Denise Drysdale

Australia's star of screen and stage

Denise Drysdale has hosted several television shows, radio programs and appeared in movies. She is renowned for her many stints with Ernie Sigley and Darryl Somers on Hey, Hey Its Saturday. Denise has entertained audiences in the corporate arena and in Clubs around Australia.

A truly versatile and dynamic entertainer, in 2005 Channel 9 selected Denise as one of the 50 most significant people on TV in the last 50 years. She has won two and two Silver Logie Awards for her work.

About Denise Drysdale

Born in Melbourne in 1948, Denise Drysdale began her career as a dancing three-year-old. Having won numerous dancing competitions, at age 11 Denise made her television debut.  However, by age 16, she was sacked from Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight for being overweight and the "weak link".  Photographed at the time by a Channel Nine photographer, Denise went on to win the annual Girl of the Year Award with Everybody's magazine in 1964.

When Denise Drysdale claimed to be a singer, despite never having sung professionally in her life, her singing career was launched.

Following an Australian tour with Ray Brown and the Whispers, she was offered a recording contract then went on to appear in 26 episodes of the ABC's Dig We Must

Employed as Melbourne's first go-go dancer at age 17, Denise's popularity led to the Australian Government inviting her to perform for the troops in Vietnam for three weeks in 1967.  In 1969, she went to the Far East to entertain American troops. 

Over the years Denise has appeared regularly on numerous television shows including: The Ernie Sigley Show, The Norman Gunston Show, Celebrity Squares, Young Talent Time, Countdown, Division Four, Homicide and Bellbird.  In 1975 Denise won the TV Week Gold Logie for the Most Popular Female Personality on Australian TV.  She won her second Gold Logie the following year.  In the same period, she also won consecutive Silver Logies.

As an actress, she has appeared in the movies, The Last of The Knucklemen, Snap Shot and Blowing Hot and Cold.  While onstage, she has appeared in many plays and musicals including:  Salad Days, Grease, The Barry Crocker Show, Two Gentlemen of Verona, and Hello Dolly in 1994.  She also spent two years in Sydney doing Weekend Magazine and Beauty and the Beast.

In 1989, Denise teamed up with Ernie Sigley again to host In Melbourne Today, and in 1991 began a Sydney version of the show In Sydney Today

In 1998, Denise joined the Seven Network to present her own show for the first time, simply called Denise. 

In 2000, she celebrated 40 years in television, an extraordinary achievement for any performer. 

In January 2008, Denise was awarded the Australia Day Citizen of the Year award by Baw Baw Shire. In the same year, she released an album entitled What A Wonderful World. The album contains a remake of the single Hey Paula. Originally a duet with Ernie Sigley, the new version features Mark Trevorrow. On 7 October 2009 she made an appearance in the second of the Hey, Hey It's Saturday reunion specials.

In 2010, Network Ten announced Drysdale as host of the new morning show The Circle alongside Yumi Stynes, Chrissie Swan and Gorgi Coghlan.

In demand in the corporate arena, Denise's honest, down to earth, "let's entertain them" philosophy works like a charm with sponsors and the general public alike. Her motto of "no job too small" has stood her in good stead and her corporate clients include: Telstra, Australia Post, Kidz Biz, The Housing Commission Association, Freight Awards, Asia on Parade, International Lifestyle Convention, Recycling Australia, and the Grand Prix Victoria. 

Client testimonials

Denise was very engaging with the audience.

Brimbank City Council

200% overwhelmingly pleased.  They loved her improve, impersonations and just being her beautiful self.  She took time to talk and see everyone after the shows.  She was respectfully intent on this so that people did not miss out and it was the one thing everyone admired.

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