Helen is best known as a presenter of the BBC children’s show Blue Peter, but she is also a dedicated fundraiser for Sport relief and has completed a number of extreme challenges to raise money for the cause. Helen graduated from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, where she gained a BA degree in journalism. During her time at college, she worked as an extra on Coronation Street and Cutting It. She is also a qualified tap dance teacher. After briefly working in public relations, she decided to concentrate on journalism. She worked in the newsroom at CFM Radio, and was involved with various programmes at Border Television, before becoming a breakfast presenter on BBC Radio Cumbria in 2005. Helen Skelton was revealed as a new Blue Peter presenter on 28 August 2008, replacing Zöe Salmon, becoming the 33rd presenter for the programme. In a challenge for the show, she took an uncredited role in the BBC production of Merlin.