Jonnie Irwin

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Jonnie Irwin
Born (1973-11-18) 18 November 1973 (age 44)
Leicestershire, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Occupation TV presenter, and writer
Known for A Place in the Sun, Escape to the Country
Home town Lutterworth, England
Spouse(s) Jessica Holmes (September 2016)
Website Becca Barr Management

Jonathan James "Jonnie" Irwin (born 18 November 1973) is an English television presenter, writer, lecturer, business and property expert.


Early career[edit]

Irwin obtained a degree from Birmingham City University in Estate Management and worked for business transfer specialists Christie & Co,[1] becoming an associate director within three years, before going on to work for Colliers International.

Television career[edit]

In 2004, Irwin was selected along with co-presenter Jasmine Harman from hundreds of applicants to present Channel 4's[2] show A Place in the Sun – Home or Away,[3][4] and has filmed over 200 episodes all around Britain.

The programme is also broadcast daily on More4, Discovery Real Time and Discovery Travel & Living, as well as channels throughout Europe and the rest of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa. Irwin also presents episodes of BBC property shows Escape to the Country, To Buy or Not to Buy.

In January 2011, Sky 1 broadcast Jonnie's own show called Dream Lives for Sale,[5] which saw him help people leave their UK lives behind and buy a business to run themselves abroad. In late 2011 he started a new series The Renovation Game which aired on weekday mornings on Channel 4.

In season 22, episode 7 of Escape to the Country, Irwin was visibly shaken by the manufacturing of harps.

Other work[edit]

Over the past ten years, Irwin has advised clients on business and property from small high street gift shops to multimillion pound corporate hotel packages. He still runs a property and business consultancy.

Irwin writes a regular column for A Place in the Sun magazine[6] as well as a twice monthly column for Monarch Airlines. He appears at A Place in the Sun Live[7] giving presentations on his top tips for buying property abroad. Irwin also regularly hosts seminars and corporate events.

On 12 February 2013, he received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University.

Personal life[edit]

Irwin grew up on a small farm in the village of Bitteswell, Leicestershire. As his surname would suggest, Irwin is of Irish descent. He is a keen sportsman, he played rugby for Lutterworth RFC and then for Rugby Lions RFC, until an accident in a sevens tournament where he broke his back and subsequently retired. Recently married Jessica Holmes[8] in September 2016


  1. ^ "Businesses for Sale - Buy and Sell Businesses | Christie + Co". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  2. ^ Archived from the original on January 23, 2010. Retrieved August 17, 2010.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "Programmes - Most Popular - All 4". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Programmes - Most Popular - All 4". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  5. ^ "Sky 1 HD". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
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  7. ^ "A Place in the Sun Live | TV Presenters". Retrieved 2015-07-29. 
  8. ^ "Jessica Holmes and Jonnie Irwin wedding". TheStarBio. Retrieved 2018-02-05. 

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