Born in 1968 in Victoria, Australia, Jason Donovan is an actor, singer and musical theatre performer, who is perhaps best known for playing Scott Robinson in Neighbours opposite Kylie Minogue, as well as playing the role of Joseph at the London Palladium in the 1990s.
Donovan made his television debut at the tender age of eleven, starring in the Australian series Skyways in 1980, which ran for one series. It was in Skyways that Donovan first acted alongside Kylie Minogue, who played his on-screen sister. The pair would later reunite in Neighbours, with Donovan making his Neighbours debut as Scott Robinson in 1986, where he continued in the role for three years.
In 1991, Donovan made his West End debut as Joseph, in the restaged production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the London Palladium. His performance saw him receive an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical, where he played the role until 1992, with Phillip Schofield taking over in the titular role.
Off the back of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Donovan had a UK number one single with one of the musical’s songs “Any Dream Will Do”, with the song staying at the top of the charts for two weeks in June and July 1991. In 2007, Donovan came together with fellow Josephs Donny Osmond and Lee Mead to perform at a concert dedicated to Princess Diana.
In recent years, Donovan has made a name for himself as a leading West End star, starring in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Sweeney Todd and Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds. He played the Pharaoh in Joseph at the Palladium in 2019 and 2021.
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