Hugh left his hometown of Torbay, South Devon, at the tender age of 19, for the bright lights of London to pursue his love of acting, singing and dancing. Having trained at The Academy of Live and Recorded Arts (ALRA) and Arts Educational, Hugh has worked across the board in film, theatre, music and television.
While studying at Arts Ed, Hugh was chosen by Andrew Lloyd Webber’s company RUG (Really useful Theatre Group) to play the principle role of Simon Zealotes and understudy Judas, in Jesus Christ Superstar. Since then Hugh has continued to have a successful career worldwide and in London’s West End. A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd, The Lion King, Notre Dame Dé Paris, Follies, We Will Rock You, Dancing in the Streets, Sister Act, Miss Saigon, Travels with My Aunt and the film Miss Saigon Live.
Hugh Maynard made theatre history again in 2016, by being the first black actor in UK history to play the title role in Sweeney Todd..
2004 saw Hugh undertake the character of John in Miss Saigon for the first time and to date he is the youngest person to have been given the privilege of playing this role.
As the former sixth member of Tenors of Rock (TOR), Hugh has again enjoyed success in Asia, Europe and America. Having performed concerts around the world.
2012 OLYMPIC GAMES at BT LONDON LIVE, 2012 TOR Live at PALMS RESORT, LAS VEGAS, 2013 HALFTIME SHOW at the ROGERS CENTRE in Toronto, Canada,
Hugh’s proudest moment was performing with TOR as part of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games Concert. Their debut single, Brothers In Arms, reached No.20 in the official UK rock chart holding Bon Jovi off the spot. (for a whole week.)
Hugh’s debut solo album, HUGH MAYNARD - SOMETHING INSIDE SO STRONG, a collection of soul, rock and musical songs, was released in March 2015. Receiving five star reviews and critical acclaim. Hard copies of Hugh’s album can be ordered online from www.hugh-maynard.com. Digital downloads are available from Amazon, Googleplay & iTunes.
Hugh is a goodwill ambassador for the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. This is the longest serving women’s peace organisation in the world. It has been fighting for a more holistic approach to peacemaking for 100 years, bringing together human rights, the protection of the environment, economic and social justice and disarmament, in rejection of militarism, inequality and patriarchy as root causes of conflict. WILPF stretches from local to global, as a community of peacemakers working on grassroots activism to international advocacy. Hugh - “I am proud to be a part of this amazing organisation and support the work that they do across the world to reduce sexual violence and promote peace and freedom”.
To learn more about the organisation, please go to: www.wilpfinternational.or
To learn more about the organisation please go to: www.wilpfinternational.org
Background: Madeleine Rees, Secretary General WILPF speaking at the 2014 London Global Summit “End Sexual Violence In Conflict”
Hugh Maynard has been a guest speaker at a number of conferences organised by Lincolnshire Children's Services, sharing his experiences of living in residential and foster care. He has also performed at events and conferences for the Lincolnshire Sensory Impaired Service.
Hugh has supported the Lincoln based project Action for Children and Saint Francis School, a specialist provision in Lincoln for disabled children and Plan UK's campaigns of “End Child Marriage”. He also worked for Lincoln Women’s Aid (LWA) fund raising and supporting projects. Hugh has been involved with LWA and contributed a lot to them over the years. Hugh also promoted and participated in the arts through involvement in West End Week, giving children and young adults from all backgrounds the opportunity to perform on a West End stage.
Follow Hugh online at: www.hugh-maynard.com