Ellie Harrison (journalist)

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Ellie Harrison
Born Eleanor Harrison
(1977-11-17) 17 November 1977 (age 37)
Residence Gloucestershire
Nationality English
Education Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury
Alma mater King's College London
Occupation Television presenter
Employer Freelance
Known for Countryfile
Daily Planet
Michaela's Wild Challenge
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Partner(s) Matt Goodman (2004–present)
Children 2 daughters

Eleanor "Ellie" Harrison (born 17 November 1977) is an English ecologist, journalist and television presenter. She presents Countryfile.

Early life[edit]

Born to a father who was a carpenter, Harrison grew up in rural Gloucestershire close to Cirencester, where the family grew their own fruit and vegetables and kept chickens. She was educated at Sir William Romney's School, Tetbury.[1][2]

Whilst studying geography at King's College London, she was in a relationship with Nathan Hutchings, son of actor Geoffrey Hutchings. Through his father, Hutchings had contacts in Zimbabwe from the shooting of the Clint Eastwood film White Hunter Black Heart, which allowed the couple to visit the country, where Harrison gained her interest in wildlife. She graduated with BA in Ecology and Geography from King's College, London in 2000.[1][2]


Whilst exploring a career as a country singer, Harrison undertook a series of temporary jobs to support her life, ending up as a secretary at Channel 5. Picked from a line-up to host the children's show Milkshake!, she turned it down, but a year later was chosen to fill in for Michaela Strachan's maternity leave, presenting Michaela's Wild Challenge for over a year, during which time the show won a children's BAFTA. After this, she became a freelance television presenter, presenting across the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Discovery Channel.[1]

Harrison currently provides filmed reports or is a presenter on various TV shows, including: Countryfile, Country Tracks, The Great British Winter and The One Show for the BBC; and Daily Planet for the Discovery Channel.[3][4]

In December 2014, Harrison took over as president of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust from Sir Henry Elwes.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Harrison has been engaged to doctor Matt Goodman since she was 27, with whom she has two daughters. The family live in Gloucestershire.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Nicole Lampert (9 August 2013). "She kept her cool with sharks – and Prince Charles. No wonder Ellie Harrison's been picked to front a major new wildlife series". Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 August 2013.  – published in Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, 10 August 2013, p. 9.
  2. ^ a b "TV presenter helps her old school mark 400 years". Gloucestershire Echo. 29 September 2010. 
  3. ^ Ellie Harrison at the Internet Movie Database.
  4. ^ "Presenters". Wild About Your Garden. BBC. 
  5. ^ "Countryfile host Ellie Harrison is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president". BBC News. 3 December 2014. 

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