Dillie Keane studied acting at LAMDA and has gone on to have an immensely successful career acting, singing, and as a comedienne. She was nominated for a Perrier Award...Read More
Dillie Keane studied acting at LAMDA and has gone on to have an immensely successful career acting, singing, and as a comedienne. She was nominated for a Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Festival in 1990 for her one woman theatre show Single Again, and won the Best Comedy Award at the Moers Comedy Festival in 2001. She is perhaps best known as one third of the comedy cabaret trio Fascinating Aida, which was created in 1983, but she has also had a prominent solo career.
On stage, the Olivier Award nominated actress’ credits include touring versions of Dancing at Lughnasa and Charley's Aunt, Juno and the Paycock at the Leicester Haymarket, The Plough and the Stars at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, Accommodating Eva at the King's Head Theatre in Islington and Present Laughter at Birmingham Repertory Theatre. She was also part of the premiere production of The Vagina Monologues in Dublin in 2002 and appeared with Kit and The Widow in Tomfoolery during 2005. In 2006 she appeared alongside Jenny Eclair and Linda Robson in Grumpy Old Women Live and appeared as the Duchess in Me and My Girl on a new national tour. She was nominated for The Stage Best Actress Award in 2007 for her part in Frank and Dolly, a new play by Lizzie Hopley, at the Edinburgh Festival.
Her resume is incredibly varied: as well as appearing in a television version of Fascinating Aida, she has appeared with Richard Griffiths and Samantha Janus in Pie in the Sky, and with Phil Cool on a number of his series and on The Truth About Women. On radio, Keane has also written and presented for shows such as Stop the Week 4th Column, Booked! and Call Me When You're in Something (which won the Prix Monte Carlo). Keane was also a columnist for The Mail on Sunday (between 1993 and 1995), and published two books connected with Fascinating Aida: The Joy of Sequins - The Fascinating Aïda Songbook (1995) and Fascinating Who? (1985). Furthermore, in 2002 she wrote the songs for Sandi Toksvig's musical comedy Big Night Out At The Little Palace Theatre (and starred in the show itself at the Palace Theatre). Other works include the plays A Slice of Life (1981) and Boat People (1983); she has also written songs for two pantos with Adele Anderson.
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