Liz Bonnin

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Liz Bonnin
Bang goes the theory cast.jpg
Liz Bonnin (right) with Yan Wong (left) and Dallas Campbell of Bang Goes the Theory
Born Elizabeth Bonnin
(1976-09-16) 16 September 1976 (age 38)
Nationality Irish
Occupation Television presenter
Official website

Elizabeth Bonnin (born 16 September 1976) is a French-born Irish television presenter who has worked on television in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.[1] She works for the BBC, presenting Bang Goes the Theory and for ITV, presenting Countrywise.

Early life and education[edit]

Bonnin was born in France to a Trinidadian mother and a French father[1] who is a dentist.[2] Her mother is of Indian Portuguese descent.[1]

The family moved to Ireland when she was nine years old.[1] She has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin[3] and also holds a master's degree in Wild Animal Biology from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College (2008), for which she tracked tigers in Nepal.[4][5] She continues to work on big cat conservation programmes at the Zoological Society.


Bonnin started her career presenting on RTÉ Television in Ireland, on The Den, Telly Bingo, Millennium Eve: Celebrate 2000 and for two years, Off the Rails. In 2002 she moved to London to present on a number of TV channels.[6] She was also part of an Irish girl pop group named Chill, who signed to Polydor but broke up before recording.[7]

In 2002 she became one of the presenters of the Channel 4 morning show RI:SE, specialising in reporting on entertainment-related stories.[8] In the same year she became a regular presenter on Top of the Pops in the UK.[9]

In 2004 Bonnin was locked in a giant kennel along with MPs Paul Burstow, Evan Harris and Ivan Henderson and actress Liza Goddard, BBC Newsround presenter Lizzie Greenwood and DJ Becky Jago in a stunt to launch the annual RSPCA Week to raise awareness and funds.[10]

Since 2005, Bonnin is involved in science broadcasting. She presented the show Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets (2005–)[11] and co-presents the BBC science series Bang Goes The Theory, which started on BBC1 in July 2009.[12] She also contributed to BBC2's series on the work of the London Natural History Museum, Museum of Life.[13]


In October 2010, she joined the cast of Autumnwatch and in January 2011, she presented segments of BBC Two's Stargazing Live from various areas of Hawaii including atop Mauna Kea.[14] In May 2011, she co-presented BBC One's Egypt's Lost Cities.[15] She was a guest presenter from the Pitsea landfill site in Essex, England for June 2011's Springwatch on the BBC.

Her new programme on animal intelligence, Super Smart Animals, was filmed in mid-2011 in Mexico, Brazil, Thailand, Australia and Germany, and broadcast in February 2012.[16] On 11 April 2013, Bonnin presented a Horizon special on BBC Two that looked at technology of the future.[17]


In June 2013, she presented the two-part documentary Operation Snow Tiger, working alongside Russian and other scientists in the Ussuriysk Reserve in the Russian Far East.[18]

Since 2013, Bonnin has been a presenter of the ITV series Countrywise, alongside Paul Heiney and Ben Fogle. In November 2013 she presented Animal Odd Couples on BBC One.

She was a co-presenter along with Martin Pepper on the premier episode of How the Earth Works – Can Krakatoa Stop Time that aired on The Discovery Channel in the USA on 10 September 2013.


  1. ^ a b c d Biography | Liz Bonnin
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  3. ^ "Meet Liz Bonnin". Retrieved 4 November 2010. 
  4. ^ Jeremy Torrance web producer. "Nature UK: Autumnwatch: Ask Liz Bonnin a question". BBC. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  5. ^ O'Connor, Stuart (16 April 2010). "Liz Bonnin: 'I'm still a nerd, just a different type of a nerd'". Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 11 August 2010. 
  6. ^ "Liz Bonnin and Gordon D'Arcy". RTÉ. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  7. ^ "Can Liz Bonnin RI:SE to the Occasion?". ShowBiz Ireland. 14 June 2002. 
  8. ^ "Liz Bonnin". Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  9. ^ "Top of the Pops 2 – Trivia". BBC. Retrieved 14 April 2008. 
  10. ^ "MPs in the doghouse for charity". BBC. 26 April 2004. 
  11. ^ Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ "Talking Shop:Liz Bonnin". BBC. 3 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "Museum of Life". BBC press release. 11 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Stargazing Live: TV Gold". 6 January 2011. 
  15. ^ "Egypt's Lost Cities". 31 May 2011. 
  16. ^ "Liz Bonnin says her love of science led her from pop success to Bang Goes The Theory". The Daily Record. 20 March 2011. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  17. ^ "Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special". BBC Two. 11 April 2013. 
  18. ^ "BBC2 – Operation Snow Tiger". BBC Two. 16 June 2013. 

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