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Christie Whelan Browne is one of Australia’s leading musical theatre performers.
Born and raised in Melbourne, Christie was drawn to the performing arts from a young age. She burst onto the professional stage at 22 playing Patty Simcox in Grease: The Arena Spectacular, which toured nationally. Her performances were so popular with audiences in Australian that producers immediately flew her to London to reprise the role in The West End.
Since then Christie has enjoyed an unprecedented run of acclaimed roles including, Maisy in The Boyfriend, Erma’s in Anything Goes, Ulla in The Producers and Janet in The Drowsy Chaperone playing alongside Geoffrey Rush, a performance that earned her a Helpmann nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
Over the past two years, Christies television career has been going from strength to strength, playing roles in a number hit television series, such as Channel 7’s Winners and Losers, Offspring and Wonderland and is set to feature in the much anticipated INXS miniseries; Never Tear Us Apart.
On her very early days in performing Christie says; "I didn't know anything about performing but when I was about 10, my best friend went to dancing and I wanted to do whatever she did. I was never very good at dancing. We had to do solos and the teacher said to me, 'Can you sing?' and I said, 'I don't know.' She said, 'Try Happy Birthday', and I sang, and I remember her and my mum looking at each other thinking, 'She can sing.' From then on they'd always bring me forward to sing and then move me back for the dancing."
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