16 September 1976 |
Elizabeth "Liz" Bonnin (born 16 September 1976) is a French-born Irish television presenter who has worked on television in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. She currently works for the BBC, presenting Bang Goes the Theory and for ITV, presenting Countrywise.
Early life and education
The family moved to Ireland when she was nine years old. She has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin 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. 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. She was also part of an Irish girl pop group named Chill, who signed to Polydor but broke up before recording.
In 2002 she became one of the presenters of the Channel 4 morning show RI:SE, specialising in reporting on entertainment-related stories. In the same year she became a regular presenter on Top of the Pops in the UK.
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.
Currently Bonnin is involved in science broadcasting. She presented the show Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets (2005–) and co-presents the BBC science series Bang Goes The Theory, which started on BBC1 in July 2009. She also contributed to BBC2's series on the work of the London Natural History Museum, Museum of Life.
In October 2010, she joined the cast of Autumnwatch and in January 2011, she presented segments of BBC 2's Stargazing Live from various areas of Hawaii including atop Mauna Kea. In May 2011, she co-presented BBC One's Egypt's Lost Cities. 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. On 11 April 2013, Bonnin presented a Horizon special on BBC Two that looked at technology of the future. 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.
She was also a co-presenter along with Martin Pepper on the premier episode of "How the Earth Works – Can Krakatoa Stop Time" which aired on Discovery Channel in the USA on 10/9/2013.
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