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Christine Anu
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Anu in 2007
Background information
Born (1970-03-15) March 15, 1970 (age 53)
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Origin Torres Strait Islands, Queensland, Australia
Genres Pop
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1993–present
Labels Independent

Christine Anu (born 15 March 1970) is an Australian singer, songwriter and actress of Torres Strait Islander heritage. She gained popularity with the cover song release of the Warumpi Band's song "My Island Home". Anu has been nominated for 17 ARIA Awards.

Early life

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

Anu attended Emmaus College in Rockhampton where she graduated from in 1987 before studying at the National Aboriginal and Islander Skills Development Association in Sydney.

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.

In 1995, Neil Murray won an Australasian Performing Right Association songwriting award for writing "My Island Home". Anu won an ARIA Award for best female recording artist as well as a Deadly Sounds National Aboriginal & Islander Music Awards award in 1996 for best female artist.

Baz Luhrmann asked her to sing on the song "Now Until the Break of Day" on his Something for Everybody album. It was released as a single and the video then won another ARIA award and led to her being cast in Moulin Rouge!.

In January 1998, Anu teamed up with Archie Roach, Paul Kelly, Judith Durham, Renee Geyer, Kutcha Edwards and Tiddas and formed Singers for the Red Black and Gold. Together they released a cover of "Yil Lull".

In 2000, Anu released Come My Way which peaked at number 18 on the ARIA albums chart and went gold. In 2000 she sang the song "My Island Home" at the Sydney 2000 Olympics Closing Ceremony.

In November 2003, Anu released her third studio album, 45 Degrees.

In 2007, Anu toured a children's show and released an associate album titled Chrissy's Island Family. The album gained an ARIA Award nomination.

On 26 September 2010, she released a new digital only single, "Come Home".

On 7 November 2014, Anu released a Christmas album, titled Island Christmas.

In March 2018, Anu released a duet version of "Without You" from the musical Rent with Greg Gould. The lyric video featured photography from around the world, each photo with a splash of red for HIV/AIDS support and awareness.

Acting and TV career

Anu has also had an acting career in film, stage and television. She appeared in Dating the Enemy, a 1996 Australian film starring Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan. She then appeared in an Australian production of the stage musical Little Shop of Horrors in the same year.

Anu's stage career developed with a starring role in the original Australian production of Rent in 1998 and 1999. Anu was offered a role in a Broadway production of this musical but had to decline due to commitments in recording her second album. Her links with Baz Luhrmann led to him offering her a part in Moulin Rouge!. In 2003, she appeared as Kali in The Matrix Reloaded and played the character on the video game Enter the Matrix.

In 2004, she became a judge on Popstars Live, a television quest broadcast on the Seven Network at 6.30 pm on Sunday night in Australia along the lines of Australian Idol. The program failed to achieve a similar level of success, leading network executives to pressure the judges to offer harsher criticism of the contestants. Anu refused to offer harsher criticism, leading to her resignation as a judge in April 2004. In a statement issued on her departure, she said: "I chose to play a positive role model and wanted to encourage these young people in their endeavours, rather than criticise them. Although leaving Popstars Live was a difficult decision for me to make, I do feel somewhat relieved that I can now focus on my music."

In 2009, Anu participated in Who Do You Think You Are. She appeared again on television in 2012, in the Australian sci-fi television series Outland, about a gay sci-fi fan club. Anu plays wheelchair using Rae, the sole female member of the group.

In August 2020, Anu was revealed to be the 'Goldfish' in the second season of The Masked Singer Australia and was the third contestant unmasked, placing 10th overall.


In December 2015, ABC announced that Anu will host the Evenings radio program on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales. Anu shared the role with Dominic Knight, then took over full reigns in April after Knight's resignation. In the first half of 2016 the program suffered a dip in the ratings after she began hosting.

In November 2016, ABC announced will host a national Evenings program on Friday and Saturday across ABC Local Radio. Chris Bath replaced Anu as host of Evenings from Monday to Thursday on ABC Radio Sydney, ABC Radio Canberra and ABC Local Radio stations across New South Wales.

Personal life

Anu is a mother of two, son Kuiam (born 1996) and daughter Zipporah (born 2002). Zipporah's father is actor Rodger Corser.

Anu married her childhood sweetheart, Simon Deutrom, in 2010.

In June 2016, Anu announced that she and Deutrom were separating after six years of marriage.

On 24 February 2020, Anu pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton Magistrates Court to mid-range drink driving after recording a blood alcohol reading of 0.109 after she was pulled over by police in Rockhampton on New Year's Eve. Magistrate Philippa Beckinsale fined Anu $650 and suspended her driver's license for three months.


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)


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
2000 It's a Wiggly Wiggly World Herself The Wiggles video and album
2001 Moulin Rouge! Dancer
2003 The Matrix Reloaded Kali Also lent voice to video game Enter the Matrix
2004 Popstars Live Judge
2004 Play School
2005 The Alice Valerie Episodes 1.11 and 1.13
2005 Blinky Bill's White Christmas
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
2017 Kiki and Kitty Mum 5 episodes
2018-2020 Black Comedy Herself 4 episodes
2020 The Masked Singer (Australia) Goldfish Contestant (10th Place)

Theatre and stage performances

List of theatre shows featuring Christine Anu
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Bad Boy Johnny and the Prophets of Doom Stage musical
1996-97 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal David Atkins musical
1998–99 Rent Mimi Stage musical
2002-03 Kissing Frogs
2010 The Sapphires
2011 Rainbow's End Gladys Banks Stage play. 2009 Parramatta production and 2011 national tour.
2013 South Pacific Bloody Mary Stage musical
2014 Parramatta Girls Stage play
2016 Hairspray Motormouth Maybelle Arena production

Awards and nominations

ARIA Awards

The ARIA Music Awards are a set of annual ceremonies presented by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), which recognise excellence, innovation, and achievement across all genres of the music of Australia. They commenced in 1987.

Year Award Work Result
1994 Best Video "Last Train" Nominated
ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Single Nominated
1995 ARIA Award for Best Indigenous Release Stylin' Up Won
ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist – Album Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
Album of the Year Nominated
Song of the Year "Island Home" Nominated
1996 Best Indigenous Release "Come On" Won
Best Pop Release Nominated
Best Female Artist Won
1998 Best Video (director Baz Luhrmann) "Now Until the Break of Day" Won
2000 Engineer of the Year "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" Won
Best Female Artist Nominated
2001 Best Pop Release Come My Way Nominated
Best Female Artist Nominated
2007 Best Children's Album Chrissy's Island Family Nominated
2015 Best World Music Album Island Christmas Nominated

Australian Women in Music Awards

The Australian Women in Music Awards is an annual event that celebrates outstanding women in the Australian Music Industry who have made significant and lasting contributions in their chosen field. They commenced in 2018.

Year Nominated work Award Result
2019 Christine Anu Diversity in Music Award Won
Christine Anu Artistic Excellence Award Won

Deadly Awards

The Deadly Awards, (commonly known simply as The Deadlys), was an annual celebration of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander achievement in music, sport, entertainment and community. They ran from 1996 to 2013.

Year Nominated work Award Result
Deadly Awards 1996 "herself" Female Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 1998 "herself" Female Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2000 "Sunshine on a Rainy Day" Single of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2003 "herself" Female Artist of the Year Won
Deadly Awards 2004 "Talk About Love" Single of the Year Won

Green Room Awards

Year Award Work Result
1999 Green Room Award for Best Female Actor in a Leading Roles (Music Theatre) Rent Won
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