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Hugh Sheridan (born 1986) is an Australian actor, singer and performer who is best known for his role as Ben Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters.

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Biography

Sheridan attended the National Institute of Dramatic Art and while still completing his final year won his role in Packed to the Rafters, along with co-star Jessica Marais.[1] His sister is Zoe Sheridan, radio announcer and television presenter on children's game show Challenger and daytime chat show The Catch-Up. Hugh began his ballet training at Terry Simpsons studios in Adelaide before he went on to study at the Victorian College of the Arts and The Australian Ballet School. He left the ABS when he was accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Dramatic Art course at NIDA. While he was there he performed in The Lost Echo with The Sydney Theatre Company. In 2007, Hugh was awarded the Adel Koh Memorial Scholarship by The State Theatre of South Australia to study acting in New York. In his youth he sang with State Opera Australia, played football for St Ignatius and studied drama at Unley Youth Theatre, in short an all rounder.

Hugh was one of the many stars who performed at Sydney's Carols in the Domain on 20 December 2008. Hugh sung "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas".

On Sunday May 3, 2009, Sheridan won an Australian TV Week Logie Award Silver Logie for Most Popular New Male talent, due to his performance on Channel 7's Packed to the Rafters. In June he performed his own one man show "Newley Discovered" on the Adelaide Festival Theatre Stage to packed houses and rave reviews. Hugh is an active Ambassador of Jeans for Genes, Camp Quality and The Port Adelaide Football Club.

Music

Hugh announced August 31, 2009 he had signed a record deal with Sony Entertainment Music Australia. Recording took place in Sydney, New South Wales throughout 2009. He has written numerous songs over the year which will appeared on his debut album.

Hugh performed his first single Just Can't Throw Us Away on Seven's Dancing With the Stars Season Finale on September 6, 2009. The song was released to iTunes September 4, 2009 and to radio September 7. His second single All About Me was released both physically and digitally October 30, 2009.

All About Me and Just Can't Throw Us Away have both ranked very well on the Australian ARIA Physical Charts, with All About Me securing position #6 on the third week of release.

Hugh's debut album Speak Love was released in Australia on November 27, 2009.[2] The album's so far reached #86 on the Australian ARIA Album Chart, ~#10 on bandit.fm, ~#20 on iTunes, and hit #19 among Australian artist's albums in the first two days of release. All this has been achieved despite being released the same week as Susan Boyle's debut album. The album received great reviews from the respected music critics Cathy McCabe (Daily Telegraph, Sydney) and Cameron Adams (Herald Sun, Melbourne).

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2008–present Packed to the Rafters Hugh Sheridan Logie Award Winner - Most Popular New Male Talent

Discography

2009: Speak Love

References

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