Australian actress, Lilly Dennis is making her presence on the American stage and screen — in the theatre, the silver screen and in feature films. The Tasmanian has been acting since childhood — performing her own shows and taking acting classes before the age of ten. That year, Lilly started The Collegiate School of Performing Arts in Australia where she studied there until graduating eight years later.
“I was always an actor. I always would say that’s what I would be an actor when I grew up.” At the age of eleven, Lilly starred as Helena in the national production in Australia of Shakespeare’s, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’.
‘That was the moment when I realized this is what I want to do with my life.” Growing up, Lilly was influenced by the comedic stylings of John Cleese in ‘Fawlty Towers’, and Lucille Ball, who became the major influence for every character Lilly took on and everything she would write.
“Lucy was a woman who starred in her own shows while producing them and owning her own studio. She took an active role as a studio CEO”. In 2012, Lilly was accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in LA. As a graduate of the two year program she was offered membership in The American Academy Theater Company, in LA.
“I am a solid believer in no matter how successful you become you should never stop training. I still take acting classes today.” To date, Lilly celebrates her performance in the television series, ‘Good Job, Thanks!’, playing the role of the daughter of Katherine Hepburn as the highlight of her career, along with her breakthrough experience writing and starring in her one person show, ‘Chocoholic’, directed by the award winning director Debra Deliso. ‘Chocoholic’ debuted on Broadway this past year. It earned critical acclaim and was awarded Best Solo Show in The United Solo Theater Festival Awards.
“It was a story I wrote about a very critical point in my life and I used this platform of such a high-profile performance to raise awareness and money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.”
Currently in development, Lilly stars in the comedic series, “I Can’t Help You”, portraying a deranged therapist, and in the feature film, ‘Dr. Phlill’, due to be released in 2019. In addition, ‘Chocoholic’ will be touring in Los Angeles and in east coast cities, also in 2019.
Lilly Dennis’ childhood dreams have come true in Los Angeles. What began as a child in the theatre in Tasmania has materialized on American television, feature films and to critical acclaim on the Broadway stage.