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Meet William of Channel 4 series Child Genius - what year is he in at school? What are his talents?

The exciting quiz series is official back on Channel 4 with bright young contestants, one of which is child genius, William.

Child Genius series 6 commenced on February 25th, 2019. We were joyously introduced to this year’s exceptionally talented competitors.

Among them is the exceedingly intelligent and charming William.

Child Genius UK, channel 4, 2019

Child Genius: William

William’s full name is William Harwood and he is from Mansfield, a market town in Nottinghamshire, England.

He is only twelve year’s old and yet his knowledge shines far beyond his years.

William is currently only in year seven at secondary school. He attended High Oakham Primary School, although we imagine it was hardly challenging.

William: Child Genius Talents

Although the show demands much of its contestants in terms of variation, everyone has their talents.

It’s clear to see that William’s is languages. He can speak Japanese, French and Zulu. Incredible!

Yet, his talents extend far beyond this. The series tests contestants across a range of subjects.

Here he is pictured below (back row, fourth in):

William: Child Genius Competiton

The young teenager is no stranger to talent shows.

He actually came second place in a junior language challenge back in 2012. This is no surprise and would have played a huge role is his linguistic flair.

It’s no surprise he was one of just nineteen nominated contestants. These, of course, were carefully selected from hundreds of applicants.

Child Genius 2019: Winner

It’s early to call, but William is certainly a strong contender.

If given more moments to shine, he could be crowned Child Genius’ champion.



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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.