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Matthew James Baker (born 23 December 1977) is an English television presenter who co-hosts the Monday-Thursday editions of BBC One's The One Show and co-presents Countryfile on the same channel. Born in Easington, County Durham, Baker's father ran a newsagents shop, and his parents had a smallholding in the village. He attended Easington Village School, then when he was aged 10, his parents bought a farm west of Durham, which they moved into and renovated. He has one sister and two half-sisters. He continued his education at Belmont Comprehensive School in Durham, and was a Junior British gymnast and sports acrobatics champion, but was forced to give up after being diagnosed with anaemia aged 14. After this he undertook various activities to fill the gap in his life, including sheepdog trials and pole vaulting. He took A-levels in Drama, Biology and Sports Science at Durham Sixth Form Centre and in the late 1990s as a drama student at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh (now Queen Margaret University), Baker worked as an entertainer, and toured with a 1970s comedy disco-dancing revival show called "Richard and Randy's Disco Inferno", which toured the north of England.