Having a natural affinity with performing, Danielle Jane Minogue has crossed television, stage, and film since the age of seven, performing professionally for 30 years.
Very few experience the success and longevity in the entertainment industry that Dannii Minogue has enjoyed. She began her career on Australian television, acting in popular drama, eventually starring in the internationally successful soap opera Home & Away at the age of 17. Dannii also appeared on Australia’s most loved family variety music show, Young Talent Time, singing and dancing as the Aussie equivalent of a ‘Mousekateer’! Six years of prime-time live TV every week paved the way to a successful solo recording career.
As one of Australia’s biggest female exports, Dannii has clocked up 21 hit singles, five solo studio albums and a Greatest Hits collection. In 1991 she released Love And Kisses, her Top 10 debut single. She is perhaps best known for her signature hits Put The Needle On It and I Begin To Wonder (her highest charting single, only kept from the Number One slot in the UK by Christina Aguilera’s Beautiful.)
Dannii is undisputedly the ‘Queen of the Clubs’ after scoring a record-breaking 11 Number One club hits in the UK; more than any other female artist in the world. This achievement began in 1997 with the Xenomania penned All I Wanna Do. The dance hits continued when the legendary Pete Tong approached Ms Minogue to record the international smash Who Do You Love Now? in 2001. Madonna then sealed Dannii’s place at the top in 2003 with Don’t Wanna Lose This Groove; a bootleg of Madonna’s Into The Groove and Dannii’s Don’t Wanna Lose This Feeling. This was the first time Madonna had ever given permission to any artist to use her material.
From cutting individual and iconic sounds for our dancefloors, Dannii sliced up British radio by creating her own music show called Neon Nights for London’s Capital Radio in 2003 (named after her then recently released gold selling album.) Her show followed the official chart show and was the first radio show to ever be sold by the radio network internationally.
Dannii’s theatre and musical credits include her all-time favourite movie character ‘Rizzo’ in Australia’s production of Grease – The Arena Spectacular, playing to more than 450,000 in its first season. Next came the role of Lady Macbeth in a special outdoors adaptation of Macbeth for the Edinburgh Festival. Another triumph saw Dannii play leading role ‘Esmeralda’ for five sell-out months in Notre Dame De Paris at London’s largest and most prestigious West End theatre, The Dominion. It was here that Dannii picked up the award for ‘Best Stage Performance’, playing to a 2,000 strong audience, seven times a week. Rounding out her acting experience she starred in the feature film Secrets (1992) and most recently the UK short film, The Porter (2005), with Brian Ferry.
Outside the world of showbiz, Dannii took part in Olivia Newton-John’s ‘Great Walk to Beijing’ in 2008, where she trekked across the Gobi Desert in China. This life-changing experience led Dannii to accept Olivia’s personal invitation to become an ambassador for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre Appeal. Dannii is also an Ambassador for the HIV and AIDS charity Terrence Higgins Trust.
There is no disputing that this Australian icon has an amazing eye for spotting new talent on both sides of the globe; holding judging panel positions on two of the world’s most successful TV shows The X Factor and Australia’s Got Talent. The trio of awards she had received by the close of 2008; ‘TV Personality of the Year’, ‘Celeb of the Year’ and ‘Favourite Judge’ – all for her work as judge and mentor, cemented Dannii’s place as one of the world’s favourite television personalities.