Liz Barker

Elizabeth Jane 'Liz' Barker (born 16 May 1975) is a television presenter on British television. She has one younger sister and is a distant relative of guitarist Dave Hill.

Born in Cambridge, England, Barker took 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. She was also previously a Librarian.


[edit] Career
On 23 June 2000, Barker joined the children's television programme Blue Peter, and became its 29th presenter. During her six-year stint, Liz reported from Vietnam, Morocco, Brazil, Austria, Greece, India and the US. Her adventures have included lawn mower racing, paragliding, walking a circus high-wire, and cleaning windows at London's Canary Wharf tower.

On 25 May 2004, Barker announced that she was pregnant with her first child, by husband Michael Todd. The baby boy, called 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 but she returned earlier than expected in early 2005.

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

On 11 April 2006, Barker left the programme after six years, with a special This Is Your Life-style show devoted to her, containing 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. However she did not return for Totally's second series, and was replaced by SMart's Kirsten O'Brien.

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.

Liz has also appeared in Carrie's War (2004) .

Liz Barker

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