- Performed with Australia's Union Theatre Repertory Company during his early career.
- Is best known for his alter ego Dame Edna Everage, a character that he first introduced in 1955.
- Has written two autobiographies: More Please (1992) and My Life as Me (2002).
- Is a successful landscape painter; studied under Australian painter George Bell.
- Received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Melbourne in 2003.
- Was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2007.