Elizabeth Bonnin is a forty-three-year-old TV presenter of French, and Portuguese-Indian descent. She worked both in Ireland and in the United Kingdom as a TV presenter, including for famous music shows.

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She is also a wild animal biologist and a biochemist – some of her programs are “Galapagos”, ”Blue Planet Live”, “Should We Close Our Zoos”, “Cats v Dogs” and “Animals in Love”.

Liz Bonnin returns to BBC Two next month for a two-part series about the one big cat the BBC's Natural History Unit has never filmed in the wild: the Siberian Tiger.

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She worked on a BBC show called “Bang Goes the Theory” from 2009 to 2014, and since 2013 she has worked on ITV’s  “Country-wise”.

Personal Life

Elizabeth Bonnin was born in Paris, France on 16 September 1976. Her father Russ Tumblyn is French from Martinique, and is a dentist by profession, while her mother is from Trinidad of Indian-Portuguese ancestry. She has a sister Benni, and while growing up they were close to their grandmother.

When she was nine years old her family moved to Ireland, where she became very close to nature, and was especially interested in chemistry and biology at school, and why she chose to study biochemistry. She got her Master’s degree in wild animal biology from the Royal Veterinary College of London, including research on the population of tigers in South Asia. Furthermore, she is an ambassador for the Pretty Curious program by EDF Energy, whose goal is to encourage young girls to study science in schools.

Liz Bonnin


Bonnin at first started her career in the entertainment. She joined a girl pop group in Ireland called Chill, but the band fell apart before releasing an album. After this, she was invited to host IRMA Awards, and this led to her being a presenter on RTE Television on various TV shows. During this time, she dated publisher Jon Ryan. In 2012 she relocated to London and began a new career there.

She started working for the Channel 4 morning show, specializing in entertainment-related stories and this opened up the door for her to become a regular presenter for the music chart show “Top of the Pops” in the UK. She was also part of a documentary about tigers in a national park in India. Once she was done with this project, she decided that she wants to return to her first love and that is science, if she gets an opportunity.

Soon after this experience, she got her Master’s degree, and was hired by the BBC to present a popular science show “Bang Goes the Theory”, which aired for eight seasons. Bonnin then work on several nature and science programs, such as BBC’s “Museum of Life” which was about Natural History Museum in London; “Horizon”  and a show about the future technologies and how they might influence the society called “Tomorrow’s World”.

She also presented a show on BBC Two called “Operation Tiger” which was about Amur tigers where she tracked the world’s biggest cat in the Russian Far East, and the BAFTA Award-winning “Big Blue Live” which was about marine wildlife. Among others, she also worked on “Galapagos”, joining a team of scientists who were researching life a kilometer beneath the water surface which deepest anyone has ever gone in the archipelago.

She worked on “Animals in Love” for BBC One, for which she got to travel around the globe to research animal behavior and intelligence. Elizabeth continues her battle for the environment, as she participates at conferences and workshops which try to raise awareness about the pollution and challenges that we might be facing in the future.

Marriage and Body Characteristics

Elizabeth is not married, and doesn’t have children.

When it comes to her body characteristics Elizabeth is 5ft 7in tall (170cm), her weight is 116lbs (53 kgs), and vital statistics 34-25-34 – her bra size is 33B.

Net Worth and Social Media

Elizabeth’s net worth is estimated at around $4 million. According to several sources she earns around $80,000 per episode she anchors. When it comes to her social media, she has around 75,000 followers on Twitter, and mostly posts about the environment.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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