Liz Barker

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Elizabeth 'Liz' Barker
Born (1975-05-16) 16 May 1975 (age 41)
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
Occupation Television presenter
Known for Blue Peter presenter
Spouse(s) Michael Todd
Children Dexter Barker Todd
Poppy Barker Todd
Rocco Winston Todd
Augustus Lennon Todd

Elizabeth Jane 'Liz' Barker (born 16 May 1975) is an English television presenter.

Born in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England, Barker grew up in the village of Oakington, near Cambridge and attended Impington Village College before undertaking a philosophy degree at the University of Southampton. After this was completed, she became a runner for independent production company Lion TV, a researcher, and eventually the sports presenter for BBC Choice programme Backstage.

Career[edit]

On 23 June 2000, Barker joined the children's television programme Blue Peter. During her six years on the programme, Liz reported from Vietnam, Morocco, Brazil, Austria, Greece, India and the US. Her adventures have included an inverted spin in a jet, lawn mower racing, paragliding, walking a circus high-wire, cleaning windows at London's Canary Wharf tower.[1] and won a bronze medal in the two-woman Bob at the British Bobsleigh championships.

She has interviewed top celebrities, including David Beckham and Quentin Blake. She flew to Las Vegas to present Elton John with a Gold Blue Peter badge and once held the Guinness World Record for putting a duvet cover on. She met the Queen at BBC Television Centre, where her colleague Simon Thomas presented Her Majesty with a Gold Blue Peter badge. She has also raced former Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton at go-karts.

On 25 May 2004, Barker announced that she was pregnant with her first child, by husband Michael Todd. A boy, Dexter Jack Barker Todd, was born on Saturday 4 December 2004 and featured on the show many times, including at just 13 days old, on his first birthday and on Barker's leaving date. While Barker was pregnant, scan images were also shown. She became the first presenter to rejoin Blue Peter after having a baby, but on 23 January 2006, she told viewers that she would be leaving the programme at Easter and moving away from London so she could spend more time with Dexter and the rest of her family. She was replaced by Zöe Salmon, who originally took Liz's place in December 2004 when she had her baby.

During her six years on Blue Peter, Barker presented with Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker, Zöe Salmon and Gethin Jones.

On 11 April 2006, Barker left the programme with a special This Is Your Life-style show devoted to her, featuring former presenters, family, friends and people she had met along her Blue Peter travels, including Kitty Hart-Moxon. She also announced, on her last live show, that she would be co-presenting a new CBBC show, Totally Doctor Who, with CBBC's Barney Harwood; the first episode was broadcast on 13 April 2006.

She has gone on to do voiceovers, such as on the Sony PlayStation game Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party.

On 18 September 2006 it was announced on Blue Peter that Liz was due to have another baby and on 20 February 2007, it was announced on Blue Peter that she had given birth to a girl called Poppy.

She has since given birth to Rocco Winston Todd in 2011 and Gus Lennon Todd in 2013.

When she left TV, Liz spent several years decorating cakes at her family's chain of bakeries. She is currently a radio presenter on Community radio station, Cambridge 105.

She presents the annual Fiver Awards, held in London and was the voiceover artist for the 2016 NMG Awards, held in Cambridge.

Personal life[edit]

Liz is married to Michael Todd and they have four children. She has one younger sister, Suzanne (Suzie). She has two rabbits named Cosmo and Thumper, and a cat named Yellow. Liz is related to the Hi-de-Hi actress Sue Pollard, and is a member of the Barker family that owns a well-known chain of bakeries in and around Cambridge.


Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1999 Backstage Herself Sports Presenter
2000 Backstage Herself Sports Presenter
2000
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2003
Blue Peter Herself Main Presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, and Matt Baker
2004 Carrie's War Extra Minor Role
Blue Peter Herself Main Presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker and Zöe Salmon
2005 Blue Peter Herself Main Presenter alongside Konnie Huq, Simon Thomas, Matt Baker, Zöe Salmon and Gethin Jones
Totally Blue Peter Main Character 2 Part Drama
2006 Blue Peter Herself Main Presenter until April 2006 alongside Konnie Huq, Matt Baker, Zöe Salmon and Gethin Jones.
Totally Doctor Who Herself Main Presenter alongside Barney Harwood
2007 Buzz! Junior: Jungle Party Herself Voiceover

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Liz Barker is leaving Blue Peter". BBC. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Katy Hill
Blue Peter Presenter No. 29
2000-2006
Succeeded by
Zöe Salmon