Katy Ashworth is a very well known and loved face to thousands of children and their families across the entire UK and the rest of the world. Her warmth, likability, infectious energy and innate connection with younger generations has given birth to her successful career in children’s television presenting, live entertaining and children’s writing. She is best known presenting on the BAFTA award winning TV channel Cbeebies, on which she presents one of the channel’s flagship series ‘I Can Cook’. The show encourages children under the age of six to get cooking and learn where their food comes from. Katy encourages the children on screen through music and games, and also demonstrates her ability to make even walnuts funny!
She has also become known over the last four years for her daily appearances presenting the links between the shows in the Cbeebies house. Katy energizes her young audience with her ebullient personality first thing in the morning and calms them down with her charismatic and engaging storytelling skills in the evenings.
As well as TV presenting Katy is an accomplished actress, entertainer and singer. She has taken the lead in several pantomimes, performed in front of 8000 people at Wembley on the Cbeebies live tours, presented live ‘I Can Cook’ shows in Butlins resorts, has performed her live one woman interactive show for children at hundreds of theatres, festivals and other events in the UK and internationally and is currently singing with a 12 piece soul band for kids!
More recently Katy has begun writing and illustrating children’s stories. Her writing style is quirky, silly and very personable and similar to that of Rudyard Kipling and Spike Milligan!!! Her illustrations are in watercolour and ink and are inspired by Quentin Blake.
Katy is also a keen globe trotter and has an adventurous spirit. She has reached the summit of Kilimanjaro whilst raising funds for Brainwave and make a wish foundation both for which she is a Patron. She plans to climb more mountains and take on more challenges for these charities in the coming years.
Her natural bond with children has developed through 8 years’ experience as a children’s themed party entertainer, 5 years’ experience teaching under sixes drama and running children’s’ choirs in schools across the UK. Katy achieved a first class degree in Drama from the University of Exeter and has trained at Jaques le Coques in France and in Commedia dell’arte in Italy. She has run several adult and children choirs including Rock Choir (as seen on BBC1), The Exeter University Soul choir and the Bristol Children’s choir.
She is the proud Mum to her young son Charlie and spends her spare time immersed in her family, friends, music and travel.
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