Born in Sydney, Gay attended Summer Hill Public School and Newtown High School of the Performing Arts in Sydney as a drama and music student. She studied English literature and performance studies at Sydney University and was a member of the Sydney University Dramatic Society from 2001 to 2003. She left university and enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).
While still at WAAPA, Gay unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Ricky on All Saints. However, she impressed the directors so much that after graduation in 2006, she was called in to audition for the role of Gabrielle Jaeger. She appeared in the final four seasons of the show, between 2006 and 2009.
In 2008, she appeared with Ian Moss (of Cold Chisel fame) as her professional partner on the reality series It Takes Two and the pair came third. Gay and Moss made It Takes Two history, scoring a 10 from judge Ross Wilson in their first performance on the show.
In 2016, Gay became a regular guest panelist on the ABC's First Tuesday Book Club hosted by Jennifer Byrne. That year Gay also played the title character in Hayes Theatre Co's production of Calamity Jane. It was directed by Richard Carroll with musical director Nigel Ubrihien, choreographer Cameron Mitchell, and producer Michelle Guthrie. The show ran from August 3 to 7.
In May 2009, Gay was the national ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Australia's annual awareness and fundraising campaign 65 Roses Day. Gay also attends the Good Friday Appeal held in Melbourne every year to support the Royal Children's Hospital.
|2005||Once Upon a Time||Gabriella||Short|
|2006||Violet||Woman in toilet||Short|
|2008||Winners & Losers||Alison Atkinson||Short|
|2017||Mrs McCutcheon||Mrs. Clutterbuck||Short|
|2017||Naked Strangers||DJ Benny J (voice)|
|2018||Paper Cut||000 Operator (voice)||Short|
|2019||Judy and Punch||Ma|
|2006||Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King||Fan #1||Episode: "The Road Virus Heads North"|
|2006||The Team||Virginia (voice)||TV series|
|2006–2009||All Saints||Gabrielle Jaeger||Main role (series 9–12)|
|2011||Some Say Love||Various||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2011–2016||Winners & Losers||Frances James||Regular role|
|2019||Preacher||Truck driver||Episode: "Last Supper"|
- Nunn, Louise (6 June 2013). "Virginia Gay turns tragedy into Cabaret Festival dynamite". The Advertiser. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Principal's Report"[permanent dead link], Newtown High School of the Performing Arts Parent Newsletter, Issue 7, September 2006 (358 KB)
- Gay, Virginia (20 May 2015). "'It wasn't all kulcha': Virginia Gay remembers her years at the Sydney University Drama Society". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Virginia Gay Plays Frances James". Prime7. 18 June 2012. Retrieved 7 July 2015.
- "Dirty Pretty Songs" review by Lauren Sherritt, Australian Stage, 22 June 2012
- "Virginia Gay plays Frances James", Winners & Losers, Yahoo!7
- It takes Two episode guide, tv.com
- "Breast Wishes: Gala Concert Performance" Archived 18 September 2008 at the Wayback Machine, Sydney Theatre at Walsh Bay (October 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2009)
- Devlyn, Darren (20 September 2010). "Channel 7 hoping for a winner about losers". Herald Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- Bell, Jo (21 August 2012). "Virginia Gay – Dirty, Pretty Songs". Edinburghfestival.list.co.uk. Retrieved 28 January 2014.
- "All Saints star Virginia Gay bashed in deadly rampage", The Sun-Herald (20 June 2008)
- "All Saints star attacked", ABC News (19 June 2008)
- "Virginia Gay 65 Roses Day Cystic Fibrosis Ambassador". Melbourne.jollypeople.com. 20 April 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2014.