Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding unrecognisable in new music video

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.

Hi-5's Tim Harding when he was part of the group.
Tim Harding was a member of the children’s group Hi-5 from 1999 to 2007. Photo: Kids Like Us

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.

Hi-5's Tim Harding now.
Tim currently lives in Newcastle as a freelance musician. Photos: YouTube

“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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