George Clarke Dad: A British architect and television presenter, George Clarke (born 27 May 1974) is best known for his work on the Channel 4 television shows The Home Show, the Restoration Man, and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. He is also a writer and a lecturer on architecture and design.
Clarke was born in Sunderland and raised in the neighboring town of Washington. Anne Clarke’s mother worked as a secretary at Oxclose Comprehensive School, where Clarke was a student. The family’s printer father died when George was six years old, and his mother remarried. Clarke, according to his own account, was a popular but socially awkward youngster.
His grandfathers were both builders, and after spending his school holidays on and around construction sites, Clarke decided to become an architect at the age of 12: “I always wanted to be an architect.”
There was nothing else I wanted to do in the world. When the majority of the children were engaged in imaginative play with building blocks and Lego pieces, I was working on construction sites.
Clarke dropped out of school when he was 16 and went to work for David W. Johnson, an architectural business in his hometown. Following a BTEC in Building and Construction at Wearside College in Sunderland, he went on to earn a First Class BA Honours in Architectural Studies from Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape, as well as a Certificate in Architectural Practice, before completing a post-graduate diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
During his time as a student, Clarke supplemented his income by refurbishing the houses of others in his leisure time.
Clarke’s television career happened entirely by accident. In response to an invitation to write a book on architecture, the author sought a literary agent, not realizing that the agency also represented television personalities.
He was then invited to screen test for a new Channel 5 show called Build A New Life in the Country, which had been struggling to find a suitably charismatic building professional to head the show. He passed the test and was offered the role.
He was hired and went on to host two more property series for Channel 5, before being hired to host The Restoration Man for Channel 4. Clarke is married with two children.
Clarke grew up with three younger sisters, who were her best friends. He met Catriona, a Spanish national when he was hired to do repair work for her brother’s home. They were married the following year. Prior to splitting in 2013 and ultimately divorcing, the pair had been married for almost ten years and had three children.
Clarke currently resides in Notting Hill, West London, with his second wife, Katie, and their two children.
[a citation is required] While preserving the outside of his 1910 house to its original appearance, Clarke has totally remodeled the interior, creating a modern home while converting the interior into a modern home.
Even though he no longer lives in Blackfell, he still has family in Washington and Sunderland, and he makes at least two or three trips to the region each year.