Barnaby John Harwood
7 November 1979
Blackpool, Lancashire, England
|Occupation||TV presenter, children's TV presenter, actor|
For CBBC, Harwood presented Prank Patrol and was a voice-over commentator for The Smokehouse, while on BBC Two, he co-presented Basil's Swap Shop (a re-make of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop), alongside Basil Brush.
Previous work for CBBC included gameshow Crush in 2004, Sport Relief Gets Sub'd!, a Sport Relief 2006 show and as co-presenter of Smile, which aired each Sunday on BBC Two until 26 August 2007 and saw him win a Children's BAFTA for best presenter. He also co-hosted the Doctor Who tie-in programme Totally Doctor Who until it was cancelled after series three in 2007. Harwood was also the Control Voice in an episode of the Doctor Who spin off animated series The Infinite Quest. As an extra, he appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", which was first transmitted on 17 June 2006.
In July 2007, Harwood fronted The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a daily reality series following a group of children learning magic at a Harry Potter-style boarding school. Bear Behaving Badly, a 26-part sitcom starring Harwood and Nev the bear from Smile, was broadcast on BBC One between September and October 2007. In February 2008, Harwood starred as the 'hidden' celebrity in an episode of Hider in the House.
Harwood's worked on the series Inside Life which is the children's companion series to the BBC Natural History Unit's Life. Harwood narrates all ten programmes.
Harwood had a successful career on the show becoming one of the longest serving presenters at 6.5 years. He soon became popular and renowned for his bad jokes and mischievous behaviour. Through the years he grew his famous catchphrase, "I want one", as well as growing to call over to "Camera Two" to get a shot of him and giving away strange prizes in the show's game "Spot Shelley", including a house in Spain, a unicorn called Colin and a life-times supply of chutney. His various hairstyles often added to his fame among viewers. Barney is particularly good at cycling, doing well in various challenges with bikes, a big fan of coffee, as well as music and has interests in photography and camping out in his campervan. He, however, has a fear of frogs; on his first show Steve Backshall got him to hold one and on his last show he was made to kiss a frog, conquering fear in both.
In early 2016, Harwood took a break from Blue Peter; he returned later that year. It was announced in August 2017 during the show's summer break that Harwood would leave the show after six and half years and his final show aired on 14 September 2017 where Harwood would move on from Blue Peter and "onto new adventures". Harwood announced during his last Blue Peter episode that after 16 years working with CBBC, he would also leave the channel. On his last show he was awarded a Blue Peter Gold Badge, the highest accolade, for his work on the programme. When awarded by co-presenter Chingyanganya, he was described as being "at the very top of the list".
In August 2017, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef.
|Crush||Himself||Main Presenter (Series 1)|
|Smile||Himself||One of the Presenters|
|Smile||Himself||One of the presenters|
|Crush||Himself||Main Presenter (Series 2) alongside Jean Anderson|
|2006||Smile||Himself||One of the Presenters|
|Sport Relief Get Sub'd||Himself||Main Presenter|
|Totally Doctor Who||Himself||Main Presenter alongside Liz Barker|
|Doctor Who||Man in the street||Guest Role, "Love and Monsters" episode|
|Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest||Control||Voice|
|Prank Patrol||Himself/Other Characters||Main Presenter/Actors (series 1)|
|2007||CBBC||Himself||Returning Continuity Presenter (see below)|
|Prank Patrol||Himself/Other Characters||Main Presenter/Actors (series 1 and 2)|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice||Himself||Main Presenter (series 1)|
|The Sorcerer's Apprentice Extra||Himself||Main Presenter (series 1)|
|Smile||Himself||Main Presenter until 27 August 2007|
|Bear Behaving Badly||Himself||A Main Character|
|2008||Basil's Swap Shop||Himself||Alongside Basil Brush|
|Basil's Game Show||Himself||Narrator/Presenter for Series 1|
|Hider in the House||Hider||Celebrity Guest Appearance|
|Bear Behaving Badly||Himself||A Main Character in Series 2|
|2009||Basil's Swap Shop||Himself||Alongside Basil Brush|
|Barney's Barrier Reef||Himself||Alongside Gemma Hunt|
|Bear Behaving Badly||Himself||A Main Character in Series 2|
|Basil's Game Show||Himself||Narrator/Presenter for Series 2|
|Newsround Specials||Himself||Main Presenter alongside Sonali Shah|
|Inside Life||Himself||Narrator of the series|
|BAMZOOKi||Himself||Main presenter alongside Gemma Hunt|
|2010||Barney's Latin America||Himself||Alongside Gemma Hunt for series 1|
|BAMZOOKi||Himself||Alongside Gemma Hunt|
|Bear Behaving Badly||Himself||Main Character in Series 3|
|Prank Patrol||Himself||Presenter for the third series|
|Basil's Swap Shop||Himself||Presenter alongside Basil|
|2011–2017||Blue Peter||co-presenter||Presenter alongside Andy Akinwolere and Helen Skelton then Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya|
|2011–2012, 2016, 2018–||All Over the Place||Himself||Co-Presenter|
|2011||Hotel Trubble||Himself||Guest star|
|2014||CBBC||Himself||Returning continuity presenter on 10 May 2014 (for Shout Out Saturday)|
Harwood can play the guitar and piano and is also the keyboardist in The MüVs. As a singer/songwriter he composed the theme music to Bear Behaving Badly and Prank Patrol.
In December 2008 to January 2009, Harwood starred in Peter Pan at the Pavilion theatre in Bournemouth.
In December 2009 to January 2010, he starred in Peter Pan at the Grande Theatre in Blackpool.
On 1 and 2 August 2009, he and Gemma Hunt presented a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London entitled "EVOLUTION! A Darwin-inspired extravaganze for kids" (Prom21 and Prom23), during which they interviewed special guest Sir David Attenborough.
From 2 December 2011 – 8 January 2012, Barney played Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.
From Friday 9 December 2016 to Sunday 8 January 2017, Barney played Aladdin in Aladdin at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.
From 4 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, Barney played Huntsman in Snow White at the New Theatre Royal Lincoln.
- Barney Harwood on IMDb
- GRO reference: December 1979, Vol. 40, Page 0575
- "Basil Brush brings back Swap Shop". BBC News Online. 20 December 2007. Archived from the original on 23 December 2007. Retrieved 20 December 2007.
- "Children's BAFTA Awards 2007". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009.
- "BBC to seek 'real' Harry Potter". BBC News Online. 25 January 2007. Archived from the original on 12 July 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2007.
- "News Flash". Darrall Macqueen. Archived from the original on 1 July 2007. Retrieved 10 July 2007.
- "BBC Press Office: Barney Harwood joins Blue Peter". BBC Press Office. Retrieved 13 December 2010.
- "Say goodbye to Barney!". BBC. Archived from the original on 21 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
- "Barney Harwood". Urban Talent. Archived from the original on 8 September 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2007.
- Harwood as Buttons Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- "Children's presenter Swaps to musical". Kent Online. Retrieved 25 February 2008.
- BBC Proms listings
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