Rob Mills

Rob Mills
Background information
Birth name Robert Mills
Born (1982-06-21) 21 June 1982
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Origin Victoria, Australia
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Actor, Singer-songwriter, quiz show host, Television Host
Years active 2003–present
Labels Sony BMG2003-2004

Rob Mills (born 21 June 1982) is an Australian actor, Television Host and Australian singer best known as one of the finalists from Australian Idol Season 1. He was a co-host on the late-night quiz show The Mint as well as a regular singer on the game show The Singing Bee both on the Nine Network. He has starred on Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Apprentice. In 2008, Mills won the coveted lead male role of Fiyero in the hugely successful production of Wicked and continued the role when it moved to 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, a show considered an icon of Australian television.

Early life

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.

Australian Idol

Mills was a contestant for the first series of Australian Idol and he made the top five. He performed on "Rise Up", the #1 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:

  1. Melbourne Audition – "Swear It Again" (Westlife)
  2. Semi Final Group 5 – "Angels" (Robbie Williams)
  3. Final 12 (70s) – "Alright Now" (Free)
  4. Final 10 (#1 Hits) – "You Don't Treat Me No Good" (Sonia Dada)
  5. Final 8 (Aussie Hits) – "Take Me Back" (Noiseworks)
  6. Final 6 (80s) – "If I Could" (1927)
  7. Up, Close and Personal – "When You Say Nothing At All" (Ronan Keating)
  8. Final 5 (R&B/Soul) – "Too Close" (Next) and "If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time" (R. Kelly)


Touring and television

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,[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In 2009 and early 2010 Mills had a role as a recurring character on the Australian children's show The Shak[5] 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.

In August 2011, it was announced that Rob would host a new version of the popular Australian talent show Young Talent Time, with co-production duties from original host Johnny Young.

Rob Mills performs with the boys from Young Talent Time

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.[6] 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.[7]

In 2013, Mills competed on the third season of the The Celebrity Apprentice Australia. He won $40,000 for his charity in the fourth task, but he was fired in the following episode.

Mills joined the cast of Neighbours in November 2016 as teacher Finn Kelly. His first scenes will air in March 2017.[8]

Musical theatre

In 2005, Mills toured Australia in Grease - The Arena Spectacular as Johnny Casino alongside an all star cast with Craig McLachlan, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Magda Szubanski & John Farnham.

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 oppostie Lucy Durack as Glinda, Amanda Harrison as Elphaba and the late Rob Guest as The Wizard.[9] Mills played his final performance on 6 June 2010. Tim Campbell was cast to replace him.

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.[10] The Australian production season began in September 2012 at the Lyric Theatre, Sydney, before opening on 4 October 2012. It then went of 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.[11]

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.[12] Swing on This perform contemporary swing in a predominantly cabaret format.

In 2015, Mills toured with his Cabaret show 'Surprisingly Good', playing in cabaret festivals in Melbourne, Noosa, Sydney, Mackay and Brisbane.[13]

In 2016, Mills will play 'Corny Collins' in Brisbane's leading Musical Theatre Company, Harvest Rain, Arena Spectacular version of Hairspray.[14] He will then take on the leading role of 'Sam' in the Australian Premier of 'Ghost the Musical' [15]





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