Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

British interior designer and TV personality, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is a well-known media figure, thanks to his appearances on popular programmes such as Changing Rooms and DIY SOS: The Big Build. The home-style consultant attained a fine art honours degree in 1986 which started him on the road to success as one of the most famous interior designers in the UK.

Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

Early Life and Career

Laurence was born in London on 11th March 1965. His father Trefor was a Harley Street orthopaedic surgeon and his mother Patricia was a teacher. After excelling at art at Julian's primary school in Leigham Court Road, Streatham he went on to Alleyns School, Dulwich before successfully graduating from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts.

He worked for an interior design firm, Peter Leonard Associates, before launching his own successful interior design consultancy in 1989.

Television Shows

From 1999 to 2002, Laurence co-presented Home Front on BBC2 with garden designer Diarmuid Gavin. He also presented Fantasy Rooms for the BBC from 1999 to 2001. He got his major break in TV when he was invited to present the interior makeover programme, Changing Rooms, also for the BBC.

Laurence gained quite a controversial reputation on Changing Rooms for his flamboyant style. In an era when the trend was to de-clutter, he did exactly the opposite when he joined the show in 2003. Some people loved his designs - others hated them.

He also presented the BBC2 show, Taste, in 2002 and was a presenter on the BBC coverage of Chelsea Flower Show from 2002 to 2007. He took part in the quiz show, Test the Nation, on ITV in 2003 and was the celebrity guest winner. In 2004, he and wife Jackie hosted a show called It Wouldn't Be Christmas Without for the Living channel.

Laurence also presented Hidden Talent Locked Away in 2005 on BBC2, while he and Jackie appeared on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire on ITV in 2006, raising an incredible £500,000 for Shooting Star Children's Hospice.

He even helped to re-design Blackpool's famous Illuminations in 2007! Later that year, he hosted To the Manor Bowen on Living TV - a role he held until 2008.

DIY SOS

One of his most memorable appearances was in January 2011, when Laurence first appeared on BBC1's DIY SOS: The Big Build as a designer. He famously told bemused presenter Nick Knowles "less is more" as Laurence, dressed in a flamboyant suit and cravat, advised him how to paint - claiming he didn't wear overalls because they encourage you to splash paint all over the place!

The show renovates houses for people in need of help after DIY refurbishments have gone horribly wrong. The long-running series features regular appearances by Laurence to this day - he and Nick often don't see eye to eye. In a show earlier this month, Nick raised his eyebrows when Laurence declared he was creating an "Ibiza-style haven" for the householder, who loved dance music. Dressed in a bright blue suit, with an orange silk scarf round his neck, Laurence spray-painted a circular design in the garden and painted a garden chair blue, while Nick stood to one side looking visibly baffled.

However, Laurence's popularity and continued success - including writing interior design books since 2002 - speak for themselves. His latest venture since April 2017 is appearing in the Australian show, House Rules, where presenter Johanna Griggs has admitted there's "never a dull moment" when he's around.

Interior Design with Solent Plastics

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