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Barnaby John Harwood

(1979-11-07) 7 November 1979 (age 42)
Occupation TV presenter, children's TV presenter, actor
Years active 2002–Present
CBBC (2002–2017)
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Barnaby John "Barney" Harwood (born 7 November 1979) is a British television presenter and actor, known for his work with CBBC beginning in 2002.



For CBBC, Harwood presented Prank Patrol and was a voice-over commentator for The Smokehouse, while on BBC Two, he co-presented Basil's Swap Shop (a re-make of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop), alongside Basil Brush.

Previous work for CBBC included gameshow Crush in 2004, Sport Relief Gets Sub'd!, a Sport Relief 2006 show and as co-presenter of Smile, which aired each Sunday on BBC Two until 26 August 2007 and saw him win a Children's BAFTA for best presenter. He also co-hosted the Doctor Who tie-in programme Totally Doctor Who until it was cancelled after series three in 2007. Harwood was also the Control Voice in an episode of the Doctor Who spin off animated series The Infinite Quest. As an extra, he appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", which was first transmitted on 17 June 2006.

In July 2007, Harwood fronted The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a daily reality series following a group of children learning magic at a Harry Potter-style boarding school. Bear Behaving Badly, a 26-part sitcom starring Harwood and Nev the bear from Smile, was broadcast on BBC One between September and October 2007. In February 2008, Harwood starred as the 'hidden' celebrity in an episode of Hider in the House.

Harwood's worked on the series Inside Life which is the children's companion series to the BBC Natural History Unit's Life. Harwood narrates all ten programmes.

On 13 December 2010 it was revealed on the BBC's Blue Peter that Harwood would be the new presenter on the show, taking over from Joel Defries.

Harwood had a successful career on the show becoming one of the longest serving presenters at 6.5 years. He soon became popular and renowned for his bad jokes and mischievous behaviour. Through the years he grew his famous catchphrase, "I want one", as well as growing to call over to "Camera Two" to get a shot of him and giving away strange prizes in the show's game "Spot Shelley", including a house in Spain, a unicorn called Colin and a life-times supply of chutney. His various hairstyles often added to his fame among viewers. Barney is particularly good at cycling, doing well in various challenges with bikes, a big fan of coffee, as well as music and has interests in photography and camping out in his campervan. He, however, has a fear of frogs; on his first show Steve Backshall got him to hold one and on his last show he was made to kiss a frog, conquering fear in both.

In early 2016, Harwood took a break from Blue Peter; he returned later that year. It was announced in August 2017 during the show's summer break that Harwood would leave the show after six and half years and his final show aired on 14 September 2017 where Harwood would move on from Blue Peter and "onto new adventures". Harwood announced during his last Blue Peter episode that after 16 years working with CBBC, he would also leave the channel. On his last show he was awarded a Blue Peter Gold Badge, the highest accolade, for his work on the programme. When awarded by co-presenter Chingyanganya, he was described as being "at the very top of the list".

In August 2017, he appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef.


Year Title Role Notes
2002–03 CBBC Himself Continuity Presenter
2004 CBBC Himself Continuity Presenter
Crush Himself Main Presenter (Series 1)
Smile Himself One of the Presenters
2005 CBBC Himself Continuity Presenter
Smile Himself One of the presenters
Crush Himself Main Presenter (Series 2) alongside Jean Anderson
2006 Smile Himself One of the Presenters
Sport Relief Get Sub'd Himself Main Presenter
Totally Doctor Who Himself Main Presenter alongside Liz Barker
Doctor Who Man in the street Guest Role, "Love and Monsters" episode
Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest Control Voice
Prank Patrol Himself/Other Characters Main Presenter/Actors (series 1)
2007 CBBC Himself Returning Continuity Presenter (see below)
Prank Patrol Himself/Other Characters Main Presenter/Actors (series 1 and 2)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Himself Main Presenter (series 1)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice Extra Himself Main Presenter (series 1)
Smile Himself Main Presenter until 27 August 2007
Bear Behaving Badly Himself A Main Character
2008 Basil's Swap Shop Himself Alongside Basil Brush
Basil's Game Show Himself Narrator/Presenter for Series 1
The Smokehouse Himself Narrator
Hider in the House Hider Celebrity Guest Appearance
Bear Behaving Badly Himself A Main Character in Series 2
2009 Basil's Swap Shop Himself Alongside Basil Brush
Barney's Barrier Reef Himself Alongside Gemma Hunt
Bear Behaving Badly Himself A Main Character in Series 2
Basil's Game Show Himself Narrator/Presenter for Series 2
Newsround Specials Himself Main Presenter alongside Sonali Shah
Inside Life Himself Narrator of the series
BAMZOOKi Himself Main presenter alongside Gemma Hunt
2010 Barney's Latin America Himself Alongside Gemma Hunt for series 1
BAMZOOKi Himself Alongside Gemma Hunt
Bear Behaving Badly Himself Main Character in Series 3
Prank Patrol Himself Presenter for the third series
Basil's Swap Shop Himself Presenter alongside Basil
2011–2017 Blue Peter co-presenter Presenter alongside Andy Akinwolere and Helen Skelton then Lindsey Russell and Radzi Chinyanganya
2011–2012, 2016, 2018– All Over the Place Himself Co-Presenter
2011 Hotel Trubble Himself Guest star
2011 Hacker Time Himself Guest
2014 CBBC Himself Returning continuity presenter on 10 May 2014 (for Shout Out Saturday)
2017 Celebrity Masterchef Himself Contestant


In addition to his television work, Harwood presented BBC Radio 4 children's magazine programme Go 4 It and co-presented Big Toe Books (previously The Big Toe Radio Show), for BBC 7.


Harwood can play the guitar and piano and is also the keyboardist in The MüVs. As a singer/songwriter, he composed the theme music to Bear Behaving Badly and Prank Patrol.

Other appearances

In pantomime, Harwood played Idle Jack in Dick Whittington at The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke, between November 2005 and January 2006.

From December 2007 to January 2008, Harwood appeared at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells as Buttons in Cinderella.

In April 2008, Harwood appeared in a musical version of Beauty and the Beast, as Jangles the court jester, at the Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent.

From December 2008 to January 2009, Harwood starred in Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth. From December 2009 to January 2010, he again starred in Peter Pan, this time at the Grande Theatre in Blackpool.

On 1 and 2 August 2009, Harwood and Gemma Hunt presented a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, entitled EVOLUTION! A Darwin-Inspired Extravaganza for Kids (Prom21 and Prom23), during which they interviewed special guest Sir David Attenborough.

On 14 November 2009, Harwood made a guest appearance on CBBC series TMi, alongside Little Boots.

In 2010, Harwood appeared at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre for their Christmas production of Peter Pan, playing the lead role and co-starring with his father, comedian Barnaby.

From 2 December 2011 to 8 January 2012, Harwood played Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley.

In December 2013, Harwood played "Peter Pan" at the Theatre Royal in Nottingham, alongside David Hasselhoff and Su Pollard.

From 9 December 2016 to 8 January 2017, Harwood played the title role in Aladdin at the Grand Theatre in Blackpool.

From 4 December 2018 to 6 January 2019, Harwood played the Huntsman in Snow White at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln.

Preceded by
Joel Defries
Blue Peter Presenter No. 35
Succeeded by
Not Replaced (Initially)

Mwaksy Mudenda (2020)

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