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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Liz in dream job with BBC but may come home

Irish BBC star Liz Bonnin has revealed that she wouldn't rule out a return to Dublin although she is currently in her "dream job".

The brainy beauty, who has a Masters in Wild Animal Biology, has just been commissioned to host the second season of Bang Goes The Theory, which aired on BBC One last night, and said she feels "very lucky" to have landed a gig incorporating her degree into her presenting work.

"It's a bit surreal. If you had asked me six years ago would I be working at the BBC doing my dream job, I never would have guessed the answer would be yes. It's such a privilege," Liz told the Herald.

"Sometimes I have to sit back and pinch myself. I'm very very lucky. It's great when you see the final product, you see that all that hard work and mental hours paid off."

Although the Dubliner's star is rising in the BBC, she hasn't ruled out a potential return to RTE in the distant future.

"Never say never. I'm always in touch with RTE, who knows what will happen over the years. I'd never close the door to them completely, I got my start there and always appreciate that.

"I would work and live anywhere really, I'm a bit of a nomad. So who knows where I'll be in a few years."

When Liz (34) moved to London six years ago, leaving behind a burgeoning career at the State broadcaster, she thought it would take considerable time before landing a permanent job, but was lucky enough to get one before she had her bags packed.

"I came over a few times before moving to meet with agents. I went in with my little Irish showreel and happened to meet an agent which was also a production company and they offered me RI:SE.

"I was in the right place at the right time. I learned on the go. When I left everyone asked, 'Do you really want to leave RTE?', my future looked quite positive in there, I was getting consistent work," she said.

"But I always need to push and challenge myself and try new things.

"You have to strike while the iron is hot. Working in TV is difficult, even with a specialist niche like mine. But I'm lucky enough to work in a department as amazing as the BBC."

cmcbride@herald.ie

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