Tommy Walsh (builder)

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Tommy Walsh
Tommy Walsh 2004-10-22.jpg
Tommy Walsh in 2004
Born (1956-12-18) 18 December 1956 (age 64)
OccupationBroadcaster, gardener, builder
Spouse(s)Marie Walsh
ChildrenCharlotte Walsh, Natalie Walsh, Jonjo Walsh

Tommy Walsh (born 18 December 1956), is an English TV personality, presenter and celebrity builder best known for his DIY Television shows such as Ground Force (1997–2005) and Challenge Tommy Walsh.


Educated at Parmiter's School, then a grammar school in Bethnal Green, Walsh became a builder and first came to public attention after appearing in the BBC television gardening programme Ground Force. He stayed with the show for the rest of its run, from 1997 to 2005.

He presently lives in South Hackney, with his wife and three children.[1] In addition to his television work, he runs his own building business and writes books on do-it-yourself and garden improvement. He also has his own DIY brand that is sold in Poundland shops in the UK.

Walsh had a small acting role in the film One.[2] He is patron of the Stairway to Heaven Memorial Trust,[3] and is the subject of the song "Tommy Walsh's Eco House" on the 2011 album 90 Bisodol (Crimond) by the band Half Man Half Biscuit. He has also appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank.[4]

Television work[edit]

Walsh has presented several Television shows, including:

  • Challenge Tommy Walsh (with Alan Herd)
  • Space Invaders
  • Tommy Walsh's Eco House
  • Trading Places
  • Tommy's Ultimate Workshop
  • Tommy's DIY Survival
  • The Reclaimers
  • Ground Force
  • Our House
  • Fix Your House For Free
  • Celebrity Fit Club
  • Flip That House with Tommy Walsh
  • My Life as a DIY Nutter (Channel 5)
  • Cowboys & Angels (BBC)
  • Me and my son Greg (2017)
  • Keeping up with the Walshes (E! New season coming)
  • Homes Under the Hammer
  • Clean It, Fix It[5]


  • Ground Force: Practical Garden Projects (2000), BBC Books
  • Ground Force: Garden Handbook (2001), BBC Books - with Alan Titchmarsh and Charlie Dimmock
  • Tommy Walsh's DIY Guide (2001), Focus Multimedia Ltd - CD-ROM
  • Basic DIY (2002), Collins
  • DIY Survival (2002), Collins
  • Bathroom DIY (2004), Collins
  • Kitchen DIY (2004), Collins
  • Living Spaces DIY (2004), Collins
  • Outdoor DIY (2004), Collins
  • My Greg (2017), Penguin


  1. ^ Anstead, Mark (2010) "Tommy Walsh: 'I borrowed from friends to save my father from repossession'", Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2010, retrieved 2010-08-27
  2. ^ Chamberlain, Zoe (2004) "Ground Force Tommy Lands Killer Film Role", Sunday Mercury, 31 October 2004
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Series 1, Episode 6". Lily Savage's Blankety Blank. 11 February 2016. ITV. Repeated 24 August 2016 on Challenge TV.
  5. ^ "Clean It, Fix It". Retrieved 8 November 2021.

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