Dr Ranj: Do You Have A Mum Crush On Him?

“I’m a mum and I have a weird crush.”

This is what we’d all have to stand up and announce, if I started a Weird Mum Crushes Anonymous group. (In this group, we’d also drink espresso Martinis, eat endless crackers and cheese and listen to 90s pop music, in case you fancy joining…)

Before I became a mum, I fancied Ryan Reynolds, Robbie Williams, you know, the usual crush fodder. But in the first year of my daughter’s life, two things happened: 1. I watched more daytime telly than I ever had before (yes, even as a student) and 2. CBeebies became a regular fixture on our telly. In a world that lacked regular adult conversation and professional brain stimulation, I suddenly found myself looking forward to certain TV programmes, not because of the intelligent chat or because it was a kids’ show that my toddler laughed at, but because it featured a good-looking man. You’ve got to get your kicks where you can, hey?

Last year, I compiled a list of Top Five Mum Crushes 2012 (CBeebies’ Andy Day topped the list, if you missed it) but who is in the 2013 Mum Crush List? Drumroll please…


5. Aled Jones

He’s come a long way since he was a schoolboy soprano and now, as co-anchor on ITV1’s Daybreak, he’s not only housewives’ choice, he’s mums’ choice too.


Mum crush on Aled Jones


4. Mister Maker

“I wish Mister Maker would come to my town” is what some mums, somewhere, have no doubt said to each other, with a pervy wink and a smile. Actor Phil Gallagher plays CBeebies character Mister Maker who boasts that he can make it in a minute. *Innocent face*.


mum crush on Mister Maker


3. Philip Schofield

Confession: when I was 12, I had a massive schoolgirl crush on Pip. I had posters on my wall and went to see him star in Joseph And His Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat. So it’s only natural that I have a mum crush on the ITV1’s This Morning presenter now. (His eyes are just so darn twinkly…)


mum crush on Phillip Schofield

2. Alex from CBeebies

Oh Alex. Is it your cheeky grin? Your monkey impersonation? Or that soft Welsh lilt? Whatever it is, you get the thumbs up from the mums.

Cbeebies' Alex Mum Crush


1. Dr Ranj

Dr Ranj is without a doubt, currently top of the (mums’) totty list. Not a week goes by without mums on Twitter coming over all funny while watching Dr Ranj on his hospital-based kids’ show Get Well Soon. Better still, he’s an actual real life doctor… at my local hospital. So I know if my toddler ever gets ill, there’s a chance Dr Ranj can help her Get Well Soon.

CBeebies Dr Ranj crush


Have I overlooked someone? Who would you add to the list? Do share!

UPDATE: Following a barrage of tweets and messages from angry* mums crying “Where is Mr Bloom?!” and “Why is Andy Day not on the list?!” it’s worth me adding that they were both on the 2012 Mum Crush list and that list still stands – this is just 2013’s additional Mum Crush list.

*not really angry





  1. Sarah Hatfield
    April 4, 2013 / 10:49 pm

    This made me chuckle, I was having a conversation the other day about Mr Bloom being a hottie! x

  2. Honestmum
    April 4, 2013 / 11:48 pm

    Cracked me up! No to all of the above to be honest! Dr Raj is probably the hottest although his eyebrows seem quite large on the TV! Could be I’m watching him in HD though!

  3. Bex
    April 5, 2013 / 12:55 am

    You missed Mr Bloom! And I’m also a fan of Chris Jarvis (Show Me Show Me).

  4. Bec
    April 5, 2013 / 7:29 am

    Mr Bloom for me lol! And kind if had a thing for Phillip Schofield too since he was in the broom cupboard!

  5. April 5, 2013 / 8:03 am

    OMG DOCTOR RANJ WORKS AT YOUR LOCAL HOSPITAL?!!!! Not that I’m bothered or anything *cough*, just interesting that’s all. We love Dr Ranj in our house. Even my sister (who’s a doctor) loves him – and she doesn’t even have kids! x

    • April 5, 2013 / 4:07 pm

      Molly, faking a cough won’t get you into the treatment room 😉

  6. April 5, 2013 / 8:04 am

    Was it with me Sarah (not sure what your twitter handle is)? Great timing that you’ve published this as following a “Mr Bloom love” conversation with Twitter peeps a little while ago I’ve been working on a similar post(what is happening to all of us?!! hahaha). I’ll have to link back to this post in mine x

  7. April 5, 2013 / 9:01 am

    Blimey haven’t seen Dr Ranj looking like that before! I might have to start watching Get Well Soon more often!

  8. April 5, 2013 / 4:10 pm

    I have to admit, he looks better without his work wear 😉 I shall try and attempt a list of my own and it certainly won’t have Mister Maker on it. Way too hyper for me, but Amy loves him x

  9. April 6, 2013 / 8:14 am

    Nope – none of them they do do anything for me, sorry.

    But it you’re talking Cat from cbeebies….

    I quite like Rebecca too. And Kerry. And Katie. And…

    No Mr Bloom? I thought he’d be no. 1!

    PS: I asked my wife: her faves are Andy & Sid, OK?

  10. April 11, 2013 / 2:16 pm

    Mr Bloom should def be on the 2013 list – I think he’s even hotter than he was in 2012!

  11. Sian Pinchbeck
    April 22, 2013 / 3:20 am

    I personally don’t agree with any of the guys at all other than Dr Ranj. He is incredibly hot and I particularly enjoy his catchy songs and little grooves. Nothing like a hard working, successful, very fit man that is funny and good with kids, Mummys’ dream!

    A little bit of a crush!

  12. micmummy
    April 22, 2013 / 9:33 pm

    Perhaps we all need to get out more…..although Aled Jones <3<3<3 and Mr bloom should be in the list. Mister maker went to school with my friend. Such a shame she no longer is in touch with him. My 4 yr old is on love with Dr Ranj big time.

  13. July 17, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Mr Ranj is a hero. Hé saved my son’s live in 2012.my son never miss his show.
    Dr Ranj , i just want to Thank you from thé bottom of heart.
    God bless you and give you thé strenght to continu to do
    What you every day for out children.

  14. nik
    July 24, 2013 / 3:31 pm

    Completly in love with dr ranj and Phillip Schofield and Alex winters !!!! Id let doc ranj give me a chek over anytime . He’s the only reason I let my 2yr old watch get well soon lol (hehe)

  15. August 11, 2013 / 10:32 pm

    If I met Dr Ranj in real life I would be very giggly! I love him, and the fact he is a real life doctor makes it even better. Iyla loves him too. He’s fab! x

    • notanothermummyblog
      August 16, 2013 / 8:43 am

      I bet he sees a LOT of giggly mums 😉

  16. Emma Roberts
    September 20, 2013 / 11:38 am

    Ooo my fave is Gavin Stenhouse on iconicles! Mmm always watch it with my two little daughter’s, keeps us all entertained lol x

  17. Kirsty Jones
    November 6, 2013 / 11:21 pm

    I watch alot of CeBeebies as my lil boy watches it. I might have a few lil mummy crushes! lol. I quite like Officer Ditty (rhyme rocket) Mr Bloom, Dr Ranj and Mister Maker! lol Whoops! he he he xx

  18. ilianora
    January 7, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    I believe you are missing out officer fitty from rhyme rocket. Also, I know he hasn’t been on cbeebies for years, but sportacus… Mmm Magnus scheving….

  19. May 7, 2014 / 9:23 pm

    I love Alex Winters, and Schofe on this list. Alex is definitely my favourite though.

  20. May 7, 2014 / 10:16 pm

    Lol….love your list! Dr Ranj though…I can’t get passed those eyebrows!

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