Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Mary Allsopp[2] (born 31 August 1971)[3] is a British television presenter, best known as co-presenter of Channel 4 property shows including Location, Location, Location, Love It or List It UK, Relocation, Relocation and Location Revisited.


Kirstie Allsopp
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Born
Kirstie Mary Allsopp

(1971-08-31) 31 August 1971 (age 51)
Hampstead, London, England[1]
OccupationTV presenter
Notable creditLocation, Location, Location
PartnerBen Andersen
Children2
Parent
RelativesSofie Allsopp (sister)
Cath Kidston (cousin)

BackgroundEdit

Allsopp is the daughter of Charles Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip, a former chairman of Christie's, by his marriage to Fiona Victoria Jean Atherley McGowan (1947–2014).[4][5] She has a younger brother, Henry, and two younger sisters, Sofie and Natasha.[citation needed] Owing to her father's peerage, she is entitled to use the courtesy style The Honourable Kirstie Allsopp.[6] The designer and businesswoman Cath Kidston is her cousin.[7][8]

She attended ten schools as a child,[9][failed verification] including St Clotilde's in Lechlade, Gloucestershire,[10] and Bedales near Petersfield, Hampshire. After spending time in India teaching English, Allsopp returned to the UK and began a series of positions, working for Country Living and Food & Homes Magazine and her mother's business, Hindlip & Prentice Interiors, and studying at Christie's. Allsopp set up her own home search company, Kirmir, in 1996, focusing on top end purchases in Central and West London.[11]

Allsopp was reported in 2008 and 2009 to be an advisor to the Conservative Party on housing matters,[12][13] but has denied this.[9] In August 2014, Allsopp was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to September's referendum on that issue.[14]

In February 2022, she claimed that young people could afford a first home by forgoing Netflix and gym memberships.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Her partner is property developer Ben Andersen, and they have two sons, born in 2006 and 2008.[16] She is also stepmother to her partner's two children from a previous relationship. They live in London.

In 2009 they and family bought and restored a house called Meadowgate, in rural Devon. It had been empty for 39 years. The restoration and interior decorating were the subject of the TV series Kirstie's Homemade Home.[17] It was again the setting for her Kirstie's Homemade Christmas programme, showing people how to have an individual Christmas using secondhand and homemade products such as wreaths from material found from nearby wood.[18]

In 2014, Allsopp revealed to The Times that her mother, who died on 6 January aged 66 from breast cancer,[19] had been buried, at her own request, in a wicker coffin, in the garden of her Dorset home.[20]

In June 2022 Allsopp claimed to have accidentally swallowed an Apple AirPod while taking vitamins, she was able to regurgitate the AirPod without medical assistance.[21][22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Taylor, Jeremy. "A Life in the Day: property expert Kirstie Allsopp" – via www.thetimes.co.uk.
  2. ^ Bryony Gordon (7 April 2009). "Kirstie Allsopp: 'I'm too opinionated for politics'". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 31 December 2010. the Honourable Kirstie Allsopp (her father is the sixth Baron Hindlip)...
  3. ^ "Pass notes No 2,666: Kirstie Allsopp" The Guardian (19 October 2009). Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  4. ^ Sylvie Wilkinson (21 July 2021). "Channel 4 Love It or List It: Kirstie Allsopp's seriously posh connection to Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall". MyLondon. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  5. ^ Karen Robinson (4 December 2016). "The former Christie's chairman, father of Kirstie, has an expert eye for beauty". The Times. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  6. ^ Sarah Rainey (25 September 2013). "Kirstie Allsopp: 'I don't do things I don't want to succeed in'". Daily Telegraph.
  7. ^ Wood, Zoe (9 August 2009). "Queen of florals Cath Kidston bucks the recession to profit from love of nostalgia | Life and style | The Guardian". London. Retrieved 29 April 2011.
  8. ^ Layton, Josh (7 May 2012). "Stranger relatives: Holly Valance is related to Benny Hill and the celebrities with fame in the family..." Daily Mirror. Retrieved 10 October 2012.
  9. ^ a b Five minutes With: Kirstie Allsopp, BBC News Online, 22 May 2010.
  10. ^ Kirsty Allsopp: Class act, The Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2004.
  11. ^ Speakers Corner. "Kirstie Allsopp - Awards Hosts & Presenter - Speakers Corner". Speakerscorner.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  12. ^ TV's Kirstie urges stamp duty axe, BBC News Online, 8 May 2008.
  13. ^ Thompson, Alice (11 April 2009). "Kirstie Allsopp's new look as Tory adviser". The Times. London.
  14. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 26 August 2014.
  15. ^ "Of course young people can afford a home — just move somewhere cheaper, says Kirstie Allsopp". TheTimes. 7 February 2022. Retrieved 8 February 2022.
  16. ^ Kirstie Allsopp: no-nonsense, enthusiastic and exactly as she comes across on TV, The Daily Telegraph, 7 April 2009.
  17. ^ ThisIsNorthDevon – Kirstie Allsopp's rural retreat available for rent Archived 9 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine, 24 April 2009.
  18. ^ The GuardianKirstie's homemade Christmas: do not try this at home?, 9 December 2009.
  19. ^ Walker, Tim (8 January 2014). "Kirstie Allsopp loses brave mother to breast cancer". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  20. ^ "Day we buried Mum in the garden, by Kirstie Allsopp". The Times. 3 June 2014. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
  21. ^ "Kirstie Allsopp accidentally swallowed her AirPods". uk.news.yahoo.com. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  22. ^ "Think You're Having A Bad Day? Kirstie Allsopp Just Swallowed An AirPod". HuffPost UK. 27 June 2022. Retrieved 27 June 2022.
  23. ^ Tonks, Phoebe (28 June 2022). "Kirstie Allsopp fans confused as she accidentally swallows Airpod with vitamins". OK! Magazine. Retrieved 28 June 2022.

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