Barney Harwood

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Barney Harwood
Born(1979-11-07) 7 November 1979 (age 32)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
OccupationTV presenter, Actor
Years active2001–present
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Barney Harwood
Born(1979-11-07) 7 November 1979 (age 32)
Blackpool, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
OccupationTV presenter, Actor
Years active2001–present

Barney Harwood (born 7 November 1979) is an English television presenter and actor, known for his work with CBBC.




For CBBC, Harwood presented Prank Patrol and was a voice-over commentator for The Smokehouse, while on BBC Two, he co-presented Basil's Swap Shop (a re-make of Multi-Coloured Swap Shop), alongside Basil Brush.[1]

Previous work for CBBC included gameshow Crush in 2004, Sport Relief Gets Sub'd!, a Sport Relief 2006 show and as co-presenter of Smile, which aired each Sunday on BBC Two until 26 August 2007 and saw him win a Children's BAFTA for best presenter.[2] He also co-hosted the Doctor Who tie-in programme Totally Doctor Who until it was scrapped after series 3 in 2007. Harwood was also the Control Voice in an episode of the Doctor Who spin off animated series The Infinite Quest. As an extra, he appeared in the Doctor Who episode "Love & Monsters", which was first transmitted on 17 June 2006.

In July 2007, Harwood fronted The Sorcerer's Apprentice, a daily reality series following a group of children learning magic at a Harry Potter-style boarding school.[3] Bear Behaving Badly, a 26-part sitcom starring Harwood and Nev the bear from Smile, was broadcast on BBC One between September and October 2007.[4] In February 2008, Harwood starred as the 'hidden' celebrity in an episode of Hider in the House.

Harwood's worked on the series Inside Life which is the children's companion series to the BBC Natural History Unit's Life. Harwood narrates all ten programmes.

On 13 December 2010 it was revealed on the BBC's Blue Peter that Harwood would be the new presenter on the show, taking over from Joel Defries.[5]


2002CBBCHimselfContinuity Presenter
2003CBBCHimselfContinuity Presenter
2004CBBCHimselfContinuity Presenter
CrushHimselfMain Presenter (Series 1)
SmileHimselfOne of the Presenters
2005CBBCHimselfContinuity Presenter
SmileHimselfOne of the presenters
CrushHimselfMain Presenter (Series 2) alongside Jean Anderson
2006SmileHimselfOne of the Presenters
Sport Relief Get Sub'dHimselfMain Presenter
Totally Doctor WhoHimselfMain Presenter alongside Liz Barker
Doctor WhoMan in the streetGuest Role, "Love and Monsters" episode
Doctor Who: The Infinite QuestControlVoice
Prank PatrolHimself/Other CharactersMain Presenter/Actors (series 1)
2007CBBCHimselfReturning Continuity Presenter (see below)
Prank PatrolHimself/Other CharactersMain Presenter/Actors (series 1 & 2)
The Sorcerer's ApprenticeHimselfMain Presenter (series 1)
The Sorcerer's Apprentice ExtraHimselfMain Presenter (series 1)
SmileHimselfMain Presenter until 27 August 2007
Bear Behaving BadlyBarneyA Main Character
2008Basil's Swap ShopHimselfAlongside Basil Brush
Basil's Game ShowHimselfNarrator/Presenter for Series 1
The SmokehouseHimselfNarrator
Hider in the HouseHiderCelebrity Guest Appearance
Bear Behaving BadlyBarneyA Main Character in Series 2
2009Basil's Swap ShopHimselfAlongside Basil Brush
Barney's Barrier ReefHimselfAlongside Gemma Hunt
Bear Behaving BadlyBarneyA Main Character in Series 2
Basil's Game ShowHimselfNarrator/Presenter for Series 2
Newsround SpecialsHimselfMain Presenter alongside Sonali Shah
Inside LifeHimselfNarrator of the series
BAMZOOKiHimselfMain presenter alongside Gemma Hunt
2010Barney's Latin AmericaHimselfAlongside Gemma Hunt for series 1
BAMZOOKiHimselfAlongside Gemma Hunt
Bear Behaving BadlyBarneyMain Character in Series 3
Prank PatrolHimselfPresenter for the third series
Basil's Swap ShopHimselfPresenter along side Basil
2011Blue PeterHimselfPresenter along side Andy Akinwolere and Helen Skelton
All Over The PlaceHimselfCo-Presenter with Ed Petrie
"Hotel Trubble"HimselfGuest star


In addition to his television work, he presented BBC Radio 4 children's magazine programme Go 4 It and co-presents Big Toe Books (previously The Big Toe Radio Show), for BBC 7.


Harwood can play the guitar and piano and is also the keyboardist in The MüVs. As a singer/songwriter he composed the theme music to Bear Behaving Badly and Prank Patrol.[6]

Other appearances

In pantomime, he played Idle Jack in Dick Whittington at The Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke, between November 2005 and January 2006.

From December 2007 to January 2008, Harwood appeared at The Assembly Hall Theatre, Tunbridge Wells as Buttons in Cinderella.[7]

In April 2008, he appeared in a musical version of Beauty and the Beast as Jangles the court jester at the Central Theatre in Chatham, Kent.[8]

In December 2008 to January 2009, Harwood starred in 'Peter Pan' at the Pavilion theatre in Bournemouth.

In December 2009 to January 2010, he starred in 'Peter Pan' at the Grande Theatre in Blackpool.

On 1 and 2 August 2009, he and Gemma Hunt presented a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London entitled "EVOLUTION! A Darwin-inspired extravaganze for kids" (Prom21 and Prom23), during which they interviewed special guest Sir David Attenborough.[9]

Guest appearance on CBBC show TMi, 14 November 2009, alongside Little Boots.

In 2010 he appeared at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre for their Christmas production of Peter Pan playing the lead role and co-starring with his father, comedian Barnaby.

From December 2, 2011 - January 8, 2012, Barney will play Muddles in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Churchill Theatre in Bromley


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Preceded by
Joel Defries
Blue Peter Presenter No. 35
Succeeded by