Age Range: 30- 45
Hair colour: Auburn / Brown
Eye colour: Green
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Chelsea Plumley maintains one of the most diverse careers of any Australian artist, equally at home in musicals, masterclasses, television, film, acoustic gigs, corporate event hosting, cabaret, and the concert stage.
Her first show, Chelsea Plumley in Concert, debuted at the Sydney Opera House in 2000. New York followed with rave reviews and a five-city tour of India distinguishing Plumley as the first Australian cabaret artist to conquer the Himalayas! In 2003, after hosting and starring in the prestigious Sydney Cabaret Convention, Plumley toured Live & Luscious to huge critical acclaim and received a coveted GLUG award for “Most Versatile Performance”.
In the summer of 2004, Chelsea released her debut solo album, Live & Luscious, garnering exquisite accolades. Plumley’s other numerous recordings include the original cast albums of Life’s A Circus, Breast Wishes, Welcome to The Inside Of Ed’s Head and Chair And The Landscape.
Later that year, Plumley moved to London where she resided for four years with her husband, James Roche – Multi ARIA Award-Winning Producer and Artist of Australian band Bachelor Girl.
Whilst based in London, Plumley’s reputation for versatility was well earned. She made her UK cabaret debut in Live & Luscious; she was the West End correspondent for Australian radio program Broadway @ Bedtime on Joy Melbourne 94.9fm; she traveled internationally with opera/musical theatre act Incognito Artists; she was invited to produce and perform at the Showcase of Australian Talent for the Australia Day Foundation; she regularly hosted and performed cabaret evenings at the Cellardoor on The Strand, Soho Revue Bar and The Lost Society; she performed her unique comedic cabaret at the behest of renowned peer, Lord Kirkham; she appeared in the short film Angel which opened at the historic Curzon Cinema in Soho; she starred as Red in the musical production Everything’s F***Ed and, in her capacity as piano bar pianist and singer, Plumley gigged in some of London’s top hotels including the Ritz, the Dorchester, the Millennium Mayfair and the Churchill. In 2007, she took time out from her UK commitments to unveil her new one-woman show, Gorgeous, to Sydney and Melbourne audiences.
Plumley returned to live in Australia permanently mid-2008 and accepted a position as Musical Director for the Victorian College of the Arts’ production of The Boy From Oz. She has since musically directed four productions of Thomas the Tank Engine and the Hidden Treasure with seasons in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai and Melbourne.
Plumley has been teaching voice for over twenty years, helping many aspiring actors train their voices for professional engagements. In addition, she is an enthusiastic Master Teacher, conducting master classes and workshops in universities and drama schools all over the world. As a répétiteur, Plumley has been the classical accompanist for Gilbert and Sullivan’s Trial By Jury at the West Australian Conservatorium and for internationally acclaimed corporate group, The Three Waiters.
Plumley is a five-time Green Room Award nominated musical theatre actress. Starring roles include Mrs Johnstone in Blood Brothers, Betty in Sunset Boulevard, Vivien in Life’s A Circus, Lalume in Kismet, Marge MacDougall in Promises Promises, Miss Adelaide in Guys & Dolls, Gabby/Bobbi in City of Angels, Amy in Company, Rizzo in Grease, Lyn in Breast Wishes and Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.
Plumley’s television appearances include the role of Rachel in Channel Ten’s Offspring, seven seasons as the Queen of the Fairies in Channel Nine’s children’s television program, William and Sparkles’ Magical Tales, and guest coach and accompanist on the Channel Ten series, I Will Survive.
Over a thirteen year period, Plumley has hosted the worldwide phenomenon Sing-A-Long-A Sound of Music across Australia. She has emceed numerous corporate and charity events.
Plumley was included in the inaugural edition of the Who’s Who’s of Australian Women in 2006 and has been a proud member of Equity since 1994.