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Simon Pryce
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Pryce at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Background information
Born 7 March 1972 (1972-03-07) (age 49)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Children's, musical theatre
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, cowbell, bass
Years active 1990s–present
Labels ABC Music
Associated acts The Wiggles

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 second generation of the Wiggles.

Career

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, Hunt Angels and The Masked Singer.

Pryce joined the Wiggles organization in 2002, beginning as "one of their main voice artists" 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. 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. Pryce ultimately replaced Cook in early 2013.

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-Saëns and performed by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, introduced children to classical music and instruments.

In September 2020, Pryce was revealed to be the "Puppet" on the The Masked Singer Australia, placing fourth on the second season of the show.

Personal life

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.

In late 2015, Pryce became engaged to ex-gymnast and fitness professional Lauren Hannaford who created online fitness program FHIT. They met four years earlier, when she toured with the Wiggles. Pryce and Hannaford were married in Sydney, in January 2017. The couple have a son, born in January 2021.

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