Christie Whelan is one of Australia's leading musical theatre performers. An award-winning actress who has delighted audiences in shows as varied as The Importance Of Being Earnest and Britney Spears: The Cabaret, Whelan has been described by The Australian as 'immaculate and untouchable'; by The Age as 'magnificent'; and by the Herald Sun as 'a musical and cabaret talent not to be missed'.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Christie was drawn to the performing arts from a young age. She burst on to the professional stage at 22 playing Patty Simcox in Grease: The Arena Spectacular, which toured nationally. Her performance was so popular with audiences in Australia that producers immediately flew her to London to reprise the role in the West End.
After performing in the London production and UK national tour of Grease, Christie returned to Australia to star as April in Company at the Theatre Royal - a lauded performance which won her the Sydney Critics' Award for Best Newcomer in 2008, and led the Sydney Morning Herald to declare: 'a star is born'.
The next three years have seen Whelan enjoy an unprecedented run of acclaimed roles, including Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone (Melbourne Theatre Company), Maisy in The Boyfriend (The Production Company), Erma in Anything Goes (The Production Company), Lecy in Once We Lived Here (Bryant and Frank Productions) and the title role of Sugar (The Production Company), for which she received a Green Room Nomination. In 2011 she took the lead role of Kira in Xanadu: The Musical, which saw The Age rave: 'Her raw stage presence, daffy charm, shamelessly inane comic antics and pristine vocals make for a magnetic parody'.
Whelan's success in Melbourne Theatre Company's production of The Drowsy Chaperone (for which she received a Helpmann nomination as Best Actress in a Musical) led to her being cast by Simon Phillips in his final production as MTC artistic director, The Importance Of Being Earnest. Playing once again opposite her Drowsy Chaperone co-star Geoffrey Rush, Whelan was described as 'a joy' (Herald Sun) and 'delicious' (The Australian).
In addition to her traditional theatrical roles, Christie is also the star of Bryant and Franks' Britney Spears : The Cabaret - a touching and hilarious satirical one-woman show about the singer's life. The Herald Sun declared the show 'a masterpiece'. The show was performed throughout the country in 2012 to great acclaim.
Over the past two years, Christie's television career has been going from strength to strength, playing roles in a number of hit Australian series, such as Kylie in Channel 7's Winners and Losers and Jenny in Ten's Offspring. In 2012, Christie can be seen as Katrina in FMC's Conspiracy 365 and Leila in the ABC's much anticipated Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries. Christie can be seen playing Ulla in The Producers for the Production Company, opening in Melbourne in July.
Christie Whelan travels from New South Wales