My Secret Life: Jason Donovan, actor & singer, 41


My parents were ... divorced. Divorce is always going to leave its problems and its scars, but I had love. I was brought up by my dad; it was a happy childhood.

The house I grew up in ... was a Victorian, cosy, middle-class Melbourne abode.

When I was a child I wanted to be ... an actor, like my father.

If I could change one thing about myself ... I would acquire the ability to relax and enjoy doing nothing. I'm your classic ambitious male fortysomething with a constant let's-get-things-done mentality.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at ... communicating, and I'm quite honest.

You may not know it but I'm no good at ... lying.

At night I dream of ... the welfare of my children and my wife.

What I see when I look in the mirror ... is someone that I respect. I've worked hard, had ups and downs and good and bad in my life, but I have respect for myself now. I get out there and give things a go.

My favourite outfit ... would be a white V-neck T-shirt and pair of army shorts, but unfortunately, living in London, I haven't put them on for the past few months.

I ride ... a regular cross-training bike. I always wear a helmet, and can often be seen in full cycling attire, complete with tight pants, which are the latest addition to my wardrobe, riding across the city.

My house is ... perfect. I've just moved in and am creating the home I've always wanted, on a street I always wanted to live in: it's comfortable, and not too avant-garde. I veer on the side of Modernism, with lots of glass, and carpets which are nice on your feet.

My favourite work of art is ... I own a Gilbert and George piece, which was iconic in the 1980s. It's of me, which is the only reason I find this particular work attractive.

My favourite building ... is the Town Hall in a suburb called Malvern in Melbourne, which I used to walk past every day on my way to school. It recalls happy memories.

A book that changed me ... I'm not actually a big reader.

Movie heaven ... would be watching a film in a decent cinema with a bottle of red wine, a cheese platter, and a couple of weeks off work and nothing to worry about either side.

The last album I downloaded ... was the latest one by The Killers. But I tend to download singles; I'm a real pop chart man.

My secret crush ... That's going to get me into trouble with my wife so I won't go down that road.

My greatest regret ... I don't have regrets, but there are things in my life I would choose to have done differently with the benefit of hindsight. I went down a pretty dark road in the 1990s and while I don't regret it, if I had my time again, I'd probably try to avoid a few particular scenarios.

My real-life villain ... is any one with power who abuses their power at the cost of people less fortunate than themselves.

The person who really makes me laugh is ... Gary Barlow [the singer from Take That].

The last time I cried ... was watching an episode of 'The Secret Millionaire' the other night on television.

My five-year plan ... I don't really have a plan. Life is quite volatile and quite precious so just try to be healthy and happy.

What's the point? The point of life is to embrace it, to love and to smile.

My life in six words ... family, work, hard work, luck, health.

A life in brief

Jason Donovan was born on 1 June 1968 in Melbourne, Australia. He rose to fame as Kylie Minogue's love interest in the soap opera Neighbours before enjoying a brief pop career. He developed a severe cocaine addiction in the 1990s, but has been clean for more than 10 years. Donovan lives with his wife and their two children in London, and stars in the War of the Worlds musical, touring in November. See thewaroftheworlds.com

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Compensation and Benefits Manager - Brentwood - Circa £60,000

£60000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Compensation and Benefits Manager - Compensat...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £35000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

HR Advisor - North London / North West London

£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: HR Advisor - North London...

Finance Manager - Recruitment Business (Media & Entertainment)

£28000 - £32000 per annum + negotiable: Sauce Recruitment: We have an exciting...

Day In a Page

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news: musician splits with manager after police investigate assault claims

Wilko Johnson, now the bad news

Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
Handy hacks that make life easier: New book reveals how to rid your inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone

Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker