Speakers Profile - Courtney Act

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Courtney Act is more than just gender or drag. She is a contemporary artist who embodies the zeitgeist of an era.

Boy, Girl, Artist, Advocate. Courtney Act is more than just the sum of her parts.

In 2003, Courtney made it to 13th place on the first season of Australian Idol and then signed to Sony/BMG. In 2014 she was top three on Season 6 of the Emmy Award winning RuPaul's Drag Race before releasing her debut EP, Kaleidoscope, and touring internationally with her original show, The Girl From Oz. In 2018, Courtney was crowned the winner of Celebrity Big Brother UK - educating viewers on queer issues such as gender fluidity and sexuality.

After her successful world tour Under the Covers, Courtney made television history as the host of the UK's first bisexual dating show The Bi Life (E!). That Christmas she hosted her own variety TV special, The Courtney Act Show (Channel 4 UK and 10 Peach). She competed in Eurovision - Australia Decides and then danced her way into the hearts of the nation finishing runner up on Dancing With The Stars. 2020 saw her new live show FLUID debut at Darlinghurst Theatre in the Mardi Gras Festival.

In 2021 Courtney hosted multiple series of One Plus One (ABC TV) and launched the podcast Brenda, Call Me (NOVA) with best friend Vanity, and Building Queertopia (BBC Sounds). Ending the year with the release of Caught In The Act: A Memoir, which went into reprint on the first day of sales and quickly became a bestseller.

Courtney did not slow down in 2022, finishing as a finalist in Dancing with the Stars: All Stars (Ch7 Aust), treading the boards as 'Elvira' in Blithe Spirit with Sydney Theatre Company, on screen as a Judge on 'Queen For The Night' (ITV UK) and launching 'Courtney's Closet' (Ch10 Aust). The year ended with a spectacular concert at the Sydney Opera House (ABC TV), where Courtney performed a spectacular set of 'Somehere Over the Rainbow', 'Xanadu' and Aussie rock classics.

2023 and Sydney World Pride is here'

As a proud Rainbow Partner with Sydney World Pride, Courtney co-hosted the Opening Ceremony at The Domain with Casey Donovan for ABC TV. In line with the SWP celebrations, Madame Tussards Sydney revealed the Courtney Act wax figure as the centrepiece of their 'Pride Zone'.

The cherry on the rainbow cake, Courtney released her new single and SWP anthem 'Celebrate' in February.