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Blue Peter Presenters

Blue Peter Presenters – All Time List

“Get Down Shep!” is probably the most famous expression to originate from Blue Peter, the longest running children’s TV programme in the world. It became Presenter John Noakes’ (RIP John!) catchphrase after he had to use it frequently to control his dog Shep. The British BBC show began in 1958 and is still going strong with a team of Blue Peter Presenters which changes periodically. For some reason or other, a large number of them either came from or went on to appear in episodes of Doctor Who!
The show begins with a signature tune called “Barnacle Bill” (listen below!) and the motif of a sailing ship which features on the equally famous Blue Peter badges, highly coveted and awarded only for notable achievements. Throughout the show’s history pets including the dogs Petra and Shep have also appeared on the show. How many can you name or remember? Check out: ADDucation’s List of Blue Peter pets…

ADDucation Tips! You can also sort this table of Blue Peter presenters by date, name and home town by clicking the relevant column title.

Blue Peter PresentersFrom-ToBorn/DiedFrom#Notes
Christopher Trace1958-19671933-1992Hambledon, England1Trace was the very first of all Blue Peter presenters who came up with famous Blue Peter phrase “Here’s one I made earlier”. Sadly he died in 1992.
Leila Williams1958-19621937Walsall, England2Williams was a former British beauty queen and is now retired and living in Spain.
Anita West19621935Unknown3West was pressured to leave by the BBC because of her divorce from jazz musician Ray Ellington!
Valerie Singleton1962-19721937Hitchin, England4Singleton is one of best known and most loved Blue Peter presenters. Valerie later appeared on the BBC Tonight news and Money Programmes.
John Noakes1965-19781934-2017Halifax, England5Noakes was co-presenter with Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves and the best known trio of presenter in Blue Peter’s history. John was often the “action man” of the series, he cared for Shep, the programme’s dog and became famous for the phrase “get down Shep”.
Peter Purves1967-19781939Preston, England6Purves also played Dr Who’s companion when William Hartnell was the Doctor. Peter later covered Crufts dog shows.
Lesley Judd1972-19791946London, England7Judd replaced Valerie Singleton and had one of longest tenures. Lesley now lives near Toulouse in France.
Simon Groom1978-19861950Chesterfield, England8Groom was renowned for his dry and mainly adult humor in the show. Simon is now a producer and owner of a sheep farm in Derbyshire, England.
Christopher Wenner1978-19801954Unknown9Wenner was not popular with Blue Peter viewers and he returned to journalism and now runs his own production company.
Tina Heath1979-19801953Unknown10Heath left the show to have a baby. Tina was the first Blue Peter presenter to appear while pregnant.
Sarah Greene1980-19831957London, England11Green, aged 22, was the youngest Blue Peter presenter when she first appeared. Sarah also presented Saturday Superstore and Going Live.
Peter Duncan1980-19841954London, England12Duncan had 2 stints in the show, reappearing in 1985. Peter returned to the stage after leaving.
Janet Ellis1983-19871955Chatham, England13Ellis, after a “baby-pause”, returned to acting in 2000. Janet appeared naked in a magazine in 2008 to show her support of PETA.
Michael Sundin1984-19851961-1989Gateshead, England14Sundin won a trampolining world title before joining the show. Michael was reportedly pressured to leave because of rumors about gay exploits about which he complained publicly. Sundin died of AIDS related illness aged just 28 in 1989.
Peter Duncan1985-19861937London, England12See above.
Mark Curry1986-19891961Stafford, England15Curry became famous for his cooking disasters on the show. Mark is a qualified tennis coach who commentates on some tennis matches.
Caron Keating1986-19901962-2004Sevenoaks, England16Keating is the daughter of TV presenter Gloria Hunniford. Caron’s Ulster accent (she was raised in Belfast) was popular. Sadly Caron died of breast cancer aged just 41 in 2004.
Yvette Fielding1987-19921968Manchester, England17Fielding and her husband established a TV production company in 2002 and made ghost hunting shows like Most Haunted and Most Haunted Live!
John Leslie1989-19941965Edinburgh, Scotland18Leslie is the tallest of all Blue Peter Presenters, at 6 foot 4″, and the first Scottish Blue Peter presenter. John later presented This Morning and the Wheel of Fortune. Nowadays John is a property developer in Edinburgh.
Diane-Louise Jordan1990-19961960London, England19Jordan was the first black Blue Peter presenter on the show. Currently Diane-Louise presents Songs of Praise on BBC and she’s also vice-president of Action for Children.
Anthea Turner1992-19941960Stoke on Trent, England2oTurner also presented Top of the Pops, Perfect Housewife and Dinner Party Wars. Anthea subsequently featured in the tabloid newspapers during a troubled period in her personal life.
Tim Vincent1993-19971972Wrexham, Wales21Vincent also presented Miss World. Now in US and the NBC series Phenomenon in 2007.
Stuart Miles1994-19991969Marlborough, England22Miles left Blue Peter in controversy saying the Blue Peter format was “out of touch” with kids. Miles went on to present This Morning and does pantomime.
Katy Hill1995-20001971Poole, England23Hill trained with the England football team during her tenure. Katy later presented Top of the Pops, Football Fever and reality show The Games where she came second. She was co-presenter in the Daybreak breakfast channel.
Romana D’Annunzio1996-19981972Edinburgh, Scotland24D’Annunzio has an Italian background. Romana is now a stage and occasional TV actor. Romana was famous for wing-walking during the show.
Richard Bacon1997-19981975Mansfield, England25Bacon was the first Blue Peter presenter to be fired for taking drugs in 1998. Richard went on to present The Big Breakfast, Top of the Pops, and reality TV. Richard has his own late-night comedy show Beer & Pizza Club in 2010.
Konnie Huq1997-20081975London, England26Born “Kanak Asha Huq” to Bangladeshi parents, Konnie graduated in economics with a 2:1 from Cambridge. Konnie was famous on show for visiting family members she hadn’t seen for years in Bangladesh. She also presented the seventh series of The Xtra Factor.
Simon Thomas1999-20051973Norwich, England27While on the show Thomas climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and Mont Blanc. Simon frequently sky dived with the RAF. He is often remembered for presenting the Queen with a Blue Peter badge. Simon later hosted Sky Sports News and currently heads Sky Sports’ football coverage.
Matt Baker1999-20061977Durham, England28Baker also hosts BBC’s Countryfile, is a gymnastics commentator, and one of the current The One Show presenters. Matt took part in Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. Matt is heavily involved in charity works and helped raise £1.9m for Children in Need in 2012.
Liz Barker2000-20061975Cambridge, England29During Barker’s tenure she participated in paragliding, high-wire walk and window cleaning of Canary Wharf tower. Liz had a baby and continued to present after the birth of her baby. Liz has since performed voiceovers and had another baby.
Zoe Salmon2004-20081980Bangor, Northern Ireland30Salmon was famous for saying “I’d Try Anything Once”. Zoe went on to wing-walk on a biplane and be sawn in half by a magician. Zoe participated in Dancing On Ice and reached the quarter-finals. She has since appeared on various TV shows including The Chris Moyles, Shooting Stars and the World’s Strongest Man competition.
Gethin Jones2005-20081978Cardiff, Wales31While with Blue Peter Gethin flew with the Red Arrows and in a Spitfire, escaped from a submarine and survived an alligator attack in Louisiana. Jones also took part in various Strictly Come Dancing contests and tours.
Andy Akinwolere2006-20111982Nigeria32Akinwolere was born in Nigeria and grew up in Birmingham from age of 8. Andy holds two world records for swimming across deep areas of water including five miles across the Palau Trench only weeks after learning to swim. Currently Andy is a BBC radio host.
Helen Skelton2008-today1983Kirkby Thore, England33Skelton also reported for TV from Wimbledon, Holiday Hit Squad and presented FA Women’s Super League football matches. Helen’s personal sporting achievements include the second woman ever to finish the 78-mile (126 km) Namibian ultra marathon and she kayaked the entire Amazon River. In 2011 Helen also tightrope walked between Battersea power station chimneys for charity.
Joel Defries2008-20101985London, England34Defries learnt hang gliding for Blue Peter in order to fly with a Peregrine Falcon. Joel also explored his Jewish heritage on the show by visiting Auschwitz and meeting a holocaust survivor.
Barney Harwood2011-20171979Blackpool, England35Harwood has appeared in numerous other TV shows, narrated all series and appeared in pantomime.
Lindsey Russell2013-today1991Oxford, England36Russell won a BBC competition to join the list of Blue Peter presenters from over 20,000 people who applied for the job. Viewers picked Lindsey from a shortlist of three.
Radzi Chinyanganya2013-20191987Wolverhampton, England37Radzi has a Scottish mother and his father is from Zimbabwe. Radzi has also hosted Match of The Day Kickabout and WILD! He also competed at national level in karate.
Richie Driss2019-today1989St Albans, England38Richie is an actor who acted as a shady guy in The Weekend Movie (2016) and was a presenter for Joe Media.

All time list of Blue Peter Presenters

FAQ About Blue Peter Presenters

  • Is Blue Peter still broadcast today (2019)?
    Yes, in the UK, Blue Peter is broadcast on CBBC channel once a week. The current Blue Peter presenters are Richie Driss and Lindsey Russell.

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