7 things you didn’t know about Homes Under The Hammer star Martin Roberts

Martin Roberts Homes Under The Hammer
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From writing children's books to presenting radio shows from his garden, here are a few things you might not know about Martin Roberts...

Property expert and TV presenter Martin Roberts has become a household favourite over the last 15 years, having given his expert opinion on BBC hit series, Homes Under The Hammer, since 2003.

But while he might have made a career out of advising other people on how to make money out of their properties, there's a lot more to the TV star than renovating houses.

Here are 7 things you might not know about Homes Under The Hammer presenter Martin Roberts...

1. He's no stranger to reality TV 

Martin Roberts I'm A Celebrity 2016

Martin Roberts enjoyed jungle fame on I'm A Celebrity back in 2016

As well as appearing on Celebrity Masterchef in 2010, Martin, who was born in Warrington, has also appeared on BBC game shows Pointless and Hole one the Wall. Martin also caused quite a stir when he appeared on ITV's I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2016.

The presenter was a late arrival to the series, entering the camp after the rest of the group had already settled in to jungle life. But despite this, he soon got stuck in by taking part in Bushtucker trials, before being eliminated in a double eviction alongside footballer Wayne Bridge after 15 days.

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2. He's a DIY fanatic

When he's not busy advising people on all things property related, Martin likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of DIY to help him unwind. In fact, the TV presenter loves a bit of home improvement so much that he often solves listeners' DIY dilemmas on BBC Radio 2.

3. He's got some quirky home features

Martin lives with his wife Kirsty and their two children in a little village just outside Bath and, of course, being a property expert means that his home is stunning. Not only does the TV presenter have an island in the middle of his country-style kitchen, complete with a built-in fish tank, but he also has a climbing wall in the garden and a radio studio built into a tree house.

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4. He has his own charity 

Martin is an avid campaigner for child wellbeing and has his own charity, the Martin Roberts Foundation. The charity works directly with the NSPCC and Childline to offer educational and well being initiatives for children. They also aim to fundraise enough money to be able to give a free copy of his book, Sadsville, to every 8 and 9 year-old in the country in the hope it will help children know how to reach out for support.

5. He's not just an expert in property

As well as offering advice on all things to do with property and DIY, Martin also is a bit of an expert when it comes to travel. He started his TV career on Wish You Were Here, a hit BBC travel show that he presented alongside TV legend Judith Chalmers.

6. Martin Roberts writes children's books

Not content with just being at the helm of one of the most popular daytime TV shows on our screens, Martin is also an author. As well as writing a best-selling book called 'Making Money From Property' he's also written a series of books for children called The Villes. Each story follows main character, Herman, who visits different villages on a red double-decker bus where he finds problems that need solving.

7. He holds training seminars 

While you've probably learnt a thing or two about renovating properties from watching Martin on TV, you can also learn a few tricks of the trade from one of his three-day property training seminars. Martin promises to help you become successful in the property world by training you in everything from how to buy at auction to the skills you need for property negotiation.

Main Martin Roberts pic: Jonathan Hordle/REX/Shutterstock; I'm A Celeb: ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.