Dillie studied music at Trinity College, Dublin, and went on to complete the 3 year acting course at LAMDA. A burgeoning acting career was hijacked by the extraordinary success of FASCINATING AIDA which started in a wine bar in West End Lane in 1983 with Marilyn Cutts and Lizzie Richardson. When Adele Anderson joined in 1984, she found her great writing partner.
In 2002, Dillie wrote the songs for the new musical comedy by Sandi Toksvig, BIG NIGHT OUT AT THE LITTLE PALACE THEATRE, which she starred in at the Palace Theatre, Watford alongside Sandi and Bonnie Langford, and the show broke all box-office records.
With FASCINATING AIDA, Dillie has played FIVE West End seasons:- 2003 One Last Flutter at the Comedy Theatre; 1999 in Barefaced Chic at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket; 1997 in It, Wit, Don't Give a Shit Girls at the Vaudeville; 1994/5 at the Garrick and subsequently Apollo Theatres; and in 1987 at the Piccadilly. They have also played six seasons at the Lyric, Hammersmith, one season at the Donmar Warehouse, and toured extensively throughout the UK many times. Dillie has appeared with Fascinating Aida at Theatre Row on 42nd Street, New York; at the 59E59 Theater in New York, Raffles Hotel in Singapore; the Bar Jeder Vernunft in Berlin; Hemingways Resort in Kenya; two seasons at the Firebird Cafe and one at the Ballroom in New York, plus an appearance at the New York Cabaret Convention; three tours of Australia, including a month at the Sydney Opera House; the Arts Festival in Wellington, New Zealand; and a season at the Mason Street Theater in San Francisco. Recently Dillie has been touring Grumpy Old Women both in the UK and Australia. Dillie alos toured Ireland playing Lady Bracknell in The Importance in Being Earnest. In 2008 Dillie will tour the UK in the one woman play My Brilliant Divorce.
Fascinating Aida have released five albums, published two books, two videos and been nominated for the Perrier Award and three times for Best Entertainment in the Olivier Awards.
In 1999 she performed her new one woman show, BACK WITH YOU in Berlin's premier cabaret venue, the Bar Jeder Vernunft and spent 2000/2001 touring the show in the UK and Germany, and won the Best Comedy Award at the Moers Comedy Festival in 2001.
In the Summer of 2001, BACK WITH YOU performed a sell out season at Pizza on the Park in London and at the Edinburgh Festival, and in January 2002 played a West End season at the Arts Theatre. Dillie also performed at the 2001 New York Cabaret Convention. Her two previous one woman shows - SINGLE AGAIN (1991) and CITIZEN KEANE (1992) - were sell outs and she was nominated for the Perrier Award for the former.
Acting parts include Maggie in DANCING AT LUGHNASA on tour; Bessie Burgess in THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds; Juno in JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK at the Leicester Haymarket; Eva in ACCOMODATING EVA at the King's Head Theatre, Islington; Monica in PRESENT LAUGHTER at Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Donna Lucia in the national tour of CHARLEY'S AUNT with Eric Sykes. She appeared in the premiere production of THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES in Dublin in 2002, and played an ugly sister opposite Adele Anderson in CINDERELLA at the Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple. Dillie has recently been touring in TOMFOOLERY, starring alongside Kit and the Widow, and she has been appearing on TV on GRUMPY OLD WOMEN for BBC2.
On television she has appeared in PIE IN THE SKY; hosted a BBC pilot TRULY, MADLY, WEEKLY, as well as numerous guest appearances in programmes such as ME AND MY GIRL , as Phil's sidekick in the PHIL COOL series, DID YOU SEE? and THE TRUTH ABOUT WOMEN. Film credits include DEADLY ADVICE and TO DIE FOR.
Other credits include:
Columnist on The Stage and the Mail on Sunday (1993-5)
|Radio:||9 years of writing the songs for STOP THE WEEK 1983-92|
|5 years of writing regularly for 4TH COLUMN|
|Co-wrote and presented CALL ME WHEN YOU'RE IN SOMETHING|
|Many appearances in the Sony Award nominated show BOOKED!|
|Books:||THE JOY OF SEQUINS - the Fascinating Aida Songbook (1995)|
|FASCINATING WHO? (1985)|
|Plays:||A SLICE OF LIFE - performed at the King's Head Theatre 1981|
|BOAT PEOPLE - tour of Ireland 1983|
|Songs:||2 songs specially commissioned & performed in THE SHAKESPEARE REVUE at the Vaudeville Theatre and subsequently on many tours.|
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