Eric Knowles

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Eric Knowles
Born (1953-02-19) 19 February 1953 (age 64)
Nelson, Lancashire, England
Nationality British
Occupation Antique ceramics expert
Television personality

Eric Knowles (born 19 February 1953 in Nelson, Lancashire, England)[1] is a British antiques expert whose main interest is in ceramics and is also a television personality, ambassador and philantrapist

Early life[edit]

Eric joined the London auction house Bonhams auctioneers as a porter in the ceramics department in 1976 and became head of the department in 1981.[2] By 1992 he was given responsibility for setting up Bonham's offices in Bristol. He has since returned to London to continue with directing the Decorative Arts Department.[3]

Television career[edit]

He first earned fame as a ceramics expert on the BBC's Antiques Roadshow. He has also appeared in such programmes as, Going for a Song, Going, Going, Gone, Noel's House Party,[4] Call My Bluff and 20th Century Roadshow. He has presented the 20 episodes of Restoration Roadshow on BBC for several weeks in the summer of 2010 (ending 3 September).[5] He is the challenger setter and adjudicator on BBC Two's Antiques Master assisting host Sandi Toksvig. As of 2012, he is on the UK TV show Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.[6] After Tim Wonnacott left Bargain Hunt, Eric became one of a number of 'guest presenters' hosting the show.

Personal life[edit]

He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador for the Prince's Trust. Knowles is associated with several other charities including Headway, FABLE (For a better life with epilepsy), the New Mozart Orchestra and Wycombe Scanappeal.[2]

He is also passionate about 60's music, the Motown catalogue, and was at one time a DJ with a show playing northern soul.[3] Knowles is a fan of football team Wycombe Wanderers F.C.

On 3 May, 2015 it was reported that Eric's son Seb was killed in a road accident.[7]


  1. ^ "Biography" Archived 2008-10-13 at the Wayback Machine. Manchester Television Personalities
  2. ^ a b "Eric Knowles | Antiques Expert & TV Presenter | agent David Foster Management". Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  3. ^ a b "Eric Knowles - antiques expert, celebrity and after dinner speaker". Retrieved 2012-09-22. [permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Noel's House Party clip on YouTube
  5. ^ Radio Times; August 23–29
  6. ^ "BBC One - Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is". 1970-01-01. Retrieved 2012-09-22. 
  7. ^ "Antiques Roadshow expert Eric Knowles' son, 26, is killed in crash". 

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