Seven-and-a-half years on Blue Peter established Matt Baker as one of the best loved and most versatile presenters in the show’s history, winning him 2 BAFTAs for Best Children’s presenter and a Royal Television Society award.
Matt is a key face across the BBC as the co-host of The One Show, Monday to Thursday evenings and ongoing co-presenter of BBC One’s top rating & award-winning Sunday night Countryfile series. He also presented Secret Britain for BBC One and was a finalist in Strictly Come Dancing 2010. Matt also took part in the 2011 Strictly Live Tour where he won a record-breaking number of shows.
As a boy, Matt was a British gymnastic and sports acrobatics champion, later joining the BBC Grandstand team as a world gymnastics presenter and commentator. He is also a hang-gliding world record holder.
Matt has covered the World Gymnastics Championships, Glasgow Grand Prix Gymnastics and European Gymnastics Championships for BBC Two as well as the London Marathon for BBC One. He was a key commentator for BBC’s coverage of the gymnastics events at the 2008 Olympic Games from Beijing and the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships 2009 from London’s O2 Arena.
In November 2011, Matt undertook his most daunting challenge to date: The One Show Rickshaw Challenge. He spent eight days pedalling a rickshaw from Edinburgh to London, covering over 480 miles and interviewing guests along the way. The feat saw Matt raise an incredible £1.9m for BBC Children In Need.
Matt will be part of the BBC’s presenting team for the London 2012 Olympic Games.