Phil Spencer

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Phil Spencer
Phil Spencer.jpg
Born (1969-12-11) 11 December 1969 (age 44)
Littlebourne, Kent, England
Ethnicity English
Occupation TV presenter
businessman
journalist
Notable credit(s) Location, Location, Location
Relocation, Relocation
Secret Agent
Spouse(s) Fiona Spencer
Children Jake, Ben

Phil Spencer (born 11 December 1969) is a British media personality, television presenter and journalist, best known with his on-screen partnership with Kirstie Allsopp

Since 2000, Spencer has co-presented the Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location along with its spin-off Relocation, Relocation between 2004 and 2011 alongside Kirstie Allsopp.[1]

In 2011, Phil presented the holiday programme Vacation, Vacation, Vacation, but since 2012 has hosted property show, Phil Spencer: Secret Agent for Channel 4.

Spencer also writes for several UK publications, including GQ, The Sunday Times and Lusso Magazine. He is also a brand ambassador for Rated people..[2]

Education[edit]

Spencer was educated at Uppingham School,[3] an independent school for boys in the small market town of Uppingham, Rutland in the Midlands, where he was Head Boy.[4]

Business career[edit]

Phil Spencer was the original founder of Garrington Home Finders Ltd, a property search company he created in 1996. He is an active property investor and landlord. He is director and shareholder of Raise The Roof Productions, the largest independent production company in Scotland and one of Channel 4's biggest suppliers of program content.

Media career[edit]

Spencer's promotion of Garrington and the concept of using a buying agent to find a home led Spencer to become the co-host of Location, Location, Location and Relocation, Relocation.

Spencer has maintained his reputation as a UK property expert and in early 2010, Spencer partnered with co-host Kirstie Allsopp and launched a new independent production company called ‘Raise the Roof’, with colleagues from IWC Media.[5]

Spencer has also continued his writing career and in April 2010 his book "Adding Value to Your Home" was published.[6]

How To Buy Your First Home was published in 2011.

On 2 January 2012, he presented a special edition of The Million Pound Drop Live as part of Channel 4's 'Mash Up'. Spencer returned on 15 June 2012, with Kirstie Allsopp, to play the game for their chosen charities. In November 2012 it was announced that Spencer would be the host of The Common Denominator, on Channel 4.[7] He continues to present Location Location Location, Secret Agent and Secret Agent Down Under for Channel 4.

In its three years of business Raise the Roof has become one of the foremost companies in features, factual entertainment and formats in the UK. It is currently the largest truly independent production companies in Scotland and one of Channel 4's biggest suppliers.

Personal life[edit]

Spencer grew up in Littlebourne, Kent and now lives in Wandsworth SW London with his Australian wife, Fiona, and their two sons, Jake and Ben. He is an Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages,[8] Action Medical Research and ChYpps Childrens Hospice at Home. He is a patron of Broadway, a London homelessness charity.,[9][10] Estate Agent Giving and Just Springers Rescue.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phil Spencer's biography on Channel4.com
  2. ^ "Press & Editorial". Garrington Home Finders. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  3. ^ School details - Uppingham Guide to Independent Schools
  4. ^ Phil Spencer's biography TV Lives
  5. ^ Deans, Jason (15 March 2010). "Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer set up independent production company". guardian.co.uk. 
  6. ^ Markosky, Cheryl (12 April 2010). "Phil Spencer: how to add value to your home". The Telegraph. 
  7. ^ "Channel 4 Commissions The Common Denominator". Endemol Distribution News. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "SOS Children's Celebrity Supporters". SOS Children's Villages. Retrieved 27 September 2009. 
  9. ^ No tenant? What about the homeless? The Independent, 17 October 2010
  10. ^ Real Lettings, Real Lives Broadway Homelessness and Support, 13 October 2010

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