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Matt James Baker

Matt Baker presenting the BBC's coverage of Crufts
Born 23 December 1977 (1977-12-23) (age 32)
Easington, County Durham, England
Occupation TV presenter
Known for Blue Peter presenter
Spouse(s) Nicola (m. 2004–present) «start: (2004)»"Marriage: Nicola to Matt Baker (television personality)" Location: (linkback:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Baker_(television_personality))
Website
http://www.mattbaker.info/

Matthew James Baker (born 23 December 1977, Easington, County Durham) is a British television presenter.[1]

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Early life

Baker grew up on the family sheep farm and has one sister and two stepsisters. As a boy, he was a British gymnast and sports acrobatics champion. [2] During the late nineties Matt worked as a DJ and as part of disco-dancing groups. Matt was one of the stars of the travelling, comedy disco-dancing show "Disco Inferno" touring clubs in the North of England as the character: Butch Vendor "The LA Bar Tender".

Blue Peter

Baker had just finished his 2nd of a 3 year acting degree at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh when he got his break on 25 June 1999 and joined the children's TV programme Blue Peter. His gymnastic background helped him in the physical challenges that he undertook, training as a stuntman in addition to passing the recruitment courses for both the Royal Marines and the Parachute Regiment.

During his seven years on Blue Peter, his colleagues were Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Liz Barker, Zöe Salmon and Gethin Jones. He also won two BAFTAs for Best Children's Presenter (two years in a row) and a Royal Television Society award.

On 5 June 2006 Baker announced his decision to leave Blue Peter at the end of its 2005–06 season,[3] and his last live show was aired shortly afterwards, on 26 June. Baker's dog Meg, seen alongside him on the programme from 2000 onwards, left with him.

Acting

In 2002, Baker played a version of himself in an episode of the BBC Drama series Cutting It. In 2003, he was a guest on the BBC's A Song For Europe contest to decide the UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, announcing the scores for the North of England.

In 2005, Baker briefly appeared as himself in an episode of the revived sci-fi series Doctor Who, whilst The Doctor was flicking through television channels.

In June 2006, Baker played the role of Dick from The Famous Five in The Queen's Handbag.

In 2008 he returned to his native North East to play the role of Caractacus Potts in a production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Sunderland Empire.

TV presenting

He was one of three main presenters on City Hospital In March 2007, and again in 2008 he co presented the BBC's coverage of Crufts.

Also in 2007, he co-presented Animal Rescue Live with Selina Scott.

A Countryfile segment being filmed with Matt Baker at Cotswold Airport, Gloucestershire

As part of the celebration for London's win for hosting the 2012 Olympics, Matt Baker co-hosted the London 2012 party alongside Claudia Winkleman on 24 August 2008. This took place on the BBC after the closing ceremony at the Beijing Olympics.

He co-presents Countryfile Summer Diaries on weekday mornings on BBC One, along with Open Country for Radio 4 and Animal Rescue Squad for Five.

From early 2009 he has presented a relaunched, primetime Countryfile with Julia Bradbury.

Commentating

For the BBC's coverage of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Baker commentated on the gymnastics events. He also does the voiceover links for BBC Radio Newcastle

Other TV appearances

In the summer of 2006, he was a celebrity showjumper in the BBC's Sport Relief event Only Fools on Horses

He is an occasional reporter on The One Show,

In July 2007 he appeared with Jo Whiley on the Channel 4 programme Richard and Judy, reviewing The House at Riverton by Kate Morton as part of Richard and Judy's Summer Book Club.

He has been a guest on Never Mind The Buzzcocks.

In October 2009 Baker took part in the BBC television reality programme Around the World in 80 Days with other celebrities. The leg of the journey he undertook was from Kazakhstan to Mongolia with Julia Bradbury. This was to raise money for Children in Need.

Personal life

Matt Baker lives in Buckinghamshire near Tring, Hertfordshire with his wife Nicola and their two children, Luke Baker(born 2007) and Molly Scarlett Baker(born August, 2009).[4]

Filmography

Year Title Roles Notes
1999 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Katy Hill, Konnie Huq and Simon Thomas
2000 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Katy Hill, Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas and Liz Barker
2001 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas and Liz Barker
2002 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas and Liz Barker
2003 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas and Liz Barker
A Song for Europe Himself Celebrity guest
2004 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Liz Barker and Zoe Salmon
2005 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Liz Barker, Zoe Salmon and Gethin Jones
Doctor Who Himself Aliens of London Episode
2006 Blue Peter Himself Main presenter until June 2006 alongside Konnie Huq, Liz Barker, Zoe Salmon and Gethin Jones
The Famous Five Himself A character called Dick
Only Fools on Horses Himself Contestant
Evacuation (TV series) Himself Main presenter
BBC Gymnastics Himself Commentator
The One Show Himself Reporter
Never Mind The Buzzcocks Himself Celebrity guest
2007 Crufts Himself Main presenter
Richard and Judy Himself Celebrity guest alongside Jo Whiley
Animal Rescue Live Himself Main presenter alongside Selina Scott
2008 Evacuation (TV series) Himself Main Presenter
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Lead character Caractacus Potts
Countryfile Summer Diaries Himself Main presenter
2008 Summer Olympics Himself Lead commentator
Blue Peter At 50 Himself With other past and present Blue Peter presenters
2009 Around The World In 80 Days Himself Celebrity

References

  1. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/animalrescuelive/about/matt.shtml
  2. ^ http://therightaddress.co.uk/mod-product/id_prd-matt_baker/id_ctg=
  3. ^ "Matt Baker is leaving Blue Peter" at Newsround (published and accessed Monday 5 June 2006).
  4. ^ Daily Mail article
Preceded by
Stuart Miles
Blue Peter Presenter No. 28
1999–2006
Succeeded by
Andy Akinwolere
Preceded by
Kevin Kennedy (actor)
Actor to portray Caractacus Potts
2008
Succeeded by
Aled Jones
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