He burst into fame in 1999 as an original member of the iconic group Hi-5, but Tim Harding now looks barely recognisable to his days as a children’s entertainer.
Tim, who was known for his frosted tips hairstyle, appeared on the popular television series for nine years up until his departure at the end of 2007.
The musician decided to step away from the band after suffering major injuries from a motorcycle accident, including a fractured spine and two broken feet.
“I've had an incredible journey with Hi-5, one I will always cherish,” he said in a statement at the time. “It has been the greatest honour and privilege to work with such an immensely talented group of people.”
15 years on and Tim now works as a freelance entertainer and musician, regularly performing with his funk/soul function band Soultraders and sharing cover performances on his YouTube channel.
The now-44-year-old recently shared a music video online looking rather different to his Hi-5 days while performing an acoustic version of the Noiseworks song, Take Me Back.
“This song was released just a couple of months after my younger brother died in 1987 and it really resonated with me then,” he shared in the video’s caption.
“It wasn't until years later that I found out that the song is about a dear friend of singer Jon Stevens who died in a car accident. I think it only made me connect more with it. Anyway, here it is, I hope you enjoy.”
Tim, who won five ARIA awards and three Logie Awards during his time in Hi-5, currently lives in Newcastle with his wife and two daughters.
Back in 2020, Tim revealed that he was very interested in bringing the original Hi-5 lineup back together for a reunion tour - similar to what the founding members of The Wiggles have done recently.
“We are still talking about it. We are having a conversation. It's an extensive, long conversation. There's a lot to work out,” he said on Triple M.
When asked about whether he would be interested in doing an adults-only show, Tim said that it would make more sense to keep things family-friendly.
“The reality is, all the kids who grew up watching Hi-5 are grown up. And a lot of them have their own kids,” he continued.
“[Explicit content] could potentially rule out a lot of people who would love to come. I think, logistically speaking, a family show would be best”.
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