Ellie Harrison: Countryfile presenter shares childhood heartbreak ‘Couldn’t bear it’

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Ellie Harrison, 43, has been a firm fixture on Countryfile since 2009. The BBC presenter, who recently celebrated her 10-year anniversary on the programme, has since dished on her love of the countryside and the moment she fell in love with nature.

Speaking in an unearthed interview, Ellie recalled the moment she wanted to pursue a career in areas of wildlife.

The Countryfile presenter admitted that her obsession with nature first came from her experience of heartbreak.

The small-screen star detailed the moment a housefly met its demise as a result of her own hands and revealed she felt “utterly wretched” when the incident happened.

Addressing the emotional incident, Ellie recalled: “Mine was more about heartbreak and caring.

“I remember seeing a housefly stuck on one of those sticky pieces of flypaper, and I couldn’t bear it. I had to rescue it.”

“I got tweezers and a cupful of water, spending half an hour doing this poor thing absolutely no good whatsoever, and then feeling utterly wretched that it had died at human hands.”

“Also the cows’ field next to us was filled with ragwort, which is poisonous to cows, and my dad and I would spend our entire summers clearing it away”, Ellie added to Radio Times.

The Countryfile presenter grew up in the countryside of Gloucestershire where the TV star recalled her dad “bred chickens” and made “real yoghurt”.

She later worked on a farm in Zimbabwe when she was younger and went on wildlife trips to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Canada.

Ellie’s initial dream was to become a country singer but instead she took a job working as a secretary at Channel 5.

The presenter admitted that if she was not on television she would be heading up a wildlife sanctuary.

Ellie currently resides in the Cotswolds with her partner Matt Goodman.


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The couple share three children together – two daughters and a son – who she is keen to keep out of the spotlight.

Ellie recently addressed her most treasured moments on Countryfile, explaining why she wanted to keep her baby news quiet.

It comes as the presenter wanted to take part in filming a segment on Storm Abigail.

The mum-of-three revealed she had learned to “keep quiet” about being pregnant if she wanted to take part in “fun shoots”.

Ellie said: “Facing the horizontal wrath of Storm Abigail – the first named storm – cycling up the beautiful but 1:5 steep Bealach-na-Bà, pelted by hail as the crew filmed from the boot of a Land Rover.”

“I’d learned from my first pregnancy to keep quiet if I wanted to do the fun stories,” she told Countryfile magazine.

Six years ago, Storm Abigail moved across the UK, having the greatest impact on Scotland with gusts up to 84mph.

Countryfile airs tonight on BBC One at 6pm.

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