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Whatever Happened To The 90s And 00s Presenters Of Kids' TV?

Find out what your fave CITV and CBBC hosts are up to now.

10/09/2016 18:51
BBCRex

At the risk of sounding a million years old, kids TV just isn’t what it used to be, is it? 

These days, children’s shows have been relegated to digital channels, the cartoons are terrible, there’s no Saturday morning ‘SM:TV Live’ equivalent, and don’t even start us on the presenters. 

Which got us thinking - what ever happened to the host of CITV and CBBC favourites who kept us entertained as kids of the 90s and 00s?

While some have gone onto become huge household names, not everyone can be an Ant or a Dec, with some fading into complete obsurity. Then there’s those who have popped up in such unexpected places that you probably didn’t even realise it was them. 

With that in mind, we’ve done a bit of digging to find out what they’re all up to now. Prepare for a serious hit of nostalgia...

  • 1 Angellica Bell
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    Angellica was the longest-serving CBBC presenter, hosting for six years between 2000 and 2006. She also featured on many CBBC shows, including ‘Xchange’, ‘50/50’, ‘Short Change’ and ‘The Saturday Show’.

    Angellica is currently one of the reporters on ‘The One Show’, and has guest-hosted other programmes including ‘Something For The Weekend’ and ‘Weekend Kitchen’ in 2011 and 2014 respectively.

    You may have also seen her pop up on a number of reality shows, such as ‘CelebAir’, ‘71 Degrees North’ and ‘Born To Shine’.

    After Angellica left CBBC, she embarked on a relationship with fellow former presenter Michael Underwood, and they married in New York in 2010. The couple now have two children together.
  • 2 Jake Humphrey
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    Jake joined the line-up of CBBC presenters in 2002, and also hosted CBBC’s coverage of BBC One’s talent competition 'Fame Academy' and its subsequent Comic Relief spin-offs. He later became an anchor on ‘Sportsround’ and ‘Newsround’, as well as hosting ‘The Saturday Show’ with Angellica Bell.

    Jake is now one of the most in-demand sports presenters around, first hosting ‘Football Focus’ and ‘Match Of The Day’ coverage for the BBC before joining the team covering the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He was later announced as the main host of the BBC’s Formula One coverage in 2009 - a position which he held until 2012.

    He currently hosts BT Sport's football coverage, and also stood in as a relief presenter on ‘This Morning’ in 2013 and 2014.
  • 3 Andrew Hayden Smith
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    Having been one of the stars of ‘Byker Grove’, Andrew moved over into presenting on CBBC after he left the kids drama in 2002. He also hosted ‘UK Top 40’ for the CBBC channel until he left in 2006.

    Since then, Andrew has dipped his toe back into the world of acting, and played Jake Simmonds in three episodes of ‘Doctor Who’ in 2006.

    In 2015, he had a small role in Channel 4’s ‘Banana’ and ‘Cucumber’ series, and is currently playing DS Armstrong in ‘Hollyoaks’.

    He still continues to be a continuity announcer on ITV2, and also hosted The Hub segment of ‘This Morning’ in 2013.
  • 4 Cat Deeley
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    Cat was introduced as Ant and Dec’s co-host on ‘SM:TV Live’ and ‘CD:UK’ in 1998, but remained on both shows when the lads quit in 2001. She eventually left ‘SM:TV’ a year later, but stayed on as the solo host of ‘CD:UK’ until 2005.

    Having hosted ‘Fame Academy’ and taken over from Matthew Kelly as the host of ‘Stars In Their Eyes’, it wasn’t long before America came calling for Cat, when she took over as the host of hit dance competition ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ in 2006, and she still hosts it to this day.

    She’s also expanded her TV work in the States to include hosting her own dating show ‘The Choice’, as well as guest presenting shows including ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’, ‘Live With Regis And Kelly’ and ‘Today’. She also appeared as a guest judge on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, and in 2015, she even starred as herself in an episode of ‘The Simpsons’. Cat brought ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’ to the UK in 2010, but it was axed after just two series.

    She was last seen on British TV hosting ‘Soccer Aid’ in 2014, and is now married to former ‘Fame Academy’ co-host Patrick Kielty, with whom she has a son.
  • 5 Katy Hill
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    Katy became the 23rd ‘Blue Peter’ presenter when she joined the show in 1995, hosting alongside the likes of Stuart Miles, Simon Thomas and Konnie Huq.

    Leaving the programme in 2000, she went on to front the final series of ‘Live & Kicking’, following Steve Wilson and Emma Ledden’s departures.

    After ‘Live & Kicking’ ended, Katy had hosting spots on other BBC shows, including ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘Song For Europe’.

    She then moved into the world of radio, hosting a show for Capital. More recently, she has popped up as a correspondent on ‘This Morning’ and also fronted toothpaste brand Arm & Hammer’s commercial.

    She can currently be heard presenting the Heart breakfast show in the Four Counties region, alongside former ‘Blue Peter’ co-presenter Stuart Miles.

    Katy is also married to fellow former ‘Live & Kicking’ presenter Trey Farley, and the couple have a son together, as well as Katy’s daughter from a previous marriage.
  • 6 Adrian Dickson
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    Adrian was one of CBBC’s continuity presenters from 2000 to 2005, along with hosting ‘Top of the Pops’ and its sister show ‘Top of the Pops @ Play’ during his time at the BBC.

    After leaving CBBC, Adrian found work as a voiceover artist, serving as a continuity announcer on UKTV.

    He also set up a media production company which produces entertainment news shows for websites across the world.
  • 7 Steve Wilson
    BBC/Rex
    Steve presented CBBC for three years between 1996 and 1999, and also replaced Zoe Ball and Jamie Theakston as one of the hosts of ‘Live & Kicking’ in 1999 with MTV presenter Emma Ledden.

    After moving over to CITV in 2005 to front ‘Feel The Fear’ alongside Holly Willoughby, Steve went on to open a BMX shop and also runs personalised gift company FromLucy with his wife, Lucy Tapper. The couple are also the authors behind children’s book series ‘Hedgehugs’.

    Steve can currently be seen popping up on ‘This Morning’ as a gadget correspondent for the ITV daytime show.
  • 8 Danielle Nicholls
    ITV/Rex
    Danielle hosted CITV from 1998 to 2001, alongside Stephen Mulhern, as well as presenting gameshow ‘Mad 4 It’.

    In addition to stints fronting small digital TV shows including ‘Text2Date’, Danielle went on to star in numerous pantomimes after leaving CITV.

    Most recently, she hosted a show on Salford City Radio, and is now a full-time mother to her two boys, having also had a daughter, who sadly died in 2012, at just 17 months.
  • 9 Matt Baker
    Rex/BBC
    Matt hosted ‘Blue Peter’ for seven years between 1999 and 2006, where he also introduced viewers to his beloved dog Lucy, who became a regular fixture on the show.

    After impressing with his Channel 5 series ‘Animal Rescue Squad’, Matt landed a job on the prime time revamp of ‘Countryfile’ in 2009 - a position which he still holds.

    A year later, he was announced as Jason Manford’s replacement on ‘The One Show’ and still continues to host the early evening magazine show from Mondays to Thursdays alongside Alex Jones.

    As well as competing on the 2010 series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’, where he finished as runner-up, Matt has also hosted a plethora of sporting coverage for the BBC, most recently as part of the Rio 206 Olympics presenting team.
  • 10 Dick and Dom
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    Otherwise known as Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood, Dick and Dom hosted their own Saturday morning show for CBBC, ‘Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow’, from 2002 to 2006. They also served as presenters, both solo and as a duo, for the CBBC strand on BBC One.

    Believe it or not, Dick and Dom are still enthralling the kids of today with their antics, currently starring in their own CBBC sitcom ‘Diddy TV’.

    They’ve also hosted their own Radio 1 show from 2006 to 2008, and also starred in the West End revival of ‘Spamalot’ from December 2012 to January 2013.

    In 2014, they also won a Children’s BAFTA for their series ‘Absolute Genius’, which is still airing on the CBBC channel.
  • 11 David Leon
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    David Leon was one of three new CITV presenters introduced in 2001 when Danielle Nicholls and Tom Darvill quit. However, he only stayed for a year.

    David went on to launch himself as an actor, appearing in little-known 2006 film ‘These Foolish Things’, alongside Lauren Bacall and Anjelica Huston.

    His biggest role came when he was cast as DS Joe Ashworth in new ITV detective series ‘Vera’, alongside Brenda Blethyn in 2011, before his departure in the fourth series.

    He recently completed his first feature-length film, ‘Orthodox’, acting as producer and director.
  • 12 Jamie Theakston
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    Jamie shot to fame when he was paired up with Zoe Ball on ‘Live & Kicking' in 1996.

    After he left in 1999, he and Zoe hosted their own Channel 4 series entitled ‘The Priory’, and also worked together on ‘Top Of The Pops’. They later reunited in 2009 to host Channel 5 series ‘Britain’s Best Brain’.

    Jamie landed his own BBC Radio 1 show, thanks to his stint on ‘L&K’, but left in 2002, shortly after he was embroiled in a tabloid scandal, when he was forced to admit he'd visited a brothel.

    From 2003 to 2006, Jamie hosted Channel 4 celebrity sports show ‘The Games’, and also fronted his own Saturday night show ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’. He teamed up with Emma Bunton in summer 2013, where the two guest presented ‘This Morning’.

    The pair can currently be heard hosting the Heart Radio breakfast show in London, airing every weekday, having joined the station in 2005.
  • 13 Kirsten O'Brien
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    Kirsten joined the CBBC presenting team in 1996, before moving on to present the trademark art and crafts show ‘SMart’ from 1999 to 2009.

    Kirsten left ‘SMart’ following their death of her co-presenter Mark Speight, and went on to front BBC Three’s coverage of ‘EastEnders’ live 25th anniversary episode in 2010.

    Following appearances on ‘Celebrity Mastermind’ and ‘Let’s Dance For Sport Relief, Kirsten occasionally pops up on the panel of ‘Big Brother’ spin-off show ‘Bit On The Side’.

    She is currently a continuity announcer on Sky 1, as well as hosting BBC Radio Newcastle’s breakfast show every Friday.
  • 14 Stuart Miles
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    Stuart joined ‘Blue Peter’ in 1994, becoming the 22nd presenter of the show. He quit the show in a blaze of controversy in 1999, claiming the programme was “out of touch” with modern children, also claiming that the sacking of co-star Richard Bacon over his cocaine use had not been handled well.

    He went on to perform as a drag character, Stella Ratner, even taking his live drag stand-up comedy show, ‘The Adventures Of Pink Peter’, to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008.

    Stuart is now working as a radio presenter, having hosted a show on Gaydar before moving to Heart in 2010, where he can currently be heard presenting the breakfast show with fellow ‘Blue Peter’ star Katy Hill in the Four Counties region.
  • 15 Holly Willoughby
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    As well as hosting CITV’s ‘S Club TV’ and CBBC’s coverage of ‘Fame Academy’ and ‘Xchange’, Holly rose to prominence when she began hosting CITV’s Saturday morning show ‘Ministry Of Mayhem’ in 2004, alongside Stephen Mulhern and Michael Underwood. She also stood in for Cat Deeley on ‘CD:UK’ on multiple occasions in 2005.

    After ‘MoM’ was axed in 2006 (or ‘Holly And Stephen’s Saturday Showdown’ as it had become known by then), Holly hit the big time when she was announced as Phillip Schofield’s co-host on ‘Dancing On Ice’.

    She soon landed jobs as the host of many ITV2 spin-off shows, including ‘Grease Lightening’, ‘Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On’ and ‘The Xtra Factor’. Her chemistry with Phillip on ‘Dancing On Ice’ later meant she was chosen to replace Fern Britton as his co-host on ITV daytime show ‘This Morning’ in 2009, and still continues to present the show today.

    As well as hosting the first two series of ‘The Voice UK’ for the BBC, Holly has also hosted a number of her own primetime shows for ITV, including a revival of ‘Surprise Surprise’, ‘Play To The Whistle’ and ‘Meet The Parents’.

    She is also a team captain on Keith Lemon’s ever-popular ITV2 panel show ‘Celebrity Juice’, opposing best friend and fellow former kids TV presenter Fearne Cotton.
  • 16 Tom Darvill
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    Tom, as he was then known, was introduced alongside Andrea Green in 1999, and stayed with CITV until 2001.

    You may now know him by the name Arthur Darvill - the man behind ‘Doctor Who’ character Rory Williams. Arthur played the boyfriend of the Doctor’s assistant, Amy, between 2010 and 2012, before later joining the cast of hit ITV drama ‘Broadchurch’ as Reverend Paul Coates.

    He’s also enjoyed roles in BBC One’s ‘The White Queen’,‘The Paradise’ and ‘Little Dorrit’, and is currently playing one of the lead roles as Rip Hunter in US superhero series ‘Legends Of Tomorrow’.
  • 17 Simon Thomas
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    Simon joined the ‘Blue Peter' presenting team in 1999, hosting alongside the likes of Matt Baker, Konnie Huq, Zoe Salmon, Liz Barker and Katy Hill.

    After leaving ‘Blue Peter’ in 2005, Simon joined Sky Sports, presenting a show on Sky Sports News alongside Georgie Thompson.

    He is now the lead presenter of Sky Sports' live Football League coverage.
  • 18 Michael Underwood
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    Michael originally started out as a presenter on CBBC in 1999, before making the jump over to CITV in 2002. As well as being a continuity host, he also fronted a number of other shows, including ‘The Big Bang’, ‘Jungle Run’ and ‘Eliminator’. In 2004, he became one of the hosts of ‘SM:tv Live’ replacement ‘Ministry Of Mayhem’, alongside Stephen Mulhern and Holly Willoughby.

    Michael is still a semi-regular fixture on our screens, currently being a reporter on ‘Real Stories with Ranvir Singh’, as well as a stand-in entertainment correspondent on ‘Good Morning Britain’.

    In 2014, he hosted his own Saturday night show ‘Let me Entertain You’, but it was axed after one series.

    He’s also taken part in a number of reality shows, including ‘Dancing On Ice’ in 2008 (he returned as a contestant in 2009, after breaking his leg early in the series), ‘All Star Mr And Mrs’ and ‘Celebrity Masterchef’ in 2012.

    Michael is married to fellow former CBBC presenter Angellica Bell, and the couple have two children.
  • 19 Fearne Cotton
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    Fearne began her presenting career on GMTV’s early morning childrens’ shows ‘The Disney Club’ and ‘Diggit’, as well as hosting ‘Draw Your Own Toons’ and ‘Finger Tips’ for CITV. She jumped ship to CBBC in 2002, becoming a continuity presenter, and the host of Sunday morning show ‘Smile’ and ‘Live & Kicking’ replacement ‘The Saturday Show’, as well as its sister show ‘Top Of The Pops Saturday’.

    Due to her success on ‘Top Of The Pops Saturday’, she moved over to the main show in 2004, hosting alongside her friend Reggie Yates, and the pair soon landed their own Radio 1 show, later taking the reigns of the Official Chart Show.

    In 2009, Fearne took over from Jo Whiley as the sole host of the weekday mid-morning slot, also holding the keys to the Live Lounge. She quit the station in 2015, when she left to have her second child.

    Fearne has also hosted a number of TV shows for the BBC, ITV and Sky including ‘Love Island’ in 2006, ‘The Xtra Factor’ in 2007, and ‘Must Be The Music’ in 2010. She’s also hosted coverage of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

    These days, Fearne can still be seen as a team captain on ‘Celebrity Juice’ and on ITVBe fashion series ‘Off The Rails’ alongside pal Gok Wan, and in 2015, it was announced she would lend her voice to the rebooted version of ‘Teletubbies’. She recently presented a Saturday morning show on BBC Radio 2 with Martin Kemp.
  • 20 Konnie Huq
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    Konnie Huq was officially the longest-serving female ‘Blue Peter’ presenter, with a tenure of 10 years and 53 days, hosting the show between 1997 and 2008.

    She went onto host Sky1 series ‘Guinness World Records Smashed’ alongside Steve Jones, before landing the much sought-after job of fronting ‘The Xtra Factor’ in 2010, succeeding previous host Holly Willoughby, who’d quit to focus on her ‘This Morning’ commitments. However, her awkward presenting style and numerous on-air gaffes meant she was axed after just one series, to be replaced by Olly Murs and Caroline Flack.

    Since then, Konnie married TV personality Charlie Brooker, and the couple co-wrote an 2011 episode of his Channel 4 series ‘Black Mirror’ together entitled ‘Fifteen Million Merits’, which sent up 'The X Factor'. The couple welcomed their second child in 2014.
  • 21 Zoe Ball
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    Zoe began her career as one of the presenters on CBBC from 1993 to 1995, also hosting art series ‘SMart’ for a time. In 1996, she and Jamie Theakston took over from Andi Peters and Emma Forbes as the hosts of Saturday morning show ‘Live & Kicking’, which they presented for three years.

    During this time, Zoe became the first ever female presenter of the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show, but quit in 2000 to focus on her family.

    After leaving ‘L&K’, she and Jamie went on to present Channel 4 series ‘The Priory’ together, and the pair were also on the ‘Top Of The Pops’ presenting team. They later reunited in 2009 to host Channel 5 series ‘Britain’s Best Brain’.

    After Zoe competed on the third series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ in 2005, she went on to host sister show ‘Strictly Dance Fever’, before fronting ‘Grease Is The Word’ and ‘Soapstar Superstar’ for ITV.

    In 2011, she took over from Claudia Winkleman as the host of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ spin-off show ‘It Takes Two’, and returned for the latest series in 2016.

    In recent years, she’s also presented Children In Need, BBC Two’s spin-off show ‘The Voice: Louder On Two’ and BBC One game show ‘You Can’t Touch This’. Zoe is also a regular stand in for Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2, having quit her own weekend breakfast show in 2012.
  • 22 Stephen Mulhern
    Rex
    Stephen was one of the main CITV presenters when bosses moved the presentation back to in-vision in 1998. Despite quitting as a continuity presenter in 2002, he continued to host the likes of ‘Quick Trick TV’, ‘Finger Tips’ and ‘SM:TV Live’. In 2004, he was named as one of the hosts of ‘SM:TV’ replacement ‘Ministry of Mayhem’, alongside Holly Willoughby and Michael Underwood. The show later became known as ‘Holly And Stephen’s Saturday Showdown’ in its final few months on air.

    Stephen has since cemented himself as the king of light entertainment, hosting the likes of ‘Catchphrase’, ‘Big Star’s Little Star’, ‘Get Your Act Together’, ‘Pick Me!’ and ‘Go For It!’ for ITV. He’s also presented his own ITV2 panel show, ‘Reality Bites’, alongside Emma Willis, with whom he presents a Sunday morning radio show on Heart.

    He’s also been reunited on-screen with former ‘MoM’ presenter Holly, when he hosted The Hub segment on ‘This Morning’ from 2012 to 2013.

    However, Stephen’s most notable role is as the host of ITV2 spin-off show ‘Britain’s Got More Talent’, which he has presented all 10 series of - no mean feat considering how much Simon Cowell likes to shake up sister show ‘The Xtra Factor’.

    He also pops up on ‘Ant And Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway’, having become friends with the duo while working on ‘BGT’.
  • 23 Richard Bacon
    Rex
    Richard was at the centre of a media storm, when he was fired from his presenting job on ‘Blue Peter’ in 1998, after it was discovered he had taken cocaine.

    While many thought it would be the end of Richard’s career, he actually went on to land a number of jobs in the years that followed, including fronting ‘Top Of The Pops’ and ‘The Big Breakfast’, and guest-presenting ‘The Wright Stuff’ and ‘This Morning’. He even had his own ITV4 chat show entitled ‘Richard Bacon’s Beer And Pizza Club’ in 2010.

    Richard has also become a radio presenter, hosting shows on Capital, Xfm, BBC 6 Music, Radio 5Live and BBC Radio 2.

    Most recently, he was seen presenting the painting equivalent to ‘The Great British Bake Off’ on BBC One, entitled ‘The Big Painting Challenge’ alongside Una Stubbs, as well as ITV challenge series ‘Eternal Glory’ in 2015.
  • 24 Toby Anstis
    BBC/Heart
    Toby followed in the footsteps of Phillip Schofield and Andi Peters when he was handed the keys to the iconic CBBC broom cupboard in 1992. He presented CBBC continuity links for three years, as well as hosting ‘Electric Circus’ as part of ‘Live And Kicking’.

    Toby is now a radio DJ, hosting a mid-morning show on Heart from Monday to Saturday, which goes out across the country.

    He also competed on the 2006 series of ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!’, but became the first celebrity to be voted out of the jungle.
  • 25 Ant and Dec
    Rex/ITV
    The Geordie duo were never heard of again, after quitting as the hosts of ‘SMT:TV Live’ and ‘CD:UK’ in 2001...
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