Dylan Lewis

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Dylan Lewis
Dylan Thomas Lewis

(1973-02-19) 19 February 1973 (age 50)[1]
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
  • Television personality
  • Radio personality
Years active1996–present
SpouseHollie Kennedy

Dylan Thomas Lewis (also known as DiRK ViLE[2]) is an Australian television and radio host.[3]


Early life[edit]

Lewis was educated at Caulfield Grammar School and graduated in 1990; he then studied a Bachelor of Education in Drama and Music degree at the University of Melbourne. John Bannon, former South Australian premier, was Lewis's stepfather.[4]



Lewis has undertaken several roles hosting and presenting for numerous Australian music programs; his quick rise to fame started was while he was a host on ABC TV's national Saturday-morning live music show Recovery (from 1996 until the show's run finished in April 2000). The year 2000 saw Lewis presenting a national television program, The 10:30 Slot, and Pepsi Live, a music chart television program.

Lewis won Celebrity Big Brother in 2002 and was a contestant on Celebrity Circus in 2005.

In 2010, he was appointed host of Video Hits on Network Ten. He stayed on the show until its cancellation in mid-2011.

In January 2022, Lewis won the eighth season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!.[5][6][7]


In September 2006, Lewis signed with Nova 100 where he was music presenter in mornings for four years then moved to afternoons until November 2012. As of June 2013, he co-hosted the Lewis & Lowe breakfast show on Nova 91.9 in Adelaide with Shane Lowe, later joined by, then replaced by Hayley Pearson as the Dylan & Hayley breakfast show (until 2019). He previously worked as a radio announcer for the Austereo Network and Triple J. He has won three Australian Commercial Radio Awards (ACRAs): "Best Newcomer" in 2007, "Best Music Personality" in 2009 and most recently for "Best Music Presenter" in 2012.[8]

In 2020, Lewis re-joined the ABC hosted the weekend Double J mornings until the end of 2021.[9]


Lewis was the lead vocalist and played harmonica for funk/alternative rock band The Brown Hornet, and was later involved in a hip-hop project under the name Megabias. More recently, he has sung in a Melbourne-based group called Manchoir and the children's band The Haploids.


Lewis had a role in the Australian film The Real Thing (2002),[10] and has played the lead role in three short films: Like It Is, Ray (2004) and The Postman (2007).[citation needed] He was also an extra in Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones.[11]

He has a cameo in the Australian film "EMO the Musical" (2016) as Doug Skeleton.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Lewis is married to Hollie, with whom he has a daughter and son.[13]

Lewis had a brother, Quinn, three years younger, who died in 2006.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "@_Dylan_Lewis_" (Dylan Lewis) on Twitter
  2. ^ "The Brown Hornet". Last.fm. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  3. ^ "Dylan Lewis". Profile Talent Management. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  4. ^ Zwar, Adam (27 May 2001), "Dylan Lewis's Dog Day Afternoon", Sunday Herald Sun (Melbourne), Sunday Magazine, pp. Z10
  5. ^ "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here 2022: Meet The Celebrities". 10 Play. Network 10. 3 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  6. ^ Cartwright, Lexie (3 January 2022). "Full I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! cast finally revealed". news.com.au. News Corp Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  7. ^ Lilly, Alex (3 January 2022). "Revealed: The I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Australia contestants for 2022". New Idea. Are Media. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Winners & Finalists". Australian Commercial Radio Awards. Commercial Radio Australia. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Dylan Lewis talks new Double J weekends presenter gig: 'It's going to have something of what Recovery was'". 16 July 2020.
  10. ^ Amis, Stephen (24 October 2002), The Real Thing (Romance), Hi-Jinks Enterprises, retrieved 3 January 2022
  11. ^ Rowe, Zan (27 September 2018). "Take 5: What we learned about the '90s from Recovery icon Dylan Lewis". Double J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 March 2023.
  12. ^ Cockrell, Eddie (11 February 2017). "Berlin Film Review: 'Emo The Musical'". Variety. Retrieved 10 March 2023.
  13. ^ Gilbertson, Matt (6 February 2016). "Reading to Kids is a Lifelong Gift". The Advertiser. Adelaide. music has always been a big part of Dylan Lewis' life. But the beat doesn't stop when he's reading Dr Seuss to his two children Rose, 7 and Jethro, 3
    Lewis says reading plays a significant role in the family's household and the Dr Seuss books have made it never feel like a chore. "My wife Hollie is a big reader and we've always made it a very important part of the children's routine, but they enjoy it," he says.
  14. ^ "'We're Here For A Bigger Reason': Celebs Get Emotional Discussing Their Chosen Charities". 10 Play. Network 10. 11 January 2022. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.
  15. ^ Aubusson, Laura (11 January 2022). "'I'm sad every day': I'm A Celebrity's Dylan Lewis breaks down talking about shock death". KidSpot. News Corp Australia. Archived from the original on 11 January 2022. Retrieved 11 January 2022.

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