|Born||24 June 1977
Torquay, Devon, England
|Died||1 March 2010 (aged 32)
Newham, London, England
Kristian Digby (pronounced /ˈkrɪstjən ˈdɪɡbi/; 24 June 1977 – 1 March 2010) was an English television presenter and director best known for presenting To Buy or Not to Buy on BBC One. On 1 March 2010 he was found dead in what police said were "unexplained circumstances".
Digby was born on 24 June 1977 in Torquay, Devon, to a family of property developers. He attended Bramdean School in Exeter, where he is said to have battled with dyslexia. He later presented a documentary for the BBC entitled Hiding the Truth: I Can't Read in which he returned to the school. In 1997, Digby's film Words of Deception won him a Junior BAFTA. The following year, his film Last Train to Demise, which featured actress and model Lucy Perkins, won the Melbourne Film Festival's Best Student Film award.
Digby was openly gay. He claimed to have discovered his sexuality when he was studying for his degree in "Film, video and photographic arts" at the University of Westminster (1995 to 1998). According to a friend, Digby had an eight-year relationship, which had ended a year before.
Digby started his television presenting career for ITV presenting Nightlife. Prior to this he covered for LBC's TV critic Chris Stacey on LBC's evening shows, Sunday Night and One Night Strand. At around the same time, he directed television programmes Homefront, Fantasy Rooms, She’s Gotta Have It which also featured actress and model Lucy Perkins, Girls On Top (Not be confused with the 1980s sitcom) and The O-Zone. In 2001, Digby presented That Gay Show on BBC Choice.
Beginning in 2003, Digby presented various programmes for the BBC, most notably To Buy or Not to Buy. In addition, he has presented Uncharted Territory, Holiday, Trading Up, Living in the Sun and Open House.
In 2006 he appeared in Simon Fanshawe's The Trouble with Gay Men and bemoaned the lack of gay role models, explaining how he refused to camp it up on TV, although he was known for his pole dancing skills excerpted on That Gay Show. In the September 2006 edition of AXM he appeared nude for charity.
Digby presented the following morning TV BBC shows:
Open House - Along with his team, he made over properties that are not selling through the traditional estate agent route, after the make over they host an open house for possible buyers.
Buy It, Sell It, Bank It - The show follows two property developers at a property auction, the winner is followed for the rest of the show as he or she alters the house. The loser at the auction gives his or her thoughts of the improvements at the end of the show.
To Build or Not to Build - In 2008 Digby decided to build his own house, designed by Neu Architects. The BBC decided to follow this and also draw in other people who have done something similar with Digby interviewing them. The premise is similar to Channel 4's Grand Designs, but on a smaller scale.
A neighbour found Digby dead in his flat in Richford Road, Newham, London E15 at 7:45 am on 1 March 2010. An ambulance was called; paramedics declared him dead at the scene. The circumstances are as yet unexplained. Digby's post-mortem was held on 2 March 2010; the results were inconclusive. The police are satisfied that there was no third-party involvement. Digby's body was identified by his mother, Paula Dubois. His inquest opened on 4 March 2010 at Walthamstow Coroner's Court; both his parents attended. The inquest was adjourned later the same day.