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Christine Anu
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Christine Anu in 2007
Background information
Born 15 March 1970 (1970-03-15) (age 51)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Origin Torres Strait Islander
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active 1993–present
Labels Independent

Christine Anu (born 15 March 1970) is an Australian pop singer and actress. She gained popularity with the release of her song "My Island Home". Anu has been nominated for 17 ARIA Awards.

Biography

Early life

Anu was born on 15 March 1970 in Cairns, Queensland, to a Torres Strait Islander mother from Saibai.

Music career

201000 - Opening Ceremony Christine Anu performs - 3b - 2000 Sydney opening ceremony photo
Anu performs at the 2000 Summer Paralympics Opening Ceremony

Anu began performing as a dancer and later went on to sing back-up vocals for The Rainmakers, which included Neil Murray of the Warumpi Band. Her first recording was in 1993 with "Last Train", a dance remake of a Paul Kelly song. The follow-up, "Monkey and the Turtle", was based on a traditional story. After "My Island Home", she released her first album, Stylin' Up which went platinum.

Discography

Studio albums

  • Stylin' Up (1995)
  • Come My Way (2000)
  • 45 Degrees (2003)
  • Acoustically (2005)
  • Chrissy's Island Family (2007)
  • Rewind: The Aretha Franklin Songbook (2012)
  • Island Christmas (2014)

Live albums

  • Intimate and Deadly (2010)
  • ReStylin' Up 20 Years (2015)

Filmography

Films and television

List of films and television shows featuring Christine Anu
Year Title Role Notes
1996 Dating the Enemy Minor role, first feature film
1998 Wildside TV guest appearance
2001 Moulin Rouge! Dancer
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Kali Also lent voice to video game Enter the Matrix
2000 It's a Wiggly Wiggly World Herself The Wiggles video and album
2004 Popstars Live Judge
2004 Play School
2005 The Alice Valerie Episodes 1.11 and 1.13
2007 East West 101 Fiona Baker Episode "Death at the Station"
2007 Toasted TV
2009 Who Do You Think You Are? Herself Episode "Christine Anu" aired 18 October 2009
2012 Outland Rae Lead role
2012 Excess Baggage Herself Celebrity contestant
2013 Dance Academy Summer Episode "Travelling Light"
2015 Ready for This Vee
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