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Nick at the premiere of 'Run Fat Boy Run' in Leicester Square, London.
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Nicholas Augustine Knowles (born 1962) is an Englishmarker television presenter. He is best known for presenting DIY SOS on the BBC. He is a former boyfriend of Suzi Perry. He has also presented Mission Africa, UK's Worst, City Hospital, Coast to Coast, Five's Company and Departure Lounge.

Early years

Nick was born in Southallmarker, Londonmarker. He has one brother, John, and three sisters, Karen, Angela and Sheila. .

At age 11, Nick moved to Mildenhallmarker in Suffolk, attending St Louis Middle School. After his family moved again, he attended Skinners School in Tunbridge Wellsmarker, Kentmarker.

After leaving school, Nick started work as a labourer before starting his own business. He still holds controlling shares of this company

Television career

He is principally known as the main host of DIY SOS, a home renovation series which has been broadcast on BBC One since 1999. He has also presented the BBC factual show Real Rescues since 2007.

Knowles has also hosted several entertainment programmes, including The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins and Last Choir Standing, both in 2008. Later the same year, he presented New Year Live with Kate Silverton on New Year's Eve aboard HMS Belfastmarker in London.In 2005, he was one of the celebrities who took part in Comic Relief does Fame Academy.

Knowles has also presented programmes with a wildlife theme. In 2007 he fronted Mission Africa, in which a team of volunteers constructed a game reserve in Kenyamarker. In the same year, he also reported on the plight of orphaned orang-utans for an edition of Saving Planet Earth. In 2009, he co-presented the BBC reality TV series Wildest Dreams with James Honeyborne, in which novice candidates had to complete a set of challenging tasks filming wild animals in Africa. The winner joined the BBC Natural History Unit on a one-year placement.


In October 2007, he was named by the Halifax as Briton's 'Home Idol' in a survey to find the most popular TV home improvement show presenter, beating Sarah Beeny into second place.

Charity work

Nick has done much work for charity and has been a regular supporter of the children's anti-bullying charity Act Against Bullying.

Personal life

  • He has three children called Charlie, Tuesday and TJ.
  • He is a keen beekeeper and has been a member of the British Beekeepers' Association since 2002



  1. Fabulous Mag: Interiors - Nick Knowles

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