DOLLY DIAMOND is a much-loved personality who is originally from the UK and who has proudly called Australia home since 2009. Dolly has proven herself to be one of the country’s finest comedy cabaret talents and became an Australian citizen in 2014.
Dolly regularly appears on ABC News Breakfast with Virginia Trioli & Michael Rowland.
Dolly Diamond was the Artistic Director of the 2017 & 2018 Melbourne Cabaret Festival. She has had numerous successful cabaret seasons around the nation as part of Adelaide Fringe, Fringe World Perth, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, Melbourne Cabaret Festival, Ballarat Cabaret Festival, Midsumma Festival, Adelaide’s FEAST Festival and Broken Heel Festival.
Over the last decade this talented artist has been invited to lend her face and name to raise public awareness around major Australian campaigns and in support of many causes. Dolly was proud to be a Movember Ambassador as a Mo Sista.
Other organisations include Blue September for the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Foundation (on television and for live events nationally), a role on online soap opera Being Brendo for the Victorian AIDS Council, hosting duties and appearances for the Water Polo League Pride Cup and the AFL supported Pride Cup both for Beyond Blue, hosting the Living Positive Victoria candlelight vigil in Melbourne’s Federation Square, hosting several events as part of AIDS 2014 – the 20th International AIDS Conference, and appearing at Melbourne’s Orlando Memorial Candlelight Vigil.
Dolly presented and produced two highly respected television programs on C31 TV (Digital 44), THE LATE SHOW WITH DOLLY DIAMOND – a variety and late night talk show format; and TO HELL IN A HANDBASKET, which saw her interview an impressive array of her entertainment industry friends including Kate Ceberano, Marina Prior, Eddie Perfect, Caroline O’Connor, Jinkx Monsoon, Vika and Linda Bull, Denise Scott, Rhonda Burchmore, Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, Ella Hooper, Rocky Horror’s Richard O’Brien, Renee Geyer, Virginia Gay and Julia Zemiro.
Dolly has a strong relationship with many LGBTI organisations around Australia including JOY94.9 (Australia’s first LGBTI radio station), Daylesford’s ChillOut Festival, Coffs Harbour’s Coast Out Festival, TasPride, Cairns Pride, Adelaide’s FEAST Festival and a long-running relationship with Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival, where she was honoured with a Life Membership in 2014.
Dolly was awarded Artist of the Year at the inaugural GLOBE Community Awards in 2014 in Melbourne. She has also worked with a range of other Victorian LGBTI community organisations over the last decade, including the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne Gay and Lesbian Chorus, Melbourne Rainbow Band and Pride March Victoria.
In 2016 and 2017 Dolly proudly toured regional Victoria with Gender and Sexuality Commissioner, Ro Allen for the Rural Regional Roadshow.