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Simon Pryce (born 7 March 1972) is an Australian singer and actor. He is known for his work on the children's show The Kingdom of Paramithi and is currently the Red Wiggle in the 2nd generation of The Wiggles.

Simon Pryce
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Pryce at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Background information
Birth nameSimon Pryce
Born (1972-03-07) 7 March 1972 (age 47)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
GenresChildren's music, musical theatre
Occupation(s)Singer, actor
InstrumentsVocals, cowbell
Years active2002–present
LabelsABC Music
Associated actsThe Wiggles

CareerEdit

Pryce, whose grandparents were opera singers, started performing at an early age. He studied drama at the University of Sydney. He has performed in several musicals, including Cats as Old Deuteronomy, Masterpiece: The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Witches of Eastwick, Villain of Flowers, South Pacific, Fidelio with Opera Australia, and The Sunshine Club with the Sydney Theatre Company. He understudied for and played the Phantom in the Australian performance of Phantom of the Opera over 100 times. Pryce has appeared in numerous TV shows and films, including Water Rats, All Saints, Home and Away, and Hunt Angels.[1]

Pryce joined The Wiggles organization in 2002, beginning as "one of their main voice artists"[1] on several of their CDs. He joined their regular tour in 2011, as Ringo the Ringmaster and understudying for founding member Murray Cook. He also starred as King John in the Wiggles' production The Kingdom of Paramithi.[1] In August 2012, Pryce was slated to replace Greg Page as the Yellow Wiggle. However, Page's departure was delayed until the end of that year, after Cook and Purple Wiggle Jeff Fatt decided to retire from the group then, asking Page to extend his stay until then so he would leave alongside them.[2] Pryce ultimately replaced Cook in early 2013.[3]

In 2016, The Wiggles released The Carnival of the Animals, its narration was written and performed by Pryce. The album, based on the piece by the French Romantic composer Camille Saint-Saens and performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, introduced children to classical music and instruments.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Pryce was born in Melbourne. Pryce has described himself as "always into fitness and health", but that The Wiggles' performance schedule demanded an even higher level. In early 2016, he described his workout routine and the group's competitive culture of fitness, especially among its male members, to ex-rugby league footballer Adam MacDougall.[5]

In late 2015, Pryce became engaged to ex-gymnast Lauren Hannaford; they met four years earlier, when she toured with The Wiggles.[6][4]

Pryce and Hannaford married in Sydney, Australia in January 2017.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Meet the next generation Wiggles". wiggletime.com. Archived from the original on 25 January 2014. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  2. ^ Greg Page Remembers...or Tries To! (Part 11) (Video). YouTube. 23 July 2018. Event occurs at 18:13. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  3. ^ Gelineau, Kristen (05-17-2012). "New Wiggles to wear the purple, red and yellow shirts". Chicago Sun-Times. Associated Press. Retrieved 2013-10-27
  4. ^ a b "Red Wiggle Simon talks music, Wiggle weddings and children". 17 July 2016. Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  5. ^ MacDougall, Adam (13 February 2016). "MadFit: The Wiggles' Simon Pryce doesn't kid around when it comes to fitness". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  6. ^ Goulis, Leah. "EXCLUSIVE: Simon Wiggle's big romantic proposal". Retrieved 7 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Inside Red Wiggle Simon Pryce's wedding to Lauren Hannaford". Woman's Day. 23 January 2017. Retrieved 23 January 2017.