They’re the real estate experts that we’ve watched and loved for years, but how well do you really know Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer?
Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer have been the dynamic duo on our screens for years showing us how to get the best out of our properties, and in the recent years have given homeowners a new lease of life on Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It. Within their expansive career the property experts have gained an international audience, many who’ve followed their journey since the beginning. If you think you’ve got all the info on these guys, put your knowledge to the test.
1. Kirstie has an official title
Kirstie’s father is Charles Henry Allsopp, 6th Baron of Hindlip and very important indeed. Part of the Peerage of England comprising of Dukes, Earls and Viscounts, his title carries onto his daughter, who can either go by Kirst or The Honourable Kirstie Allsopp. Tough one. But that’s not all! Kirstie’s brother’s godmother is the Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall and married to the future King of England.
2. Phil house hunted for A-list celebs
He may seem like the regular professional, but Phil Spencer has had quite the colourful life. He began a career in real estate in his twenties and within a short time became the in-demand agent with an extensive list of clients. The expert has found homes for Keira Knightley, Kylie Minogue and even Michael Jackson.
3. Phil and Kirstie have their own TV production company
In 2010 the two founded their own production company titled Raise the Roof promoting talent in Scotland. They’ve since accumulated 17 network titles including eight returning series, and the company stands as the leading independent TV production house in Scotland.
4. They are often mistaken as a couple
They may spend A LOT of time together, filming and travelling for their various series the last 20 odd years, but no – they are certainly not an item. Both parties are happily married with children of their own and remain close friends, which is documented on both of their social media accounts. Cheekily, Phil Spencer’s bio reads, “Husband, Dad, TV Presenter and the man that puts up with Kirstie Allsopp.”
5. Kirstie taught English in India
Kirstie has always been a trailblazer, even as a teenager. After attending 10 different schools throughout her childhood, she finished her senior year and skipped university to travel to India and teach English.
6. Phil has Australian ties
Phil and his Australian wife Fiona met in 1995 at the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. After dating for six years, they married and decided to give the sunny life a go and spent six months in Australia to see how life would be. However, soon after Phil was commissioned a series with Kirstie Allsopp as the production company noticed their chemistry in the screen test. They moved back to England, had two children and the rest is history!
7. Phil founded his first company in his twenties
Shortly after his studies in property surveying, Phil noticed the stressful ordeal his friends were going through when trying to find properties. He and his then girlfriend, Fiona Murray moved into an apartment and with 1000 pounds to his name set up a home-finding company that would later serve big names on an international scale.
Catch Kirstie and Phil’s Love It or List It Wednesdays at 8.30pm on Lifestyle