An Australian entertainment icon, Denise Drysdale has been entertaining audiences for over five decades. Denise is a triple threat – a singer, dancer and actor. Denise is a double Gold Logie award winner once receiving the award from legendary actor John Wayne.
Known to everyone as Ding Dong, Denise is part of Australian showbiz royalty.
Recent television appearances have seen Denise as a regular guest on TV panel shows like ABC TV’s Spicks and Specks, a member on Network Ten’s The Circle and contestant on Seven Network’s Celebrity Splash. This year Denise is set to surprise viewers guesting in an upcoming ABC TV comedy Please Like Me in a role like you’ve never seen her before!
Born in Melbourne Denise began her career as a dancing three-year-old.
Having won numerous dancing competitions, at age 11 Denise Drysdale made her television debut on the Tarax Show. However by 14, she was a dancer in the Graham Kennedy Show when she was also given her first comedy roles. 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.
Claiming to be a singer, despite never have sung professionally in her life, Denise was invited to tour Australia with Ray Brown and the Whispers. She was then offered a recording contract and appeared in 26 episodes of the ABC’s Dig We Must and Start Living.
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. Denise is still actively involved with the Vietnam Veterans association.
In 1974, Denise Drysdale became Ernie Sigley’s barrel girl on The Ernie Sigley Show, earning the nick-name Ding Dong. 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.
Denise has appeared regularly on numerous television shows including: The Norman Gunston Show, Celebrity Squares, Young Talent Time, Countdown, Division Four, Homicide and Bellbird.
As an actress, Denise Drysdale 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 Drysdale 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 Drysdale 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.
Denise is in deman in the corporate arena, Denise is honest, down to earth, "let’s entertain them" philosophy works like a charm with sponsors and the general public alike. Denise’s love of entertaining audiences has her travelling across the country with her wonderful sense of humor and musical performances. Denise loves that each New Year brings different opportunities and excitement to her career.
“Denise was a very good MC and did a spectacular job of selling product (particularly mystery stars and lucky bear items) and engaged well with the audience.”
The Cancer Council of Tasmania
“Excellent She did a fantastic job and got everyone ‘buzzing’ at the start of the day”
Kilmany Uniting Care
“Excellent. As always Denise is a professional. She relates to the crowd and is able to cope with all the variances associated with a live event.. Fantastic.”
Dromana Secondary Collage
“Denise Drysdale is the ultimate professional. She held court and rode all the waves… made my job very easy.”
“Denise was fantastic and truly contributed to a successful event. Denise's professionalism and can do attitude was a pleasure to work with.We would utilise Ms Drysdale in the future as she engages the audience and shows true passion as an Australia day ambassador.”
City of Whitehorse
Excellent, Denise was funnier than I expected her to be. The ladies had a well-earned laugh. Denise was quick witted and worked well with the audience, who were able to relate to her very easily. She made the effort to give everyone attention, posing for photos and chatting to the ladies. Many made the comment that she was even more fantastic in person than on the TV. She was professional and nothing was a worry for her.