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Countryfile’s Ellie Harrison on having her arm scarred as “tribute” to her partner

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Ellie Harrison – who presents BBC One show Countryfile – has revealed that she had her arm scarred with a blade to show her commitment to her partner.

The television personality, who has been with doctor Matt Goodman for 12 years, told The Mail on Sunday that she now has a line of 10 circular marks on her left forearm.

“It’s called scarification,” she said. “You go to someone who is into body art and you get it done. There are only a few places you can go for it in the whole country.

“They’re done with a blade.”



Scarification, a form of body modification, involves intentional cutting, burning or abrasion in order to leave scars in a desired design.

The 39-year-old said that her partner, with whom she has three children, was somewhat “shocked” by her decision.

“He was a bit shocked, I must say,” said Harrison, adding that she had gone through the painful experience to show her commitment to Goodman.

“He said he was conflicted, because I’d hurt myself in this pursuit, but he was obviously really quite emotional.”

Springwatch's Ellie Harrison on the red carpet

Springwatch's Ellie Harrison on the red carpet

Harrison added: “We’re not married, but this was my great offering to him. Obviously if he leaves me I’ll have to create a different story about what it’s about!

“He’s the most handsome man on Earth. He’s my beloved and I hope we die together. Not yet. But that’s my wish – that we end up dying together.”



The presenter said that she has previously turned down a wedding proposal from her partner, although she added that she may marry him one day in the future.

“He did ask me but I didn’t see it through,” she said.

“I will do one day. We haven’t done that bit. We’ve done the big stuff, the children, and the scars!”

Harrison has been on BBC One’s Countryfile since 2009, and has also presented Michaela’s Wild Challenge, The One Show and BBC’s Secret Britain.

Images: Rex Features

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Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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