Hugh Sheridan saved a stranger’s life in Fortitude Valley

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Image: courtesy of Brisbane Festival

Actor Hugh Sheridan has recalled saving a man’s life in Brisbane last week after talking him out of taking his own life.

The actor recalled the experience in Fortitude Valley last Friday on The Kyle and Jackie O Show this week.

Hugh explained they met the man on Ann Street in Brisbane last Friday, where Hugh is shooting a new film.

“I was walking down the street, it was quite late,” the actor explained.

“I saw this guy and I had a feeling because he was sitting weird. [He] was dressed well with a suit and briefcase.”

After striking up conversation with the man, the non-binary actor realised the stranger was contemplating suicide.

Hugh then thought quickly and managed to coax the man to a nearby Valley venue where the pair sat together for a few hours.

“I told the security guard, you probably wouldn’t let this guy into the pub, but this is an extreme situation,” Hugh explained.

“I’ve never met him before, I’ve just found him and I’m convinced that he’s [in danger].”

Sitting with the man, Hugh gave the stranger “half an hour” to allow the actor to “change his mind”.

Hugh explained they then stayed with the man for a few hours before he got in touch with his family and got out of harm’s way.

The actor said the encounter happened just one day after R U OK? Day last week.

The day encourages Australians to start potentially life-saving conversations with each other.

The actor suggested they may not have stopped and struck up the conversation with the stranger if the R U OK? suicide prevention initiative wasn’t on their mind.

Hugh Sheridan in Brisbane for their Brisbane Festival show

Hugh Sheridan is also in Brisbane to perform stage show Hughman, part of this year’s Brisbane Festival.

The actor is performing the show at the South Bank Piazza on Friday and Saturday night.

Earlier this year, Hugh and partner Kurt Roberts got engaged at Hughman‘s opening night.

This week, Hugh is also appearing in the new reboot of Australian drama Packed to the Rafters.

The six-part series, titled Back to the Rafters, sees the family reunite to celebrate Dave (Erik Thomson) and Julie Rafter’s (Rebecca Gibney) 35th wedding anniversary.

Hugh’s character Ben returns as a newlywed after marrying Cassie (HaiHa Le), who hopes to start a family together.

Hugh explained, “Bringing the family back together is very poignant, and I think the world needs this show now.”

Back to the Rafters arrives on Amazon Prime Video on September 17.

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Jordan Hirst
Jordan Hirst

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