- Jason Donovan
Infobox musical artist
Name = Jason Donovan
Img_capt = Jason Donovan performing at a free concert in
South Shieldson July 29, 2007.
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Jason Sean Donovan
Born = Birth date and age|1968|6|1
Origin = Malvern,
Vocal, Pop, Rock, Comedy, Musical Theatre
Singer, Actor, Radio and TV Presenter
Years_active = 1988 – present
URL = [http://www.jasondonovan.org.uk Official Website]
Jason Sean Donovan (born
1 June 1968, Malvern, Melbourne) is an Australian actorand singer. In the UK, he has sold in excess of 3 million records, where his debut album " Ten Good Reasons" was the highest selling album of 1989 with sales of over 1.5 million copies. He has also had four UK no.1 singles, one of which was " Especially for You", his 1988 duet with Kylie Minogue. In more recent years, he has returned to acting on television and in stage musicals.
Jason Donovan is the son of well-known Australian actor Terence Donovan, who also appeared in "
Neighbours" as Doug Willis; and his mother is Sue McIntosh. His half-sister is former "Neighbours" star Stephanie McIntosh. Donovan, who suffers from the skin condition psoriasis, [ [http://www.spinstartshere.com/?q=node/377 Drug Store - lookpharm.com ] ] attended De La Salle College, Malvern. His partner since 1997and the mother of his children is Angela Malloch, a former stage manager. He has two children, a daughter, Jemma (born March 28, 2000) and a son, Zach (born 23 March, 2001).
Donovan made his first television appearance at the age of eleven on the Australian series "Skyways",cite web |title=Jason Donovan |work=Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat |url=http://www.reallyuseful.com/rug/shows/joseph/cast/JasonDonovan.htm |publisher=Really Useful Group |accessdate=2007-07-29] playing a guest role. In the episode his onscreen sister was played by later co-star
Kylie Minogue. He also featured in " I Can Jump Puddles" before reaching fame in " Neighbours" as the second incarnation (after Darius Perkins) of the character Scott Robinson. His character's most notable story arc was as part of the Scott and Charlenecouple.
In 1987 he won his first
Logie Awardfor "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. In 1988 he was awarded the ‘Silver Logie’ for the "Most Popular Actor."
1988 - 1991: singing sensation
After leaving "Neighbours" in 1988, Donovan signed a recording contract with
Mushroom Records. His first single "Nothing Can Divide Us" written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitkenand Pete Watermanknown as Stock Aitken Watermanreached number five in the UK, number one in Hong Kongand Japan, and the top 40 in several other countries.
In 1988 he joined "Neighbours" co-star
Kylie Minoguein signing for Stock, Aitken and Waterman's record label PWL. His second single, " Too Many Broken Hearts," reached number one in the UK. He released his debut album, " Ten Good Reasons", in May 1989, which entered the charts at number two and within a week had reached the number one album spot remaining there for three weeks. His cover of Brian Hyland's " Sealed With a Kiss" entered the UK charts at number one, making Jason the first Australian male to ever hold both single and album chart number one positions simultaneously. He was also the youngest artist to enter the charts at number one.
His duet of the song "
Especially for You", with Minogue, was the fourth-highest selling single in the United Kingdomthat year, and 17th in Australia for 1989. Donovan and Minogue dated for a time, during this period. Between 1988 and 1993 alone, he enjoyed no fewer than 16 hit singles in the UK. His third and final solo album, "All Around The World", was never released in his home country of Australia.
Due to his celebrity status, Donovan started to experiment with his acting ability outside of his "Neighbours" envelope. In
1988, Donovan appeared as Happy Houston in the World War IIdrama "The Heroes," based on the historical novel by Ronald McKie, for which he won the 1990 Logie Awardfor Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series. In  Donovan appeared in his first feature film "Blood Oath" (a.k.a. "Prisoners of the Sun").
With questions about his ability to sing, and the break-up of his relationship with Minogue due to her relationship with
INXSsinger Michael Hutchence, Donovan accepted the challenge of the lead role from  in the restaged London Palladiumversion of " Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," directed by Steven Pimlottas director. Donovan had his third solo UK #1 single with one of its tracks "Any Dream Will Do," while the production won the 1992 Laurence Olivier Awardsfor set design and costume design, but left Donovan exhausted, and he was replaced in 1993by TV presenter Phillip Schofield.
1993: "The Face" article
In 1992, Donovan launched a successful libel action against "The Face" magazine who published allegations that he was gay. Donovan won £200,000 in damages,cite web |title=Jason Donovan: Is the actor turned pop star still "Neighbours" with Kylie? | |work=thebubbleburst.co.uk |url=http://www.thebubbleburst.co.uk/bb.php?entry=Jason%20Donovan |accessdate=2007-07-30] but the action of his lawsuit made him appear homophobic to some sections of the media and had the effect of alienating much of his audience. Donovan tried to make amends and claimed that he did not sue the magazine out of greed nor homophobia, but because he had been accused of lying to his fans. He also came to an agreement with the publishers of the magazine, which would have closed down had they paid him the full amount he was awarded (though this amount could well have been reduced upon appeal anyway). Regardless, Donovan's career never recovered from his act of litigation. In a 2007 interview in the magazine "Marie Claire", Donovan admitted that suing "The Face" magazine was a mistake that hurt his career.
1995, Donovan has later admitted that he had a serious drug problem, taking around 2grams of cocainea day. In late 1995, he attended model Kate Moss's 21st birthday party at The Viper Roomin Los Angeles, where he suffered a drug induced seizure. Ironically saved by Hutchence, Donovan was admitted to the local Emergency room.
In 1996, Donovan starred in the natively produced Australian film called "
The Last Bullet" [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0113606/ The Last Bullet (1995) (TV) ] ] with Koji Tamaki, directed by Michael Pattisonwhich was set in World War II on the Pacific island of Borneo in the last days of 1945. The film was much underlooked, and Donovan was criticised for this uncharacteristically serious role, but it is critically considered one of his best films to date.
In 1997 Donovan took the lead role in the UK touring production of "
Rocky Horror Show," where he met stage manager Angela Malloch. After the pair started a relationship, Angela became pregnant and gave Donovan an ultimatum. In various articles in late 1999, Donovan admitted 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." [cite news |title=Donovan admits drugs habit |work=BBC News |url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/281941.stm |date=February 18, 1999 |accessdate=2007-07-29]
From the birth of his daughter Jemma in March 2000, a steady relationship and a complete lack of drugs in his life have matured him substantially. He has begun to get more steady work as a serious actor, notably in a role in the high-brow medical-legal drama "MDA" (2003), on Australia's ABC network. Since 2003 Donovan has lent his voice to the "
Buzz!" series of quiz video games.
In late 2004, he was headlining in the stage musical "
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" at the London Palladiumin England. 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. Following this, he has toured the UK performing a few gigs and will return to the stage in 2006 to star in a UK tour of Stephen Sondheim's "Sweeney Todd", from January. After this, he has confirmed he will return to Melbourne to star in David Eldrige's Australian transfer of the London drama "Festen", before continuing with his intention to make a comeback as a folk rocksinger.
2006: I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!
Donovan took part in "
I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!" in 2006 and finished in 3rd place. During his time in the jungle, he was known as 'Jungle J' and was seen as somewhat of a support figure. Whilst in the jungle, he became good friends with David Gestand 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 he recently told "The Steve Wright Show" on BBC Radio 2 (Jan 2008) that his appearance on "I'M A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here" revitalised his career.
Recently he has started performing his old hits at various concerts. He performed a medley of songs from "Joseph" along with other actors who have played the eponymous role (
Donny Osmondand Lee Mead) at the Concert for Dianain July 2007. [cite web |title=Andrew Lloyd Webber medley, featuring: |work=concertfordiana.com |url=http://www.concertfordiana.com/performers/alw.asp |accessdate=2007-07-29]
In 2008, Donovan appeared in ITV's post-watershed soap "Echo Beach" as Daniel Marrack. He also presents "Sunday Night with Jason Donovan", a programme on
The One Networkof UK local radio stations.
On the 25th September 2008, Donovan performed in the canteen at the head offices of Tesco in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire. He was promoting his forth-coming album, Let It Be Me, which is due for release in November 2008. He treated the 500-strong crowd to a performace of some of his new material plus a few clasics, noticeably including Any Dream Will Do.
2005 Virgin Mobile viral marketing
In 2005, Donovan's mobile phone number was circulated around the web in
Australia, due to an image that was taken in Sydney. It appeared that Donovan was trying to sell his car, and unwittingly released his mobile phone number to the public. As of 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 has since placed (see [http://members.iinet.net.au/~bfarquhar/pics/Jason%20Donovan1.jpg] ) advertisements in several high-profile Australian newspapers, urging people not to call Mr. 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 Mr. Donovan answering prank calls, asking the viewer not to call him, then displaying his number.
Nothing Can Divide Us" - #5 UK / #3 AUS
Especially for You" (duet with Kylie Minogue) - #1 UK / #2 AUS / #10 Ger
Too Many Broken Hearts" - #1 UK / #7 AUS / #16 Ger
Sealed with a Kiss" - #1 UK / #8 AUS / #4 Ger
Every Day (I Love You More)" - #2 UK / #43 AUS / #19 Ger
When You Come Back to Me"- #2 UK / #40 AUS / #36 Ger
Hang on to your love"- #8 UK / # 51 Ger
Another Night"- #18 UK / # 52 Ger
Rhythm of the Rain" - #9 UK / #44 AUS / #38 Ger
*1990 "I'm Doing Fine" - #22 UK / #60 Ger
*1991 "R.S.V.P" - #17 UK / #97 Aus / #66 Ger
*1991 "Any Dream Will Do" - #1 UK / #92 AUS / #55 Ger
*1991 "Happy Together" - #10 UK / #53 Ger
*1991 "Joseph Mega Remix" - #13 UK "(also shown as "Joseph Megamix")"
*1992 "Mission Of Love" - #26 UK
*1992 "As Time Goes By" - #26 UK
*1993 "All Around The World" - #41 UK
*2007 "Share My World" "(download from June 11, 2007)"
*2008 "Dreamboats & Petticoats"
Ten Good Reasons" - #1 UK/ # 5 AUS / #3 Ger
*1990 "Between The Lines" - #2 UK / #77 AUS / #52 Ger
All Around The World" - #27 UK
Let It Be Me"
Other albums and compilations
*1989 "The Other Side Of Jason Donovan" (Japanese release)
*1991 "Greatest Hits" - #9 UK
*1991 "Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" (musical soundtrack, with the 1991 London Revival Cast) - #1 UK
*1998 "The New Rocky Horror Show"
*2000 "The Very Best Of Jason Donovan"
*2006 "The Greatest Hits" - #80 UK
*imdb name|id=0232997|name=Jason Donovan
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