Who is Barney Harwood? Celebrity MasterChef contestant profile

The CBBC and Blue Peter presenter will be testing his skills in the kitchen in a bid to impress Gregg Wallace and John Torode


Celebrity MasterChef 2017 contestants: Barney Harwood


Age: 37

Best known for: Children’s television presenter and actor.

Credentials: Bear Behaving Badly, Prank Patrol, Blue Peter

Biography Starting his career 15 years ago, Blackpool-born presenter Harwood first appeared in the CBBC studio as a continuity presenter before progressing to Smile where we first met his partner-to-be, the CBBC puppet Nev, and won a Children’s Bafta for Best Presenter. Over the next two years he increased his spread of children’s shows and dipped into Doctor Who as an extra, as well as presenting the fan show Totally Doctor Who.

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In 2007, Harwood picked up what would be a major presenting role in his career in Prank Patrol, where he helped children plan and pull off their own pranks targeted at one of their loved ones. The show ran for three series until its cancellation in 2012.

In the same year, Harwood starred with his partner puppet Nev in Bear Behaving Badly, a sitcom which explored their lives outside of Smile. This ran for four seasons, before ending in 2010.

Harwood has been a presenter on Blue Peter, the long-running children’s magazine show, since 2011, taking a break in 2016 before returning to appear on a semi-permanent basis. He will leave the show for good on 14th September to “move onto new adventures”.


MasterChef airs on Wednesdays at 8pm on BBC1