- Kirsten O'Brien
name = Kirsten O'Brien
caption =Kirsten at the Lighthouse Gala Auction in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust. Photo by Piers Allardyce.
birth_date = birth date and age|1972|02|23
occupation = Radio and TV Presenter
Kirsten O'Brien (born 23 February 1972 in
Middlesbrough) is an English television presenter.
She presents "
SMart", and presented "Smile" and " Totally Doctor Who" alongside Barney Harwoodon CBBC.
As a result of her father's work - he was a civil engineer - she spent her childhood moving from country-to-country, including spells in
Algeria, Kuwait, Nigeria, Singaporeand England.
She got her first broadcast experience on the student radio station at Birmingham Polytechnic, which led to her first proper job at
Tyne Tees Television, where in 1995 she made her presenting debut on a children's science programme.
Her big break came in 1996 when she joined the team of presenters on the BBC's children's strand CBBC. She stayed there for three-and-a-half years, during which time she became best-known for her partnership with smart-talking puppet
Otis the Aardvark. Both O'Brien and Otis also co-presented with other people (and sometimes solo), but they really shone as a double-act, so much so that the 1997 Saturday morning spin-off, "Saturday Aardvark", was entirely built around them. Puppeteer Dave Chapmanwould often reduce O'Brien to helpless laughter with his ad-libs.
O'Brien left the CBBC on air presentation team in 1999, but is still a regular on children's TV and radio. Her artistic skills have been put to good use as co-host of "SMart" and its spin-offs "SMart On the Road" and "
SMarteenies" (for the pre-school CBeebieschannel). On radio, she was one of the presenters of BBC 7's "Little Toe Radio Show".
In 2004, she played Peter Pan in pantomime. The same year, O'Brien discovered a previously unsuspected talent when challenged to take part in a lumberjack competition for the BBC series "Bring It On". She performed a stand up show during the
Edinburgh Fringein August 2006, entitled, "Lesley's Lunch Hour - Not During Lunch, And Not Quite An Hour", meaning that she did not present "Smile" that month.
28 Mayand 15 June 2007, she co-presented "Springwatch Trackers" alongside Steve Backshall. Transmitted live on BBC Twofrom a farm in Devonand repeated later in the day on the CBBC Channel, teams of boys and girls were set a series of Tracker challenges.
She has been a guest on
Stephen Merchant's "The Steve Show" on BBC 6 Music, " Through the Keyhole" and has made numerous appearances on " Rob Brydon's Annually Retentive".
She co-presented with
Mark Speighton children's art shows, "SMart" (CBBC) and "SMarteenies" (CBeebies).
O'Brien plays tennis, and has taken part in swimming, abseiling and netball events for charity. She also claims to hold the world record for wearing 42 socks on one foot and another record for tapping. [A quote from "The Steve Show" - BBC 6 Music, Sunday 22 July 2007 ]
* [http://thevoidcomedy.wordpress.com/2007/08/17/fringe-review-kristen-obrien-confessions-of-a-childrens-tv-presenter/ the-void.co.uk/comedy review of "Confessions of a Children's TV Presenter" at Edinburgh Fringe 2007]
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Kirsten Gillibrand — Gillibrand redirects here. For other uses, see Gillibrand (disambiguation). Kirsten Gillibrand … Wikipedia
Howard Allen O'Brien — Anne Rice Pour les articles homonymes, voir Rice. Anne Rice. Anne Rice, de son vrai nom Howard Allen O Brien, est un écrivain améri … Wikipédia en Français
Nick Partridge — Kirsten O Brien and Nick Partridge at the Lighthouse Gala auction in aid of Terrence Higgins Trust. Sir Nicholas Wyndham Partridge, OBE, is a leading British health care and HIV/AIDS care activist. Activism He has worked for the … Wikipedia
SMart — Infobox Television show name = SMart caption = The SMart Logo format = Art runtime = 60 minutes creator = developer = executive producer = Joe Godwin series producer = Anne Dixon presenter = Kirsten O Brien (1999 ndash;present) Mike Fischetti… … Wikipedia
Help! Teach is Coming to Stay — Infobox Television show name = Help! Teach is Coming to Stay caption = format = Children s Game Show runtime = 1 hour creator = editor = Marcus Leathly executive producer = Karen Woodward series producer = presenter = Kirsten O Brien Johny Pitts… … Wikipedia
Smile (TV series) — Infobox Television show name = Smile caption = The Smile logo format = Children s programme picture format = 16:9 (widescreen) runtime = 2 hours, 30 minutes presenter = Kirsten O Brien Barney Harwood country = UK network = BBC Two first aired = 1 … Wikipedia
SMarteenies — Infobox Television show name = SMarteenies caption = format = Art runtime = 15 minutes creator = developer = executive producer = Joe Godwin series producer = Anne Dixon starring = Kirsten O Brien Mark Speight Jay Burridge Lizi Botham Marcus… … Wikipedia
Mike Fischetti — (b. 6 August 1983 in Leicester) is a British presenter on the children s television show SMart, which aired on CBBC. Contents 1 Career 2 Filmography 3 References 4 … Wikipedia
Get Your Own Back — Infobox Television show name = Get Your Own Back caption = format = Children s Game Show picture format = 4:3 (1991 2000) 16:9 (2001 2003) runtime = 30 minutes creator = Brian Marshall starring = Dave Benson Phillips (All Series) Lisa Brockwell… … Wikipedia
Totally Doctor Who — Infobox Television show name = Totally Doctor Who format = Children s programme runtime = 28 minutes. starring = Barney Harwood(2006 2007), Liz Barker(2006) Kirsten O Brien(2007) executive producer = Simon Hall country = UK network = BBC One… … Wikipedia