Martin Roberts (presenter)

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Martin Roberts
Born Martin Leyland Roberts
(1963-07-20) 20 July 1963 (age 51)
Warrington, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter, property expert, investor, entrepreneur and author
Television Presenting:
Homes Under the Hammer
Official Website

Martin Leyland Roberts[1][2] (born 20 July 1963) is an English television presenter, property expert, investor, entrepreneur and author who currently presents the BBC One property auction series, Homes Under the Hammer with co-presenter Lucy Alexander.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Warrington (then part of Lancashire),[3] Roberts began his career in the late 1980s at BBC Radio Manchester.

Since then, he has presented several other programmes including Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and How to Survive the Property Crisis, both for the BBC as well as ITV's travel programme Wish You Were Here...?.[4]

He has been working as a property developer since the early 1990s. Roberts also contributes to several other publications either on the subject of property development or travel.[5]

He studied Electronic Engineering at Bradford University 1982–86 and was a DJ on Ramair, the university's radio station. He was instrumental in the flooding of some Halls of Residence during this period.

In July 2010 Roberts entered the BBC television programme Celebrity MasterChef, though he was eliminated at the first opportunity despite having performed well on the ingredient recognition task.

He is the author of Teach Yourself Making Money from Property.[6] Roberts is also the presenter of a series of property investment roadshows across the country.[7]

In September 2012, Roberts publicly criticised proposed government changes to the planning laws of England that would double the size of extensions that do not need approval.[8] He branded the move crazy and said it would "wipe away generations of sensible and sound planning law overnight".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Roberts was brought up in Stockton Heath, a suburb of Warrington.[10]

He lives near Bath, Somerset, and is married with two children.[11]


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  3. ^ Warrington was in Lancashire until April 1974 - please do not change to Cheshire
  4. ^ Profile. "Martin Roberts","People Matter", Retrieved on 7 September 2012
  5. ^ BBC. "Homes and Gardens"
  6. ^ Teach Yourself Making Money from Property. "", Retrieved 7 September 2012
  7. ^ Property Roadshows. "Making Money From Property". Retrieved on 7 September 2012
  8. ^ Roberts, Martin. "Relaxing Planning Laws will Damage British Housing", "Huffington Post", 7 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 September 2012
  9. ^ Roberts, Martin. "Forget Homes under the Hammer, our countryside and architectural heritage are under attack", "Mail Online", 7 September 2012. Retrieved on 7 September 2012
  10. ^ Roberts, Martin. "BBC Homes under the Hammer star talks about the Warrington property market", "Warrington Guardian", 20 July 2012. Retrieved on 7 September 2012
  11. ^ Roberts, Martin. "Interview with Homes Under The Hammer Star Martin Roberts ", "The Bath Chronicle", 3 August 2013. Retrieved on 28 October 2013

External links[edit]

  • Personal Website [1]
  • BBC Profile [2]
  • Twitter @TVMartinRoberts [3]