Helen Skelton Only: Who is Leeds-based TV and radio presenter Helen Skelton? From Blue Peter to Countryfile – how does your career look like so far? | Panda Anku

But what has the popular TV and radio presenter, who lives in Leeds, been doing for a living so far?

Helen skeleton. (Image credit: James Hardisty)

Helen was born in Carlisle, Cumbria, where she grew up on a dairy farm in the village of Kirkby Thore.

She attended the local primary school before transferring to Appleby Grammar School and then graduating from the Cumbria Institute of the Arts where she earned a BA in journalism.

Her television career actually began while she was in college, working as an extra on Coronation Street and Cutting It.

Helen is a qualified tap dance teacher and admitted that if she hadn’t been a TV presenter, she would have become a teacher.

Her brother is no stranger to the spotlight as he is a professional footballer and has also been a player-coach and manager.

In December 2013, Helen married Richie Myler, the England rugby player who plays for the Leeds Rhinos as a scrum half and defender. They have a son and a daughter who were born in June 2015 and December 2015 respectively.

Helen currently resides in Leeds.

Helen Skelton’s career to date

After a career in public relations, Helen decided to focus her career on journalism; She worked in the newsroom at CFM Radio and took part in various programs at Border Television before becoming breakfast presenter at BBC Radio Cumbria in 2005 where she was at the time one of the youngest breakfast room presenters on the BBC network.

She then became a reporter and occasional presenter for the children’s news program Newsround and its sports-based weekend version, Sportsround.

She became a presenter on Blue Peter in August 2008, where she replaced Zoe Salmon and became the program’s 33rd presenter. In a challenge to the series, Helen took on an uncredited role in the BBC production of Merlin.

Between 2008 and 2018, Helen competed in various challenges: a wheelchair dance competition in which she and her 16-year-old partner beat 100 other dancers, ultra-marathons in which she became the second woman to finish the 78-mile run in Namibia Ultramarathon in 23 hours and 45 minutes, kayaking on the Amazon, tightrope walking between chimneys at Battersea Power Station 66 meters above the ground, cycling to the South Pole, Helen’s Magnificent 7 on Blue Peter for Comic Relief and a Sport Relief celebrity boxing match where she saw Camilla Defeated Thurlow of Love Island.

She took part in an uncredited role in the BBC production of Merlin and announced her departure from the show in August 2013 and was subsequently replaced by Radzi Chinyanganya.

Following her departure from Blue Peter, Helen became a presenter of live FA Women’s Super League football matches for BT Sport, while retaining her BBC reporter role.

She has presented occasional portions of Countryfile since 2008 and has also presented two series of Holiday Hit Squad in 2013 and 2014 alongside Angela Rippon and Joe Crowley.

In 2013/14 she presented the London Marathon Highlights Show on the BBC. She was then replaced by Ore Oduba in 2016.

In December 2012 Helen took part in a special Christmas edition of Strictly Come Dancing and since 2015 she has been a daytime presenter on BBC One series The Instant Gardener alongside Danny Clarke.

Helen’s first novel, Amy Wild: Amazon Summer, was published in May 2015.

In early 2016, she presented Tonight: Kids V Career and also hosted coverage of the 2016 European Swimming Championships with Mark Foster and Rebecca Adlington. She also worked for the BBC at the 2016 Summer Olympics, presenting swimming coverage alongside Rebecca Adlington, Adrian Moorhouse, Andy Jameson and Mark Foster.

In October of the same year, Helen also guest presented five editions of Lorraine on ITV and another five in February 2017. That same year she returned to cover swimming during the 2017 World Swimming Championships on the BBC.

Helen also appeared on Celebrity Antiques Road Trip (Series 8, Episode 14) with her friend and former co-host Rebecca Adlington.

She currently presents a weekly slot on BBC Radio 5 Live on Sundays from 3pm to 6pm and is a temporary co-presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive Time with Tony Livesey.

On 14 August 2022, Helen replaced Laura Whitmore as presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live’s revamped morning show every Sunday between 10am and 12pm.

On August 13, 2022, it was announced that Helen would be taking part in the 20th series of Strictly Come Dancing.

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