Denise got her first taste of television as an eight-year-old, becoming a member of the GTV9 Junior Ballet with “Uncle Norman” (Swain) on The Tarax Show. She was paid the equivalent of $4.80 for two performances a week and has worked in and around the television industry ever since.
At the age of 17, Denise was employed as Melbourne’s first go-go dancer and her popularity led to the Australian government’s invitation to perform for the Australian troops in Vietnam in September 1967 for three weeks, where she performed with Patti McGrath (now Newton, who had also been a student of May Downs), Doug Owen and The Strangers. In 1969 she went to the Far East as part of the Digger Revell Show to entertain US troops.
Denise then went to London where she lived for the next two years and eight months. Theatre directors with dubious casting ideas turned her off showbiz and she worked as a waitress, bar tender and baby sitter.
In 1983 age 35, Denise spent two years in Sydney doing Weekend Magazine and later Beauty and the Beast. In the 1980s she was also a regular on Crawford Production’s The Bluestone Boys, and chaired the Midday Show while Mike Walsh took a break.
Denise Drysdale has made three movies during her career, The Last of The Knucklemen, Snap Shot, and Blowing Hot and Cold in 1988 – and Aussie drama co-starring Peter Adams.
In 1989 Denise again teamed up with long time friend Ernie Sigley to host In Melbourne Today and in 1991 began a Sydney version of the show In Sydney Today.
After a long absence, Denise, at 46, returned to the stage in 1994 to perform the role of Ernestine in Hello Dolly with Jill Perryman and Warren Mitchell while doing the morning show with Ernie Sigley which enjoyed a highly successful nine year run. Denise joined IMT as Frank Holden’s zany off-sider when she returned to Channel Nine in 1996.
Denise’s honest and down to earth “let’s entertain them” and “no job is too small” outlook, finds her in great demand in the corporate and trade show arenas. The long list of corporate gigs include Telstra, Australia Post, Kidz Biz, The Housing Commission Association, The Pratt Foundation, Caravan Camping Show, Freight Awards, Sydney Toy Fair, Asia on Parade, International Lifestyle Convention, Recycling Australia, Visy Board, Home Away Travel, New Zealand Two Island Tours and Grand Prix Victoria.
2000 saw Denise celebrate 40 years in the television industry and after 52 years of working non-stop, Denise has decided to take a break from her TV commitments, most recently as a regular on Network Ten's “The Circle”.