Inside Channel 4 George Clarke’s life – from family heartbreak to American wife

Best known as the host of home improvement programs such as The Restoration Man and Ugly House to Lovely House, George Clarke is back on TV screens with his new show, Remarkable Renovations on Channel 4.

The show follows George as he journeys around the UK, meeting individuals who are flipping forgotten old buildings, transforming them into spectacular new homes of the future.

Prior to this, George worked with Channel 4 on his series Amazing Spaces, which was a big hit with viewers.

As a purveyor of home makeovers, fans of George have a keen interest in learning more about the home George shares with his family. The Star takes a look behind the curtain, to find out more about George's home life.

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Hailing from the North-East, George Clarke was born in Sunderland in 1974. He left school at 16 to train as an architect, with dreams of working for himself. George set up his first company in 1998 at just 24 years old.

His venture into the world of television makeover shows was an accident of sorts, and came about after meeting with an agent to discuss a potential book deal.

As it happened, the agent represented both literary and TV talent, which led to George being screen tested for Build A New Life In The Country on Channel 5. From there, George's career as a leading presenter of home renovation shows has gone from strength to strength.

He ended up a published author as well, with a number of books, including Build A New Life, Amazing Spaces and his Home Bible series.

Off screen, George has had an interesting life and has overcome a number of hurdles.

George reportedly met his first wife, Catriona Drummond, when carrying out renovation work for her brother, Swiggy.

Over the course of their 10-year marriage the couple went through a great deal together, including the tragic death of Catriona's brother.

Swiggy Drummond was a close friend of George, and both he and his wife were devastated by the sudden loss.

In tribute to his late friend and brother in law, George remains dedicated to raising awareness of various charities, and is the proud ambassador of Maggie's Centres cancer charity.

Catriona and George had three children together – Emilio, Georgie and Iona – before deciding to divorce in 2013.

For most of their lives, George's kids were raised in the family home in Notting Hill, West London; a property which George had renovated.

After splitting with his first wife, George found happiness with new partner Katie Morgan Jones, an American PR and marketing consultant.

The couple married in 2018, in a glamorous beach ceremony for family in Ibiza, before returning to London.

Since then, the family have relocated to the Cotswolds, keeping their house in London while setting up home in the Gloucestershire countryside.

Last year, in an interview with The Times, George revealed a bit about the layout of his home in the Cotswolds: "The house, which we bought last year, sits on a steep hill so you enter it at the upper level," he revealed.

"We have the kitchen and living room on the first floor, while the bedrooms, bathrooms and storage rooms are on the ground floor."

It seems, as a notoriously private person, fans will have to use their imagination when it comes to the remarkable renovations George may have made on his own home.

Remarkable Renovations is on every Wednesday at 9pm on Channel 4.

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