MATT Baker has been a regular on the box for decades.
Sure, you might associate him with The One Show nowadays, which he presents alongside Alex Jones, but over the years, he’s also presented Blue Peter, BBC Sunday night environmental show Countryfile and more. Here’s the lowdown on the much-loved BBC star.
Who is Matt Baker’s wife?
Matt is married to physiotherapist Nicola Mooney – his childhood sweetheart.
Nicola and Matt met while they were at school and have now been married for 15 years after exchanging vows back in 2004.
The couple have two children together, 12-year-old son Luke and nine-year-old daughter Molly, and live just outside of London.
How much is Matt Baker paid?
The BBC revealed its “talent list” which showcases its high-earners bringing in more than £150,000 on July 19 2017.
Salaries of the corporation’s top earners were released so license fee payers can know where their money is going.
However, the BBC has come under fire for the large gender pay gap among their employees with Chris Evans earning £2.2million a year – four times more than its highest paid woman, Claudia Winkleman.
Only a third of its top earners are women, sparking an equality row which Director-General Tony Hall has vowed to address.
Matt is listed as earning between £450,000-£499,999 while his co-host Alex Jones is in the pay grade below earning £400,000 – £449,999.
Matt Baker earns more than The One Show’s Alex Jones
Who is Matt Baker?
He was born Matthew James Baker in Easington, County Durham where his father ran a newsagent and his parents owned a small holding.
The 40-year-old was educated in the town until he was 10 when his parents bought a farm west of Durham and they moved.
Matt was a British junior gymnast and sports acrobatics champion but had to give it all up when he was 14 after he was diagnosed with anaemia.
He studied drama at Queen Margaret University College in Edinburgh and as a student worked as an entertainer and part of a comedy disco-dancing revival show called Disco Inferno who were popular in nightclubs in the north of England.
When was Matt Baker on Blue Peter?
During his third year at university, Matt’s aunt noticed that Blue Peter was looking for a new presenter.
Matt put a showreel together and went to London for an audition, got the job and made his first appearance on the show on June 25, 1999.
He worked with Konnie Huq, Zoe Salmon and Gethin Jones and won two Baftas for Best Children’s Presenter two years in a row as well as a Royal Television Society award.
He left the show at the end of the 2005-2006 series.
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What other shows has Matt Baker done?
Matt joined the Countryfile team, first as a presenter for Countryfile Summer Diaries on weekday mornings on BBC One before co-presenting the evening show.
He also hosted the first series of Secret Britain with Julia Bradbury and One Man and His Dog with Kate Humble.
He then joined The One Show as a guest presenter from May to August 2010 standing in for Jason Manford. He took over as a permanent co-host with Alex Jones.
Has Matt Baker ever done reality TV?
No, but he did take part in the eighth series of Strictly Come Dancing in 2010.
He was partnered with Aliona Vilani and they finished as runners-up to Kara Tointon and Artem Chigvintsev in the final.
He also took part in the Strictly live tour the following year.