Inside Bargain Hunt’s Kate Bliss’ life from hidden talent to fluke TV debut

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Bargain Hunt is back on BBC One with Kate Bliss offering her expertise to the red and blue teams.

The antiques fanatic, who is in her late 40s, has appeared on numerous daytime shows including Flog It! and Secret Dealers.

She specialises in jewellery and silver, and she is part of the prestigious Great Britain Gemmological Association.

Born in Herefordshire, Kate studied English literature and fine art before deciding on a career in antiques.

She started off her working life at her father’s valuation and auction business.

Once her career in antiques was well-established, she started working alongside some of her Bargain Hunt co-stars.

She joined Philip Serrell’s auction business before starting work in association with Charles Hanson’s business.

When her family started to grow and she became a mother to two children, she started her own fine art valuation company.

Kate’s TV debut came after a coincidental run-in with the crew of Bargain Hunt and she has never looked back.

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She had once been spotted by the camera crew when they were visiting Brightwells auction house, filming an episode.

Outside of work, Kate married her husband Jonathan in 2005 and the couple went on to have their two children.

She is also a talented pianist and would perform as a teenager at Dorstone Parish Church, near where she grew up.

Kate is also known for her charity work and is a supporter of St Michael’s Hospice and the Alzheimer’s Society.

Since her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, she has been an advocate for the charity’s work.

Kate’s website says of her work: “Born into a successful auctioneering businesses, Kate grew up in the auction world and has always been fascinated by the history and craftsmanship of beautiful objects.”

Paying tribute to her father, she said: “My father had his own saleroom when I was growing up so I started rummaging for treasure and sitting on the auctioneer’s rostrum, from an early age.

“I think a lot of the antiques business is in the blood. So many traditional dealers impart their knowledge and enthusiasm to the next generation, and so the tradition continues.

“My father certainly taught me how to auctioneer and command the room.”

Bargain Hunt airs on weekdays on BBC One at 12.15pm

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