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Jess French

Jess French
Jess French.jpg
French in 2006
EducationNorwich School, University College London, University of Nottingham
OccupationTelevision presenter, veterinarian, author
Notable work
Minibeast Adventure with Jess

Jess French is a British television personality, veterinarian and author. She is the presenter of a television programme called Minibeast Adventure with Jess which has aired on CBeebies.[1]

TV career

She has worked on a number of shows as a wildlife (in particular creepy-crawly) expert including, Live ā€˜nā€™ Deadly (CBBC), Deadly Mission Madagascar (CBBC), Springwatch (BBC) and Micro Monsters 3D (Sky).[2] Since April 2014 she has presented a series of twenty 9-minute episodes of Minibeast Adventure with Jess on the Cbeebies channel.[3][4][5]


French has written a number of books.

  • Fluttering Minibeast Adventures (published Feb 2016)[6]
  • Tickly Minibeast Adventures (published Feb 2016)[6][7]
  • Born Free Chimp Rescue: The True Story of Chinoise (published May 2016)[8]
  • Slimy Minibeast Adventures (due March 2017)[6]
  • Buzzy Minibeast Adventures (due March 2017)[6]
  • Born Free Bear Rescue (published September 2017)[9]
  • Born Free Cheetah Rescue (published November 2017)[10]
  • Minibeasts with Jess French (due February 2018)[10]
  • Saving Species (October 2018)[10]

What a Waste (due April 2019)

Lost Species (due October 2019)


French won the Jane Goodall Global Youth Leadership award in 2010 for setting up a program to teach children about environmental issues.[2][11]

In 2015, French was named number 43 on BBC Wildlife magazine's Power List of conservation heroes.[12]

French's book 'Fluttering Minibeast Adventures' was nominated for the 2017 Educational Writers' Award[13]


French has lived across the world, from Chile to Thailand. She grew up in Norfolk[14] and studied at Norwich School.[15] She gained a first class degree in zoology at University College London[2][4] where she was active in the volunteering department, winning awards for her work teaching children about conservation[16] and for setting up a sign language society.[17] She gained her degree in veterinary medicine and surgery from the University of Nottingham.[3][5] Her specialism is with primates and she hopes to be a gorilla vet in the future.[18] She can speak fluent Spanish and can use British Sign Language.[2]


  1. ^ "Vet student makes CBEEBIES big time - The University of Nottingham". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jess French". Bath Literary Agency. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Vet student makes CBEEBIES big time". University of Nottingham. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "ON Jess French presents a new show about creepy crawly pets on CBeebies". Norwich School. 22 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b Falconer, Daniel (18 April 2014). "Jess French exclusive interview: Minibeast Adventure". Female First. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d Eyre, Charlotte (8 April 2015). "Egmont signs CBeebies presenter". The Book Seller. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  7. ^ "Tickly Minibeast Adventures ā€“ Egmont". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  8. ^ "Jess French - Born Free Chimp Rescue - Hachette Children's Group". Hachette Children's Group. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  9. ^ Jess French - Born Free Bear Rescue - Hachette Children's Group.
  10. ^ a b c " Jess French: Books, Biography, Blogs, Audiobooks, Kindle". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  11. ^ "Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards 2010". The Jane Goodall Institute. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  12. ^ Price, Jo (26 June 2015). "UK's top 50 conservation heroes". Discover Wildlife. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  13. ^ "ALCS | 2017 Educational Writers' Award: CODES & INVENTIONS & ALL CREATURES GREAT & SMALL". Retrieved 2018-01-06.
  14. ^ "Nottingham student is new face of CBeebies". Nottingham Post. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  15. ^ "Norwich School - ON Jess French presents a new show about creepy crawly pets on CBeebies". Retrieved 2016-11-03.
  16. ^ "Student volunteers scoop award for school project". Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  17. ^ "UCLU Sign Language Society". UCLU. Retrieved 2016-04-25.
  18. ^ "Jess French on BBC Breakfast". Vimeo. Kindle Entertainment. 25 April 2014. Retrieved 16 June 2015.