Gemma Hunt
Born (1982-04-01) 1 April 1982 (age 40)
Wiltshire, England[1]
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active2002–present

Gemma Hunt (born 1 April 1982) is a British presenter who also used to be on the CBBC TV series Xchange.[2]


Hunt joined the CBBC continuity team in 2002, since then she has presented on the CBBC Channel and also on BBC One and BBC Two. In 2004, she was noticed by CBBC series Xchange and later became a presenter until its close in 2006. She continued to present CBBC until its revamp in 2007. As well as her presenting duties she has made guest appearances on Blue Peter and Smile. More recently she guest presented the food special of Best of Friends alongside Ortis Deley. She has filmed a series with Barney Harwood for CBBC called Barney's Barrier Reef, which began airing on Monday 12 January 2009 at 7:30 on BBC Two.[3] The show returned for a second series, now entitled Barney's Latin America. She also made a guest appearance live on the CBBC Channel in Office on 5 August 2010 and was the main presenter on Swashbuckle.


Hunt attended Staverton Primary School in Staverton, Wiltshire, which was then followed by her secondary school education at The John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge, Wiltshire. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Media Performance from the University of Bedfordshire in 2003.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2002 CBBC Herself Continuity Presenter
2003 CBBC Herself Continuity Presenter
2004 CBBC Herself Continuity Presenter
Xchange Herself Main Presenter
2005 CBBC Herself Continuity Presenter
Xchange Herself Main Presenter
Blue Peter Herself Guest on Farewell Simon! and also on Blue Peter Champions[5]
2006 Xchange Herself One of the Presenters
CBBC Herself Continuity Presenter
2007 CBBC Herself Chief Continuity Presenter until 2 September
Smile Herself Guest Presenter on final episode
ChuckleVision Herself Appeared as a presenter in the episode, "Muscling In"[6]
2008 Best of Friends Herself Guest Presenter alongside Ortis Deley
2009 Barney's Barrier Reef Herself Alongside Barney Harwood
BAMZOOKi Herself Alongside Barney Harwood
Newsround Specials Herself Special guest
2010 BAMZOOKi Herself Alongside Barney Harwood
Barney's Latin America Herself Alongside Barney Harwood
Hotel Trubble TV Presenter Guest appearance in "Catz N Doggz"
2011 All Over The Place Herself Regular Presenter
2013-2022 Swashbuckle Gem Regular Presenter until series 8
2015 Hacker's Birthday Bash: 30 Years of Children's BBC Herself One-off special
2020-2021 Songs of Praise Herself Regular Presenter
2020 CBeebies Presents: Christmas in Storyland Empress of Storyland One-off special[7]
2021 CBeebies Presents: The Night Before Christmas Plum One-off special; Filmed at the Theatre Royal Plymouth[8][9]
2022 Today at the Caravan Show Co-presenter Two-part series[10]

Other appearances

In 2007, Hunt appeared in an episode of Chucklevision entitled "Muscling In". She was the compere of a strong man contest, which pitted Barry Chuckle against the cheating man mountain Magnus Sorenson (played by Joe Montana).

She has also appeared in pantomimes. In 2007/2008 she played the lead role in Cinderella at the Palace Theatre, Mansfield. In 2008/2009, Hunt played Tinkerbell, alongside fellow CBBC presenter Barney Harwood in Peter Pan at the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth. In 2012/2013 she performed at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley in Peter Pan alongside Jennifer Ellison.

In August 2009, she and Harwood presented a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London entitled "Evolution!", during which they interviewed Sir David Attenborough.[11] In 2010, she guest starred in the CBBC sitcom Hotel Trubble as a television presenter in the episode "Catz N Doggz".

She is one of two lead presenters of the Alpha course film series, alongside Toby Flint, in which she describes her Christian faith.[12]


  1. ^ "Gemma Cobby". Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Take 3 Management". Take 3 Management. Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  3. ^ "CBBC TV Listings for January 16th, 2009". 16 January 2009. Retrieved 21 October 2013.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Gemma Hunt: BA Hons Media Performance". Archived from the original on 22 October 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  5. ^ "Gemma Hunt". Archived from the original on 5 February 2013. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Christmas in Storyland". Retrieved 22 December 2020.
  8. ^ "The Night Before Christmas". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  9. ^ "CBeebies Live Shows -CBeebies The Night Before Christmas". Retrieved 22 December 2021.
  10. ^ "Today at the Caravan Show". Retrieved 19 February 2022.
  11. ^ "Proms – 2009 season". BBC. Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  12. ^ "Alpha Film Series: Begin the Greatest Adventure". Alpha. Retrieved 18 March 2019.