Ellie Harrison

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Ellie Harrison

Born

11/17/1977

Birth Name

Eleanor Harrison

Gender

Female

Also Known As

Ellie Goodman
  • Ellie Harrison on The One Show
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  • Trivia

    • In early 2005, at the age of 27, she married physician Dr Matthew Goodman.

    • She works as a freelance TV presenter for a number of channels including both the BBC and ITV.

    • Early in her broadcasting career, she spent time living and working in New York for the Discovery Channel and Discovery Science.

    • She got her big break when she was picked to present the Channel 5 wildlife show Michaela's Wild Challenge for over a year while regular presenter Michaela Strachan was on maternity leave.

    • While working as a secretary at Channel 5, she turned down the chance to present the channel's children's show Milkshake!

    • After graduating, she supported herself via a number of temporary jobs while attempting to make it as a country singer.

    • She gained her interest in wildlife while studying at King's College, London via her relationship with Nathan Hutchings. Nathan's father was the actor Geoffrey Hutchings, who had worked with Clint Eastwood in Zimbabwe on the movie White Hunter, Black Heart. Thanks to his father's work in Zimbabwe, Nathan had contacts in the country that allowed he and Ellie to visit there.

    • After attending Sir William Romney's School in Tetbury, Gloucestershire, she studied Ecology and Geography at King's College, London, graduating with a BA in the subject in 2000.

    • When she was young, her family kept chickens and grew their own food.

    • Her father worked as a carpenter.

    • She was born and grew up near Cirencester in Gloucestershire, England.

  • Quotes

    • Ellie: We had a cockerel that was very vicious, so Dad shot it and we had it in a pie: that's real country living. The more connection we have with what we eat, the better.

    • Ellie: The blonde, fluffy thing hasn't always been of great benefit. It can get in the way of people thinking you're credible, so I try and shrug it off. I've had people approach me – inside and outside TV – who are surprised I can string a sentence together.

    • Ellie: Nature is a rough, tough place. People will always have strong feelings about how it should be covered. There'll be those who want to preserve the natural world, and those who need to make a living from it.

    • Ellie: (On her childhood in rural Gloucestershire) We lived in a very quiet little place with cats and dogs and chickens. There were fields and cows all around us. It was a real country upbringing.

    • Ellie: I just have this really fragile ego. We have this thing at the BBC called a viewers' log, where people can have a say on what they think of you, and I can't bear to read it. I can't bear to Google myself or anything like that. I'm just terrified that someone will have said something awful, and I'll be hurt. I've got a neurotic personality.

    • Ellie: (On how her office job at Channel 5 led to her big TV break) I was asked if I could do a screen test for the job by the controller of children's TV, a lovely guy called Nick Wilson, who was unusual in the sense that he didn't want to choose an already established presenter and was quite happy finding someone who was just sat outside his office. I had to do this screen test in Richmond and pretend there were elephants behind me. Oh it was awful – I hope that tape is long since dead!

    • Ellie: As a child we lived in a very rural spot in the Cotswolds, so there was very little else around us but nature. But it really became zoological love when I started going out with a guy who was studying zoology. His dad had been in the Clint Eastwood film White Hunter Black Heart in Zimbabwe, so he had contacts out there and we spent quite a bit of time there. And there's nothing that gets you into wildlife more than the big charismatic mammals of Africa.

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