Matt started his TV career in 1999, when he joined Blue Peter and his seven and a half years on the show established him as one of the best loved and most versatile presenters in the show's history. He won 2 BAFTA awards for Best Children's Presenter and a Royal Television Society award. He left in 2006 and began presenting a wide variety of television and radio programmes. Initially joining the BBC1 City Hospital presenting team and the very first episodes of the 'One Show' series. He later returned to the One Show in February 2011 where he now presents with Alex Jones Monday to Thursday.
Matt was born in Durham where he grew up on his family's sheep farm.
His love of the countryside and animals made him the natural choice for fronting such shows as Crufts, One Man and His Dog, Summer Countryfile Diaries, Animal Rescue Live and Animal Rescue Squad for Five and the very popular 'Secret Britain' series.
He currently presents BBC1's Sunday night hit 'Countryfile ' with Julia Bradbury and writes for the Countryfile magazine.
As a boy, Matt was a British gymnastic and sports acrobatics champion, later joining the BBC sport team as a world gymnastics presenter and commentator.
Matt provides commentary at the European and World Gymnastics Championships for BBC and presented the BBC's coverage of the gymnastics events at the 2008 Olympic Games from Beijing. He flew back from China to present the Olympic Handover Concert televised live outside Buckingham Palace and was involved in the Olympic Victory Parade through central London.
In April 2011 Matt was part of the BBC’s Royal Wedding coverage reporting live from 10 Downing Downing Street, interviewing the Prime Minister and his party guests.
He has also presented live coverage of Trooping the Colour, and ridden with the Kings Troop and Horseguards. In 2012 he anchored the Diamond Jubilee Flotilla Pageant and launched the Jubilee concert live from Buckingham Palace’s music room. On the evening of the Diamond Jubilee concert he co presented the warm up show live from the Palace gardens.
Matt was also the co-host of Sport Relief 2012: The Mile Show, live on BBC1 in March 2012. A regular on Children In Need he recently raised over 1.9 million pounds for the charity with his ‘Rickshaw Challenge.’ He also took part in the '80 Days Around the World' challenge traveling through Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia with his Countryfile co-presenter Julia Bradbury for the charity.
Matt's physical ability has allowed him to complete an impressive number of television challenges. He trained as a stunt man in Florida; spent a gruelling week with the Royal Marine Commandos, successfully passing their recruits' course and later completed the Para's P Company selection tests.
He also made the final of BBC Sport Relief's charity show jumping series Only Fools on Horses and is a hang-gliding world record holder.
He presented Jonny Wilkinson's Hotshots rugby series plus Jonny's rugby training DVD. Matt has also been part of the London Marathon and Derby horse racing presenting teams and the New Year’s Eve programme.
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Matt studied at drama school in Edinburgh and has always kept his passion for acting. He has played characters from Caractacus Potts on the UK Tour of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, to Prince Charming and Aladdin in pantomime.
Matt has hosted many large scale live concerts including BBC National Road Shows, 4 Family Proms in Hyde Park and many live Proms from the Albert Hall. He also presented Country Tracks on Radio 4 and co-presented three series of Making Tracks for BBC Radio 3.His other BBC credits include hosting the Evacuation series, two series of The Stables for CBBC and Live 8 on BBC3.