Lucy Alexander Biography
Lucy Alexander born Lucy Katharine Alexander, is an English television presenter. She is well known for appearing on the BBC One property show Homes Under the Hammer.
Lucy Alexandergraduated at the London Studio Centre in drama and dance. She has presented on the Nickelodeon channel, Channel 5’s morning children’s block Milkshake! and It’s a Knockout. Alexander co-presented the BBC’s Homes Under the Hammer alongside Martin Roberts from its launch in 2003 until 2016.
In July 2016, Alexander presented the first episode of the 5-part BBC documentary series Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS. In 2017, she appeared in Channel 4’s Tried and Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List. She began presenting the daytime Channel 4 series Best of Both Worlds in 2017. In 2017 she co-presented Lost and Found on Channel 4 daytime with Simon O’Brien.
Lucy Alexander Age
Lucy Alexander was born on 27 February 1971 in East Dulwich, London. She has an older sister, Sally.
Lucy Alexander Husband
Lucy Alexander is married to former footballer Stewart Castledine.
Lucy Alexander Wedding
Lucy Alexander married Stewart Castledine in 2000 in Richmond, west London. Actress Tamzin Outhwaite was the chief bridesmaid. The wedding was covered by Hello! magazine.
Lucy Alexander Children
Lucy Alexander and Stewart Castledine have two children. They live in Thames Ditton, Surrey.
Lucy Alexander Daughter
In February 2010, her daughter, Kitty Rose went to school feeling unwell and by lunchtime she’d lost the use of her legs. It turned out that she had developed transverse myelitis, a rare disease of the central nervous system.
The condition is the result of the immune system attacking healthy tissue. In Kitty’s case, her spinal cord was affected – and now she is wheelchair-bound.
Lucy Alexander Net Worth
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Lucy Alexander TV Shows
1999–2001: It’s a Knockout
2003–2016: Homes Under the Hammer
2016: Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS
2017: Tried and Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List
2017—: Best of Both Worlds
2017—: Lost and Found
Lucy Alexander Interview
What did your parents teach you about money?
Lucy Alexander: That you never lose on bricks and mortar. I remember viewing properties with them from the age of five – they were always looking to invest in property and add value so they could move up the ladder.
How much pocket money did you get as a child?
Lucy Alexander: My mum would give 10p for sweets after school but other than that my parents encouraged me to make my own pocket money.
I would make cakes or pick cherry plums off the tree in our garden, then stand outside our house and sell them.
What was the first paid work you ever did and how old were you?
Lucy Alexander: When I was nine years old I did a Fairy soap advert. I had to dress up as a Brownie, wash my face with Fairy soap and say: ‘Ready for parade, Brown Owl? And look how much Fairy’s left!’
I was paid £4,000 for three days’ work – but I loved it. I would have done it for nothing. I knew then I wanted to work in television and went on to do a few TV adverts as a child. By the age of 18, I had saved a £10,000 deposit from my earnings which I used to buy a two-bedroom flat in Clapham, South London, for £49,000.
Have you ever struggled to make ends meet?
Lucy Alexander: No. But I had a mortgage to pay at the age of 18 and I was still at drama school so I did not have loads of money.
I refused to rely on handouts from my parents so I rented out one of the rooms and did promotional work in my spare time.
One job required me to dress up as a Cadbury’s Creme Egg chicken and walk around a shopping centre, giving out chocolate all day.
I was paid £70 for a day’s work, plus as many Creme Eggs as I could eat. It was brilliant.
Have you ever been paid silly money for a job?
Lucy Alexander: I once sat in a fish tank and blew a pretend bubble out of my mouth for a newspaper advert. It took 20 minutes and they paid me £4,000, plus repeat fees.
What was the best year of your life in terms of the money you made?
Lucy Alexander: It was last year when my husband Stewart and I sold our family home – an old manor house in Surrey we had bought at auction in 2008.
We paid more than £1million and spent £500,000 transforming it from five flats back into a grand six-bedroom house. It more than trebled its value.
That has set us up for our latest big project. We have just bought a new house and plot in the same village and are starting all over again, but with a massive chunk of our mortgage paid off.
Do you think it is important to give to charity?
Lucy Alexander: Five years ago, our daughter Kitty walked to school. She was a perfectly normal, healthy child but when she got there, she felt ill and collapsed.
By the time teachers called me and I got to school, she was paralysed. I did not know it at the time. I had to carry her to the car.
She was screaming. A virus was attacking her body, she became seriously ill and had to go on to a life support machine. She is now in a wheelchair and will probably not walk again. She has not made any recovery in the past five years.
You never think your life can be turned upside down in a minute but that is what happened. She was only seven years old.
So we support the Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation. It funds research so that one day people with spinal cord injuries will walk again. That is what we want for Kitty. It is an amazing charity and I really believe there will soon be a breakthrough.
Did Kitty’s illness have an impact on your finances?
Lucy Alexander: I am in a privileged position. I can afford to give Kitty what she needs, because when you are paralysed, you need so much stuff and physiotherapy.
If I did not have the money, I could not give that to her. Property has been the blessing which allowed us to be able to support her financially and Kitty now manages in her wheelchair amazingly well. I feel sorry for families who do not have the financial back-up we have.
Do you own more than one property?
Lucy Alexander: Yes. We’ve got a few high end properties in London and the Home Counties, a couple of auction properties and an old schoolhouse in Kent we’re currently converting into four town houses.
We have big mortgages on a lot of them. We have also got a tiny holiday bolthole – a studio flat – in the South of France which we bought for £40,000, mortgage-free.
What is the most expensive fun item you’ve ever bought?
Lucy Alexander: My Range Rover Evoque. It cost £44,000 and I bloody love it.
What is the biggest money mistake you’ve ever made?
Investing a four-figure sum ten years ago in a plot of land in the Far East. It might come good but we have not made any money on it yet. From that, I’ve learnt to stick to investing in places I know.
What is the best money decision you have ever made?
Lucy Alexander: Meeting my husband Stewart. He shares my property aspirations and we have the same mindset. When we came together, we pooled our funds and went for it. We were young and quite gung-ho and it has really set us up for life.
In a way, our mutual interest in property brought us together. We viewed property on our first date. I was looking to buy a flat in Richmond, South-West London, and he said: ‘Oh, I’ll take you out for lunch, I know the area really well and can show you around.’ That is how we got together.
Do you save into a pension or invest in the stock market?
Lucy Alexander: No. I’ve never gone down those routes, I have always invested in bricks and mortar like my mum and dad taught me to. I like to have control over my money.
What is the one little luxury you like to treat yourself to?
Lucy Alexander: I love holidaying in a beautiful resort where padded sun beds are available in abundance. It is the height of luxury. I go whenever I can afford it. I also like to jet off with girlfriends for a couple of days at a time to relax.
If you were chancellor what is the first change you would make?
I would stop mega-wealthy overseas buyers hoovering up all the high-end properties in London and then leaving them empty. I would charge them a super-tax equivalent to 10 per cent of the property price to make them think twice about doing that.
Finally, what is your number one financial priority?
Lucy Alexander: To have enough money in the bank in case there is any breakthrough in spinal regeneration.
I want to have the money to pay for that so Kitty can walk again.
With what has happened to her, it makes you sensible.
I want to be at the head of the queue, saying: ‘Right, we’ll go for that.’