Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthMarch 30, 1930
SpouseAlwen Hughes
MarkGoatee beard and glasses
FactHas now lived in Britain since 1952: he has had numerous television shows since 1953 when he got an audition drawing cartoons on TV show "Jigsaw", based on his expertise as both a popular singer and a cartoonist. Queensland, Australia, in 1982 - where he sang Australia.

Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer, musician, and artist. He was born on 30 March 1930 in Bassendean, Western Australia, to Welsh parents. His father was a railway worker and his mother was a housewife. Harris was educated at Perth Modern School and the University of Western Australia. He began his career as a cartoonist and television personality in the 1950s. He later became a successful musician, with hits such as “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” and “Two Little Boys”. Harris has also appeared in several films and television series, including Doctor Who and Rolf’s Amazing World of Animals. He has been married twice and has four children. Harris is estimated to have a net worth of $20 million.

General Info

Full NameRolf Harris
Date Of BirthMarch 30, 1930
Height1.83 m
ProfessionTV Personality, Singer-songwriter, Presenter, Comedian, Didgeridooist, Actor, Music artist, Composer, Painter, Visual Artist, Six White Boomers, Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
EducationUniversity of Western Australia, City and Guilds of London Art School, City and Guilds of London Institute, Perth Modern School, Six White Boomers, Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport


SpouseAlwen Hughes
ChildrenBindi Harris
ParentsAgnes Margaret Robbins Harris, Cromwell Harris, Six White Boomers, Two Little Boys, Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport
SiblingsBruce Harris


AwardsBAFTA Fellowship
MoviesThe Little Convict, Kids Can Say No!, Crash Drive, Web of Suspicion
TV ShowsStar Portraits with Rolf Harris, Animal Hospital, Rolf on Art, Rolf On Saturday Ok?, Rolf's Amazing World Of Animals, City Hospital, Musical Box, Playbox

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#Marks / Signs
1Goatee beard and glasses


1People say "Are you going to retire?" To me that sort of equates with lying down and dying. When you're doing something you love to do, why would you stop?
2I don't quite know what the reason for critics' existence is really. They seem to sit there and try and think of something snide to say about something which is fairly popular, so if it's popular they think it can't be any good.
3I don't mind how they [people] see me as long as they see me.
4[on his longevity] Try and spread a lot of love and affection around the world. The most important thing is not to 'con' the public. Be real.
5It's essential that you make eye contact with your audience. You've got to know what's happening out there. If you make eye contact with just one person, everybody in the place, by some indefinable magic, is sure that you're talking to them personally.
6I can't bear the thought of having everything in an exhibition being the same, I hate it when I go into a gallery and the paintings are all identical, with the same subject but from slightly different angles.
7I like to slosh on paint to kill the white of the canvas with a bit of turpentine. Then I start with a blur which looks something like the subject and I gradually refine it.
8I draw the line at filth and crude language. It seems to be an excuse for not being funny.
9I hope that maybe I am on this planet to try and spread a bit of love and affection and to try and help people to warm toward their fellow man instead of all this destruction and misery
10The most wonderful magic is watching someone doing a drawing in front of your eyes and that's why drawing and painting on TV is wonderful - it's always a total mystery, and the training I have had in fine art, I have been able to use that.
11Can you tell what it is yet?


1In June 2014 he was found guilty of (and in July 2014 he was sentenced to 5 years and 9 months) 12 historic indecent assaults against four girls aged between 8 and 19 at the time of the assaults. The sentence was referred to the Attorney General Dominic Grieve after complaints that it was too lenient. On 30 July 2014, the new Attorney General, Jeremy Wright, announced that he would not be referring the sentence to the court of appeal for review "as he did not think they would find it to be unduly lenient and increase it. The sentencing judge was bound by the maximum sentence in force at the time of the offending." On 1 August 2014, the Judicial Office said that Harris had applied to appeal against his conviction and that his lawyers had lodged papers at the Court of Appeal. In October 2014, Harris was refused permission to appeal. Since his conviction there have been further reports to police regarding alleged sexual offences on young girls and women by him.
2Was for many years the face of British Paints, appearing in television and radio commercials that ended with a drum roll on a can of paint and the catchphrase: "Trust British Paints? Sure can!".
3Inducted into the Aria Hall of fame. [July 2008]
4He was awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to entertainment, to charity, and to community.
5Harris was one of the guests who performed a cover of "Stairway to Heaven" on the Australian TV series "The Money or the Gun." Performed to the tune of "Tie Me Kangaroo Down," Harris' version became a surprise hit, going to #7 on the charts. Harris' version appears on a compilation DVD of 25 versions of the song performed on the show.
6He painted a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as part of her 80th birthday celebrations. It was documented on BBC 1's The Queen, by Rolf.
7He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1968 Queen's Birthday Honours List and the O.B.E. (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1977 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to the performing arts.
8He was awarded the C.B.E. (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for his services to entertainment in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
9Invented the 'wobble-board' - a musical instrument basically consisting of a large, flexible piece of wood which makes a characteristic oscillating sound when 'wobbled'. This was parodied by The Kinks on their 1969 song 'Australia', which features a wobble-board solo.
10He and Alwen have a daughter, Bindi Harris (born 10 March 1964). She is named after the town of Bindi Bindi in Western Australia where the Harrises found Bindi stone, a type of fossilised asbestos.
11Named after writer Rolf Boldrewood.
12Has now lived in Britain since 1952: he has had numerous television shows since 1953 when he got an audition drawing cartoons on TV show "Jigsaw", based on his expertise as both a popular singer and a cartoonist. Queensland, Australia, in 1982 - where he sang Australia.
13He was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 1989 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the community as an entertainer.
14Rolf Harris was a star performer at the Opening Ceremony of the XIIth British Commonwealth Games, which were held in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in 1982 - where Rolf Harris sang 'Waltzing Matilda' and also a restructured form of his best-selling hit: 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport'.
15It was in his capacity as singer/artist, that he was 'targeted' in "The Goodies" episode: 'Scatty Safari' - where there was a 'plague of Rolf Harrises' - all of them singing and painting!
16Has now lived in Britain for many years, where he has had his own television series since 1954, based on his expertise as both a popular singer and an artist.
17Studied at the University of Western Australia.




Run for Your Wife2012Busker
The Fruit Cases2011TV MovieCaptain Straw
Olive the Ostrich2011TV SeriesNarrator
The Little Convict1979The Storyteller / Grandpa
Man from Interpol1960TV SeriesGrady
Crash Drive1959Bart
Web of Suspicion1959Ben
Hancock's Half Hour1959TV SeriesSailor / Australian Barman
The Vise1958-1959TV SeriesAirport Clerk / Harry
Jim Whittington and His Sealion1956TV MovieThe Demon King
You Lucky People1955Pvt. Proudfoot


Last Cab to Darwin2015writer: "Court of King Caractacus"
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon2013Documentary writer: "Sun-A-Rise"
Angela and FriendsTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Bran Nue Dae2009performer: "Six White Boomers" / writer: "Six White Boomers"
Australia2008performer: "Waltzing Matilda", "You Ride Your Way, I'll Ride Mine"
Richard & JudyTV Series performer - 1 episode, 2006 writer - 1 episode, 2006
Sokkotanssi1999writer: "Katso kenguru loikkaa Tie Me Kangaroo Down"
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Mike Myers1998Video documentary writer: "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport"
Night FeverTV Series performer - 1 episode, 1997 writer - 1 episode, 1997
Idiot Box1996arranger: "The Overlander"
Denton1994TV Series writer - 1 episode
Tracking Down Maggie: The Unofficial Biography of Margaret Thatcher1994Documentary performer: "Two Little Boys"
The Money or the Gun: Stairways to Heaven1992Video performer: "Stairway to Heaven"
Kids Can Say No1985Documentary short performer: "My Body" - uncredited
The Little Convict1979lyrics: "Man of the Iron Gang" / writer: "Jake the Peg", "Sunarise"
The Muppet Show1978TV Series writer - 1 episode
Frost on Sunday1970TV Series performer - 1 episode
Skippy1968TV Series writer - 1 episode

Music Department

Australia2008musician: wobble board
Wake in Fright1971music adviser - uncredited


Rolf Harris Show1971TV Series writer


Rolf on Welsh Art2011TV Series documentary producer


A Swingin' Time1963-1964TV SeriesHimself - Host
To Tell the Truth1963TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1963TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Network1963TV SeriesHimself - Performer
The Andy Stewart Show1963TV SeriesHimself
Musical Box1959TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Spotlight1959TV SeriesHimself - Performer
Studio E1957TV SeriesHimself
Whirligig1955-1956TV SeriesHimself - Artist (Willoughby Drawing Board)
Small Time1955TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Playbox1955TV SeriesHimself
It's a Great Life1954TV SeriesHimself
Show Case1954TV SeriesHimself
The Christmas Number One Story2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Rolf's Animal Clinic2012TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Rolf on Welsh Art2011-2012TV Series documentaryHimself
This Morning2004-2012TV SeriesHimself
Rolf Paints... The Diamond Jubilee2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Host
The Diamond Jubilee Concert2012TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Unforgettable Rod Hull2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2011TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2011TV SeriesHimself
The Wiggles: Ukulele Baby2011VideoHimself
Arena2010-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Jamie's Dream School2011TV SeriesHimself
20 to 12006-2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Magicians2011TV SeriesHimself
Loose Women2009-2011TV SeriesHimself
My Family2010TV SeriesHimself
The 5 O'Clock Show2010TV SeriesHimself
Glastonbury 20102010TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Breakfast2004-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Artist / Himself - Musician
The 7PM Project2009TV SeriesHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2005-2009TV SeriesHimself
Raiders of the Lost Archive2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Channel 4 News2009TV SeriesHimself
Have I Got News for You2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest Presenter
The One Show2009TV SeriesHimself
Mark Lawson Talks to...2008TV SeriesHimself
Mornings with Kerri-Anne2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rolf on Art2001-2007TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Presenter
Rolf on Beatrix Potter2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Chelsea Flower Show2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Perfect Night In2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Legends2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Star Portraits with Rolf Harris2004-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Richard & Judy2006TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2006TV SeriesHimself
The Queen by Rolf2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Return of the Goodies2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Today with Des and Mel2003-2005TV SeriesHimself
Enough Rope with Andrew Denton2005TV SeriesHimself
The Variety Club Showbusiness Awards 20042004TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Showbusiness Personality of the Year
'Animal Hospital': The Big Story2004TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Rolf's Merry Christmas2001TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Animal Hospital1994-2001TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Amazing World of Animals1998-2001TV SeriesHimself
Top Ten2000TV Series documentaryHimself
2000 Today1999TV MovieHimself
Dad1999TV SeriesHimself
Don't Stop Me Now1999TV MovieHimself
An Audience with Cliff Richard1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sounds of 691999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Animal People1999TV Series documentaryNarrator
Goodnight Sweetheart1998TV SeriesHimself
Pantoland1997TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Light Lunch1997TV SeriesHimself
Shooting Stars1997TV SeriesHimself
Auntie's TV Favourites1997TV SeriesHimself
Brass Eye1997TV SeriesHimself
An Audience with Bruce Forsyth1997TV MovieHimself
Night Fever1997TV SeriesHimself - Musical Guest
National Television Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The Mrs. Merton Show1995TV SeriesHimself
Noel's House Party1995TV SeriesHimself
The Beatles: All Together Now1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Frost Programme1995TV SeriesHimself
Waltzing Matilda: The Song That Shaped a Nation1995Video documentaryHimself - Entertainer
Bruce Forsyth and the Generation Game1994TV SeriesHimself
The Word1993TV SeriesHimself
Phil Cool1992TV SeriesHimself
Surprise Surprise!1992TV SeriesHimself
KYTV1992TV SeriesHimself
The Money or the Gun: Stairways to Heaven1992VideoHimself
I'm Not a Dentist But I Recognise This...1990ShortHimself
Rolf Meets Bugs Bunny & Friends in Hollywood1990TV MovieHimself
Rolf's Cartoon Club1989-1990TV SeriesHimself
Motormouth1990TV SeriesHimself
Slimer Won't Do That! The Making of 'The Real Ghostbusters'1990TV MovieHimself - Host
Rolf's Indian Walkabout1990TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
On the Waterfront1988-1989TV SeriesHimself
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHimself
One More Audience with Dame Edna Everage1988TV MovieHimself (uncredited)
Treasure Hunt1988TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Rolf's Walkabout Twenty Years Down the Track1988TV Movie documentaryHimself
Wogan1987TV SeriesHimself
Blankety Blank1979-1986TV SeriesHimself
The Keith Harris Show1986TV SeriesHimself
Beyond the Scare1986Video documentary shortHimself - Presenter
Highway1985TV SeriesHimself
No 731985TV SeriesHimself
Kids Can Say No1985Documentary shortHimself - Presenter
On Safari1984TV SeriesHimself
Olympic Gala1984TV Special documentaryHimself - Guest
Aussie Assault1984DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Saturday Superstore1983TV SeriesHimself
Rolf Harris Water Safety1982Video documentary shortHimself - Presenter
An Audience with Dudley Moore1981TV MovieHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)
Rolf at Christmas1981TV ShortHimself
Rolf's Here! - OK?1981TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Summertime Special1981TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Performer
Music Round1978-1981TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Alan Thicke Show1981TV SeriesHimself
Punchlines!1981TV SeriesHimself
Horas doradas1980TV SeriesHimself
Rolf Harris's Cartoon Time1979TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Seaside Special1975-1979TV SeriesHimself
The Rolf Harris Show1979TV SeriesHimself
Star Games1978TV SeriesHimself
Star Turn1978TV SeriesHimself
The Alan Hamel Show1977-1978TV SeriesHimself
The Rolf Harris Show1978TV SeriesHimself
The David Nixon Show1974-1977TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rolf on Saturday OK?1977TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
The Basil Brush Show1976TV SeriesHimself
The Shirley Bassey Show1976TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Squares1976TV SeriesHimself
The Norman Gunston Show1975TV SeriesHimself
Stars on Sunday1974TV SeriesHimself
The Golden Shot1970-1974TV SeriesHimself
Scotch Corner1974TV SeriesHimself
Quick on the Draw1974TV SeriesHimself - Host (1975-1977)
This Is Your Life1971-1973TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest / Himself
The Val Doonican Show1973TV SeriesHimself
Whose Baby?1973TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Goal of the League1973Documentary shortHimself - Commentator
The 8th Wonder of the World1973ShortHimself
Den gyldne pil1972TV SeriesHimself
The Rolf Harris Show1968-1972TV SeriesHimself - Host
Saturday Variety1972TV SeriesHimself
Wildlife Spectacular1971TV Movie documentaryHimself
The David Frost Show1969-1971TV SeriesHimself
Rolf Harris Show1971TV SeriesHimself - Host-Singer
David Nixon's Magic Box1971TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
ZDF Werkstatt1970TV Series documentaryHimself
Frost on Sunday1970TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Top of the Pops1969TV SeriesHimself - Performer 'Two Little Boys'
A Christmas Night with the Stars1968-1969TV SeriesHimself
Crackerjack!1965-1969TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Harry Secombe Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Vera Lynn1969TV SeriesHimself
Survival1966-1969TV Series documentaryHimself - Narrator / Himself - Introduction
Jokers Wild1969TV SeriesHimself - Team Captain (1971)
The Liberace Show1969TV SeriesHimself
Lulu's Back in Town1968TV SeriesHimself
Dee Time1967TV SeriesHimself
The Val Doonican Show1965-1967TV SeriesHimself
Carnival Time1967TV SeriesHimself - Guest Judge
Juke Box Jury1963-1967TV SeriesHimself - Panellist
The Eurovision Song Contest1967TV SpecialHimself - United Kingdom Commentator (voice)
David Nixon's Comedy Bandbox1966TV SeriesHimself
Thank Your Lucky Stars1962-1966TV SeriesHimself
The Australian Londoners1965TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Mike Douglas Show1964TV SeriesHimself
Comedy Bandbox1964TV SeriesHimself
Billy Cotton Band Show1964TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Panorama2015TV Series documentaryHimself
Crimes That Shook Britain2015TV Series documentaryHimself
BBC News 8pm Summary2015TV Series shortHimself
Rolf Harris and You2014Video documentaryHimself
Rolf Harris: Dark Star2014TV SpecialHimself
Breakfast2010TV SeriesHimself - Folk Singer
The Funny Side of...2009TV Series documentaryHimself
Would I Lie to You?2008TV SeriesHimself
20 to 12006-2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Greatest TV Comedy Moments2005TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Aussies: Who Gives a XXXX2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
Room 1011994TV SeriesHimself
TV Heroes1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Mis-Takes1985VideoHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2012Academy FellowshipBAFTA AwardsBAFTA Television
2008ARIA Music AwardARIA Music AwardsHall of Fame

Nominated Awards

2002RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest PresenterRolf on Art (2001)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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