Phil Spencer (television personality)

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Phil Spencer
Spencer filming in Stoke-on-Trent, July 2007
Philip John Edward Spencer

(1969-12-11) 11 December 1969 (age 54)
Littlebourne, Kent, England
Occupation(s)TV presenter
Years active2000-present
EmployerChannel 4
Notable credit(s)Location, Location, Location
Relocation, Relocation
Phil Spencer: Secret Agent
Love It or List It
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
SpouseFiona Spencer

Philip John Edward Spencer[1] (born 11 December 1969) is an English media personality, television presenter and journalist,[2] best known as the co-presenter of Channel 4 property show Location, Location, Location along with its spin-off Relocation, Relocation between 2004 and 2011 alongside Kirstie Allsopp.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Spencer grew up in Littlebourne, Kent.[4] He was educated at Uppingham School,[5] a co-educational independent school in the small market town of Uppingham, Rutland, in the Midlands, where he was Head Boy.[6]

Business career[edit]

Having studied as a surveyor in the early 1990s, Spencer decided that there was a lack of professional support available for buyers, and set himself up as a home finder.[7] He founded property search company Garrington Home Finders Ltd in 1996.[7] He describes himself as not the first to see this opportunity, "but I was probably second or third, and Kirstie [Allsopp] was the fourth."[7] The company entered into administration in early 2009.

Spencer remains an active property investor and landlord.[8] He launched the website Move iQ in 2018[9] to support buyers and renters in the UK property market,[10] and tenants in the UK.[11]

Media career[edit]

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.[12] Spencer is a director and shareholder.[13]

Spencer has written three books. In April 2010, his book Adding Value to Your Home was published.[14]

In 2013, Spencer hosted the daytime game show The Common Denominator, on Channel 4.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Spencer lives in Hampshire with his Australian wife Fiona and their two sons.[7] He is an Ambassador for SOS Children's Villages.[16] He is also a patron of St Mungo's, a London homelessness charity,[17][18] and a supporter of the Countryside Alliance.[19]

In August 2014, Spencer was one of 200 public figures who were signatories to a letter to The Guardian opposing Scottish independence in the run-up to the 2014 referendum on that issue.[20]

In August 2023, Spencer's parents were killed in a car accident in Kent.[21]


  • Spencer, Phil (2004). How to Buy a House. Vermilion. ISBN 978-0718147341.
  • Spencer, Phil (2010). Adding Value to Your Home. Vermilion.
  • Spencer, Phil (2011). How to Buy Your First Home. Vermilion.


  1. ^ "Spotlight On... Phil Spencer". Western Mail. 24 January 2015. Retrieved 29 November 2015.
  2. ^ "Phil Spencer's guide to negotiating thousands of pounds off the price of your dream home". Telegraph. 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ Latest. "Phil Spencer's biography". Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  4. ^ Property Market (29 July 2009). "Phil Spencer: from boom to bust". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 February 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  5. ^ School details – Uppingham Archived 7 November 2017 at the Wayback Machine Guide to Independent Schools
  6. ^ "Phil Spencer". TVLives. Archived from the original on 27 August 2018. Retrieved 28 August 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Property Market (29 July 2009). "Phil Spencer: from boom to bust". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 27 February 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  8. ^ "Phil Spencer: What the terms confusing first time buyers actually mean". iNews. 8 October 2019.
  9. ^ Scott, Caroline. "Property guru Phil Spencer's top tips for buying and selling".
  10. ^ Smith, Sophie (12 December 2018). "Phil Spencer: 10 ways to get around untrustworthy estate agents when buying a home". The Telegraph. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Phil Spencer launches new podcast for rental sector and buyers". Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  12. ^ Deans, Jason (15 March 2010). "Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer set up independent production company".
  13. ^ "About us - Raise The Roof Productions - Raise the Roof". Retrieved 25 April 2015.
  14. ^ Markosky, Cheryl (12 April 2010). "Phil Spencer: how to add value to your home". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010.
  15. ^ "Channel 4 Commissions The Common Denominator". Endemol Distribution News. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  16. ^ "SOS Children's Celebrity Supporters". SOS Children's Villages. Archived from the original on 8 October 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2009.
  17. ^ No tenant? What about the homeless? The Independent, 17 October 2010
  18. ^ Real Lettings, Real Lives Archived 13 March 2011 at the Wayback Machine Broadway Homelessness and Support, 13 October 2010
  19. ^ Countryside Alliance Update Countryside Alliance, autumn 2010
  20. ^ "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories". The Guardian. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 25 August 2014.
  21. ^ "Location, Location, Location star Phil Spencer's parents killed in car crash". The Guardian. 19 August 2023. Retrieved 20 August 2023.

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