Her professional career began in 2005 in Grease: The Arena Spectacular, playing the role of "Patti Simcox". She then went on to reprise the role in the UK. In both productions she understudied Sandy's role. On returning to Australia, she played the role of "April" in Gale Edwards' 2007 production of Company.
In 2008 she received the Sydney Theatre Award for Best Newcomer. She has also starred in Britney Spears: The Cabaret which began at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival and later in Sydney and Melbourne. She starred in The Drowsy Chaperone for Melbourne Theatre Company in the role of "Janet van de Graaf", for which she was a Helpmann Awards nominee for Best Actress.
She played the title role in Sugar for the Production Company, for which she was a Green Room Award nominee for Best Actress, and played the lead role of "Kira" in the musical Xanadu. Most recently she played the role of "Erma" in "Anything Goes".
She played the role of "Lecy" in Bryant and Frank's Australian musical Once We Lived Here, for which she a Green Room Award nominee for Best Supporting Actress. Other credits include "Maisy" in The Boy Friend, as well as roles in 42nd Street, The Rocky Horror Show, Starting Here, Starting Now and The Shakespeare Review.
Whelan-Browne appeared on an episode of Spicks and Specks in June 2011 on ABC Television. She also has appeared on The Circle, Winners & Losers as "Kylie McDonald" and Offspring as "Jenny". Other TV credits include "Leila" in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and "Katerina" in Conspiracy 365.
She played "Gwendolen" in "The Importance of Being Earnest" for the Melbourne Theatre Company. Her one woman show Britney Spears: The Cabaret has earned her rave reviews and sell out seasons since its conception at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
In The Production Company's "The Producers" she played Ulla, the leggy blonde.
She played 'Philia' in the Melbourne season of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" opposite her mentor Geoffrey Rush for which she was nominated for a Green Room Award for Best Supporting Actress.
In 2012, she married Rohan Browne and changed her surname to Whelan-Browne.
She starred in "Shane Warne- The Musical" as Elizabeth Hurley at the 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festival.
She will soon be part of the 40th Anniversary tour of The Rocky Horror Show playing the role of Janet Weiss.
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- "Britney Spears: The Cabaret (Luckiest Productions)".
- Usher, Robin (27 September 2010). "Sweet Sugar likes it hotter". The Age. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
- "Natalie front-runner for Xanadu". Herald Sun. Retrieved 21 May 2011.
- Litson, Jo (26 February 2011). "She can do magic". The Australian. Retrieved 8 December 2011.
- "Spicks and Specks, 1 June 2011".
- "Winners & Losers: World's Collide — Episode 4". throng.com.au.