Jillian O’Dowd’s Industry Bio


New Zealand born, Jillian O’Dowd, is a graduate of Australia’s prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) and has over twenty five years professional experience in stage, music theatre, cabaret, rock'n'roll, film and television. Read more... 


Jillian is the comic lead in the RAA 'Storm' commercial. Check it out on You Tube and commercial networks in South Australia. 

She is featuring as the lead mum role in the up and coming Ikea spring commercial on national networks.

Jillian is appearing in a comic scene with Richard Roxburgh, Episode 3 Series 5 of RAKE in 2018.  

Jilly is currently a voice artist at Trackdown Digital located at Fox Studios Sydney on the animation Nate is Late. It's playing on Channel 9 Australia, France One and German networks in 2018, and has sold to the UK and USA. She plays Violet, Melanie, Nate's Mum, Hydra the Warrior Mermaid, Mrs Rainfort and many more characters.  

Her Voice features as the Narrator/Bluebird/Big Brown Bear/Mother Deer in the 2018 Easter/Christmas specials of SLR Productions Guess How Much I Love You for ABC Kids TV and overseas networks.  

Jillian is directing/performing/producing Baxter Stone & The Chocolate Dogs music clip for their track 'Fear Of Falling' from Barking Up The Wrong Tree September 15 2018. This will be due for web release and submission to Rage ABC. It's stars Roy Billing (Underbelly/Jack Irish Fame) and has accomplished director of photography Samuel Vines at the helm. (The Easybeats Story 'Friday On My Mind' fame).

Jillian launched an album with her band, Baxter Stone and The Chocolate Dogs at The Angels Bayside Cafe in Huskisson September 17 2017, featuring her on drums and vocals. This album was recorded with Ben Moore (Harvest Recordings) with thanks to Shark Island Institute. Click on 'Music' page to listen to their sound and follow their gig guide. The band headlined the 'Sweet Beats and Blues' event on July 6 2018 in the South Coast of NSW.   Sweat Beats & Blues 2 featuring The Dog's and Horse Drawn Cadillac October 12 2018.

Jilly is in creative development for 'Safety Nets' by Sarah Butler in association with Shark Island Institute. She plays the lead , Ruby in this multimedia theatre piece. It is a new Australian work.  

Jillian has created the "Four C's Club" for the Kangaroo Valley Primary School and is coaching Letters of Gratitude, The Art of Giving and Think Happy Be Happy Dream Happy for 5-12 year olds.  

Private tuition for teenagers and adults in performance and music continues.