Elizabeth Bonnin (born 16 September 1976) is a French-born Irish science, wildlife and natural history presenter, who has worked on television in both Ireland and the United Kingdom. She is also a biochemist and wild animal biologist. She presented music shows RI:SE and Top of the Pops in the early 2000s.
Bonnin in June 2018
16 September 1976
|Nationality||Irish, formerly French|
|Education||Trinity College, Dublin (BA) |
Royal Veterinary College (MSc)
She is best known for presenting wildlife and science programmes including Galapagos, How the Earth Works, Animals in Love, Stargazing Live, Blue Planet Live, Cats v Dogs: Which is Best? and Should We Close Our Zoos?.
Early life and education
Bonnin has a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Trinity College, Dublin, She also holds a master's degree in wild animal biology and conservation from the Zoological Society of London and the Royal Veterinary College (2008), for which she tracked tigers in Nepal. She continues to work on big cat conservation programmes at the Zoological Society.
Bonnin began her career by joining an Irish girl pop group named Chill, who signed to Polydor but broke up before recording. The band had performed on Dustin the Turkey's third album Faith of Our Feathers, duetting on "We Are Family". She was offered a job hosting the IRMA Awards which led to presenting roles on RTÉ Television in Ireland, on The Den, Telly Bingo, Millennium Eve: Celebrate 2000 and for two years, Off the Rails with Fiona McShane. At the time she was in a relationship with the publisher John Ryan. In 2002, she moved to London to present on a number of TV channels.
In 2002, she became one of the presenters of the Channel 4 morning show RI:SE, specialising in reporting on entertainment-related stories. In the same year she became a regular presenter on Top of the Pops in the UK.
In 2004, Bonnin was locked in a giant kennel along with MPs Paul Burstow, Evan Harris and Ivan Henderson and actress Liza Goddard, BBC Newsround presenter Lizzie Greenwood and DJ Becky Jago in a stunt to launch the annual RSPCA Week to raise awareness and funds.
Since 2005, Bonnin has been involved in science broadcasting. She presented the show Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets in 2005 and co-presented the BBC science series Bang Goes the Theory on BBC One from 2009 until 2014. In 2008, Bonnin presented a documentary series Science Friction on RTÉ One which looked at taboos in discussions of scientific topics (such as paedophilia and nuclear power) in Ireland. She also contributed to BBC Two's series on the work of the London Natural History Museum, Museum of Life.
In October 2010, she joined the cast of Autumnwatch and in January 2011, she presented segments of BBC Two's Stargazing Live from various areas of Hawaii including atop Mauna Kea. In May 2011, she co-presented BBC One's Egypt's Lost Cities.
Bonnin grew up with her older sister Benni, while she said that "I was extremely close to my granny, who passed away in 2003." She has moved back to London.
Bonnin is a role model for EDF Energy's Pretty Curious programme, which is aimed at encouraging teenage girls to study science-based subjects at school. She has said in a 2016 interview, "FHM offered me a spread but I said no."
|1999–2000||Millennium Eve: Celebrate 2000||Co-presenter||RTÉ One|
|2000–?||Off the Rails||Co-presenter|
|2002–2003||Top of the Pops||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|2003||Never Mind the Buzzcocks||Guest||BBC Two|
|2005–?||Gadgets, Gadgets, Gadgets||Co-presenter|
|2008||Science Friction||Presenter||RTÉ One|
|2009–2014||Bang Goes the Theory||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|2009–2010||Country Tracks||Co-presenter||BBC Two|
|2010||Museum of Life||Co-presenter|
|2011—||Stargazing Live||Co-presenter||BBC One/BBC Two|
|2011||Egypt's Lost Cities||Presenter||BBC One|
|Springwatch||Guest presenter||BBC Two|
|2012||Super Smart Animals||Presenter||BBC One|
|Horizon: The Transit of Venus||Presenter||BBC Two|
|2013||Tomorrow's World: A Horizon Special||Presenter|
|Operation Snow Tiger||Presenter|
|2013||Animal Odd Couples||Presenter||BBC One|
|How the Earth Works||Co-presenter||Discovery Channel|
|2014||Cat Watch 2014: The New Horizon Experiment||Presenter||BBC Two|
|Animals Through The Night: Sleepover At The Zoo||Co-presenter||BBC Four|
|2015||Big Blue Live||Co-presenter||BBC One|
|Animals in Love||Presenter|
|India: Nature's Wonderland||Co-presenter||BBC Two|
|2016||Cats v Dogs: Which is Best?||Co-presenter|
|Horizon – Should We Close Our Zoos?|
|Nature's Epic Journeys||Presenter||BBC One|
|Wild Alaska Live||Co-presenter|
|2018||Drowning In Plastic||Presenter|
|2019||Blue Planet Live||Co-presenter|
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