Helen Skelton attained the celebrity status for being able to carve a niche for herself with her amazing ability to host shows and as well thrive as an actress. This blonde beauty shot to the limelight in 2008 after replacing Zoe Salmon as a new presenter on BBC’s show, Blue Peter. She co-hosted the show from 2008 to 2013. Her hosting prowess has also reflected on shows like Countryfile, Holiday Hit Squad, Tonight: Kids V Career, 2016 Summer Olympics, among others. As an actress, she played an uncredited role in the production of the BBC hit series, Merlin, and later departed from the show in 2013.
Disregarding that, the multi-talented British star has a lot of other things going for her. Helen published her first novel titled Amy Wild: Amazon Summer in 2015. She is also a qualified tap dance teacher and has stated that she would be a teacher if she was not a broadcaster. That’s not all, she has successfully participated in marathons and racing. Let’s find out more about this incredibly talented woman.
Helen Skelton Bio
Born on July 19, 1983, in Carlisle, Cumbria, England, this beautiful TV presenter was brought up on a dairy farm in the village of Kirkby Thore. She attended Kirkby Thore Primary School before heading to Appleby Grammar School. She then attended Cumbria Institute of the Arts, where she earned herself a degree in journalism. During that period, Helen Skelton appeared as an extra on Coronation Street and Cutting it. She shortly explored a career in public relations before turning her attention to journalism.
This blonde beauty worked in the Newsroom at CFM Radio as well as other networks including Border Television. She also served as a presenter on BBC Radio Cumbria, the children’s show, Newsround, among others. 2008 witnessed her hit it big with becoming the 33rd presenter on BBC’s Blue Peter. On leaving the show, she began presenting live FA Women’s Super League football matches for the BT Sports channel.
Helen showed her big heart when she raised money for sports relief by being the first person to reach south pole using a bicycle which was custom built for her trip. She further got Blue Peter viewers inspired to do something to support comic relief by taking on seven challenges set by Comic Relief. For BBC Sports Relief, this pretty Brit participated in a celebrity boxing match in March 2018 where she defeated Camilla Thurlow through a unanimous decision.
Helen is of Caucasian ethnicity. She has a brother named Gavin, he is a professional footballer as well as a player-manager at Scottish side Queen of the South. He once played for Workington.
Husband or Boyfriend
Helen found love in the arms of English professional rugby league player, Richard David Myler, who plays as a scrum-half for the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League. This dude is 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) tall and weighs about 87 kg. He started his career with Widnes, playing two games in the 2007 season.
In March 2012, Helen got engaged to Richard. They made things official with a wedding in 2013. On 19 June 2015, the couple welcomed their first child, a boy called Ernie. They moved to France in September 2015 after Myler joined the Catalans Dragons. In April 2017, their union was blessed with a second child, a boy named Louis.
Other Interesting Facts about Helen
1. Height and Weight
The former Blue Peter co-host proves that you don’t have to be a giant to do great things. She is petite, standing at 5 ft 3 in (160 cm); a height that’s perfect for her tiny frame and weight of 125 lb.
2. Her Net Worth
Helen has successfully generated an impressive net worth for herself as sources have revealed that her net worth is somewhere around $6 million.
3. She Holds a Guinness World Record
Is it any surprise that she attained such feet? She has already wowed fans with a lot of great achievements. Helen Skelton became the first person to claim a world record for the fastest 100 km by kite ski in seven hours 28 minutes. Blue Peter produced 5-6 episode specials for it. Her two Guinness World Records are the longest solo journey by kayak and the longest distance in a kayak in 24 hours by a woman.
If you guessed that her birth sign is cancer, then you guessed right. Helen is a Christian by religion and she is a big lover of dogs.