Ellie Harrison (journalist)

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Ellie Harrison
Ellie Harrison (countryfile) at RSPB Bempton on 04-06-2015 (17879290913).jpg
Harrison at RSPB Bempton in 2015
Eleanor Harrison

(1977-11-17) 17 November 1977 (age 42)
EducationSir William Romney's School, Tetbury
Alma materKing's College London
OccupationTelevision presenter
Known forCountryfile
Daily Planet
Michaela's Wild Challenge
Secret Britain
Height1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Partner(s)Matt Goodman since 2005
Children2 daughters, 1 son

Eleanor Harrison (born 17 November 1977) is an English television presenter, best known for co-presenting Countryfile since 2009.

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] and later Cirencester College for her A-levels.

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]


To support herself while exploring a career in country music, Harrison undertook a series of temporary jobs, 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. Following this, she became a freelance television presenter, presenting on the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and the Discovery Channel.

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 & Outrageous Acts of Science for the Discovery Channel.[2][3]

In December 2014, Harrison took over as President of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust from Sir Henry Elwes.[4]

Since 2015, she has co-presented Secret Britain on BBC One. In 2015, she presented Dinosaur Britain, a two-part documentary for ITV. In 2016, she presented Britain's Sharks and Britain's Whales, also for ITV. She appeared at Countryfile Live at Blenheim in August and Countryfile Ramble for Children in Need in Edinburgh, returning to Countryfile in November 2016 after maternity leave. In November 2017 she danced and sang as part of a special Countryfile country music routine for BBC's Children in Need.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Harrison has two daughters and a son with her fiancé, Matthew Goodman.[6]


  1. ^ a b "TV presenter helps her old school mark 400 years". Gloucestershire Echo. 29 September 2010.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Ellie Harrison on IMDb.
  3. ^ "Presenters". Wild About Your Garden. BBC. Archived from the original on 22 December 2008.
  4. ^ "Countryfile host Ellie Harrison is Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust president". BBC News. 3 December 2014. Archived from the original on 3 December 2014.
  5. ^ Hughes, Roxanne (17 November 2017). "Children In Need: Ellie Harrison flaunts pins during UNUSUAL Countryfile segment". Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Countryfile Live: Ellie Harrison flaunts post-pregnancy body as she CONFIRMS son's birth". Daily Express. 4 August 2016. Retrieved 2 July 2017.

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