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Jason Donovan (born 1 June 1968) is an Australian actor and singer. 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 de'but 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. He has also appeared in several stage musicals, most prominently in the lead role of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat in the early 1990s.Jason Donovan was born in Malvern, Melbourne, is the son of actor Terence Donovan, who also appeared in Neighbours as Doug Willis, and Sue Menlove (now Sue McIntosh). After his parents separated, his father was awarded custody of him in 1972. His half-sister is former Neighbours star Stephanie McIntosh. Donovan attended De La Salle College, Malvern. His partner since 1998 is Angela Malloch, a former stage manager, with whom he has three children; a daughter, Jemma (born 28 March 2000) a son, Zac (born 22 March 2001), and daughter, Molly (born 9 March 2011). Donovan and Malloch were married in Bali in 2008.
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 also confirmed he is of Jewish descent through his maternal great-grandmother, Eileen Dawson (ne'e Lyons). His great-great-grandparents Joseph & Rosetta Lyons originated from Whitechapel, London. Donovan has no contact with his mother.Donovan made his first television appearance at the age of eleven in a guest role on the Australian series Skyways in 1980. In the episode, his on-screen sister was played by future co-star Kylie Minogue. He also featured in the series I Can Jump Puddles before achieving fame in 1986 in the soap opera Neighbours as Scott Robinson (replacing actor Darius Perkins, who had played the role for the first year of the series). His character's most notable story arc was his onscreen romance and wedding to Charlene Mitchell (played by Kylie Minogue).
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. In 1988 he was awarded the 'Silver Logie' for the "Most Popular Actor" on Australian television.
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. He won the 1990 Logie Award for "Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series".
Donovan left Neighbours in 1989. In 2009, he announced that he had been asked to return in 2010 to tie in with the show's 25th anniversary, but said that he 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. His first single, "Nothing Can Divide Us", was released in 1988. Like Minogue's material, it was written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman (known as Stock Aitken Waterman). The single reached number five in the UK, and the top 40 in several other countries.
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.
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