After studying opera at Adelaide University, he performed in an Australian tour of the musical West Side Story and in a Victorian Opera production of Don Quixote.
He and actor Hugh Jackman were schoolmates at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
In 2004, he married dancer and fellow Wiggles performer Charmaine Martin. The couple subsequently welcomed two children.
He initially joined The Wiggles as a temporary replacement for Anthony Field who had to undergo surgery; but his five-week gig turned into a full-time job in 1995.