26 year-old Liz was a presenter for RI:SE, the new Channel 4 breakfast show and TOTP for BBC1. She was born in France and moved to Ireland when she was 10 years old. After school she studied Biochemistry for 4 years. Despite graduating second in her year with…more
While presenting a report for RI:SE on the Showgirls of Magic show in Las Vegas, she took part in the famous illusion of sawing a woman in half. In this illusion, she was sawed in half by the girls, who then left her in two pieces at the end of the report.
When she began presenting Top of the Pops for the BBC in May 2002, she initially shared presenting duties with Lisa Snowdon and Sarah Cawood. However, in mid-2003, she was joined as presenter by her former RI:SE colleagues Colin Murray and Edith Bowman following their replacement as presenters of that show. This re-united presenting partnership didn't last long, as all three of them had left the show by the end of the year.
Her first presenting job on British TV was as the entertainment reporter on Channel 4's short-lived early morning show RI:SE.
Having presented a number of different TV shows in Ireland, she moved to England in 2002 to work as a presenter there.
Her big break into TV came when she was asked to present the IRMA Music Awards by Irish broadcaster RTE.
Following university, she then tried her hand at a performing career as a member of all-girl band Chill.
Liz holds a degree in Biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin.
She was born in France and lived there until the age of nine, when her family moved to Dublin.
Her father is French, and her mother is from Trinidad.
Liz: I'd love to present more programmes that combine science with natural history. That's where I see myself working best as a broadcaster and hopefully I can have a long career doing what I love. I'd also like to do a PhD on tiger conservation, become a yoga teacher and buy my dream farmhouse in Provence.
Liz: I do believe that education plays an enormous role in the encouragement and preservation of the inherent curiosity children have about the world, which essentially is what being a scientist is all about.
Liz: Nature inspires me. It reminds me that, aside from our daily lives, spectacular things are going on every day on this planet; it puts everything in perspective and teaches me to try to be a little more humble.
Liz: I do think I'm a bit of a nerd, but more of a science nerd than a techie nerd. I'm a biologist and a biochemist, so I'm still a nerd – just a different type of a nerd.
Liz: I enjoy flying. It's a little bit of escapism, where you cannot get access to your phone or contact anyone. I tuck in under my blanket and watch movie after movie. But I still get butterflies and a smile on my face when I land.