Parents already know and love him, and now it’s time for our kids to get acquainted with a star of one of Australia’s biggest TV shows. Play School has announced the arrival of a new presenter – and we think he’s a top pick.
Eddie Perfect – multi-talented stage and screen writer, composer and performer, and one of the stars of Offspring – will be seen on the iconic ABC 4 Kids children’s show from May.
Most will probably know him as Mick Holland in Offspring, but his other credits include Ultimate School Musical, Kath and Kim, Blue Heelers, MDA, Spicks and Specks and Shane Warne the Musical.
The 37-year-old says joining Play School is a “dream gig” that will earn him “rock star dad” status among his two young children.
“Jemima, Big Ted, Little Ted and Humpty already feel like family, so my children are beside themselves about the news,” Perfect says. “Play School was a giant part of my childhood and to this day continues to play a huge role in inspiring my own kids to dance and stomp around the room. To be a part of a show that holds such an important place in the lives of children is a real honour and a thrilling responsibility.”
The ABC estimates 80 per cent of children under six watch Play School – the second-longest-running kids’ show in the world – at least once a week. Perfect joins a long list of household names to join the cast, including Justine Clarke, Alex Papps, Brooke Satchwell, Noni Hazlehurst, Georgie Parker, John Waters, Colin Friels, Ruth Cracknell, Trisha Goddard and Benita Collings.
Play School airs on ABC 4 Kids at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3.30pm on weekdays, and 9.30am and 3.30pm on weekends. For more Play School news, check out our archives.
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