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Joel Defries
Born 14 March 1985 (1985-03-14) (age 25)
Nationality British
Occupation Television and radio presenter
Known for Blue Peter Presenter

Joel Defries (born 14 March 1985, London) is a British-born presenter, currently working on BBC children's programme Blue Peter. He previously worked on the New Zealand TV station, C4.



Defries was educated at Fortismere School, a state comprehensive school in Muswell Hill, in North London.


Defries' New Zealand media career began at the alternative radio station Channel Z, before going on to host the music jukebox show Select Live. Defries presented a new New Zealand- based live music show called Live at Yours. He became a household name among young New Zealanders and saw a rapid rise in popularity. He also made a successful move into radio where he presented a Sunday morning show for the Edge called Joel's Take Out. He was a former presenter of Vodafone Select Live. Defries decided to return to the UK to take up other opportunities in radio and TV.[1]

On 5 September 2008, it was announced that he would replace Gethin Jones as a presenter on the children's TV show Blue Peter, and joined the other members of the team, Andy Akinwolere and Helen Skelton, on the 23 September 2008.[2]

He was recently in Turkey with the Blue Peter team filming the 2009 Summer Expedition. The 2009/10 series of Blue Peter returned on 22 September 2009.

During 2009 Defries presented the 13 episodes of the CBBC programme Keep Your Enemies Close, a Children's game show that tests friends by wrenching them apart and forcing them to work with their rivals instead[3]

Personal life

He went to sixth form school in London and is six foot tall exactly.[4] He is Jewish, but says he is not religious and has only actually visited a synagogue twice. This was explored by the BBC during a Blue Peter episode titled "Joel's Journey" on 27 January 2009, it featured him exploring his Jewish heritage, visiting Auschwitz and then looking at modern day Jewish life in the UK by spending time with a religious family.[5]

Defries is a supporter of Fulham.[6]


Preceded by
Gethin Jones
Blue Presenter No. 34
Succeeded by


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