Jason Donovan
Australian actor
Jason Donovan
Jason Donovan is an Australian actor and singer, also known by his stage name JD. He initially achieved fame in the Australian soap opera Neighbours, before beginning a career in music in 1988. In the UK he has sold over 3 million records, and his début album Ten Good Reasons was one of the highest-selling albums of 1989 with UK sales of over 1.5 million copies. He has had four UK No. 1 singles, one of which was "Especially for You", his 1988 duet with Kylie Minogue.
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Jason Donovan: 'Being on stage is like being an athlete"
Bucks Free Press - over 3 years
JASON Donovan is very much a family man these days. The actor is currently working hard touring the country with Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which is coming to Aylesbury next week.
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Theatre preview: Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical, Leeds Grand Theatre
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
WITH Jason Donovan topping the bill in this touring production you want him to be amazing. He isn’t. He’s not that good at all.
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Kimberley Walsh: The Crazy Life of an Artist in the Middle of Promo
Huffington Post - about 4 years
I'm currently slap bang in the middle of promoting my debut solo album, Centre Stage, which was released on Monday. Months in the planning, this week is absolutely crucial and where my schedule really heats up. This is when it really counts - argh! Promo is a funny old game, you do feel slightly odd and awkward talking about yourself all the time - I guess that's just a British trait though! But you know you need to push your album so you sit there, answer the questions and try and keep the enthusiasm levels up! It's fun too and you get to meet and catch up with all the journalists who are, for the most part, really supportive. The past week has been super busy though and I've been up and down the country doing promo. Here is just a little snapshot... Friday Started off the day doing phone interviews for online press. There's a lot to talk about at the moment - the new album, Girls Aloud tour and people I haven't spoken to for a while still want to hear about S ...
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From the O2 arena to Bucks student union: Jettblack singer talks about landing role on War of the Worlds
Bucks Free Press - about 4 years
FROM performing alongside Jason Donovan and Marti Pellow at the O2 arena, Will Stapleton will then be rushing back to High Wycombe to perform at the Bucks New Uni as part of Jettblack. The Loudwater resident landed the role in the new stage show of the War of the Worlds completely out of the blue and was so shocked he thought it was a joke until he met the director, Jeff Wayne. The singer and guitarist talked about seeing his face on TV for the first time, the pleasure of working with "legends" and what's next for Jettblack.
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Jason Donovan and Marti Pellow give fans a peek at what to expect when they take musical on tour
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Starring in The War Of The Worlds... with a hologram of Liam Neeson
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Charles, Camilla to host pre-tour party - The Daily Telegraph
Google News - over 4 years
Brisbane Times Charles, Camilla to host pre-tour party The Daily Telegraph Charles and Camilla will visit the three countries for two weeks in November as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. The reception at St James's Palace will be attended by 200 guests including Australian entertainers Jason Donovan, Rolf Harris ... Tolkien fan Prince Charles to meet Peter Jackson in The Hobbit film studios on ...Telegraph.co.uk Farmer gets to party with princeStuff.co.nz Royal itinerary and birthday party attendees announcedTVNZ Otago Daily Times -NZ City -Radio New Zealand all 148 news articles »
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Donovan a born showbiz survivor
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
EVEN with a rainbow of feather boas and sequined drag queens dancing around him, Jason Donovan can be a serious beast.
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Checking In: Jason Donovan
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
With a hectic television and stage schedule, Jason Donovan admits that when it comes to getting away, he likes to go as far as the plane will take him...
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No Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan reunion as PWL Hit Factory concert is cancelled
Daily Mail (UK) - over 4 years
Poor Kylie had tweeted photos of the ex-lovers in rehearsals yesterday.
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Kylie and Jason's reunion gig cancelled
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
A CONCERT that was to reunite Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan for the first time in more than 20 years has been cancelled.
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Jason and Kylie to play it again
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
KYLIE Minogue and Jason Donovan are set to reunite for a duet honouring the British record producers who made them stars.
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Dawn French to Showcase Slimmer Frame in New Television Gig
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Upcoming reality talent show “Superstars” has announced a new addition to its judging panel: comedian Dawn French. French will also be showing off her new, slimmed down body.Dallas, TX. (PRWEB) June 08, 2012 Comedian Dawn French has announced that she will been joining Jason Donovan as a judge on the upcoming Andrew Lloyd Weber’s televised talent search competition. The show, titled “Superstar,” will feature French on a panel of judges who will judge unknown talents as they vie for a position as the lead in the musical Jesus Christ Superstar. ...
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Jason to tackle brand new role
Belper - almost 5 years
Jason Donovan will return to the cast of Jeff Wayne’s Musical Version of The War of The Worlds for The New Generation Tour, dropping in at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on December 9.
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Jason Donovan's War of the Worlds role
BigPond News - almost 5 years
Jason Donovan will return to 'The War Of The World...The New Generation!' musical in a new role.
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Jason Donovan admits to having 'done a Rooney'
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
After <a class="fplink fp-282022" href="/Wayne+Rooney+1">Wayne Rooney</a> publicly told the world he had undergone a hair transplant, the stigma associated with the surgery has been lessened for other men.
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Global Radio Acquires Atlantic FM, Rebands to Heart
News On News - almost 5 years
Global Radio has announced the acquisition of Atlantic FM which will extend its successful national Heart brand into Cornwall. The Cornwall station will be rebranded progressively over the coming months and will be supported by a promotional campaign on and off air, guiding listeners through the switchover. Breakfast and drivetime shows will continue to be produced in the South West, with local news continuing on the hour and local advertising sold locally. An additional investment will be made in the local sales teams giving them new systems and hardware later this year. The station’s St Agnes offices will remain as the headquarters for the sales division whilst programming will move to state of the art facilities in the Heart ‘centre of broadcasting excellence’ in Exeter. Heart is the UK’s largest commercial radio network, now covering multiple regions including London, Bristol, the West Midlands, Kent, Sussex, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Norfolk, Suffolk and now Cornwall. Accord ...
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The only way is up: The rise and fall (and fall and rise) of Jason Donovan
The Independent - almost 5 years
In a big old shipping shed on the Dublin riverfront, with 3,000 women and one man (that'd be me) looking on, the innuendo is flying thick and (oo-er) thicker. On a glittery stage, the heat, passion and athletic thrusting of a night of competitive ballroom hoofing is reaching a climax.
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Jason Donovan returns to music
Belfast Telegraph - about 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-132266" href="/jason+donovan+1">Jason Donovan</a> is swapping the sequins for the studio as he prepares to release a new album.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jason Donovan
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Jason Donovan toured the UK with his Ten Good Reasons and Greatest Hits Tour.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    However, he agreed to take part in the documentary special Neighbours 30th: The Stars Reunite, which aired in Australia and the UK in March 2015.
    More Details Hide Details Since 2015, Donovan presents the All 80's Show on Heart Radio, which airs on Sunday evenings.
    Donovan revealed in January 2015 that he was invited to return to Neighbours for the show's 30th anniversary celebrations, but he declined the offer, adding "it's just not something I want to do".
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  • 2013
    Age 44
    On 5 May 2013, Donovan was heard narrating Pick TV's budget version of Rude Tube, entitled Video Surf.
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    In 2013, Donovan reprised his role as Tick/Mitzi in the UK national touring production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    In late 2012, Donovan again toured the UK and Europe in a new version of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds, this time playing Parson Nathaniel.
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    In Summer 2012, he appeared as a judge on ITV's talent search show Superstar.
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    In May 2012, Donovan was interviewed by Piers Morgan on the ITV series Piers Morgan's Life Stories, in which he talked openly about his career, his past and ex relationship with Kylie Minogue, and his battle with drugs.
    More Details Hide Details During the interview, Donovan also admitted that he'd undergone hair transplantation to counteract his thinning hair.
    In March 2012, Donovan released a new album of covers, Sign Of Your Love, which peaked at number 36 in the UK Albums Chart.
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  • 2011
    Age 42
    From September 2011, Donovan took part in the ninth series of the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing.
    More Details Hide Details He was partnered with dancer Kristina Rihanoff and finished third in the competition. Donovan presents a voice-tracked radio show on Heart each Sunday from 10am - 12pm.
    Later in 2011, he performed on the Here and Now Tour, and also toured in a production of The Sound of Music playing Captain Von Trapp.
    More Details Hide Details The production co-starred Verity Rushworth as Maria.
    In February 2011, Donovan appeared on the BBC series Ready, Steady, Cook.
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  • 2010
    Age 41
    The same year, Donovan played the role of The Artilleryman in the 2010–2011 stage show Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of The War of the Worlds.
    More Details Hide Details The show toured the UK and Europe, starting in November 2010 and finished in Germany in January 2011. Donovan also voiced the part of Toby the Kangaroo in the environmental animated film Animals United.
    Donovan's fifth studio album, Soundtrack Of The 80s, was released in October 2010.
    More Details Hide Details The album is composed of cover versions of well known 1980s hits such as "Drive" (The Cars), "I Just Died In Your Arms" (Cutting Crew) and "Sign Your Name" (Terence Trent D'Arby) and several others.
    In September 2010, Donovan took part in the BBC television series Who Do You Think You Are?, tracing his family tree back several generations.
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  • 2009
    Age 40
    Also in 2009, Donovan began appearing in television commercials (with Kerry Katona and Coleen Nolan) for the frozen food supermarket chain Iceland in the UK.
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    In 2009, Donovan performed as Tick (Mitzi) in the London stage musical production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert at the Palace Theatre.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Also in 2008, Donovan performed at the Party In The Park in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.
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    He was promoting his forthcoming album, Let It Be Me, which was released on 10 November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The album, his first for 15 years, reached No. 28 in Britain.
    On 25 September 2008, Donovan performed in the canteen at the head offices of Tesco in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire.
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    In early 2008, Donovan had a role in ITV's post-watershed soap opera Echo Beach; the series was cancelled after 12 episodes.
    More Details Hide Details He also presented Sunday Night with Jason Donovan, a programme on The One Network of British local radio stations.
    Donovan and Malloch were married in Bali in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Donovan was the subject of an episode of the BBC TV series Who Do You Think You Are? on 30 August 2010 in which he discovered he is a descendant of the pioneer William Cox, who built the first road across Australia's Blue Mountains in 1814. Donovan confirmed he is Jewish through his maternal great-grandmother, Eileen Dawson (née Lyons). His great-great-grandparents Joseph and Rosetta Lyons originated from Whitechapel, London.
  • 2007
    Age 38
    Donovan performed a medley of songs from Joseph along with other actors who have played the eponymous role (Donny Osmond and Lee Mead) at the Concert for Diana in July 2007.
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  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Donovan's mobile phone number was circulated around the web in Australia, due to an image that was taken in Sydney.
    More Details Hide Details It appeared that Donovan was trying to sell his car, and unwittingly released his mobile phone number to the public. From 10 September, his answering machine had a special message on it, because he was frustrated by the number of calls he was receiving for no particular reason. Virgin placed advertisements in several high-profile Australian newspapers, urging people not to call Donovan, one of their customers. Virgin Mobile has since admitted the photos were all part of a marketing ploy. Virgin also ran TV advertisements showing Donovan answering prank calls, asking the viewer not to call him, then displaying his number. Donovan took part in I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2006 and finished in 3rd place. While in the jungle, he became good friends with David Gest and Matt Willis. Donovan also took part in many Bushtucker Trials, which included wearing a helmet full of insects and playing a giant game of Operation. Donovan lost out on the King of the Jungle Crown to Matt Willis. However, during an interview on The Steve Wright Show on BBC Radio 2 (January 2008), he claimed that his appearance on I'm A Celebrity had revitalised his career.
    He finished his original run on 13 March 2005, but was then invited back from June onwards to play in the final two months of the show, until its closure on 4 September 2005.
    More Details Hide Details Following this, he has toured the UK performing a few gigs and returned to the stage in January 2006 to star in a UK tour of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. After this, he returned to Melbourne to star in David Eldrige's Australian transfer of the London drama Festen.
  • 2004
    Age 35
    In late 2004, he was headlining in the stage musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.
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  • 2000
    Age 31
    Donovan's daughter Jemma was born in March 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Since then, with his drug problems now under control, he continued to act on stage and television, and had a role in the medical-legal television drama MDA (2003–05), on Australia's ABC network. Since 2003, Donovan has also lent his voice to the Buzz! series of quiz video games.
  • 1999
    Age 30
    In late 1999, Donovan stated that he still used cocaine, saying: "I still have a joint and I still take coke, but not as much as I did two years ago."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, Donovan took the lead role of Dr. Frank N. Furter in the UK touring production of The Rocky Horror Show, where he met stage manager Angela Malloch.
    More Details Hide Details After the pair had a brief relationship, Malloch became pregnant and gave Donovan an ultimatum that he had to kick drugs once and for all if he wanted to be part of their child's life.
  • 1995
    Age 26
    Later in 1995, Donovan starred in the Australian TV film The Last Bullet with Koji Tamaki, directed by Michael Pattison, which was set in World War II on the Pacific island of Borneo.
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    In early 1995, he attended model Kate Moss's 21st birthday party at The Viper Room in Los Angeles, where he suffered a drug-induced seizure.
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    Donovan later admitted that by 1995 he had a serious drug problem, taking around two grams of cocaine a day.
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  • 1992
    Age 23
    In 1992, Donovan launched a libel action against The Face magazine which had published allegations that he was homosexual.
    More Details Hide Details Donovan won £200,000 in damages and the magazine had to pay a further £100,000 in costs, but the lawsuit created a backlash with people accusing him of being homophobic. Although he had been a mild drug user who had smoked cannabis joints up until this point, in the months after his libel action Donovan began using cocaine. In a 2007 interview in the magazine Marie Claire and also in his 2007 autobiography Between The Lines: My Story Uncut, Donovan stated that suing The Face was the biggest mistake of his life. Donovan moved to Polydor Records and released his third album, All Around The World (1993).
    Donovan left the production in early 1992.
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  • 1991
    Age 22
    In 1991, Donovan accepted the lead role in the restaged London Palladium version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, directed by Steven Pimlott.
    More Details Hide Details Donovan had his third solo UK No. 1 single with one of its songs, "Any Dream Will Do".
  • 1990
    Age 21
    Donovan continued to act alongside his pop career, and in 1990 he appeared in his first feature film, Blood Oath (released in some countries as Prisoners of the Sun).
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    Donovan released his second album, Between The Lines, in May 1990, again produced by Stock Aitken Waterman.
    More Details Hide Details Although the album reached Platinum status in the UK, it was less successful than his debut a year before, peaking at no. 2 and selling only a fifth as many copies. Five singles were released from the album, and although they all reached the UK Top 30, they also signaled a decline in his popularity. Between 1988 and 1992, Donovan garnered 16 Top 40 hit singles in the UK.
  • 1989
    Age 20
    In December 1989, he took part in Band Aid II's version of "Do They Know it's Christmas", which also included Minogue, whose exit from Neighbours had by now been shown on screen in both Australia and the UK.
    More Details Hide Details His own exit from the show had by this stage been shown on Australian television, although it was not aired on British television until several months later.
    He released his début album, Ten Good Reasons, in May 1989, which also reached number one (for three weeks).
    More Details Hide Details For two weeks, Donovan held the number one positions in the singles chart and the albums chart simultaneously, when his next single, a cover of Brian Hyland's "Sealed With a Kiss", entered the UK charts at number one.
    His next single, "Too Many Broken Hearts", reached number one in the UK in March 1989.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    Donovan's next single was a duet with Minogue. "Especially for You" was released in December 1988, and after spending four weeks at No. 2 in the UK, it hit No. 1 in January 1989.
    More Details Hide Details It was the fourth-highest selling single in the UK in 1988, and 17th in Australia for 1989.
    His first single, "Nothing Can Divide Us", was released in 1988.
    More Details Hide Details Like Minogue's material, it was written and produced by the production team of Stock Aitken Waterman. The single reached number five in the UK.
    In addition to his regular role in Neighbours, Donovan appeared as "Happy Houston" in the 1988 Australian World War II mini-series The Heroes, based on the historical novel by Ronald McKie.
    More Details Hide Details He won the 1990 Logie Award for "Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series". Donovan left Neighbours in 1989. Twenty years later, he said that he had been asked to return to tie in with the show's 25th anniversary in 2010, but was unable to do so due to other work commitments. While he was still appearing in Neighbours, Donovan followed Minogue (who had already left the series by this point) in signing a recording contract with Mushroom Records in Australia, and with PWL in the UK.
    In 1988 he was awarded the Silver Logie for the "Most Popular Actor" on Australian television.
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  • 1987
    Age 18
    He won his first Logie Award for "Best New Talent" in 1987 and received a commendation in the category "Performance by a Male Actor In a Series" from the Television Society of Australia's Penguin Awards.
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  • 1986
    Age 17
    He also appeared in the series I Can Jump Puddles (1981) and Golden Pennies (1985) before entering the cast of Neighbours in 1986 as Scott Robinson (replacing actor Darius Perkins, who had played the role for the first year of the series).
    More Details Hide Details His character's story arcs included an onscreen romance and wedding to Charlene Mitchell (played by Minogue).
  • 1980
    Age 11
    Donovan made his first television appearance at age 11 in a guest role on the Australian series Skyways in 1980.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, his on-screen sister was played by future Neighbours co-star Kylie Minogue.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1972
    Age 3
    Jason Donovan was born in Malvern, Melbourne, and is the son of Sue Menlove (now Sue McIntosh) and actor Terence Donovan who has English and Irish ancestry. Following his parents' separation and divorce, his father was awarded full custody of him in 1972 and brought him up on his own.
    More Details Hide Details Donovan has had no contact with his mother since the divorce. His half-sister is former Neighbours star Stephanie McIntosh. He attended De La Salle College Malvern. Donovan's partner since 1998 has been Angela Malloch, a former stage manager, with whom he has three children.
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on June 1, 1968.
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