Matt delighted his fans when he was a finalist on Strictly Come Dancing, despite finishing as runner up. The BBC Countryfile presenter spent seven and a half years on Blue Peter establishing himself as one of the best loved and most versatile presenters in the shows history.
After winning 2 BAFTA awards for Best Children’s presenter and a Royal television Society award, he left Blue Peter in 2006 and began fronting BBC Daytime shows. He joined the BBC1 City Hospital presenting team and was part of the ‘One Show’ series.
Matt was born in Durham where he grew up in the dales on his family’s sheep farm. His love of the countryside and animals make him a perfect choice for fronting shows like Summer Countryfile Diaries, Crufts and a BBC NE natural history series. He studied BA (hons) Acting at Queen Margaret's in Edinburgh, but after only eighteen months into the course he was snapped up as 28th Blue Peter presenter and left drama school early.
As a boy he was a British gymnastic and sports acrobatics champion and has become a valued member of the BBC Grandstand team, presenting and commentating world gymnastics. His physical versitality has allowed him to successfully complete all sorts of television challenges. He has starred in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the london Palladium; trained as a stunt man in Florida; spent a gruelling week with the Royal Marine Commandos, and passed their recruits’ course. He also completed the Para’s P Company selection tests. He made the final of BBC Sport Relief’s charity show jumping series ‘Only Fools on Horses’.
Matt has been lucky enough to film all over the world, from Australia to the grand Canyon, from the Serengeti plains of Tanzania to the Rio Carnival, and encountered some of the most remote and inhospitable places on the planet. Ever the adventurer, Matt is also a hand-gliding world record holder.
Blue Peter viewers will be very familiar with his border collie dog Meg who they have watched Matt train and shared in the birth of her puppies. She has constantly been by his side, joining him on screen at Crufts for the last 3 years and on One Man and His Dog. (Meg still lives with Matt as of course they are inseparable!).
Matt’s other BBC credits include hosting, ‘Evacuation’ series, 2 series of ‘The Stables’ Live 8. He presented Jonny Wilkinson’s ‘Hot Shots’ rugby series plus Jonny’s rugby training DVD.
His guest appearances inlcude Never Mind the Buzzcocks, the Steve Wright Show, Song for Europe, BBC Breakfast and Children In Need.
Matt has also hosted many large scale live concerts including BBC National Road Shows, 4 Family Proms in Hyde Park, many live Proms from the Albert Hall. For radio he co-presented three series of Making Tracks for BBC Radio 3. Matt is very much in demand for corporate work and voiceovers.