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Sarah Beeny
Born Sarah Lucinda Beeny
9 January 1972 (1972-01-09) (age 38)
Reading, Berkshire
Residence London and Yorkshire
Nationality British
Education Luckley-Oakfield School
Queen Mary's College
Occupation Property Developer
Businesswomen
Broadcaster
Spouse(s) Graham Swift
Children 4
Website
http://www.sarahbeeny.com

Sarah Lucinda Beeny (born 9 January 1972) is an English property developer and television presenter, best known for presenting the Channel 4 property shows Property Ladder, Streets Ahead and Britain’s Best Homes.

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Biography

Beeny was born in Reading, Berkshire, and has one brother. The daughter of an architect for Bovis Homes,[1][2] her mother loved the self-sustained outdoor life. The family lived in two converted brick cottages in a nine acre plot on the edge of the Duke of Wellington's estate Stratfield Saye,[3] in a style that Beeny describes as "a bit like The Good Life."[1] The family kept goats, chickens and ducks, while her father made Dolls House furniture to raise extra cash: "They were crafty-entrepreneurial but more craft than entrepreneurial."[1]

After her mother Annie died when Sarah was aged 10,[1][4] she was educated as a weekly boarder at the all-girls Luckley-Oakfield School in Wokingham.[5] Although her friends were off to university, Beeny was not academic and was encouraged to study drama by her English teacher, resultantly taking a leading role in Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle.[6] Pursuing the idea of becoming a professional actress, she studied drama at Queen Mary's College, Basingstoke, but failed to get into a drama school.[6]

Advised by her father and stepmother to get out and see the world, Beeny travelled around the world solo at the age of 17 and felt "lonely and seasick" most of the way round.[4][1] She returned to the UK to take a series of jobs, including: working for Save the Children; window cleaning; door-to-door vacuum cleaner selling and running her own sandwich making business.[1][6][4] Assuming she would be self-employed for the rest of her life, at weekends she would study the property market, which gave her a good grounding in the market. Having saved up a deposit, without any formal training Beeny began her own property developing business with her brother and her husband at the age of 24. Beeny is also the co-founder of the popular UK dating website Mysinglefriend,[5] with childhood friend Amanda Christie.[4]

Beeny met her husband and business partner, artist Graham Swift, when she was 18 - her brother is married to Swift's sister.[7] Beeny and Swift have four children. They have homes in Streatham.[8] and Yorkshire.[5] She has recently given birth to their fourth child.

Sarah is supporting Breakthrough Breast Cancer's Crocus Walk campaign in 2009.

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Property media

After meeting the sister-in-law of a researcher at Talkback Thames at a hen party,[2][9] she was asked to undertake a screen test to front a new programme series about property development, which was to be fronted by a property expert. Taking the advice of her step mother and never turning down an opportunity,[1] the successful format Property Ladder has led to various spin-off series, including Streets Ahead and Britain’s Best Homes. In 2006 Sarah Beeny presented another Channel 4 programme One Year to Pay Off Your Mortgage. She has written a number of books to accompany the series, and a weekly column for the Mail on Sunday.

In other media appearances, in August 2007 Sarah starred in a promotional trailer for Channel 4 which was made in the form of a parody of a Kung Fu movie. The classic line "You dare to challenge the might of the Beeny", was said by Sarah to the evil nemesis. Later that year, she also appeared on the Five motoring show, Fifth Gear, where she raced Jason Plato in an articulated lorry around a course. Beeny has also appeared on Gordon Ramsay's The F-Word, as she offered up her garden for Gordon's sheep to feed on.

She regularly appears on television and is a friend of DJ Christian O' Connell. She has also appeared on Bob the Builder alongside Dermot O'Leary, on which she estimated the value of Bob the Builder's house to be "Two Bob".

Internet Entrepreneur

In 2007, Sarah set up a new dating site, mysinglefriend, that encourages people to recommend their single friends as an ideal date by describing them on the site. In June 2009, she launched property site, Tepilo, with the web design company, Codegent Ltd, which provides a place for people to buy and sell their homes directly, avoiding the need to pay estate agent's fees. The site allows people to negotiate prices directly and also offers advice about buying and selling, as well as designing a home for profit.

Books

Quotes

  • Does she think she has achieved a lot?[1]
Graham (Swift - her husband) says I have. This sounds really morbid, but my mother died when she was 39 and I've always thought I should fit it in before then, just in case. I'm not planning on dying at 39, but you never know. And you only get one go, don't you? I think she would have done lots of stuff had she lived so I think I do all the stuff for me and all the stuff for her

References

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "I get a kick from risk". The Guardian. 2007-05-09. http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2007/may/09/broadcasting.property. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  2. ^ a b "Meet Sarah Beeny". At Home Magazine. September 2008. http://www.athomemagazine.co.uk/ss_viewarticlecall10.php?id=11329. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  3. ^ "My country memories". allaboutyou.com. 2008-05-07. http://www.allaboutyou.com/country/Country-Life-Celebrity-Memory-Sarah-Beeny/gallery. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  4. ^ a b c d "Sarah Beeny: dates and destiny". Sunday Herald. http://www.sundayherald.com/arts/arts/display.var.1429032.0.sarah_beeny_dates_and_destiny.php. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  5. ^ a b c "'I used to flash my breasts at the builders and snog all the boys,' says Sarah Beeny the St Trinian's-style rebel". Daily Mail. 2008-12-15. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1095047/I-used-flash-breasts-builders-snog-boys-says-Sarah-Beeny-St-Trinians-style-rebel.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  6. ^ a b c "My best teacher - Sarah Beeny". Times Educational Supplement. 2008-11-07. http://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storycode=6004784. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  7. ^ "Sarah Beeny's heaven and hell". The Telegraph. 2008-08-15. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/hubs/heavenandhell/2522198/Sarah-Beenys-heaven-and-hell.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  
  8. ^ http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2009/jan/11/sarah-beeny-house-prices
  9. ^ "My Life in Media: Sarah Beeny". The Independent. 2007-11-19. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/media/my-life-in-media-sarah-beeny-400903.html. Retrieved 2008-12-15.  

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