|DESIGN||Michael K. Frith designer|
|Rollie Krewson builder|
Wembley Fraggle is one of the five main Fraggle characters in Fraggle Rock. His skin is yellowish green. He has a long nose and big movable eyes, and a big tuft of yellow hair on his head. He usually wears a banana tree shirt.
Wembley is the youngest Fraggle of the group. He is often cheerful and energetic, but also very insecure. He usually agrees with everybody at the same time, because he hates to argue. Wembley never seems to make up his mind: he even has trouble deciding which shirt to wear, although he owns only two, which are identical.
Wembley was named after Wembley Stadium. In the context of the show, his name is derived from the Fragglish word "to wemble," meaning "going to and from between two things without being able to make up your mind." In the language of the ancient Fraggles, "Wembley" means "No scratch nose in public."
Michael Frith stated that part of Wembley's character originated with a line from The Great Muppet Caper. In the film, Nicky Holiday tells his sister "no" when she expresses her desire to lock her diamond necklace away in a safe. When he is called on this, he states: "Yes! I meant yes. Why would I say no when I meant yes?" Frith thought the statement would make for an interesting character.
He is allergic to laundry lint, cave cotton, rock dust (as revealed in The Voice Inside), and bonkleberries (as revealed in Sidebottom Blues). In "Capture the Moon" he invents the wheel, but can't get it to work. It keeps rolling away. His favorite meal is peach and pepper pottage as revealed in "Gone, But Not Forgotten." He is also the referee for the rock hockey game between Gobo's Gorgbusters and Rumple's Roustabouts in "Playing Till it Hurts".
The Wembley puppet is unique because it has the ability to roll its eyes.
Wembley made his first new appearance in 22 years at Jim Henson's Musical World concert at Carnegie Hall, representing Fraggle Rock with Red and Uncle Travelling Matt. He then was featured in the Ben Folds Five music video "Do It Anyway," puppeteered by Patrick Johnson.
Wembley appeared at the "Puppets for Puppetry" fundraiser event on September 24, 2016, performed by Kevin Clash. Frankie Cordero voiced Wembley in the 2020 webseries, Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, with John Tartaglia doing the puppetry.
- Jerry Nelson performed Wembley during initial auditions for the series.
- Fraggle Rock
- Fraggles Look for Jobs
- A Muppet Family Christmas
- The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson
- Do It Anyway
- Fraggle Rock: Rock On!
- Duncan Kenworthy. Fraggle Rock: Complete First Season interviews
- Michael Frith Interview, Fraggle Rock: Complete Third Season bonus material, 2007
- Museum of the Moving Image - "Jim Henson's World: Fraggle Rock Rocks On!" livestream (May 23, 2020)