PUBLISHED: PUBLISHED: 15:45, Sun, Oct 11, 2020
Countryfile host Adam Henson, 54, praised his “wonderful dad” Joe Henson for bringing him up on a farm surrounded by animals, which he insisted inspired him to get into farming. But, the presenter admitted he had never imagined being a presenter on Countryfile as well as a farmer. Adam joined the popular show in 2001 after his dad encouraged him to audition.
His father Joe, who died in 2015, was a farmer who founded the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and appeared as a host on BBC shows such as Animal Magic.
On following in his father’s footsteps, he explained to Express.co.uk: “No it wasn't a conscious decision.
“It was a very, very fortunate position that I found myself in, having been born and brought up by such a wonderful dad, who was very entrepreneurial.”
On his upbringing, he added: “He had opened his farm to the public in 1971, he opened the Cotswold Farm Park, our first ever open farm in the country.
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Adam Henson: Countryfile star opened up on becoming a presenter on the show (Image: PA•ITV)
Adam Henson: Countryfile star he didn’t consciously follow in the footsteps of his late dad Joe (Image: GETTY)
It was a very, very fortunate position that I found myself in
“He was passionate about conservation and rare breeds and I was, you know, following in his footsteps really and following him around and learning from him.
“And then saw him on television and saw him working with the media.”
He added: “So when Countryfile did a presenter search back in 2001 he asked my partner, she worked in television.
“She encouraged me to apply for the job as my dad did the same, and then I did and amazingly got the job.”