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Kirstie Mary Allsopp (born 31 August 1971) is a British TV presenter known for the Channel 4 property programmes: Location, Location, LocationRelocation, RelocationLocation RevisitedThe Property ChainKirstie's Homemade Home and Kirstie's Handmade Britain. All but the last three were co-presented with Phil Spencer.


BackgroundEdit

She is the daughter of former chairman of Christie's, Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip and Fiona Victoria Jean Atherley (née McGowan, born 1947). She has a younger brother Henry, and two younger sisters, Sofie and Natasha.[4] Due to her father's peerage, she is entitled to use the courtesy style The Honourable Kirstie Allsopp. Designer and businesswoman Cath Kidston is her cousin.

The ten schools she attended as a child included St Clotilde's in LechladeGloucestershire 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.

Allsopp was reported in 2008 and 2009 to be an advisor to the Conservative Party on housing matters,but has said that she is not.


Personal lifeEdit

Her partner is property developer Ben Andersen, and they have two sons, born July 2006 and August 2008. She is also stepmother to her partner's two children from a previous relationship. They live in London. In 2009 they, along with another family, bought and restored a house in rural Devon called Meadowgate, which had been empty for 39 years. The restoration and interior decorating was the subject of the series "Kirstie's Homemade Home". It was again the setting for her "Kirstie's Homemade Christmas" show showing people how to have an individual Christmas using second hand and homemade products such as wreaths from material found in the nearby wood.Allsopp is a supporter of the Conservative Party.

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