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Christine Anu in 2007
|Born||15 March 1970|
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
|Origin||Torres Strait Islands|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, actress|
Christine Anu (born 15 March 1970) is an Australian pop singer and actress. She gained popularity with the cover song release of the Warumpi Band’s famous song "My Island Home". Anu has been nominated for 17 ARIA Awards.
Anu began performing as a dancer and later went on to sing back-up vocals for The Rainmakers, which included Neil Murray of the Warumpi Band. Her first recording was in 1993 with "Last Train", a dance remake of a Paul Kelly song. The follow-up, "Monkey and the Turtle", was based on a traditional story. After "My Island Home", she released her first album, Stylin' Up which went platinum.
In 1995, Neil Murray won an Australasian Performing Right Association songwriting award for writing "My Island Home". Christine Anu won an ARIA Award for best female recording artist as well as a Deadly Sounds National Aboriginal & Islander Music Awards Award in 1996 for best female artist.
Baz Luhrmann asked her to sing on the song "Now Until the Break of Day" on his Something for Everybody album. It was released as a single and the video then won another ARIA award and led to her being cast in Moulin Rouge!.
In January 1998, Anu teamed up with Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Judith Durham, Renee Geyer, Kutcha Edwards and Tiddas and formed 'Singers for the Red Black and Gold'. Together, they released a cover of "Yil Lull"
In November 2003, Anu released her third studio album, 45 Degrees.
On 26 September 2010, she released a new digital only single, "Come Home".
In March 2018, Anu released a duet version of "Without You" from the musical Rent with Greg Gould. The lyric video featured photography from around the world, each photo with a splash of red for HIV/AIDS support and awareness.
Anu has also had an acting plus TV career. She appeared in Dating the Enemy, a 1996 Australian film starring Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan. She then appeared in an Australian production of the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors in the same year.
Anu's stage career developed with a starring role in the original Australian production of Rent in 1998 and 1999. Anu was offered a role in a Broadway production of this musical but had to decline due to commitments in recording her second album. Her links with Baz Luhrmann led to him offering her a part in Moulin Rouge!. In 2003, she appeared as Kali in The Matrix Reloaded and played the character on the video game Enter the Matrix.
In 2004, she became a judge on Popstars Live, a television quest broadcast on the Seven Network at 6.30 pm on Sunday night in Australia along the lines of Australian Idol. The program failed to achieve a similar level of success, leading network executives to pressure the judges to offer harsher criticism of the contestants. Christine Anu refused to offer harsher criticism, leading to her resignation as a judge in April 2004. In a statement issued on her departure, she said: "I chose to play a positive role model and wanted to encourage these young people in their endeavours, rather than criticise them. Although leaving Popstars Live was a difficult decision for me to make, I do feel somewhat relieved that I can now focus on my music."
In 2009 Anu participated in Who Do You Think You Are. She appeared again on television in 2012, in the Australian sci-fi television series Outland, about a gay sci-fi fan club. Anu plays wheelchair using Rae, the sole female member of the group.
In 2016, Anu was appointed as host of Evenings 702 ABC Sydney, 1233 ABC Newcastle, 666 ABC Canberra, and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales. She took over from Dominic Knight who had hosted the program since 2012. In the first half of 2016 the program suffered a dip in the ratings after she began hosting.
In December 2016, it was announced that Christine will no longer host Evenings on 702 ABC Sydney, but will instead present a national Evenings program on Fridays and Saturdays she did in 2017. In January 2017, Chris Bath replaced Anu hosting Evenings from Monday to Thursday. Christine has a number of regular guests she speaks to about a range of topics.
Anu married her childhood sweetheart, Simon Deutrom, in 2010. Anu is a mother of two: son Kuiam (born 1996) and daughter Zipporah (born 2002) Zipporah's father is actor Rodger Corser.
In June 2016 Anu announced that she and Simon Deutrom were separating after six years of marriage.
|1996||Dating the Enemy||Minor role, first feature film|
|1998||Wildside||TV guest appearance|
|2003||The Matrix Reloaded||Kali||Also lent voice to video game Enter the Matrix|
|2000||It's a Wiggly Wiggly World||Herself||The Wiggles video and album|
|2005||The Alice||Valerie||Episodes 1.11 and 1.13|
|2007||East West 101||Fiona Baker||Episode "Death at the Station"|
|2009||Who Do You Think You Are?||Herself||Episode "Christine Anu" aired 18 October 2009|
|2012||Excess Baggage||Herself||Celebrity contestant|
|2013||Dance Academy||Summer||Episode "Travelling Light"|
|2015||Ready for This||Vee|
|1994||Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom||Stage musical|
|1996-97||Little Shop of Horrors||Crystal||David Atkins musical|
|2011||Rainbow's End||Gladys Banks||Stage play. 2009 Parramatta production and 2011 national tour.|
|2013||South Pacific||Bloody Mary||Stage musical|
|2014||Parramatta Girls||Stage play|
|2016||Hairspray||Motormouth Maybelle||Arena production|
|1994||Best Video||"Last Train"||Nominated|
|Breakthrough Artist – Single||Nominated|
|1995||Best Indigenous Release||Stylin' Up||Won|
|Breakthrough Artist – Album||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|Album of the Year||Nominated|
|Song of the Year||"Island Home"||Nominated|
|1996||Best Indigenous Release||"Come On"||Won|
|Best Pop Release||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Won|
|1998||Best Video||"Now Until the Break of Day"||Won|
|2000||Engineer of the Year||"Sunshine on a Rainy Day"||Won|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2001||Best Pop Release||Come My Way||Nominated|
|Best Female Artist||Nominated|
|2007||Best Children's Album||Chrissy's Island Family||Nominated|
|2015||Best World Music Album||Island Christmas||Nominated|
|1999||Female Artist in a Leading Role (Music Theatre)||Rent||Won|