Gina Riley

Gina Riley

Gina Riley is an actress, writer, singer and comedian known for her popular characters on sketch shows Fast Forward, Full Frontal, Big Girl’s Blouse and Something Stupid. She is the creator, writer and executive producer of four enormously successful seasons of Kath & Kim for television (which also features her singing talents in the opening titles), a feature-length telemovie Da Kath & Kim Code, and feature film Kath & Kimderella.

She has been nominated and won several awards including Helpmann Award, TV Week Logie, AFI, Green Room and AWGIE awards.

Gina has also appeared on television in Please Like Me, The Beautiful Lie, Open Slather, The Games, The Bob Downe Show, Bligh, Acropolis Now and While You’re Down There.

Musical theatre credits include Duchess Estonia Dulworth in Nice Work If You Can Get It, Matron Mama Morton in Chicago, The Baker’s Wife in Into The Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Falsettos and the role of Janet in The New Rocky Horror Show.  Gina has also featured in the films Just Us and Bad Eggs. 

In 2016 Gina starred as Mrs Thornhill in the return season of North By Northwest and reprised her role as Donna in series 4 of Please Like Me.

So far this year, Gina has starred as Ryan Shelton’s mother/nemesis Charlotte Shelton in How To Life, a three part short form web comedy series for UK broadcaster, Channel 4.

Gina Riley

Awards

Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Musical Nominee  Chicago, Helpmann Awards 2009
Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Program Winner – Kath & Kim, 2008
Most Outstanding Miniseries / Telemovie Nominee – Da Kath & Kim Code, The TV Week Logie Awards 2006
Most Popular Light Entertainment / Comedy Program Nominee – Kath & Kim, The TV Week Logie Awards 2003, 2004 & 2005
Most Outstanding Comedy Program Nominee – Kath & Kim, The TV Week Logie Awards 2005
Most Popular Actress Nominee – The TV Week Logie Awards 2005
Best Screenplay in Television Nominee – Kath & Kim, 2004
Most Outstanding Comedy Program Winner – Kath & Kim (tied with CNNNN), The TV Week Logie Awards 2004
Best Comedy Series – Sitcom or Sketch Nominee – Kath & Kim 2003, 2004
Best Actress in a Leading Role in a Television Drama or Comedy Nominee – AFI Awards 2003, 2004
Most Outstanding Comedy Program Winner – Kath & Kim, The TV Week Logie Awards 2003
Best Television Drama Series Winner – Kath & Kim, AFI Awards 2002
Best Screenplay in a Television Drama Winner – Kath & Kim, AFI Awards 2002
Best Female Artist in a Leading Role – Falsettos, Victorian Green Room Awards 1995
Comedy Revue / Sketch Winner – Big Girl’s Blouse, AWGIE Awards 1995

Television

HOW TO LIFE (Web Production)
Role: Charlotte Shelton. Dir: Tim Bartley, Stand Up Productions Pty Ltd 2016
PLEASE LIKE ME (Series 4)
Role: Donna. Dir: Matt Saville, Please Like Me Series Four Pty Ltd 2016
DENISE
Role: Aynne. Dir: Nicholas Bufalo, 7 Network 2015
PLEASE LIKE ME (Series 3)
Role: Donna. Dir: Matt Saville, Please Like Me Series Three Pty Ltd 2015
THE BEAUTIFUL LIE

Role: Catherine. Dir: Glendyn Ivin & Peter Salmon, Endemol Australia Productions 2015
OPEN SLATHER
Role: Various. Dir: Natalie Bailey, McWaters Productions 2015
KATH & KIM
Role: Kimberly ‘Kim’ Day Craig / Trude / Robyn Nevinish. Riley Turner Productions 2002 – 2007
‘LITTLE BRITAIN’ DOWN UNDER (TV Movie Documentary)
Role: Kim Day Craig. Dir: Mike Christie, Little Britain Productions 2007
DA KATH & KIM CODE (TV Movie)
Role: Kim Craig / Trude. Dir: Ted Emery, Riley Turner Productions 2005
THE BOB DOWNE SHOW
Role: Coralee Hollow. Red Heart Productions 2000 – 2001
THE GAMES
Role: Gina. ABC TV 1998 – 2000
SOMETHING STUPID
Various Characters. Network 7 1998
BIG GIRL’S BLOUSE
Various Characters, Creator, Writer. Network 7 1994
A ROYAL COMMISSION INTO THE AUSTRALIAN ECONOMY (TV Movie)
Role: Peter Harvey. Dir: John Clarke, Network 7 1993
THE MAKING OF NOTHING (TV Movie)
Role: Lyndal Roberts. Dir: Ted Emery, Artist Services 1993
FULL FRONTAL
Role: Guest Performer. Network 7 1993
FAST FORWARD
Various Characters, Writer. Network 7 1990 – 1992
BLIGH
Role: Elizabeth Macarthur. Network 7 1992
ACROPOLIS NOW
Role: Demi Cashimides. Network 7 1990
WHILE YOU’RE DOWN THERE
Various Characters. ABC TV 1986

Film

HOLDING THE MAN
Role: Popcorn Seller. Dir: Neil Armfield, HTM Film Productions Pty Ltd 2015
KATH & KIMDERELLA
Role: Kim Craig née Day / Trude. Dir: Ted Emery, Riley Turner Productions 2012
BAD EGGS
Role: AMW Host. Dir: Tony Martin, A Million Monkeys 2003
JUST US
Role: Cathy. Dir: Gordon Glenn, Entertainment Media 1986

Theatre

NORTH BY NORTHWEST
Role: Mrs Thornhill. Dir: Simon Phillips, Kay & McLean Productions Pty Ltd 2015
NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT

Role: Duchess Estonia Dulworth. Dir: Roger Hodgman, The Production Company 2015
CHICAGO

Role: Mama Morton. Gordon Frost Organisation 2009
INTO THE WOODS

Role: The Baker’s Wife. Dir: Roger Hodgman, Melbourne Theatre Company 1998
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG

Role: Mary. Dir: Wayne Harrison, Sydney Theatre Company 1996
THE NEW ROCKY HORROR SHOW

Role: Janet. Dir: Nigel Triffitt, Paul Dainty Group 1992
CHICAGO

Role: Mama Morton. Gordon Frost Organisation 2009
FALSETTOS

Role: Trina. Dir: Wayne Harrison, Sydney Theatre Company 1994

Television – Appearances

THE PROJECT
Guest / Kim. Network TEN 2012
ROVE [LIVE]
Guest. Network TEN 2009
THE PROJECT
Guest. Network TEN 2009
SPICKS & SPECKS
Guest. ABC TV 2009
ROVE [LIVE]
Guest. Network TEN 2005
ROVE [LIVE]
Guest. Network TEN 2004
THE PANEL
Guest. Network TEN 2004
GOOD MORNING AUSTRALIA
Guest. Network TEN 2004
ROVE [LIVE]
Guest. Network TEN 2003
THE PANEL
Guest. Network TEN 2003
ENOUGH ROPE WITH ANDREW DENTON
Guest. ABC TV 2003
MICALLEF TONIGHT
Guest. Nine Network 2003

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