Sunday, February 20, 2011

BBC Bargain Hunt - David Harper Biography

David Kingsley Harper (born 1967) is a British TV antiques expert and published writer.

He is an expert on BBC's Bargain Hunt; Put your Money where Your Mouth Is, Cash in the Attic and The Antiques Road Trip.

He has featured on Through the Keyhole, Ready Steady Cook and presented pieces for The One Show, Inside Out and Country file Summer Diaries.

Although David is from the north of England and lives in Teesdale in South Durham, he also spent several years growing up in Africa and went to school in Zimbabwe.

From the age of 18, David spent 20 years self employed in Business. In his time, he has owned and run many businesses from printing companies to property developing - in fact since the age of 18 he’s been self employed.

In this time he has in fact had one job in the corporate world, where, because of his antique expertise was offered the position of sales director of a Thai/UK PLC company which imported antique style rubber wood furniture from the far east.

At 25, David was one of the youngest sales directors of a PLC in Britain.

David found his way into TV through his lifelong passions for antiques and classic cars. His first TV role was in 2005 as presenter of Channel 4's Natural Born Dealers.

Since then David has presented shows for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 including Country file, Inside Out, Bargain Hunt, The Heaven & Earth Show, The One Show, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and Natural Born Dealers. He’s also appeared on Celebrity Ready Steady Cook and has been featured on Through the Keyhole.

Antiques have always been David’s passion and he has been an antique dealer for more than 20 years, working with collectors, dealers and designers from all over the world, exhibiting at international top end fairs, writing for newspapers and magazines and buying for private and corporate clients.

He’s bought and sold individual items from a few pounds to tens of thousands of pounds. David has over 40 internationally published antique articles to his credit and has an antique shop in the historic market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham (home of the Bowes Museum)

David Harper Antiques.