Dannii Minogue is a television personality, fashion designer and author. Having a natural affinity with performing, Danielle Jane Minogue has been an entertainer since the age of seven, performing professionally for over thirty years. It is due to her outstanding international career and major contribution to the entertainment industry that Dannii was recently awarded the honorary degree - Doctorate of Media - at a special ceremony on board the HQS Wellington in London by Southampton Solent University.
Having just signed-on and announced her judging seat on Britain & Ireland’s Next Top Model, Dannii is excited to be joining Elle Macpherson and Tyson Beckford for Season 9 of the worldwide phenomenon. Sky Living has hailed this the biggest shake-up of the UK show ever! The new season will be the toughest yet for the aspiring models to try and impress the new judging panel and win that all-important modeling contract.
Selected as one of Vogue’s Top 3 most stylish women in the world in 2011, Dannii has more recently cemented her reputation and expertise as a worldwide fashion icon. Dannii’s fashion label Project D London was co-founded in 2010 with British luxury handbag designer, Tabitha Somerset-Webb. Their combined mutual friendship and love of fashion has taken the fashion world by storm. Their range continues to grab world attention and is acclaimed for its high-profile fans including Kate Middleton, Pippa Middleton, Kylie Minogue and Elizabeth Hurley. Dannii has dedicated much of her time these past few years within the fashion industry and was honoured to be the Ambassador for Melbourne Spring Fashion Week 2011.
Dannii can be seen on billboards and in-store displays across the globe as the face of ModelCo Fibre Lash, the latest eyelash-enhancing product on the market. When launched in the UK, Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes sold at a phenomenal rate of one product every 30 seconds and has continued to be a top seller for leading UK retailer, Boots. Dannii is also face of ModelCo Supertan, launched in Australia last summer. Having been embraced by the UK, Dannii was thrilled to have been a part of the British institution Marks and Spencer nationwide advertising campaigns during 2010, 2011 and 2012; alongside one of her fashion idols, Twiggy.
In 2007 Dannii stepped into the judging chair for the first time, launching Australia’s Got Talent. Last year she completed her 6 th series remaining as the only original judge on the panel. During her time on the show Timomatic has taken to the world stage and Justice Crew have been signed by PitBull to RCA Records in America. The same year, she was offered a role to judge and mentor on the UK’s highest-rated television show, The X Factor. In 2010, four years later, Dannii completed her final series alongside Simon Cowell, Louis Walsh and Cheryl Cole. Matt Cardle won the million-pound recording contract, becoming ‘Team Minogue’s’ second victory, having-been mentored by Dannii every step of the way. This seventh series of The X Factor remains the most successful with an incredible final audience peak of 19.4 million viewers. That year the show also won a National TV Award for Most Popular Talent Show andBest Entertainment Show at the Royal Television Awards. Heat Magazine voted Dannii the nations Number 1 Best Judge and Best Dressed Judge while Metro named her Celeb of the Year. Furthermore, Dannii was bestowed with the Best TV Star accolade at the prestigious Elle Style Awards, presented by her sister Kylie.
Also in that year, following Dannii’s appearance on ITV1’s Piers’ Morgan Life Stories, her debut autobiography, My Story was published by Simon & Schuster. Personal, contemplative and passionate, it marked a brave and exciting phase for both artist and audience, with sales exceeding 300,000 copies in the UK alone.
In September 2011, following her best-selling autobiography, Dannii expanded her writing portfolio with My Style, a 250-page fashion bible, as well as contributing editor for AOL's my daily.co.uk. For the past two years she has also enjoyed contribution editor status at UK’s biggest-selling glossy monthly Glamour, where she was the first female to grace the cover twice in the same year.
Very few experience the success and longevity in the entertainment industry that Dannii Minogue has. Dannii first rose to prominence in the early 80’s in two iconic Australian television drama series; Skyways and The Sullivan's. She later became a house-hold-name for her six-year role in the weekly Saturday night prime-time variety show Young Talent Time, the Australian equivalent of Disney’s Mickey Mouse Club. Dannii continued to star in Australian network dramas before joining the internationally successful soap opera Home and Away, where she played the rebellious Emma Jackson throughout 1989 and 1990. Other acting credits include the feature film Secrets (1992) opposite Shine’s Noah Taylor, and UK short film, The Porter (2005) with Max Beesley and Brian Ferry.
With her background in live family entertainment TV, some of Dannii’s favourite career moments are hosting ITV1’s prime-time special Ultimate Movie Toons (2010), presenting The Lion King special for Disney (1995) and hosting the UK Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards (2008). So impressed was the President of Nickelodeon U.S., Cyma Zarghami, that she requested Dannii lecture with her at a members only event at the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA).
As one of Australia’s biggest female exports, Dannii is no stranger to the music charts. In 1990 the then pop starlet released her debut Top 10 single and album Love and Kisses. A string of Top 10 chart hits followed internationally including Jump To The Beat, This Is It, Put The Needle On It, I Begin To Wonder and You Won’t Forget About Me. Dannii proudly holds the music title Queen of the Clubs after scoring a record-breaking 12 consecutive Number One dance singles in the UK; more than any other female artist in the world. This achievement began in 1997 with the Xenomania chart-topper All I Wanna Do. The dance music hits continued with the international hit Who Do You Love Now? in 2001. Madonna then sealed Dannii's place at the top with Don’t Wanna Lose This Groove in 2003, granting sampling permission (for the first time) with a bootleg of Into The Groove and Don’t Wanna Lose This Feeling. Dannii’s music has earned her more than 200 weeks, virtually four years, on the official UK sales chart, selling in excess of seven million records worldwide.
From cutting individual and iconic sounds for our dance-floors, Dannii sliced up British radio by creating her own music show called Neon Nights for London’s Capital Radio Group in 2003. Her radio show was the first to ever be sold by the radio network internationally. She has also guest co-hosted on Kyle & Jackie O’s Breakfast Show, Sydney’s top rating breakfast show on 2DayFM and the national drive show with Fifi Box.
Dannii’s theatre and musical roles include her all time favourite movie character ‘Rizzo’ in Australia’s production ofGrease - The Arena Spectacular, playing to more than 450,000. Next came the role of Lady Macbeth in a special outdoors adaptation ofMacbeth 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 prestigious Dominion Theatre. It was here that Dannii picked up the award for ‘Best Stage Performance,’ playing to a 2,000 strong audience, seven times a week.
Outside the world of showbiz, Dannii is an ambassador for the Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre, in Australia, and patron of the CVQO – an educational charity that provides opportunities for cadet organisations to gain internationally recognised vocational qualifications in the UK.
In receiving an honorary Doctorate of Media for her services to the entertainment industry over the last 34 years, variety really is the spice of life for Dannii Minogue, 2013 will be no exception.
Recent UK Awards
TV Personality of the Year – Glamour Magazine 2011
Best TV Judge – Heat Magazine 2010
Style Icon – News of the World 2010
Celeb of the Year – Metro Newspaper 2010
TV Personality of the Year – Glamour Magazine 2010
Best TV Star – Elle Magazine Style Awards 2010
Ultimate TV Personality – Cosmopolitan Magazine 2009
Favourite Judge – OK! Magazine 2009
Celeb of the Year – Metro Newspaper 2008
TV Personality of the Year – Glamour Magazine 2008
Global Brand Ambassador - Etihad Airways
Ambassador : ModelCo Fibre Lash and Super Tan – Australia & UK
Ambassador : Lexus of Blackburn - Australia
Ambassador: a2 Milk - UK
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