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Matt Baker has spoken about his life with wife Nicola before he got his big break in TV, explaining that they were always skint.

He said in a recent interview: “Before I started working in telly, me and my wife, Nicola, were always skint. One year, she started cutting out coupons from the newspaper and we managed to get two free flights to Pisa.”

He added to The Times: “We ended up in the dodgiest B&B in the dodgiest part of town during the blistering Italian summer with no air con. We left the windows open one night and got bitten to high heaven and had to spend the entire next day’s meal budget on insect creams.”

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But that changed when landed his dream job in 1999 working at Blue Peter.

His job on Blue Peter saw him fill three passports full of stamps after visiting destinations from Sydney to the Arctic Circle.

The presenter went on: “Being from a farming background, I was always keen to see how rural communities existed in different parts of the world.

“I remember meeting this 73-year-old goat herder in the Atlas Mountains. He had 13 children and had never been away from that mountain in his entire life. We got on so well that he actually came over to England and I took him up to our family farm in Northumberland. It doesn’t matter where you come from, farming is a universal language.”

His career in TV has gone from strength to strength since leaving Blue Peter in 2006. He’s gone on to present high-profile BBC shows including The One Show alongside Alex Jones, 46, and Countryfile.

Matt, 45, married Nicola Mooney, a physiotherapist in 2004 after first meeting her whilst he was performing in a disco show at Pier 39 in Cleethropes.

The couple have two children, Luke and Molly. In 2020 he left the green sofa of The One Show to spend more time with his family and animals at his farm in Hertfordshire.

In 2021 he took over running of his parent’s 100-acre organic sheep farm which was documented in More4’s Our Farm in the Dales.

But these days, if he wants a getaway with his wife he heads to Wales or back home to the North East.

Matt has a new travel show starting on More4 called Travels in the Country: USA. The show sees him cross the Atlantic to experience rural life in the USA.

He can also still be found presenting Countryfile every Sunday on BBC 2.

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