He has been a constant on our screens over the years, many of us growing up watching him on Home & Away are now seeing his familiar face on Play School as our kids are glued to the screen, and now, he is part of the celebrations surrounding Play School being on air for 50 years.

We sat down for 5 minutes with Alex to talk all things Alex and Play School!


1. Over the years you’ve been a constant on our screens, many of us grew up watching you on Home & Away, and now you have the same audience watching you, albeit with a child next to them, on Play School. How does it feel to have the same audience with you these days?

It’s lovely to meet our audiences as we tour around Australia with Play School. Meeting children whose parents grew up watching me oh so long ago, is gratifying… but reminds me of how old I am now!


2. Your friendship with Justine Clarke also goes back to the Home & Away days, was Justine part of the inspiration for your album?

Justine has had such great success with her singing career. She was kind enough to give me a few tips when I was preparing to work on my album.


3. How did you get into Play School? Have you always been interested in children’s entertainment?

I had wanted to do Play School for a long time. Over a number of years my agent made several attempts to get me an audition. Persistence and good timing finally came together and I joined the show in 2005.


4. What’s your favourite activity to do on set? Painting? Singing? Tell me why you love it.

Quite honestly, it’s all great fun! But I do love doing the told stories. And cooking… And reading the story… Singing… Dress-ups… Craft…

Aside from the fun, it’s wonderful to be part of something that is so cherished and valued by its audience.


5. I know sometimes when I sing and dance with my kids I pray there is no one around to see it, is there anything that makes you feel a bit silly on camera for Play School? 

No. Nothing makes me feel silly on Play School. It demands that you are entirely un-self-conscious. If I felt silly, I wouldn’t be able to do the job. Kids don’t feel silly when they are at play. They just play.


6. How excited are you to be a part of the 50th anniversary of Play School? 

I’m very proud to be one of Play School’s custodians. And to be around for this milestone is very special.


See Alex live in Humpty’s Showtime tickets at www.kidspromotions.com.au

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  • Wow, 50 years already? That’s crazy!


  • Alex I’d awesome.50 years for playschool is amazing


  • oh my i remember him! HE is great on Play school!


  • I don’t recall him in hime and away… will have to google that. And I’m watching the olden days one again now


  • Alex is great on playschool.


  • One of my boys favourites! I love that they’re all so open and uninhibited!


  • I remember Alex and Justine from Home and Away and then again on Play School when I’d watch it with my daughter. I’ve aged tremendously since those days but Alex and Justine look the same. Amazing.


  • I’ve never watched Home and Away, but I like him on Playschool.


  • I remember Alex Papps from Home and Away many years ago. He was such a baaaaaad actor, no wonder he had to ditch acting for Playschool


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