back to top

14 CBBC Presenters From Your Childhood Then Vs Now

Ah, the memories.

Posted on

1. Zoe Ball, 1993–95

Mark Cuthbert / EMPICS Entertainment, Pa / PA Wire/PA Images

Zoe presented the CBBC art show SMart, and later Live and Kicking with Jamie Theakston. She currently presents a show on BBC Radio 2.

2. Jamie Theakston, 1996-99

Ben Curtis / PA Archive/PA Images, Tullio M. Puglia / Getty Images

Jamie presented Live and Kicking with Zoe for three series, and they won a Bafta for it. His latest project is Dogs Might Fly which gives dogs the chance to fly a plane.

3. Josie D'Arby, 1994–97

Peter Jordan / PA Archive/PA Images, BBC /

Josie studied acting at RADA before becoming a CBBC presenter in the '90s. She's currently a host on Songs of Praise.

4. Chris Jarvis, 1993–97

Samantha Pearce / PA Archive/PA Images, Anthony Devlin / PA Wire/PA Images

Chris presented in the CBBC "broom cupboard". He has appeared in a pantomime every year since 1995.

5. Dominic "Dom" Wood, 1996–2014

DIOMEDIA/UPPA/Photoshot, S Meddle / S Meddle/ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Dom hosted Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow with Richard McCourt. Dom got in trouble with the BBC for wearing a T-shirt that said "Morning Wood" on the show. In 2017 they went on tour with their show Dick and Dom Live.

6. Richard "Dick" McCourt, 1996–2014

Ben Curtis / PA Archive/PA Images
Matt Crossick / Empics Entertainment

Dick became a host on CBBC in 1996, before joining up with Dom for Dick and Dom in Da Bungalow in 2002. He's now the godfather to Dom's sons Tommy and Sam.

7. Kirsten O'Brien, 1996–99

Ben Curtis / PA Archive/PA Images, Yui Mok / PA Archive/PA Images

Kirsten hosted CBBC from 1996 alongside Otis the Aardvark, and also presented on the art show SMart. She's currently the voice of Sky 1 and does occasional stand-up.

8. Adrian Dickson, 2000–05

BBC, Twitter: @AdrianDickson

Adrian was one of the main CBBC hosts from 2000-05. He currently does prodcution for TV, and works with a puppet company called Planet Pumpkin.

9. Angellica Bell, 2000–06

Doug Peters/, BBC / Press Association Images

Angellica joined CBBC in 2000, and worked on That's Genius!, Xchange, 50/50, and Short Change. In 2017, she became a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef.

10. Sarah Cawood, 2000-01

Peter Jordan / PA Archive/PA Images, David Fisher / David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock

Sarah was one of the presenters on Live and Kicking. She's currently taking a break from TV, and blogs about being a mum to her kids Hunter and Autumn.

11. Jake Humphrey, 2002-08

Suzan Moore / EMPICS Entertainment, Doug Peters / Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Humphrey became a presenter on CBBC after working as a runner in TV. He moved into sports presenting in 2006, and presented F1: Live London in 2017.

12. Andrew Hayden-Smith, 2002–06

Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment,

Andrew started out playing Ben Carter on Byker Grove. He went on to present Live and Kicking. He currently plays police officer DS Gavin Armstrong on Hollyoaks.

13. Ortis Deley, 2002-08

William Conran / PA Archive/PA Images, Matt Crossick / PA Archive/PA Images

Ortis presented Short Change, Xchange and Live and Kicking. He's currently a presenter on The Gadget Show.

14. Fearne Cotton, 2001-04

Jean / EMPICS Entertainment, Doug Peters / Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

Fearne presented Eureka TV, Finger Tips, Smile and The Saturday Show on CBBC. She hosted a show on Radio 1 until 2015, leaving to give birth to her second child, Honey. This year she published a book, Happy, which touched on her struggle with depression.