Aggie MacKenzie

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Aggie MacKenzie
Born Agnes MacKenzie
(1955-10-12) 12 October 1955 (age 58)
Aviemore, Scotland
Residence Stoke Newington, Hackney, London
Occupation Television presenter
Years active 1964–present
Employer BBC
Known for How Clean is Your House? (2003–2009)
Storage Hoarders (2012—)
Spouse(s) Matthew Goulcher (divorced)
Children Rory
Ewan
Website
Official website

Agnes MacKenzie known as Aggie MacKenzie (born 12 October 1955),[citation needed] is a Scottish television presenter, most prominently known for presenting the Channel 4 series How Clean Is Your House? and the ITV daytime series Storage Hoarders.

Biography[edit]

MacKenzie was born in Rothiemurchus, Aviemore in the Cairngorms mountain region of the Scottish Highlands and went to school at Kingussie High School.[citation needed] It was here that she discovered her aptitude for languages. MacKenzie attended Aberdeen College of Commerce where she attained a bilingual secretarial degree which earned her a job at the Foreign Office.[citation needed] After being security-screened and undergoing background checks and interviews, she signed the Official Secrets Act and transferred from the Foreign Office to work with the Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6, based in London. She worked in the organisation for a number of years and, even though she has now left, she is bound by the Official Secrets Act for life. She then took up a post in the Press Office at the National Union of Students (United Kingdom). From there she moved to work at many women's magazines and then took the position of Associate Editor-in-Chief of Good Housekeeping Magazine.[citation needed] Part of her responsibilities there was to review cleaning products and gadgets and write about household appliances, as well as creating new recipes. She claims to have learned many of her domestic, cooking and cleaning skills from her mother who knew many remedies for removing stains.

It was this position with Good Housekeeping which led to her being asked to take a screen test for a new show which would become How Clean Is Your House?. MacKenzie's screen test was successful and she was teamed up with professional cleaner Kim Woodburn in August 2002.[1] MacKenzie is known for her down to earth approach to cleaning with her Scottish, no nonsense voice, as she and Woodburn educate people on how to keep themselves and their houses clean, hygienic and tidy. The duo have produced books, games and DVDs due to the popularity of their shows. MacKenzie has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show in the US, where How Clean Is Your House? is airing on the BBC America channel.

She also appeared in the third series of ITV's Dancing on Ice with her dance partner Sergey Malyshev.[citation needed]

MacKenzie has labelled Wikipedia "Stupedia" for including unreferenced "ridiculous rumours" about her being offered multi-million pound television contracts.[2]

She appeared as a guest presenter on STV's daily lifestyle show The Hour, alongside main anchor Stephen Jardine for two days in September 2009 and for four days in April 2010. The Scottish magazine programme airs weekdays at 17:00.

She participated in the 2011 series of Celebrity Masterchef. In December 2012, Aggie presented the ITV programme Storage Hoarders, which returned for a second series in August 2013.

Charity work[edit]

MacKenzie has her own charity called Ukuthasa, which supports people in townships in South Africa, helping them with healthcare, education and housing.[3] In an interview with Channel 4 she said: "Whenever I can, such as with this interview, I donate my fee to [the charity]".

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

  • How Clean Is Your House? with Kim Woodburn (2003) ISBN 0-7181-4699-9
  • Too Posh to Wash: The Complete Guide to Cleaning Up Your Life with Kim Woodburn (2004) ISBN 0-7181-4769-3
  • The Cleaning Bible: Kim and Aggie's Complete Guide to Modern Household Management with Kim Woodburn (2006) ISBN 0-7181-4906-8

References[edit]

  1. ^ Biography of Aggie Mackenzie, Penguin Books website
  2. ^ The Express Aggie says Wikipedia entry's a bit rich 2 May 2009
  3. ^ http://www.ukuthasa.org/

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