Lachlan Gillespie

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Lachlan Gillespie
Lachlan Gillespie 2014.jpg
Gillespie at the 2014 ARIA Music Awards, Sydney, 26 November 2014
Background information
Birth name Lachlan Gillespie
Born 1985/1986 (age 30–31)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Genres Children's music
Occupation(s) Singer, actor, musician
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2009–present
Labels ABC Music
Associated acts The Wiggles

Lachlan Gillespie is an Australian singer, musician, and actor. He is a singer in The Wiggles and wears the purple skivvy.

Early life[edit]

Gillespie, whose nickname is "Lachy", began playing the piano at the age of four, and started formal singing training when he was 12. He attended the Fame School of Performing Arts as a teenager, earned a Bachelor of Arts in musical theatre at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA), and has performed in musicals in Melbourne and New York. He has been a vocal and drama coach for children between the ages of four and 13.[1][2]


Gillespie joined The Wiggles in 2009, touring with the "Dorothy the Dinosaur Traveling Show", as Captain Feathersword, and then as a Wiggly Dancer and Wags the Dog during the group's regular tour. In May 2012, it was announced that Gillespie would replace founding member Jeff Fatt as the Purple Wiggle at the beginning of the following year.[1]

Two years into their relationship, Gillespie and fellow Wiggles performer Emma Watkins publicly acknowledged their romantic involvement in March 2015.[3] In May 2015, the couple announced their engagement.[4] They married on 8 April 2016 at Hopewood House in Bowral in New South Wales, Australia.[5]

Gillespie hosts the short-form television show Lachy! which aired on ABC in 2016. It contains episode shorts of him as Lachy Wiggle.[6][7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "Meet the next generation Wiggles". Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Shearer, Geoff (19 May 2012). "Brisbane-bred Lachlan Gillespie the 'Maroon' Wiggle". The Courier Mail. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Kilby, Penelope (7 March 2015). "'It's the best thing to happen to me': The Wiggles' secret couple Emma Watkins and Lachlan Gillespie give fans a glimpse into their private world and how they fell in love". DailyMail. Retrieved 26 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "We're engaged! Purple Wiggle Lachy Gillespie pops the question to yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins". Daily Mail. 4 May 2015. Retrieved 5 May 2015. 
  5. ^ Domjen, Briana (9 April 2016). "Purple Wiggle Lachlan Gillespie and Yellow Wiggle Emma Watkins tie the knot in royal-inspired wedding". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 12 April 2016. 
  6. ^ Multiplatform, Children's TV Online. "Lachy! - ABC KIDS". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  7. ^ "Lachy! - Series 1 Ep 1 Train Time : ABC iview". Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
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  9. ^ "The Wiggles 25th Anniversary: Feature Interview - The Bugg Report". 30 May 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.