His first professional role was that of Ren McCormick in the musical adaptation of Footloose (1984). His sister, Julianne Hough, stars in the remake of said film, Footloose (2011), as Ariel Moore.
Moved to London at age 12 and lived there for 10 years, before moving to Los Angeles to star on Dancing with the Stars (2005).
At age 18, he debuted in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang", and stayed with the show for the final six months of its run at the London Palladium.
Last name is pronounced "Huff".
Uncles: Scott Hough, Charlie Hough.
Grandparents: Colleen and Bob Hough.
Stepfather: Aaron Nelson
Stepmother: Debra Hough
Attended and graduated from the Italia Conti Academy of Performing Arts in London.
Good friends with Cheryl. They met when Derek choreographed and starred in her music video for her hit single, Parachute.
Has 15 nieces and nephews - Paris, Willow, Skye, Star, Bronson, Max, Griffin, Evelyn, Hayden, Tyler, Latelyn, AR and Quaid Wise (from sister Sharee Hough). Aidan Poole (from sister Marabeth Hough). Ariana Phillips (from sister Katherine Hough).
Nephew of John Hough and Tina Hough, owners of the Roosevelt Hotel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
He is a second cousin of Ross Lynch, Riker Lynch, Rocky Lynch and Rydel Lynch, of the band, "R5", and of their brother, Ryland Lynch, the band manager. Their maternal grandmothers are sisters.
His ancestry includes English, Dutch, French-Canadian, German, Northern Irish (Scots-Irish), Scottish, Danish, Swedish, and French.
A world champion of Latin and ballroom dancing.
Cousin of Lorien Hough-Cord.
Best friends with Mark Ballas.