Chris Johnson (presenter)

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Christopher Johnson
Born (1991-01-25) 25 January 1991 (age 23)
Occupation Television Presenter & Voice Actor

Christopher David Johnson (or Chris Johnson), born 25 January 1991, is a voice actor & CBBC presenter.[1] His first television appearance was for BBC Three, introducing Family Guy. He began presenting on the CBBC Channel in January 2010. Chris also has a strong YouTube following under the user name ChrisIsSnowie.[2]

He is the current voice of Dennis the Menace.

Early life[edit]

He attended Moorside High School in Swinton from 2002-2007 where he performed in a number of school musical productions. He then attended Pendleton College from 2007 to 2009, studying Performing Arts and Film Studies. Whilst there, Chris played a part in several shows, taking on the title role in an adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray as one example, as well as being involved in the college's first comedy review show. Adaptations of his YouTube sketches appeared in the review as video gags.

In the summer of 2007, he took part in the 'League of Locals' event, a live sketch show organised by the members of the The League of Gentlemen's then-official website, This Is A Local Shop.

From early 2008 to the end of 2009, Chris was the co-presenter of The Lewis Ryan Show on Salford City Radio. In August 2011 he made a return to the show, appearing most Saturdays and occasionally hosting the show himself when Lewis was unavailable. The duo retired the show in October 2013, preferring to concentrate more on their podcast work.

Career[edit]

BBC Three[edit]

During his time at Pendleton, he submitted a short introduction video to BBC Three as part of their Be On TV campaign. Performing an impression of Stewie Griffin from Family Guy, Chris's video proved successful enough upon airing to encourage BBC Three to require him once more in a relaunch of the campaign, this time providing a trailer showing others how to submit their own videos. The ad ran from April to August in 2009 on BBC Three.

CBBC[edit]

In January 2010, Chris began presenting links on the CBBC Channel; he currently presents weekday afternoons with Hacker the Dog, and has been teamed previously with Dodge T. Dog, Ed Petrie or London Hughes. During school holidays, Chris presents the live mornings, and was also the voice of CBBC on BBC One & BBC Two. As of early 2010, he also became the chief presenter of CBBC's red button service CBBC Extra.

When the BBC moved children's services to MediaCityUK Chris was the first presenter to appear onscreen in the brand new CBBC Office set. As of January 2013, Chris became the chief continuity presenter on the CBBC Channel. He is sometimes referred to by the other presenters and sidekicks as 'Yonko', amongst other strange nicknames.

As part of the CBBC line-up, Chris has been involved with tie-in events such as Red Nose Day 2011 for Comic Relief. He has also made cameos on Sam & Mark's TMi Friday, Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up and in the fourth episode of the third series of Little Howard's Big Question alongside Hacker, as well as presenting in the second series of All Over The Place with his former partner Ed Petrie. In 2011 he partook in the Formula 1 CBBC Alternative Commentary as well as the Euro 2012 Final CBBC Alternative Commentary.

On July the 4th 2014, Johnson announced that he would be leaving the CBBC Office continuity links as of September the 5th later that year,[3] though he will still be participating in several CBBC shows for the foreseeable future.

Dennis the Menace[edit]

Chris voices Dennis the Menace in the latest incarnation of the Dennis the Menace and Gnasher animated series, amongst other characters.[4] The theme song was redone for the new version of the show, with Johnson providing vocals.

He also recorded a new series of 'Beanotown', as Dennis, for Fun Kids Radio, which was broadcast during the summer of 2013.

Doctor Who[edit]

Whilst working at CBBC, Chris has taken part in several Doctor Who & The Sarah Jane Adventures promotional events. As an open 'mega-fan' of both shows, he is the obvious choice for the sketches, which have included a five-part crossover with the CBBC Office and the characters from The Sarah Jane Adventures, interviewing Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan for CBBC on the week of the launch of the new series of Doctor Who, and many other examples. He provided the voiceover for a CBBC exclusive trailer for the 2013 series.

In early 2011, Chris made his début as a member of the new Time Team feature for Doctor Who Magazine, and has appeared in every issue since.

Chris also played several characters in the Doctor Who spin-off Gallifrey IV by Big Finish Productions, as well as appearing in the Bernice Summerfield story 'Private Enemy No.1' from the 'Epoch' series.

Chris appeared in the final episode of Doctor Who: The Adventure Games, 'The Gunpowder Plot', in the roles of 'Barnaby', plotter Robert Keyes and a royal guard.

Other Work[edit]

Not only does Chris host his 'ChrisIsSnowie' YouTube Channel, but he co-presented The Lewis Ryan Show most Saturdays on Salford City Radio. Chris appears as one of the talking heads on Catalyst Media's "Temple of Nerd" Podcast. He collaborates often with the YouTube group FiveWhoFans, appearing in their videos from time to time.[5]

He appeared on an episode of Celebrity Mastermind in December 2012. In 2014 he will appear as 'Ken Kong' in an episode of Strange Hill High.

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2009 BBC Three's "Be On TV!" ads Stewie Griffin impersonator
2010-2014 CBBC Channel Presenter, actor, voiceover artist Continuity presenter for live and pre-recorded links and voiceovers
2010 Sam & Mark's TMI Friday Himself
2011 Little Howard's Big Question Himself
2012 All Over The Place Himself Multiple episodes in Series 2
2012-2013 12 Again Himself Featured in the 12 Again Specials
2012 Celebrity Mastermind Himself
2013-2014 Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up Himself
2013 Pet School Himself
2013 Turbo Boost Himself
2013-2014 Blue Peter Himself Appearances & a guest judge for the 2013 Doctor Who gadget competition
2013–Present Dennis the Menace and Gnasher Dennis the Menace; Postman; Pie Face's Dad; Mr Cheddar; Harley the Pig, etc Current voice of Dennis the Menace
2014–Present Whoops I Missed The Bus Narrator
2014 Strange Hill High Ken Kong Episode: 'Ken Kong'
2014 DNN Himself

Video Games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Doctor Who: The Adventure Games Barnaby; Robert Keyes; Royal Guard Episode: 'The Gunpowder Plot'

Audio Productions[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Gallifrey IV Kraylon; Technician Hester Episodes: 'Disassembled' & 'Annihilation'
2011 Bernice Summerfield: Epoch Darion Episode: 'Public Enemy No. 1'
2013 Beanotown Dennis the Menace Fun Kids radio series

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CBBC Stars - Chris Johnson". BBC Television. 
  2. ^ "ChrisIsSnowie - Chris Johnson's YouTube Channel". 
  3. ^ "Chris announces his retirement from the CBBC Office". 
  4. ^ "Tamborine Productions, Dennis & Gnasher announcement". 
  5. ^ "FiveWhoFans - Doctor Who fan network who produce comedy skits, occasionally guest starring Chris Johnson". 

<references/ Sep 5th will be my last day in the CBBC Office. It's been amazing but after playing 'Chris' for 4 years it's time to try something new.

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