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Caroline O'Connor

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Caroline Ann O’Connor (born 2 September 1962) is an English-Australian singer, dancer and actress.

O’Connor was born in Oldham, Lancashire, England, to Irish parents and subsequently raised and trained in Sydney, Australia. She trained at the Royal Ballet School in London and worked full-time at the Australian Opera Ballet. She became an Australian Citizen in 2007 giving her dual citizenship.

O’Connor’s film work includes the featured role of Nini Legs in the Air in Baz Luhrmann’s film Moulin Rouge!, and as Ethel Merman in the Cole Porter biopic De-Lovely. She also featured on the De-Lovely soundtrack, singing Anything Goes.

In 2003 O’Connor made her Broadway debut as Velma Kelly in Chicago. Her West End theatre performances include Mabel in Mack & Mabel for which she received an Olivier nomination for Best Actress in a Musical. O’Connor was a member of the original 1986 revival cast of Me and My Girl at the Adelphi Theatre.

O’Connor’s other UK theatre credits include A Chorus Line, Hold on Tight it’s 60’s Night, Chicago, Damn Yankees, West Side Story and as Ellie May in Showboat for the Royal Shakespeare Company and Opera North.

In 1998, O’Connor returned to Australia as Velma Kelly in Chicago for which she won a Green Room Award and the Mo Award for Female Musical Theatre Performer of the Year. Other Australian productions include the one woman play Bombshells written especially for Caroline O’Connor by playwright Joanna Murray-Smith, West Side Story, Man of La Mancha, Oklahoma! and concert productions of Funny Girl and Mack & Mabel. She has since filmed Bombshells for ABC Television. Her portrayal of Edith Piaf in Pam Gems’s play Piaf gained her three Australian theatre awards.

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