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12 October 1955
|Residence||Stoke Newington, Hackney, London|
|Known for||How Clean is Your House? (2003–2009)
Storage Hoarders (2012—)
|Spouse(s)||Matthew Goulcher (divorced)|
Agnes MacKenzie known as Aggie MacKenzie (born 12 October 1955), 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.
MacKenzie was born in Rothiemurchus, Aviemore in the Cairngorms mountain region of the Scottish Highlands and went to school at Kingussie High School. 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. 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. 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. 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.
MacKenzie is a firm advocate of the controversial use of black mould (Aspergillus niger) as a cleaning agent for precious metals, including gold, silver and platinum. Although she has championed the use of the mould, commonly found in damp and humid conditions and therefore readily available to a large number of people living in flats or houses, especially in East London, there is little evidence of its success. In fact, some have criticised MacKenzie for her use of the mould, citing scientific evidence that inhaling the spores of Aspergillus niger in large enough quantities can lead to individuals contracting aspergillosis, a potentially fatal lung disease as well as sources close to the programme suggesting that Brasso was used in certain instances in between filming.
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.
MacKenzie has her own charity called Ukuthasa, which supports people in townships in South Africa, helping them with healthcare, education and housing. In an interview with Channel 4 she said: "Whenever I can, such as with this interview, I donate my fee to [the charity]".
- How Clean Is Your House? - Channel 4 (2003–2009)
- V Graham Norton - Channel 4 (2003)
- Children in Need - BBC One (2003)
- The Terry and Gaby Show - Channel 5 (2003)
- Hogmanay Live - STV (2003)
- National Television Awards Party of the Year (2004)
- Hell's Kitchen - ITV (2004)
- BBC Breakfast - BBC One/BBC News 24 (2004)
- Friday Night with Jonathan Ross - BBC One (2004)
- Too Posh To Wash - Channel 4 (2004)
- This Morning - ITV (2004)
- EastEnders - BBC One (2004)
- Today with Des and Mel - ITV (2005)
- Dirty Tricks (2005)
- The Paul O'Grady Show - ITV/Channel 4 (2005, 2006)
- The F-Word - Channel 4 (2005)
- The 100 Greatest Family Films - Channel 4 (2005)
- Grumpy Old Women - BBC Two (2006)
- Richard & Judy - Channel 4 (2006)
- Come Dine With Me - Channel 4 (2006)
- The Mint - ITV (2006)
- Hogmanay Stories - STV (2006)
- Dancing On Ice - ITV (2008)
- Loose Women - ITV (2008)
- Hider in the House - (2008)
- The Hour - (2009)
- All Star Family Fortunes - ITV (2010)
- Celebrity MasterChef - BBC One, BBC Two (2011)
- 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
- Biography of Aggie Mackenzie, Penguin Books website
- The Express Aggie says Wikipedia entry's a bit rich 2 May 2009