Danielle Spencer (Australian actress)

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Danielle Spencer
Danielle Spencer 2013.jpg
Spencer in 2013
Born (1969-05-16) 16 May 1969 (age 50)
OccupationSinger, actress, songwriter
Years active1989–present
Russell Crowe
(m. 2003;div. 2018)
Parent(s) Don Spencer
Julie Horsfall
Musical career
Genres Pop
  • EMI
  • 101 Distribution

Danielle Spencer (born 16 May 1969 [1] ) is an Australian actress, [2] [3] singer and songwriter.


Early life

Spencer is the daughter of Australian songwriter, singer and television entertainer Don Spencer and his wife Julie (née Horsfall), [4] a caterer from Yorkshire. [5] [6] [7] She has an older brother, Dean. At age four, she began piano lessons. [8] During her teens she began acting and composing her own tunes. [9] [10] Until the age of twelve, she spent her childhood and youth alternately in Australia and in Yorkshire and Cambridgeshire, England, as her father worked in both countries for the BBC Play School. [7] [7] [11]

Don Spencer Australian childrens singer-songwriter

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Spencer grew up in close contact with the world of showbusiness. Occasionally she accompanied her father on his performances on stage. She took singing and acting lessons and dance classes in classical ballet and modern dance and jazz. [12] From 1989 to 2000 she worked as an actress, especially for Australian television, primarily as an actress in TV series. Subsequently, the focus of her artistic activity shifted to the area of singer / songwriter.

In 2001 she released her debut musical album, White Monkey. After a family break, in February 2010 she released her second album, Calling All Magicians. Under the direction of her husband, the music videos were made to the title songs and "Tickle Me" and "Wish I'd Been Here".

In August 2011 Spencer for the first time gave two live concerts alongside her husband. The pair joined the musicians and actors Alan Doyle, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes and the group Size2Shoes to present the Crowe / Doyle Songbook Vol III at St John´s, Newfoundland, Canada. Songs from this album relate, among others, to the novel Dirt Music by the Australian novelist Tim Winton. Spencer gives live concerts on a regular basis. For her live concert tour in October 2011, titled "Alone and Together", she joined Australian bass player Steve Balbi.

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In March 2012, Spencer was announced as a contestant for season 12 of Dancing with the Stars on the Seven Network in which she placed second. Her professional partner was Damian Whitewood.

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Spencer is a supporter of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF), [13] an educational program for underprivileged and indigenous children in Australia. She´s supporter of women’s cancer programs as the Pink Ribbon Breakfast for breast cancer and The Girls Night. [14] In 1987 Danielle Spencer starred in Rasputin as one of the Tsar's daughters and dated Terry Serio who also starred in the same musical as Prince Felix.

Personal life

Spencer began an on-again, off-again relationship with New Zealand-born Australian actor Russell Crowe in 1989, when they co-starred in the movie The Crossing . The film appeared in Australian cinemas in 1990. [15] [16] Crowe and Spencer married on 7 April 2003 at Crowe's cattle ranch in Nana Glen, New South Wales. [16] [17] They have two sons: one born in 2003 [18] and another in 2006. [1] In October 2012, it was reported that Crowe and Spencer had separated. [19] The divorce was finalized in April 2018. [20]





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  2. Q.: "Are there any plans in the future to do any more acting stuff or are you just focusing on music?" A.: "I’m definitely focused on the music but at the same time I’m not shutting out acting and I would like to do some acting again. It’s just a case of finding the right vehicle and the right timing." in: www.thebeast.com article date 26 October 2011 retrieved 31 October 2011
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