Ellie Harrison is an English television presenter, best known for co-presenting Countryfile since 2009. 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 Sciencefor the Discovery Channel. In December 2014, Harrison took over as President of the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust from Sir Henry Elwes.
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.
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