Internationally acclaimed, and one of Australia’s preeminent leading ladies of stage and screen, Virginia Gay graduated WAAPA in 2005 and landed series regular in Logie-Award-winning medical drama All Saints, straight out of drama school. She stayed with that series for 4 years, and then immediately starred in Channel Seven's top rating dramedy Winners & Losers, as lawyer Frances James - a role written specifically for Gay. She was series lead with the show for the next five years.
She starred in Mirrah Faulkes' debut feature for VICE, Judy & Punch, which just premiered at Sundance2019. In January, she wrote and directed her first short film Paper Cut, a horror-comedy about toxic masculinity and a demonic printer, which made it to the prestigious Tropfest finals. She won a Sydney Theatre Award for Best Actress for Calamity Jane, which critics described as 'unmissable', 'astonishing' and (her favorite) 'the pansexual butch of your dreams.'
Other screen includes - suffragette and political firebrand Vida Goldstein in The War That Changed Us (ABC), and professional idiot and team captain of panel show CRAM! (Channel 10). She makes regular appearances as herself on Adam Hills’ In Gordon Street Tonight (ABC), The Book Club (ABC), Good News Week (Channel 10), Studio at The Memo (Foxtel), and The Unbelievable Truth (Channel 7).
Virginia is renowned for her range and her comic timing, and she continues to defy stereotypes with each character she plays; she's been Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard for The Sydney Theatre Company's Wharf Revue, an apocalyptic squid in Eddie Perfect’s Vivid White, every stop on the redneck-to-hipster spectrum in On The Production Of Monsters, and a feckless everywoman in Lally Katz's Minnie and Liraz, all for the Melbourne Theatre Company. She's been a five-year-old kid in Dean Bryant's Gaybies, a transgender-Hitler-auditionee in The Producers, a fast-talking 1930s photographer in High Society, an even faster talking woman-about-town, Mame in Mame, and a mildly psychotic nanny in Cautionary Tales for Children. And she hugely enjoyed being waifish (you heard), highly-sexed, and rather-too-boozed as Blanche Dubois in the Australian premiere of Second City's Death Of A Streetcar Named Virginia Woolf.
She has written two solo cabaret shows, Songs To Self-Destruct To and Dirty Pretty Songs, both of which sold out at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and which toured nationally and internationally, most notably headlining the Famous Spiegeltent at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe.