julian had bought for the baby. Dorothy does not like this gift, and after Dorothy leaves, Julian dresses the Reborn doll in the suit.

Julian sits with Sean while he cooks breakfast, and suggests they make a ransom demand in order to give Dorothy something to focus on - Sean disagrees with this. Later, he helps Dorothy get ready to leave the house and upon asking why, he disputes why she is going into work. With this, he asks for Sean for help who lets Dorothy go, instead showing Julian who is in the basement - Roscoe.

While watching Roscoe eat, Julian becomes confused as to where Roscoe had been since the baptism party. When Roscoe explains that he believes today is the day after the party, Monday, Julian corrects him stating it is actually Friday. He becomes impatient with Roscoe and threatens to hurt him as Roscoe continues to plead that he knows nothing of where he has been. Julian disagrees with Sean about bringing Natalie in to hypnotize Roscoe which eventually happens anyway.

With Natalie hypnotizing Roscoe, Julian doesn't believe what Roscoe is saying and says as much to Sean and Natalie afterwards. Later, Julian talks to Natalie alone and he notes the reason he is searching for Jericho is because of Dorothy, but Natalie is able to draw out that it is due to something else which reminds Julian that he always wanted to go into space.

A new business

Julian is helping Sean and Dorothy chase up sightings of Leanne in their local area. He checks out a house that is very large, and receives takeaway deliveries and groceries indicating there are a lot of mouths to feed. This causes great suspicion thus the Turners want access inside.

The plan to get inside involves setting up a takeaway service which that house will hopefully order from. Julian helps formulate this plan and suggests the name "Cheesus Crust" for the business which the group decides to go with. He drops off a flyer at the house, and the family await the order. Having finally received an order from the house, Julian arrives at the Turner house having just be at the opera. This means he is not dressed for the role of delivering the pizza, which means Tobe has to do it. He watches on the screen, using the hidden camera on Tobe, as the young chef enters the house and meets Leanne.

At sight of this, Dorothy wants to rush out of the house to confront Leanne and Julian asks Sean to stop her, citing the need for a plan. An iPad in the house chimes, and Julian checks it which confirms that the house has made another order, meaning Leanne wants to meet Tobe again. While Dorothy prepares the pizza, Julian chats with Sean and gets frustrated with his brother-in-law that he keeps mentioning Natalie.

Julian watches Tobe go back to the house to meet Leanne and is shocked to see Leanne has been drugged by Dorothy via the pizza, and sees her fall to the floor.

Pay the ransom

Julian arrives at the Turner house to discuss with sure whether they should pay off the $200,000 ransom money to retrieve Jericho. Julian has to confirm to Sean that he did not send the ransom note we Sean initially suspects, and tells his brother-in-law that they should pay the ransom.

In order to gather the funds together, Julian and Sean gathered their stash of money they kept in the basement to help with this. Julian shows this to Dorothy who is looking for jewellery to sell and she is very appreciative of this.

Sean and Dorothy get ready to leave to go and retrieve Jericho, and Julian stays behind to watch Leanne and Tobe as they prepare a King cake. While doing so, he dials Roscoe who is also at the Franklinville Mall along with Sean and Dorothy to keep an eye on proceedings. After conversations with the Turners telling them to wait until closing time if need be for the person to arrive, he goes into the kitchen again to check on Leanne. He asks her where Tobe is and she responds that he left, locking the door from the outside. Ensuring she goes upstairs, she asks Julian if he will take the cake out of the oven and then glaze it when it is cool.

With Leanne upstairs, Julian speaks with Sean alone, discussing how a small plastic baby could have been ordered through Sean’s account. After accessing Sean’s computer, Julian finds the baby in Sean’s search history and runs upstairs to Leanne’s room. He finds Tobe in there, who he orders to leave, and then confronts Leanne, asking Leanne why she would do this to Dorothy given how much preparation Dorothy had put in for collecting Jericho. He leaves Leanne’s room and moves into the kitchen to glaze the cake. After this he tries to phone Sean but gets no response.

He hears a car lock and he goes to the front door to see Sean and Dorothy walk-in, accompanied by George, who asks where Leanne is.

Preparing to fight

After they all watch the news report on the TV, Sean follows Leanne when she goes to her room while Julian and Dorothy stay with George. When George goes catatonic, both Julian and Dorothy are puzzled. Dorothy leaves Julian with George and Julian tries to get through to Leanne’s uncle, by trying to startle him. He gets close to him and George makes a groaning noise, startling Julian. When Dorothy re-enters, Julian is concerned about the shooting and what fate awaits the Turners. He listens to Dorothy’s attempted reassurances that they have the upper hand, with leverage from having George and Leanne.

The police arrive soon after and after some reluctance, Julian agrees to move George with Sean’s help into the kitchen to get him out of the eyesight of the police. Once in the kitchen, Julian stays with George in the kitchen while Sean goes with Dorothy to meet Officer Reyes. He has to cover George’s mouth occasionally when he starts making noises. He also has to move George around the counter by the time Sean and Reyes enter the kitchen. When they leave to look around the house, Dorothy enters and shuts both George and Julian in the downstairs bathroom.

In the bathroom, Julian tries to stop more noises by stuffing George’s mouth with toilet paper, but is quickly interrupted by Sean who says that Reyes has left. Later, when a box arrives containing a Betamax tape, and George takes it upstairs, Julian and Sean are told by Dorothy to not go after George, as she wields a note saying the Turners called their bluff.

His mistake

Asleep in a chair, Julian wakes up and begins searching on a laptop for details on Leanne’s past. He finds a news article that shows a picture of Leanne with her parents, cradled by her mother. He ignores the phone call by Dorothy and keeps searching. He prints off these articles and goes to Leanne’s door, telling her that he had been to her old house and that if she ever wanted to talk, he is available. After this, he goes to Leanne’s old bedroom in the Turner house and finds the box that had arrived the previous day. He opens it, along with the secret compartment and examines the contents, taking out a lighter and placing it into his pocket. He then hears music and sees Leanne’s door is set ajar. He ascends the staircase.

He tells Leanne that he sees through the story of her lowering him up there, and is happy to sit and talk with her as she requested. He hears how Angela reminds her of her mother and later Julian hear’s how George and May Markham are Leanne’s chosen family, not blood relatives to her or her mother. Julian shows Leanne a picture of her as a baby in the arms of her mother and hears Leanne remark that it looks like her mother is about to drop her. Julian disputes Leanne’s claim that she thought Dorothy would be better than her mother and was mistaken. Julian claims that Jericho’s death was a mistake and adds that he may be to blame for it, not Dorothy. He plays a voicemail clip that shows Dorothy pleaded for Julian to come over when she was struggling to care for Jericho but he did not. He says to Leanne he did not go over as his dealer had got a hold of a good score.

Later, Julian and Leanne begin to kiss and this escalates into more intimacy. As they do this, Julian begins to cry and is comforted by Leanne. He lays beside her asleep later as George enters, unaware of what is happening.

Pressure

Julian is outside in his car along with Frank and Kourtney, going over the plan about Jericho and how he may be returned. He gets angry with his father for his negative reaction to the situation, and with Kourtney the her lack of understanding and knowledge. They get out of the car and go into the Turner house for Christmas Eve dinner.

They enter the house and get ready for dinner. At the table, Julian breaks the silence by pouring a drink for everyone. Julian is shocked to see Sean say a prayer at the table and starts to confront Sean about this, as well as his father. After this, Julian’s phone continues to go off which he ignores. When Leanne asks Julian to pass her the potatoes, Julian leaves the table to snort drugs in the bathroom and sees missed calls from Natalie. Going into the kitchen, he prepares himself a drink and is interrupted by Leanne. She asks him about events the previous night and he says it was a mistake he made and he apologises. She does not apologise and begins to approach Julian again, before he walks away.

He is playing charades with Frank and Kourtney, pacing in front of the fireplace. His frustration grows when he cannot guess the charade Kourtney is performing, and begins to shout. Dorothy and Sean and enter and Julian’s sister gets the charade straight away. He leaves the room to go to the bathroom. He begins to snort drugs while listening to voicemail messages from Natalie. While doing so, he becomes disoriented and collapses in the bathroom, not breathing. Kourtney opens the bathroom door worried about him, and he collapses to the floor on the hallway. Despite efforts by Sean to resuscitate him, he does not. Leanne eventually is able to do so and Julian stares at her, breathing heavily, across the hallway. He says he saw him, and believes he is doing okay.

Julian is loaded into the ambulance and taken to hospital.

Interesting trivia

  • Julian and his brother-in-law Sean share a taste for fine wines.
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