Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris as Henry Coltrane and Calum Scott Howells as Colin Morris-Jones Photograph by Ben Blackall/HBO Max
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Acclaimed star of stage and screen Neil Patrick Harris has been signed as a judge on the re-start of Australia’s Got Talent which will begin filming at Sydney’s Star Event Centre at the end of June.

Harris, who has begun his 14 days quarantine in Sydney before taping begins, will join a whole new team of judges including actor Shane Jacobsen, former Home and away star and now radio queen Kate Ritchie and longtime judge on the Britain and America versions of the show Alesha Dixon.

Neil Patrick Harris has numerous television credits that include How I Met Your Mother, It’s A Sin, A Series of Unfortunate Events and Doogie Howser, MD.


On film, he has appeared in Gone Girl, The Smurfs and the upcoming The Matrix 4. Neil has also famously hosted the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Tony Awards.


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His husband of seven years David Burtka and his twin children Harper and Gideon have joined the 47-year-old in Sydney quarantine and he said he is thrilled to be part of the new instalment in the Australia reality series.

“To say I’m a fan of the AGT franchise is an understatement – I’ve been watching since the very first season,” he said in a statement.

“I’m a performer who has taken many stages throughout the, well, many stages of my career – be it acting, singing, dancing, hosting, juggling, magic-ing, even breathing fire – and I have developed enormous respect for anyone with the courage to pursue their talents and passions at any level, let alone televised on a national stage.

“Australia has phenomenal talent across so many disciplines, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to join AGT in 2021 to see first-hand what the country’s awesome contestants have to offer.”

Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards
Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards

Ricki-Lee will be returning to the AGT family as host as the show announced “a world-first twist to the popular series in which Aussie acts will take on some of the best Got Talent champions from around the globe.”

One act will walk away with the $100,000 prize.

Last Updated on Jun 16, 2021

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