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Liz Barker
Blue Peter introducing Liz Barker

Blue Peter introducing Liz Barker

Elizabeth Jane 'Liz' Barker was born on 16th May 1975 and is an English television presenter.

On 23 June 2000, Barker joined Blue Peter. During her six years on the show, Liz reported from Vietnam, Morocco, Brazil, Austria, Greece, India and the US. Her adventures have included an inverted spin in a jet, lawn mower racing, paragliding, walking a circus high-wire, cleaning windows at London's Canary Wharf tower. and won a bronze medal in the two-woman Bob at the British Bobsleigh championships.

She has interviewed top celebrities, including David Beckham and Quentin Blake. She flew to Las Vegas to present Elton John with a Gold Blue Peter badge and once held the Guinness World Record for putting a duvet cover on. She met the Queen at BBC Television Centre, where her colleague Simon Thomas presented Her Majesty with a Gold Blue Peter badge. She has also raced former Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton at go-karts.

On 25 May 2004, Barker announced that she was pregnant with her first child, by husband Michael Todd. A boy, 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.

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

On 11 April 2006, Barker left the programme with a special This Is Your Life-style show devoted to her, featuring 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.