John Hamblin, an English-born Australian children’s television presenter best known for presenting the Australian children’s programme Play School has died aged 87. He was born in 1935 and died 21 September 2022.
Hamblin hosted Play school for almost 30 years, and is remembered as one of the most iconic members of the show’s cast.
He began hosting the show in 1970, and appeared in more than 350 episodes during his run with the cast.
He retired from the show in 1999, only returning once as a special guest as part of Play School’s 50th Anniversary special in 2016.
Aside hosting Play School, Hamblin also secured roles in television throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including roles in soap operas;
- Number 96,
- Class of ’74,
- The Young Doctors (as Dr Dan Wheatley),
- Case for the Defence and
- Sons and Daughters.
Hamblin played the role of Michael Chamberlain in the 1984 telemovie The Disappearance of Azaria Chamberlain.
After a hiatus in the 1990s, he returned to TV series in guest roles in All Saints and Love My Way in the early 2000s.
Hamblin is survived by his children; Emma and Myles.