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Jonnie Irwin Biography – Jonnie Irwin Wiki
Jonnie Irwin is a TV presenter and property expert best known as a presenter for A Place in the Sun on Channel 4 and Escape to the Country on BBC1. He has presented numerous shows across various networks, including consumer shows for BBC1, a business series for SKY1, and renovation shows for Channel 4.
Irwin is one of A Place in the Sun’s longest-running TV presenters. He first appeared on the show in 2004 alongside Jasmine Harman in A Place in the Sun: Home or Away.
In an interview with A Place in the Sun, Irwin revealed how he landed the job: “I was working as a surveyor for a property firm when I received an e-mail – via a friend – from a TV company looking for presenters with a property background. So I went around a local shopping centre, approaching strangers and asking them random questions, with a mate filming me on my mum’s camcorder. I sent the tape down and a week later, was asked to do a series of screen tests and was then offered the job.”
Since then, Irwin has filmed hundreds of episodes for the award-winning Channel 4 series and helped countless house hunters find their dream properties overseas, using his background in property and surveying.
Irwin grew up on a small farm and stables in Leicestershire. Always outdoors he would play as much of any kind of sport as possible but his main focus has always been rugby playing as a junior for Lutterworth Rugby Club and eventually senior rugby for Rugby Lions RFC.
He studied Estate Management at Birmingham City University and secured his first job with Christie and Co, a surveying and business transfer specialist. Like most graduates, he worked across a range of departments and it was here that Jonnie gained his knowledge and passion for the world of business and property. After six years and having become associate director and manager of the agency office, Jonnie was headhunted to help set up the hotels and leisure department of Colliers in Birmingham.
Irwin then took a completely new direction and landed the role of joint presenter of the new Channel 4 TV show A Place In The Sun: Home or Away?, receiving a TRIC Award in the second series. It wasn’t long before he was offered other shows and has since presented numerous series for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky 1. He is one of the lead presenters of the BBC’s flagship property show Escape to the Country.
Jonnie Irwin Age
He was born Jonathan James Irwin on 18 November 1973. He is 48 years old as of 2022.
Jonnie Irwin Wife
Is Jonnie Irwin married? He is married to Jessica Holmes. They’ve been married since 2016.
Jonnie Irwin Family
A Place In the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin and his wife Jessica Holmes have three young children: son Rex, born in 2018, and twins Rafa and Cormac, born in June 2021.
Does Jonnie Irwin have Cancer?
In November 2022, TV presenter Jonnie Irwin revealed he has terminal cancer in an interview with HELLO! magazine. The Escape to the Country host revealed that he has been diagnosed with lung cancer which has spread to his brain.
He told the outlet: “I don’t know how long I have left, but I try to stay positive and my attitude is that I’m living with cancer, not dying from it. I set little markers – things I want to be around for. I got into the habit of saying: ‘Don’t plan ahead because I might not be well enough.’ But now I want to make plans. I want to make memories and capture these moments with my family because the reality is, my boys are going to grow up not knowing their dad and that breaks my heart.”
Jonnie was in Italy in August 2020, filming for A Place in the Sun, when he got the first warning sign that something was wrong when his vision went blurry while driving. Tests soon revealed he had lung cancer which had spread to his brain.
“Within a week of flying back from filming, I was being given six months to live. I had to go home and tell my wife, who was looking after our babies, that she was on her own pretty much. That was devastating. All I could do was apologise to her. I felt so responsible.”
Throughout, only a very small group of friends and family knew about his diagnosis but he now wants to talk about his illness.
“It’s got to the point now where it feels like I’m carrying a dirty secret – it’s become a monkey on my back,” he told the magazine. “I hope that by shaking that monkey off and talking to HELLO!, I might inspire people who are living with life-limiting prospects to make the most of every day; to help them see that you can live a positive life, even though you are dying.
“One day, this is going to catch up with me. But I’m doing everything I can to hold that day off for as long as possible. I owe that to Jess and our boys. Some people in my position have bucket lists, but I just want us to do as much as we can as a family.”
According to the NHS, there are usually no signs or symptoms during the early stages of lung cancer. Symptoms develop as the condition progresses. The main symptoms of lung cancer include a cough that does not go away after 3 weeks, a long-standing cough that gets worse, chest infections that keep coming back, coughing up blood, an ache or pain when breathing or coughing, persistent breathlessness, persistent tiredness or lack of energy, and loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
Jonnie Irwin Smoking
Was Jonnie Irwin a smoker? It’s unknown whether the TV presenter was a smoker. According to the NHS, most cases of lung cancer are caused by smoking, although people who have never smoked can also develop the condition.
Smoking cigarettes is the single biggest risk factor for lung cancer. It’s responsible for more than 7 out of 10 cases. While smoking cigarettes is the biggest risk factor, using other types of tobacco products can also increase your risk of developing lung cancer and other types of cancer, such as oesophageal cancer and mouth cancer. These products include cigars, pipe tobacco, snuff (a powdered form of tobacco) and chewing tobacco.
Jonnie Irwin Illness
A Place In The Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin was diagnosed with lung cancer in August 2020. The property expert only informed close friends and family of his cancer and started chemotherapy privately.
In March 2022, Irwin raised illness concerns following his absence from the Channel 4 show. Months later, he had fans worried about his health after his appearance on Escape to the Country. Fans took to the comment section of his social media post to convey their concerns.
Katje wrote: “Good to see you in today’s episode. However, I also thought you’re eyes didn’t have the sparkle and without your usual locks of hair? I was actually worried about your health. Is everything all right?”
Pip said: “Are you OK? You look completely different in today’s episode!.” It came after a brief absence from the show, which Jonnie referenced online.
“Are you still doing A Place in the Sun? Haven’t seen you on it for ages (you’re my fav)” a fan asked. To which Jonnie replied cryptically: “Long story which I’ll share soon.”
Another commented: “Glad to hear that you are back filming A Place in the Sun,” with Jonnie responding: “I’m not filming – private client.” Anne wrote: “I hope your feeling ok @jonnieirwintv you didn’t look it today. Sending to you good health.”
Jonnie Irwin Weight Loss
Escape to the Country and A Place in the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin has lost weight following his cancer diagnosis in August 2020. According to the NHS, one of the main symptoms of lung cancer is unexplained weight loss.
Jonnie Irwin Hair
A Place In The Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin has undergone hair loss as a result of cancer drugs and chemotherapy. Hair loss is a common side effect of cancer treatment.
Jonnie Irwin Net Worth
A Place in the Sun presenter Jonnie Irwin’s net worth is estimated to be £2 million. Irwin took out life insurance when the twins were born.
“That has helped so much and when I leave this planet, I’ll do so knowing Jess and the boys are in a house that is fully paid off and there’s a bit of money in the bank for them to live off,” Irwin told HELLO!
Jonnie Irwin Instagram
Jonnie Irwin’s Instagram is @jonnieirwintv.