Virginia Gay plays Frances James
The bright lights of show biz beckoned early for Virginia Gay. "My poor parents had no choice," she says. "They were surrounded constantly by this screaming, performing little thing.
Virginia, 30, grew up in Sydney’s inner west and spent a good part of her time in England. After graduating from Newtown High School of the Performing Arts, she went on to study English literature and performance studies at Sydney University. When she decided to make acting her full-time pursuit, she enrolled at Perth’s esteemed Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
While at WAAPA, Virginia auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Ricky on All Saints. However, she impressed producers to such an extent she was called back to audition as Nursing Unit Manager Gabrielle Jaeger in 2006. During her three-and-a-half years in the role, she managed to find time to take part in Seven’s It Takes Two in 2008.
After All Saints wrapped, Virginia trod the boards in a string of productions. In 2011 she performed her own creation ‘Dirty Pretty Songs.’ The show was part of the 2011 Melbourne International Arts Festival in the famous Speigletent and this year she is touring it to Brisbane and Adelaide before heading to the Edinburgh festival.