Robert Mills (born 21 June 1982) is an Australian actor, television host and singer-songwriter. He was one of the finalists from the first season of Australian Idol. He co-hosted the late-night quiz show The Mint, and was a regular singer on the game show The Singing Bee both on the Nine Network. Mills took part in the ninth season of Dancing with the Stars and appeared on Celebrity Apprentice. In 2008, Mills won the lead male role of Fiyero in a production of Wicked, and continued the role when it moved around Australia. He has since starred in a number of popular large scale musical theatre productions. In 2012, Mills was announced as the host of Network Ten's revamped Young Talent Time. He began playing teacher Finn Kelly on Neighbours in 2017, and was promoted to the regular cast in 2019.
Mills in 2012
|Birth name||Robert Mills|
|Born||21 June 1982|
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Occupation(s)||Actor, singer-songwriter, television host|
|Labels||Sony BMG (2003–2004)|
Mills attended Brentwood Secondary College until the end of Year 10, frequently participating in the school Battle of the Bands concert. He completed Year 11 and 12 at Box Hill Senior Secondary College. Mills formed a band called "The Megamen" with two friends and soon developed a keen following on the Melbourne live music scene with their sessions every Sunday at the Red Eagle Hotel at Albert Park. Mills is a resident of Melbourne.
Mills was a contestant for the first series of Australian Idol and he made the top five. He performed on "Rise Up", the number one Australian single performed by all the Australian finalists in 2003. Mills performed the song "Dirty Girl" on the double platinum album Australian Idol: Final 12 soundtrack released in October 2003.
Mills' song list:
- Melbourne Audition – "Swear It Again" (Westlife)
- Semi Final Group 5 – "Angels" (Robbie Williams)
- Final 12 (70s) – "Alright Now" (Free)
- Final 10 (#1 Hits) – "You Don't Treat Me No Good" (Sonia Dada)
- Final 8 (Aussie Hits) – "Take Me Back" (Noiseworks)
- Final 6 (80s) – "If I Could" (1927)
- Up, Close and Personal – "When You Say Nothing at All" (Ronan Keating)
- Final 5 (R&B/Soul) – "Too Close" (Next) and "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (R. Kelly)
Touring and televisionEdit
He signed a contract with BMG in 2004. His first album "Up All Night" was released in Australia on 14 June 2004 and debuted in the top 40. The first single from the album Ms Vanity was released on 31 May in Australia and debuted at #6 in the Australian singles charts.
In July 2005, Mills toured the east coast of Australia, playing from Cairns to Tasmania. Also performing on national TV, KAK, The Today Show and Carols by Candlelight while on tour. After having completed his tour, he had a starring role as Johnny Casino alongside John Farnham, Natalie Bassingthwaighte and Craig McLachlan in Grease - The Musical Arena Tour. The tour was a commercial and critical success..
Mills hosted a television show Stooged on Network Ten, a hidden-camera show. The show premiered on 28 July 2005 however was cancelled shortly after due to declining ratings. During Triple M's tsunami fundraiser, where people pledged money to hear their favourite song played, Mills satirically called the station and requested his own song. This was a request made of him by the radio station.
Mills admitted on the television show Spicks and Specks that he had a brief but highly publicised tryst with celebrity heiress Paris Hilton at the Melbourne Cup of 2003. He later made fun of the tryst by singing "I Love Paris" (best known in a recording by Frank Sinatra) to close-off the show.
On 31 July 2007, Mills started a co-hosting role on the late-night, live quiz show The Mint which aired on the Nine Network. He appeared in a stunt for the ABC TV show The Chaser's War on Everything alongside Craig Reucassel that satirised the Tasmanian Premier Paul Lennon. In October 2007, Mills and three others were selected to be regular singers on the game show The Singing Bee. On 4 June 2009 it was announced on Today Tonight that he was on the new season of Dancing with the Stars. He was the second person to be eliminated.
In 2009 and early 2010 Mills had a role as a recurring character on the Australian children's show The Shak On 26 May 2010, Mills appeared on an episode on the children's game show Pyramid and again on 7, 16 and 23 June 2010. On 9 June 2010 Mills appeared on variety show Hey Hey, It's Saturday! accompanying the show's band. He appeared in a guest role in the Australian TV show Winner's and Losers as Sean. Rob was cast as jazz singer, Eric Connolly in the wildly successful Nine Network series Underbelly: Razor.
Mills joined the Young Talent Time cast in a live tour throughout June and July 2012. There were a total of 14 shows across 8 venues, beginning in Sydney and Canberra, and ending with five sold-out shows at Melbourne's Crown Casino. Mills hosted the show and performed solo and with cast members. The show featured the Young Talent Time Grand Final winners Lil' Banditz Krew performing as a group and with the team. The tour also featured choreography and dancers from the Project Dance creative team.
In 2018 he featured in the 'Ex-Reality TV Stars' episode on series three of ABC Television's 'You Can't Ask That'.
In May 2007, Mills appeared as the lead role of Claude in the sold-out Perth production of the rock musical Hair along with Cosima De Vito and Nikki Webster. The production was directed by Chris Kabay and musically directed by Simon Holt of Yellow Glass Theatre.
Mills then originated the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the Australian production of the Broadway musical Wicked. The show opened on 12 July 2008, in Melbourne where it ran for 13 months, closing on 9 August 2009. It then transferred to Sydney from 12 September. He originally starred opposite Lucy Durack as Glinda, Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and the late Rob Guest as The Wizard. Mills played his final performance on 6 June 2010.
From 13–30 July 2011, Rob played the role of Jamie in Jason Robert Brown's musical The Last Five Years at Sydney's Seymour Centre.
In March 2012, it was announced that Mills will play Warner Huntington III in the Australian production of Legally Blonde, which also starred his Wicked co-star Lucy Durack as the main character, Elle Woods. The Australian production season began in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, before opening on 4 October 2012. It then went on to play at the Lyric Theatre in Brisbane from March 2013. It then opened in Melbourne at the Princess Theatre in May 2013.
In 2013, Mills played the role of Danny in the Australian tour of Grease, which began performances October 2013 at Sydney's Lyric Theatre, has travelled all around Australia, which finished its run doing a second season in Melbourne at Her Majesty's Theatre. The show closed in late January 2015.
In August 2015 Mills joined Swing on This, a quartet of musical theatre stars which includes Michael Falzon, Matt Lee, Luke Kennedy and Ben Mingay. Swing on This perform contemporary swing in a predominantly cabaret format.
In 2015, Mills toured with his cabaret show Surprisingly Good, (nominated for a Sydney Theatre Award) playing in cabaret festivals in Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Mackay and Brisbane.
2017 saw Mills play the role of Jesus Christ in The Production Company's revival of the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera, Jesus Christ Superstar. The production was staged at Arts Centre Melbourne from 29 July to 13 August.
In 2018 Rob Mills joined the cast for the Australian performance of American play Puffs. He plays the character of Cedric.
- Up All Night (2004) – #21 Australia
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- Knox, David (5 June 2009). "Dancing with the Stars cast revealed". Tv Tonight.
- "The Shak Episode Guide". Ninemsn. 2 February 2009.
- "Young Talent Time - The Team Goes Live Tour". www.facebook.com.
- "Project Dance". www.facebook.com.
- Dainty, Sophie (15 November 2016). "Neighbours has cast Australian Idol star Rob Mills in the role of "intriguing" teacher Finn Kelly". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 November 2016.
- Hughes, Johnathon (15 May 2018). "Neighbours: Finn back for revenge! "He's even worse this time round" warns Rob Mills". Radio Times. Retrieved 15 May 2018.
- Gans, Andrew (2 December 2008). "Harrison, Durack, Guest, Mills, Callea and Kirkpatrick to Star in Australia's Wicked". theatre. The Age. Archived from the original on 6 September 2012. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
- BWW. "Lucy Durack to Play Elle Woods in Australian LEGALLY BLONDE". BroadwayWorld.com.
- Rob Mills and Gretel Scarlett Star in 2013 Australian Tour of GREASE, Opening Tonight in Sydney Retrieved 25 November 2013
- Seanna Cronin. "Rob Mills swings into new role in live show". Sunshine Coast Daily. APN Regional News Network. Retrieved 6 August 2015.
- "Ghost of a musical role for Millsy". www.dailytelegraph.com.au. 19 September 2015.
- Hilbig, Allison (3 June 2017). "Full cast of Jesus Christ Superstar Announced".