Whilst in his final year at NIDA, Hugh was cast as 'Ben Rafter' in Australia's highest rating family drama Packed to the Rafters and continued in the role for 5 seasons. Following Rafters he starred in the Seven Network telemovie Never Tear Us Apart, based on Australia's most successful band, INXS, in Opera Australia / ABC musical co-production The Divorce followed by Channel 9 series House Husbands.
In 2018 Hugh filmed feature film The Callback, with Eddie Izzard and directed by Marion Pilowsky and, due for release in 2019, action film Escape & Evasion which also stars Rena Owen and Josh McConville and appears in Isn’t It Romantic alongside Rebel Wilson, Liam Hemsworth and Adam Devine.
Hugh’s many hosting credits include 2018 International AACTA Awards for Foxtel and Network Ten's talent show, I Will Survive in which he was also mentor.
Theatrically Hugh’s credits include, the sold out, one man show, Newley Discovered, at the 2009 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. He then took Newley to the Sydney Opera House and New York's Snapple. In late 2012, Hugh starred alongside Geoffrey Rush and Magda Szubanski in the Gordon Frost production, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He was recently given a residence at Herb Alpert's Vibrato Grill Jazz in LA and is currently enjoying much success with his band California Crooners Club on the festival circuit and they will be releasing their debut album mid 2019.
After signing with Sony in 2010 Hugh released his first single Just Can't Throw Us Away which made an impressive #2 debut on the iTunes singles chart and was followed by his successful debut album Speak Love. He is currently working on his second album.
During his time on Packed to the Rafters Hugh received three Silver Logie Awards for Most Popular Actor, a 2013 Silver Logie Award nomination for Most Popular Actor, a 2011 Silver Logie nomination for Most Outstanding Actor, a Silver Logie Award for Most Popular New Male Talent and a Graham Kennedy Award nomination for Most Outstanding New Talent. Hugh’s theatrical awards include a Green Room Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his performance in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and a Sydney Theatre Award nomination for Best Cabaret Production for Newley Discovered.