Rolf Harris (born 30 March 1930) is an Australian entertainer. His career has encompassed work as a musician, singer-songwriter, composer, comedian, actor, painter and television personality. Harris lived in Bray, Berkshire, England, for more than six decades.
Harris is widely known for his musical compositions "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport", which later became a Top 10 hit in Australia, the UK, and the United States, and "Jake the Peg". Harris often used unusual instruments in his performances: he plays the didgeridoo; is credited with the invention of the wobble board; and is associated with the Stylophone. During the 1960s and 1970s, Harris became a popular television personality in the UK, later presenting shows such as Rolf's Cartoon Club and Animal Hospital. In 2005, he painted an official portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2012, Harris was questioned by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of historical child sexual offences. He was tried in 2014 on 12 charges of indecent assault between 1969 and 1986, on four victims aged between 8 and 19 at the time. These included six counts relating to a girl aged between 15 and 16 from 1980-81, and three counts relating to a girl aged 14 in 1986. He denied all wrongdoing, but was found guilty of all charges, and was sentenced to a total of five years and nine months in prison. Following his conviction, Harris was stripped of many of the honours which he had been awarded during his career, including his CBE.