Clare Balding to present Countryfile

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 8 July 2011
Clare Balding

Clare Balding

Clare Balding is set to replace Julia Bradbury on 'Countryfile' while she is due to give birth to her first child

Clare Balding is to present 'Countryfile'.

The 40-year-old star will replace Julia Bradbury as the host on the BBC show - famed for its in-depth look at British country life, also presented by Matt Baker - while she is on maternity leave from the show, as she is due to give birth in August.

A source said: "This is a big job for Clare. She is passionate about the countryside and is a perfect replacement for Julia short or long term."

The BBC added it was "looking forward" to Julia returning when she felt it was time to do so.

They said: "Clare will be on screen from August. We look forward to Julia rejoining when she feels ready."

Julia - who has previously presented walking programmes in both Germany and Iceland for the BBC - revealed earlier this year she would likely take some time out with partner Gerard Cunningham when she had her child.

She said: "I'll cut down my commitments when I become a mum. I don't want to get a nanny and not be a mum."


1. prando - Countryfile - Claire Balding7 Aug 2011, 9:42pm Report

Well, that's done it for me.

I know Juli B was good - but really - CB was desperate.

Come on BBC - don't worry about being PC - just get a decent presenter

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