Veteran British-Australian entertainer Rolf Harris has been charged with indecent assault and making indecent images of children stemming from alleged incidents in the 1980s in Britain.

Prosecutors said Thursday he will face nine counts of indecent assault on victims aged 14 and 15 and four counts of making indecent images.

Harris, 83, was a British broadcasting stalwart, appearing on a large number of musical and children's shows since the 1950s.


Rolf Harris performs at the Queen's Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace, London, Monday, June 4, 2012. The concert is a part of four days of celebrations to mark the 60 year reign of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II. (Joel Ryan/AP Photo)

He was also a popular live performer in Vancouver in the early 1960s and hosted the Rolf Harris Show, which was co-produced by CBC and BBC, and later CTV, in Vancouver during the late 1960s and 1970s.

He is best known for his musical hits "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" — which he once performed with The Beatles — and "Two Little Boys."

He also painted an official portrait of the Queen for her 80th birthday in 2006, and performed at the monarch's Diamond Jubilee concert last year.

Harris was first arrested in November. He is scheduled to appear in court next month.