Hilary Kay

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Hilary Kay
Hilary Kay
Born (1958-12-16) 16 December 1958 (age 58)
Nationality British, Australian
Occupation Antiques expert, television presenter, author, lecturer
Television Antiques Roadshow

Hilary Marion Kay (born 16 December 1958) is a British antiques expert, author and lecturer, probably best known for her many appearances on BBC TVs Antiques Roadshow programme on which she is a member of the team of experts.

Kay's first job was working for fine art and antique dealers Spink & Son in St. James's.[1] In 1977, Kay accepted an offer to join Sotheby's Collectors’ Department. Later that year Kay became head of that department and, aged 21, became the company's youngest ever[citation needed] auctioneer. A rock and roll fan, in 1981 Kay held the world's first[citation needed] rock and roll memorabilia auction, handled the sale of Elton John's collection in 1988 and in 1992 wrote Rock ’n’ Roll Collectables: An Illustrated History of Rock Memorabilia, the first[citation needed] textbook on the subject.

As well as working on television as an expert on Antiques Roadshow , at the age of 20, from 1978 onwards,[1][2] Kay presented a landmark series for BBC One, Brilliantly British, which explored the lives of Thomas Chippendale, Josiah Wedgwood and William Morris. Kay has written or contributed to a number of books on the subject of antiques and collectables and has appeared in numerous television and radio programmes.

Kay is a fan of mechanical antiques, having been born into a family of engineers. She is also a car enthusiast; one of her early influences was the James Bond film Goldfinger, where she loved the Aston Martin DB5. In 2009, for a special episode of BBC TV's Priceless Antiques Roadshow, Kay was behind the wheel of the Aston Martin DB5 driven by Daniel Craig in Casino Royale

Kay, by then a Senior Director, left Sotheby's in 1999. She now runs Art & Antique Events, a corporate entertainment company which provides antiques-based events and entertainments to corporate and private clients.[3] She created and produces a stage show with fellow Antiques Roadshow expert Paul Atterbury called 'Have You Had it Long Madam?' (Tales from the Roadshow),[4] which has toured the UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

On 27 December 2010 Kay won an edition of BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind, with a score of 36 points, [2] having chosen 'The Life and Works of Josiah Wedgwood' as her specialist subject.[5]

Currently Kay presents and curates the online art appreciation course, The Art Institute [3], operating in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Eire.

Kay has joint British and Australian citizenship.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Hilary Kay". Vectis Direct. 2008-02-28. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  2. ^ "A National Treasure: 30 Years of Antiques Roadshow". The Independent. 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2009-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Art and Antiques Events with the Antiques Roadshow experts". www.artandantiquesevents.com. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  4. ^ "Have You Had It Long, Madam?". www.haveyouhaditlongmadam.com. Retrieved 2015-12-09. 
  5. ^ [1] 'Roadshow expert braves Celebrity Mastermind' Homes and Antiques Magazine website
  6. ^ "Australia Day 2015: Antiques Roadshow presenter Hilary Kay becomes Australian citizen". ABC News. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 26 January 2015. 

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