|Matt James Baker|
Matt Baker presenting the BBC's coverage of Crufts
|Born||23 December 1977
Easington, County Durham, England
|Known for||Blue Peter presenter|
|Spouse(s)||Nicola (m. 2004–present)|
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.  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".
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, 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.
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.
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.
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 is an occasional reporter on The One Show,
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.
|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|
|The One Show||Himself||Reporter|
|Never Mind The Buzzcocks||Himself||Celebrity guest|
|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|
|Blue Peter Presenter No. 28
Kevin Kennedy (actor)
|Actor to portray Caractacus Potts