Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh was cast as Ben Rafter in Australia's highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for five seasons. Following Rafters he starred in the Seven Network telemovie Never Tear Us Apart, based on Australia's most successful band, INXS, directed by Emmy Nominee, Daina Reid and in Opera Australia / ABC musical co-production The Divorce followed by Channel 9 series House Husbands and in Ten hit series Five Bedrooms.
Due to huge demand ,Channel 7 along with Amazon has just wrapped filming a follow up installment of Packed To The Rafters, titled Back To The Rafters, which focus’ on the Rafter family 10 years from where they previously left the series with Hugh bringing Ben Rafter back to the screen.
Hugh’s feature film credits include The Callback, with Eddie Izzard and directed by Marion Pilowsky, action film Escape & Evasion alongside Rena Owen and Josh McConville and appeared in Isn’t It Romantic alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine.
Hugh’s many hosting credits include 2018 International AACTA Awards for Foxtel and Network Ten's talent show, I Will Survive in which he was also mentor.
Theatrically Hugh’s credits include, the sold out, one man show, Newley Discovered, at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He then took Newley to the Sydney Opera House and New York's Snapple. Hugh starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Magda Szubanski in the Gordon Frost production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and last year in a national tour of Hair Produced by David M. Hawkins. He was recently given a residence at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz in LA and is currently enjoying much success with his band California Crooners Club on the festival circuit and looking forward to releasing their debut album in the coming year.
After signing with Sony in 2010 Hugh released his first single Just Can't Throw Us Away which made an impressive #2 debut on the iTunes singles chart and was followed by his successful debut album Speak Love. He is currently working on his second album.
During his time on Packed to the Rafters Hugh received three Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor, a 2013 Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Popular Actor, a 2011 Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor, a Silver Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and a Graham Kennedy Award nomination for Most Outstanding New Talent. Hugh’s theatrical awards include a Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Production for Newley Discovered.
Hugh is an avid Humanitarian involved with multiple child and animal protection charities and was commended for his US fundraising efforts towards the 2020 bushfires. Hugh recently set up his own Human Renaissance Project here in Australia, giving platforms for people to share their stories and give voice to the unseen. HRP works alongside other charities to support them promoting empathy towards others and more understanding around the negative effects of labelling people for; ethnicity, sexuality, gender, employment status, religion etc. It encourages people to tell their own story and reminds us we can’t tell
it for them.
Casey Donovan is one of Australia’s most versatile Entertainers, recently seen performing the role of Matron Mama Morton in the musical Chicago in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, heard on Spotify with her NOVA Podcast The Space and winning the public vote for her song Proud for Eurovision Australia Decides 2020 televised on SBS in a live show filmed on the Gold Coast in February 2020.
After a meteoric rise to fame at the age of 16, Casey became the youngest ever winner of Australian Idol in 2004. Over the last fourteen years, Donovan has made her mark not only as a musician, but also in the areas of stage, screen, presenting and writing. Casey is a multi-Award winner & nominee, including an ARIA No #1 Award for Listen with Your Heart and Deadly Awards for Best Album, Best Single and Most Promising New Talent.
After taking a break from music, Casey returned to the music arena with the release of her hotly anticipated single Big, Beautiful & Sexy. As a result of this inspirational song, she not only garnered new fans Australia-wide, but also became a poster girl for fuller-figured women. Casey took her Big, Beautiful & Sexy ethos further by touring in her own show, which has saw the remarkable singer perform to sellout crowds at some of the country’s most coveted venues and participate in events such as Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival, The Rocks Festival of the Voice, Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s Spirit Festival, Darwin Festival and Yabun Festival. Casey has also headlined her own Mama Cass Tribute concerts and supported the legendary Cyndi Lauper on her Australian National Tour.
Making her theatrical debut in Miracle In Brisbane for the Brisbane Festival. This was to be the first of many acclaimed theatrical performances, including The Flowerchildren (Magnormos), As You Like It (Company B), Opera Yarrabah (Opera Australia) and The Sapphires (Company B / Black Swan State Theatre Company), RENT (Hayes Theatre), Funny Girl (SSO), We Will Rock You (Andrew Pole/Ben Elton) as Killer Queen and in 2020 Chicago as Matron Mama Morton (GFO). Casey’s stage credits have earned her respect from the industry and the status of one of Australia’s most sought after performers, which has seen her receive a nomination for Best Newcomer and Best Performance by an Actress in a Musical in the Sydney Theatre Awards.
Over the span of her illustrious career, Casey has appeared on many television programs including; The Morning Show, Sunrise, 20 to 1, Today Show, Today Extra, Cram, Family Feud, ABC Playschool Storytime, Studio 10, Fusion, Yarramundi Kids, Spicks and Specks, Good Morning Australia, Rove Live, Who Do You Think You Are, Interview - with Andrew Denton, Eurovision-Australia Decides, Carols by Candlelight, Australia Day and NYE at the Sydney Opera House. Casey made her scripted television debut as Tia the probationary parking inspector on Network Ten’s comedy series Streetsmart and in late 2020 launched wellness podcast The Space with Nova and Spotify.
Crowned QUEEN of the Jungle by vote of the Australian Public, Casey won the third series of I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here which was filmed on location in South Africa. After six grueling weeks in the jungle this was her second reality TV win by a public vote winning $100,000 for the Starlight Children’s Foundation. Casey’s appearance on the hit network 10 series has saw the versatile entertainer win an outpouring of love and support from Australian audiences. Casey has moved audiences nationwide with incredible performances in recent years, notably covering David Bowie’s song Heroes at the 2017 Logie Awards, for which she received a standing ovation and rave reviews from the Entertainment Industry. Twitter was then set on fire Christmas Eve and New Years Eve 2018 and 2019 with her performances on ABC NYE live at the Sydney Opera House and Carols By Candlelight on the Nine Network.
Casey released her highly anticipated EP Of The Grid and Somewhere In Between, which was crowdfunded by her biggest supporters in 2017 with her single Lonely jumping 60 places overnight in the iTunes single charts to the Top 30; this was followed with a series of live and intimate shows around the country to reconnect Casey with music lovers and her biggest supporters, and captivating readers with her autobiography Big, Beautiful & Sexy (New Holland Publishers) releasing a revised edition of the book Big Beautiful and Sexier in 2018.