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Hugh Sheridan (born 30 June 1985) is an Australian actor, musician and television presenter who is known for his role as Ben Rafter in the television series Packed to the Rafters. He is a four-time Logie Award winner, in the Logie Award for Most Popular Actor category

Hugh Sheridan
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Sheridan at the 2011 GQ Men of the Year Awards
Born (1985-06-30) 30 June 1985 (age 34)
OccupationActor, singer, television presenter
Years active2008–present


Early lifeEdit

Born in Adelaide, Sheridan was the second youngest of seven children. He grew up in the suburb of Millswood, and completed his early years of schooling at Loreto College Marryatville, before changing to Saint Ignatius' College, and then in his senior years to University Senior College. It was during primary school that he began his training at Unley Youth Theatre and Terry Simpson Studios in Adelaide, after which he went on to study Music at the Victorian College of the Arts and Dance at The Australian Ballet School.


In his youth, he sang with The State Opera of South Australia, played football for St Ignatius and studied drama at Unley Youth Theatre. He left the Australian Ballet School [ABS] when he was accepted into the prestigious Bachelor of Dramatic Art, actor course at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. In 2007, Sheridan was awarded the Adele Koh Memorial Scholarship by The State Theatre Company of South Australia to study acting in New York.[1]

He performed in The Lost Echo with the Sydney Theatre Company, and was then hired for the Seven Network series Packed to the Rafters as Ben Rafter. In 2009, Sheridan won the Logie Award for "Most Popular New Male Talent". In February 2011, Sheridan filled in as host on The Kyle & Jackie O Show alongside fellow Packed to the Rafters star George Houvardas.[2] In 2012, Sheridan hosted the Network Ten talent show series I Will Survive, during his production break for Packed to the Rafters.

In 2014, Sheridan appeared in the Seven Network mini series, INXS: Never Tear Us Apart, about the Australian rock band INXS.

He is the number 1 ticket holder for the Port Adelaide Football Club, and performed the National Anthem at the opening round at the new Adelaide Oval Stadium on 29 March 2014.

In 2017, he was appointed as one of three Fringe Ambassadors for the Adelaide Fringe.[3]


In December 2008, Sheridan performed on Seven Network's television concert special Carols in the Domain in which he performed "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". In August 2009, he signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia, releasing his first single "Just Can't Throw Us Away" on Seven's Dancing With the Stars in September 2009. The following month he released the follow up single, "All About Me". His first album, Speak Love, was released on 27 November 2009 and peaked at number 86 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart. In June 2010, a remix of the album's title track was released as the album's third and final single. In 2015, Sheridan formed The California Crooners Club with mates Emile Welman and Gabe Roland. In Spring 2016, CCC toured Adelaide, Sydney & Melbourne Australia to great critical acclaim.

Personal lifeEdit

Sheridan's sister is Zoe Sheridan, the radio announcer and television presenter on the children's game show Challenger and daytime chat show The Catch-Up. Sheridan's brother Zachary was reported missing after the April 2015 Nepal earthquake,[4] but was later located unharmed.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
2008–2013 Packed to the Rafters Ben Rafter Won—2009 Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent
Nominated—2009 Logie Award for Most Outstanding New Talent
Won—2010 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor
Won—2011 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor
Nominated—2011 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Actor
Won—2012 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor
Nominated—2013 Logie Award for Most Popular Actor
2009–2013 Play School Himself; presenter
2012 I Will Survive Himself; presenter
2014 INXS: Never Tear Us Apart Garry Gary Beers
2015 The Divorce Toby
2017 House Husbands Nick Gazecki Main Cast
2019 Five Bedrooms Lachlan Best Main Cast



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Speak Love 86


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"Just Can't Throw Us Away"[7] 2009 73 non-album single
"All About Me"[8] [A] Speak Love
"Speak Love"[9] 2010
"—" denotes items which failed to chart.


  1. ^ "All About Me" did not enter the ARIA Top 100 Singles Chart, but peaked at number 6 on the Physical Singles Chart .[6]


  1. ^ "Crowded house".
  2. ^ POPSUGAR Celebrity AU. "Fun and Funny Celebrity Twitter Pictures From Lea Michele, Justin Bieber and More". POPSUGAR Celebrity Australia.
  3. ^ Staff Writer, Arts Review (3 October 2016). "Adelaide Fringe Announces 2017 Ambassadors". Arts Review. Byte Media. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Australian actor Hugh Sheridan heads off in desperate rescue mission for brother on Mount Everest, as 3218 confirmed dead". news.
  5. ^ "Nocookies". The Australian.
  6. ^ a b c "ARIA Report Issue 1033" (PDF). 14 December 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  7. ^ "Just Can't Throw That Away – single". iTunes Australia. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  8. ^ "All About Me – single". iTunes Australia. 30 October 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Speak Love – single". iTunes Australia. 18 June 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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