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 plays Constable Janine in Victoria MacIntyre's Australian feature film 'The Flood' which has international distributuion scheduled for 2020. Jilly also coached the kids/adults on set in the 'Gungabbie Choir' scene, coordinated the extras and cast bit players for the shoot in March 2019.

Jilly's band 'Baxter Stone and The Chocolate Dogs' is playing the main stage for 'The River Festival' Oct 26 2019. '1927' Headlines.

Jilly has a credit on The Sydney Film Festival doco film 'The Final Quarter' as part of the Shark Island Production team. It's directed by Ian Darling.

Jilly performed with The Sydney Acacia String Quartet in a 1950's style radio play of Nick Enright's 'The Maitland and Morpeth String Quartet' for The Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival this year. She narrated the epic comic poem to the live audience which culminated in her rousing rendition of the Hallelujah Chorus. 

Jilly appeared in a comic scene with Richard Roxburgh, Episode 3 Series 5 of RAKE in 2018.  


Jillian is the comic lead in the RAA 'Storm' commercial. Check it out on You Tube and commercial networks in South Australia. She also features as the lead mum role in the Ikea spring commercial on national networks and you tube.

Jilly is 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.  She plays Nate's Mum, Violet, Melanie 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, overseas networks and on the April 2019 Cinema release.  

Jillian wrote/ directed/performed/produced Baxter Stone & The Chocolate Dogs music clip for their track 'Fear Of Falling' from their album 'Barking Up The Wrong Tree' September 15 2018. 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). It's on submission to ABC Rage and you can check it out on you tube.

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. 

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 Hub" for the Kangaroo Valley Primary School and is coaching Letters of Gratitude, The Art of Giving and Think Happy Be Happy Dream Happy, Dream Big, Safe, Visualise, Manifest and Abundance for 5-12 year olds.  

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