Today she is fondly called ‘Goddess of Pop or ‘Princess of Pop’ by her friends and fans but not many are aware that the now celebrated music star started off as an actress with small roles in soaps like The Henderson Kids, Skyways, and The Sullivans. The big one came in 1986 when Kylie Minogue was introduced to many for the first time on the Australian soap opera Neighbours, which was watched by over 20 million people in the U.K.
On the soap which became one of the most watched Australian TV episodes ever, Kylie played the role of Charlene Robinson, a tomboy mechanic married Scott Robinson (a character played by Jason Donovan). She was on the soap for two seasons (1986-1988), before she stepped out to pursue a career in her first love – music. It is three decades down the line and what we have is Kylie Minogue – the recording artist whose music has traveled around the world. In fact, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), named her the highest-selling Australian artist of all time.
Allow us to take you into the world of this Australian-British talent who has won several awards not just as a recording artist but also as an actress.
How Old Is Kylie Minogue? – Age
Kylie was born on 28 May 1968 in Melbourne, Australia as Kylie Ann Minogue. She is the oldest of the three children born to her parents – Carol Ann Jones and Ronald Charles Minogue. She has a sister named Dannii and a brother named Brendan.
Her parents didn’t have all the luxuries, so growing up was a bit of a struggle as the family kept moving to different suburbs in Melbourne to make ends meet and sustain living expenses. Kylie found the frequent moves unsettling as a child and this also affected her socially as she found it pretty difficult making friends.
During one of their moves, the family settled for a while in Surrey Hills, where Kylie attended Studfield Primary School before transferring to Camberwell Primary School. For High school, she attended Camberwell High School.
She has always had an interest in the arts from an early age, in fact, her HSC result included subjects like English, Arts, and Graphics. At the age of eleven, she began getting small roles in small TV soap operas like Skyways and The Sullivans. In 1985, she got one of the lead roles in The Henderson Kids, which made her skip school for sometimes. However, she was dropped in the season after Alan Hardy (producer) felt the character should be scrapped.
Kylie never gave up as she was determined to make it in the entertainment industry, if not in the movies, in other platforms of entertainment. Her determination led her to make a demo tape for ‘Young Talent Time’ a music program where her sister also performed regularly, unfortunately, she was not selected. In 1986, she got the role of Charlene Mitchell (Robinson) in Reg Watson’s Neighbours. With an audience of about 20 million viewers in the U.K alone, this soap opera gave Kylie Minogue her first career announcement and earned her first four Logie Awards. She didn’t only become the youngest person to ever win the award at the time but also the first person to win four in one year.
Going into music didn’t mean the multi-talented artist totally abandoned acting, she has made appearances in some movies like Street Fighters where she played Cammy, Moulin Rouge, Jack & Diane, and in 2015’s San Andreas alongside Dwayne Johnson (The Rock).
The fame and popularity she gathered from the Neighbours, paved way for her music career, which has also been a great success. Her first recording contract came in 1987 after she sang “I Got You Babe” as a duet with actor John Waters, and then an encore titled “The Loco-Motion” (which would later follow her first single) at a charity concert for the Fitzroy Football Club.
Her first single “The Locomotion”, didn’t only top the Australian chart as the highest selling single for seven weeks but it also earned her the ARIA Award for highest-selling single of the year. With the success of “The Locomotion”, came another “I Should Be So Lucky”, which also topped the charts in U.K, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Finland, and Switzerland.
Kylie Minogue’s debut album, “Kylie” finally came in July 1988 and the second one “Enjoy Yourself” was released the following year. So far in her career as a recording artist, Kylie has released a total of fourteen studio albums. The most recent is Golden which was released in April 2018.
The stunning singer is a recipient of so many awards, which may not be exhausted in this write-up, here is a few of them though. In 2011 Guinness World Records cited her for having top five albums, which are all doing well. She is The Official Chart Company’s 12th best selling artist in U.K till date. In 2012, Kylie ranked 47 on VH1’s list of Greatest Women in Music, she also ranked 49 on the “50 Greatest Women of the Video Era” list. Kylie Minogue has also been named one of the world’s greatest pop stars.
The highest-selling Australian artist of all time is currently worth $90 million (about £69.2m), which are earnings from both her singing and acting career. She has sold over 80 million of her albums worldwide.
Kylie Minogue’s Sister, Husband, Boyfriend
Beautiful Kylie is currently not married but has been in several relationships. she dated Australian rock band (INXS) frontman Michael Hutchence from 1989 to 1991, after she broke up with Michael, she dated Lenny Kravitz briefly in 1991, then James Gooding from 1998 -2001.
She dated French actor Olivier Martinez from 2003 to 2007, Spanish model Andrés Velencoso from 2008 until 2013. In November 2015, Minogue confirmed she was in a relationship with British actor Joshua Sasse. Three months later, they announced their engagement and a year later the pop star announced the engagement was off and that they were no longer together.
Kylie Minogue’s younger sister Dannii Minogue is also a recording artist, actress, and television host. Dannii gained popularity by appearing on Australian talent show Young Talent Time and Australian soap opera Home and Away.
Height And Other Body Measurements
Minogue stands at a height of 5 ft (152 cm) with a weight of 49 kg (108 pounds). Her body measurement of 34-23-35 in is just perfect for her dress size of 2.