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English television presenter (born 1973)

Jonnie Irwin
Jonathan James Irwin

(1973-11-18) 18 November 1973 (age 49)

  • Television presenter
  • writer
  • lecturer
  • business expert
  • property expert
Known for Presenting A Place in the Sun and Escape to the Country
Jessica Holmes

(m 2016)

Children 3

Jonathan James Irwin (born 18 November 1973) is an English television presenter, writer, lecturer, business and property expert

Early life

Irwin grew up on a small farm in the village of Bitteswell, Leicestershire Irwin was educated at Lutterworth Grammar School and Community College He obtained a degree from Birmingham City University in Estate Management

He is of Irish descent


Irwin worked for business transfer specialists Christie & Co, becoming an associate director within three years, before going on to work for Colliers International

In 2004, Irwin was selected from hundreds of applicants along with co-presenter Jasmine Harman to present Channel 4’s show A Place in the Sun – Home or Away, and has filmed over 200 episodes all around Britain The programme is also broadcast daily on More4, Discovery Real Time and Discovery Travel & Living, as well as channels throughout Europe and the rest of the world, including New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa In 2022 Irwin accused A Place in the Sun producers of axing him as presenter after 18 years due to a cancer diagnosis, leaving his mood “really low”

Irwin also presents episodes of BBC property shows Escape to the Country and To Buy or Not to Buy Irwin has also presented the spin-off to Escape to the Country, Escape to the Perfect Town

In January 2011, Sky 1 broadcast Irwin’s own show called Dream Lives for Sale, which saw him help people leave behind their lives in the UK and buy a business In late 2011 he began a new series, The Renovation Game, which aired on weekday mornings on Channel 4

Over the past ten years, Irwin has advised clients on business and property, ranging from small high street gift shops to multimillion pound corporate hotel packages He still runs a property and business consultancy

Irwin writes a regular column for A Place in the Sun magazine He appears at A Place in the Sun Live giving presentations on his tips for buying property abroad Irwin also regularly hosts seminars and corporate events

Personal life

Irwin is a keen sportsman He played rugby for Lutterworth RFC and then for Rugby Lions RFC, until an accident in a sevens tournament in which he broke his back and subsequently retired

Irwin married Jessica Holmes in September 2016 Together they have three sons Irwin and his family moved to the Hertfordshire town of Berkhamsted in 2018 and then to the Newcastle upon Tyne area

Health and illness

On 13 November 2022, Irwin shared that he had terminal lung cancer, after being diagnosed in 2020 He also stated that he has around six months to live In an interview with Hello!, Irwin said, “I don’t know how long I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it I set little markers – things I want to be around for I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible I owe that to Jess and our boys Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family”

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