Jason Sean Donovan was born in Malvern, Melbourne on 1st June 1968. He is the son of Terence Donovan, a well-known actor in Australia, and Sue McIntosh, a newsreader. Jason was therefore involved in various acting projects from an early age. His first role was in an Australian TV series, named ‘Skyways’ in 1979, where he played alongside a young Kylie Minogue. He went on to appear as Freddy in ‘I can jump puddles’ in 1981 (a role for which he was teased mercilessly at school) and later, in 1985, he appeared as Sean in ‘Golden Pennies’.
Jason attended the Malvern Central School and, later, De La Salle College in Melbourne. From an early age he enjoyed music, taking piano lessons and singing with the Australian boys’ choir. Despite his acting roles, Jason remained very grounded and was considering a career in graphic design before he won his part in ‘Neighbours’.
Initially Jason auditioned for a role in ‘Neighbours’, when the series began in 1985, but was advised by his father to continue with his schooling. It turned out that his father’s advice was correct, for the show was axed. It was later picked up by Channel 10 in 1986 and Jason secured the role of Scott Robinson, taking over the role from Darius Perkins.
‘Neighbours’ was an enormous hit, not only in Australia but also in the UK, and in 1987 Jason won ‘Logies’ (a prestigious Australian TV award) for ‘Best New Talent’ and ‘Best Actor’.
In March 1988 Jason signed a record deal with Mushroom Records, and in July released his first single ‘Nothing Can Divide Us’, working with 80’s pop producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman (SAW). The song reached number fifteen in both the UK and Australian charts.
At the end of 1988, Jason appeared in the mini-series ‘Heroes’ set in the Second World War, playing ‘Houston’. In the same year Jason recorded a duet with fellow Neighbours star, Kylie Minogue. ‘Especially For You’ got to number one in the charts.
1989 saw Jason leaving ‘Neighbours’ and recording his first album ‘Ten Good Reasons’. This reached number one in the album charts. His singles, ‘Two Many Broken Hearts’ and ‘Sealed with a Kiss’ also reached number one. He continued to have several top ten hits in 1990, and released his second successful album ‘Between the Lines’. He also found time to appear in the TV series ‘Shadows of the Heart’ and the film ‘Blood Oath’.
In 1991,Jason appeared at the London Palladium in his first theatre role. He played Joseph in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat‘ for 18 months, reviving his role in 1993 for the final shows and gained another number one with his hit ‘Any Dream Will Do’, which was taken from the show. The soundtrack to the show was a big success, reaching number one in the album charts. He also secured a further top ten hit with ‘Happy Together’. This was to be the last single recorded with Stock, Aitken and Waterman and Jason signed a new record deal with Polydor.
In 1992 Jason took the magazine ‘The Face’ to court, suing for libel on the grounds that, by printing pictures of Jason with the slogan ‘Queer as F***’, they were implying that he had lied about his sexuality. Jason won 370,000 pounds in damages but later returned most of this to the magazine. Jason’s reasons for suing were misunderstood by many people. Later this year Jason released his first single with Polydor, ‘Mission of Love’, which reached number 26 in the UK chart. He followed up his single ‘As Time Goes By’ with the release of his album ‘All Around the World’ in 1993. This album was a showcase of Jason’s change in musical direction and included a track called ‘Falling’ which he had co-written. Unfortunately, the album and the single by the same name were less successful than anticipated and Jason disappeared from the public eye for some time, with his single ‘Angel’ being withdrawn.
In the mid 90’s there were several media reports about Jason’s wild partying antics, and rumours about his drug taking. Jason later admitted that he had taken cocaine for a while but that many of the reports had been blown out of all proportion. Jason continued to work, appearing in the film ‘The Last Bullet’ in 1994 and ‘The Sun, the Moon and Stars’ in 1996.
In 1998 Jason took on the role of Frank ‘n’ Furter in ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’, first in Perth and later in London. An album of one of the live performances was recorded and was well received by fans of the show.
In 2000 Jason appeared in the British film ‘Sorted’. Several roles followed, with Jason appearing in ‘Ned’, ‘Loot’ and the Australian series ‘Medical Defences Australia (MDA)’.
Jason has been living in Notting Hill (London) with his family for years. He met his partner, Angela Malloch, whilst working on the Rocky Horror Show where she was a stage manager. His daughter Jemma was born in March 2000, with his son Zac being born one year later in March 2001.
In 2004 and 2005 Jason returned to the London Palladium to take over the role of Caractacus Potts in the musical ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ for which he received excellent reviews. He has also been touring the UK, performing gigs at pubs and nightclubs, where he sings many of his old hits.
Jason has had several things on his schedule for 2006. He appeared as ‘Sweeney Todd’ the demon barber in a touring production of Sondheim’s rock opera earlier this year. In summer he returned to Melbourne to appear in the play ‘Festen’ as part of Melbourne’s theatre festival. In between he did a few gigs all over the UK.
Since 12 November 2006 a few little of his new songs can be listened to on his site at myspace.
To that time Jason was one of the celeb campers in the English reality TV Show 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' and got third.
2007 has been a very special year for both - Jason and his fans. He finished his 'All the hits and more'-tour throughout the UK and even parts of Ireland successfully at the end of May. On 18 June time had finally come when Jason released his new single 'Share My World' which is available for download.
In autumn 2007 Jason did not only publish his biography but he also released his tour dvd. In 2008 a new series, Echo Beach, where Jason played a main role, was broadcast on ITV 1. Unfortunately the series did not succeed as much as it was hoped to do, so it finished after its first season but at least it is available on dvd.
In 2008 Jason worked as DJ at Capital FM and his Sunday night show was aired all over the UK and online. Moreover he signed a record deal at Decca and on 10 November 2008 his new album, Let It Be Me, was released. It didn't only made it into the top 30 of the British album charts but it also involved another UK tour at the end of the year.
2009 started with a private highlight for Jason: He and Angela got officially married on 17 January. From March 2009 to May 2010 one could see Jason live on stage in the role of Tick/Mitzi in the West End's musical 'Priscilla - Queen of the Desert'.
On 11 Oct 2010 Jason's album 'Soundtrack Of The 80's' was released. Right after that he toured Europe with Jeff Wayne's musical'The War Of The Worlds' in November and December 2010.
2011 Jason took part in the British TV show 'Strictly Come Dancing' and came third. He then toured the country with the dancing show.
2012 Jason was jury member of two TV shows: 'Superstar' (ITV, UK) and 'Pricilla' (Channel Ten, AUS). Jason finished the year by returning to 'The War Of The Worlds' and began 2013 by appearing with the musical for three shows in Germany.
In early 2013 he has been touring as Tick in 'Priscilla - Queen of the Desert' across the UK and that very successfully.
Jason was also on tour in 2014 as Frank Butler in "Annie Get Your Gun"
2015 has been a very special year since Jason played the serious role of the speech therapist Lionel Logue in "The King's Speech". The critics for his play have been very praising.
By the end of 2015 Jason returned to 'Priscilla' for the third time and is touring the UK at present.
Next year he goes on a big UK-Tour with his first album 'Ten Good reasons'. Tickets are on sale and selling fast.