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Bobby James Berk (born August 25, 1981) is an American interior designer and reality television personality. He currently stars in the Netflix series Queer Eye as the interior design expert.[1]

Bobby Berk
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Berk in 2014
Born
Bobby James Berk

(1981-08-25) August 25, 1981 (age 37)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationInterior designer
Home townMount Vernon, Missouri
TelevisionQueer Eye
Spouse(s)Dewey Do
Websitebobbyberk.design

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Early lifeEdit

Berk was born in Houston, Texas[2][3] and grew up in Mount Vernon, Missouri, in the middle of Amish farm country.[4][5] He was adopted. Berk cites that being gay in the Bible Belt and attending an Assemblies of God church throughout his childhood was difficult, and that he faced both internal and external homophobia growing up.[6]

Berk left home at the age of 15. He landed in Springfield, Missouri, sometimes living on the street. When times were good – after he got a job at Applebee's, in Branson – Berk would sleep in his car after working double shifts four days in a row, then drive back to Springfield to try to find somewhere to crash. Just before he turned 18, he moved to Denver, Colorado, where he got a gig at the Bombay Company.[7][8]

CareerEdit

Berk relocated to New York City in 2003 with just $100 in his pocket.[8][9] He found employment at Restoration Hardware and Bed, Bath and Beyond before moving on to Portico, a high-end home furnishing company. With no high school diploma or formal training he worked his way up to creative director.[10]

After Portico folded in 2006, Berk launched his online store, Bobby Berk Home, in 2006,[11] opening his first store in SoHo, Manhattan a year later.[10] Midtown Miami, Florida followed in 2010 as well as Midtown Atlanta, Georgia.[12][13] He later launched Bobby Berk Interiors + Design, specializing in interior design services, whose headquarters is on Broadway in Los Angeles.[3] He has appeared on television networks such as HGTV, NBC, CBS, and Bravo.[3]

He has been the design expert on the Netflix series Queer Eye since 2018.[1]

Berk appeared in Taylor Swift's "You Need to Calm Down" music video[14].

Personal lifeEdit

Berk currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his husband, Dewey Do.[4]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2018–present Queer Eye Himself Main, 24 episodes
2018 Nailed It! Himself Episode: "3, 2, 1...Ya Not Done!!"
2019 Lip Sync Battle Himself Season 5, Episode 1

Music videosEdit

Year Song Artist
2018 "This Is Me (The Reimagined Remix)" Keala Settle, Kesha, & Missy Elliott
2019 "You Need To Calm Down" Taylor Swift

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Netflix Press Release". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  2. ^ Locke, Charley (September 2018). "'Queer Eye' Designer Bobby Berk on Creating Space". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "About Bobby Berk". Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  4. ^ a b Fixsen, Anna (6 March 2018). "Queer Eye Host Bobby Berk on the Transformative Power of Design". Metropolis. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  5. ^ McManus, John; Rossi, Kaitlyn. "Berk-i-tude: the New Term for Electrifying". Builder. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  6. ^ "Camp Rules". Queer Eye. Season 1. Episode 5. Netflix. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  7. ^ Berk, Bobby (23 August 2016). "The Chaise Lounge - Bobby Berk: Millennial interior design and product". Bobby Berk Interiors and Design Blog. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  8. ^ a b Gleeson, Jill (27 November 2014). "A Home of Hope: Bobby Berk". EDGE Media Network. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  9. ^ Vargas, Alani. "Who is Bobby Berk from Queer Eye?". Bustle. Retrieved 7 March 2018.
  10. ^ a b Bahler, Kristen (15 June 2018). "How Queer Eye star Bobby Berk paid off $600,000 in debt in just 6 months". Money. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  11. ^ Anderson, Ashley (19 December 2013). "Bobby Berk of Bobby Berk Home". Apartment Therapy. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Mulkerim, Tim (9 March 2018). "Bobby Berk from Queer Eye talks about his reputation as the hardest working member of the Fab Five". Mic. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  13. ^ NewlyWish Spotlight: Bobby Berk Home. NewlyWish. October 18, 2010. 1:39 minutes in minutes in. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  14. ^ TaylorSwiftVEVO (2019-06-17), Taylor Swift - You Need To Calm Down, retrieved 2019-06-17

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