- Helen Skelton
name = Helen Skelton
nationality = English
Helen Skelton is an English
televisionpresenter from Cumbria. She has recently taken up the role of presenter of children's television show" Blue Peter".
Skelton grew up in the village of
Kirkby Thorein Cumbriawhere she attended Kirkby Thore Primary School before moving onto Appleby Grammar School.
Cumbria Institute of the Artswhere she gained a BA(Hons)degree in Journalism. During her time time at college, she worked as an extra on shows such as " Coronation Street" and " Cutting It".
After briefly working in PR, Skelton decided to concentrate on a career in journalism. She worked in the newsroom at
CFM Radioand was involved with various programmes at Border Televisionbefore becoming a a presenter on BBC Radio Cumbriain 2005.
She went on to become a reporter and occasional presenter on children's
newsprogramme " Newsround" before being revealed as the 33rd "Blue Peter" presenter on 28 August 2008. Helen presents the show with Andy Akinwolereand Joel Defries, having been introduced on the 23rd Sepetmber 2008 [citeweb|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/7585906.stm|title=Blue Peter adds Skelton to team|publisher=BBC Online|date=2008-08-28|accessdate=2008-08-29] In a challenge for the show, she took an uncreditid role in the BBCproduction of Merlin.
Her brother, Gavin, is a professional footballer currently playing for
Scottish Premier Leagueside Kilmarnock and she is dating his former Gretna team-mate David Graham who plays for fellow SPL side Hamilton Academical.
She is a qualified
tap dance teacherand has said that if she was not a broadcaster she would be a teacher as 'I like the sound of my own voice'. [citeweb|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1050204/Blue-Peter-employs-blonde-WAG-new-presenter-assuming-count-Hamilton-Accies.html|title=Blue Peter employs a blonde WAG as new presenter (assuming you count Hamilton Accies)|publisher=Daily Mail|date=2008-08-28|accessdate=2008-08-29]
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/cumbria/content/articles/2006/06/08/presenter_profile_helen_skelton_feature.shtml Profile on BBC Radio Cumbria website]
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