Five things you might not know about Liz Bonnin
Television presenter and wildlife expert Liz Bonnin appears in the third episode of Who Do You Think You Are? Series 13 this week. Here are five quick facts about the star’s impressive career to date…
Don't miss Liz Bonnin's episode of Who Do You Think You Are? on Thursday 8 December (Photo: Mark Cuthbert/UK Press/Getty Images)
Irish television presenter Liz Bonnin has become an ever more familiar face on our screens in recent years.
After hosting both Top of the Pops and the short-lived RI:SE in the early 2000s, Bonnin completed an MSc in Wild Animal Biology at the Royal Veterinary College and Zoological Society of London.
Since then, Bonnin has put her wildlife expertise to good use by fronting several highly acclaimed nature shows on the BBC including Countrywise, Animals in Love and the BAFTA-winning Big Blue Live.
Here are five other quick facts about the star...
1. We are (a very international) family
Liz may be Irish but her roots – as viewers will no doubt discover – are even more diverse. Born in Paris, Liz’s mother hails from the sunny shores of Trinidad, while her father is French. With that heritage, Liz’s Who Do You Think You Are? journey is sure to be interesting!
2. Have a break, track a big cat
A keen student of zoology, Liz is a big cat fanatic. Indeed, for her postgraduate degree, she tracked tigers deep in the forests of Nepal.
3. Top of the flops
No TV personality’s career is complete without an embarrassing backstory, and Liz is no exception. For a brief period in the late 90s, Liz was a member of the Irish girl band Chill. Although the band flopped, she says she has no regrets.
4. In the dog house
In a sign of her dedication to the welfare of animals, Liz agreed to be locked in a giant dog’s kennel to raise awareness for causes supported by the RSPCA. If that wasn’t enough of an ordeal, she had to share the kennel with some local MPs!
5. Rumbles in the jungle
In one of the more unique documentaries Liz has presented, Animals in Love followed the exotic – and downright bizarre – love lives of a range of wildlife including elephants, alligators and geese.