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Ronnie Archer Morgan Biography – Ronnie Archer Morgan Wiki
Ronnie Archer Morgan is an antiques dealer, best known as one of the experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He has been working in the antiques business for over 30 years. However, antiques were not always in the plan. He is a former celebrity hairdresser and club DJ.
Whilst working as a hairdresser for films and commercials, Ronnie would browse the local antiques shops and markets. When he would return with his purchases, he found his clients admired the antiques and wanted to buy them. A new career then beckoned and he was eventually drawn to specialist work, acting as a consultant to Sotheby’s on collections as diverse as wristwatches and costume jewellery. Ronnie now works as a consultant to Dore & Rees auctions in Frome Somerset.
He is now an independent specialist working largely for private clients and galleries. He has a particular interest in locating and identifying ethnic, tribal and folk art.
Outside antiques, Ronnie’s greatest passion is collecting records and listening to music of all kinds.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Age
Antiques dealer Ronnie Archer Morgan was born in London in 1950.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Parents
Ronnie Archer Morgan was born to a Sierra Leonean mother, Lizzie, and a Welsh father, Ronald, who died in a car crash before Ronnie was born.
According to The Telegraph, Ronnie’s mother, Lizzie, was from a wealthy family in Sierra Leone and already married with two sons when she met his British father Ronald who was working there as an engineer. It was a classic coup de foudre; pregnant with their child, she left her home and moved to Britain with Ronald to start a new life. But shortly afterwards Ronald was killed in a car accident before their baby was born. Ostracised by her relatives back home, she suffered a cataclysmic breakdown.
She was deemed unfit to look after her newborn so Ronnie was immediately taken away and handed over to foster parents. At the age of 3, Ronnie was moved to a home in Southport, Merseyside, where he thrived. It was a National Children’s Home, now known as Action for Children. But then, when he was about to turn six, he was sent back to live in London with his mother. By that point his mother also had a daughter, Lynette, although she remained a single parent.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Wife
Is Ronnie Archer Morgan married? He isn’t married and therefore doesn’t have a wife.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Partner
Antiques Roadshow star Ronnie Archer Morgan has a partner but lives alone in north-west London.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Family
Ronnie Archer Morgan has no children. He opened up to the Telegraph about his dreams and fears about having a family.
“I would have been a fabulous father,” he said. “I would have loved it. But I have always been too afraid because at the age of 14 I had a vivid premonition that if by 40 I was lucky enough to have a family then history might repeat itself.”
Ronnie Archer Morgan Antiques Roadshow
Ronnie Archer Morgan is one of the experts on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow. He joined The Antiques Roadshow in 2011.
Ronnie’s most exciting find on the Roadshow so far was a Fijian war club brought along to Scarborough in 2012. Called a ‘Buli Buli’, it is a beautifully carved ironwood club with a rather sinister purpose – to crush the skull of the enemy. It was a rare find and worth a whopping £35,000.
If he had to select his favourite item from his collection, it would have to be an amazing late 19th Century life-size oil portrait of the 13th Dalai Lama, something Ronnie feels privileged to own.
He also appeared on Antiques Roadshow’s Toys & Childhood Special on BBC One on December 29, 2022.
Ronnie Archer Morgan Childhood
Ronnie Archer Morgan somehow survived a childhood so loveless, bleak and abusive that his happiest moments were spent in the care system. The Antiques Roadshow star spoke about his abusive early life in an interview with The Telegraph.
“It’s no exaggeration to say that if it wasn’t for Action for Children I would be dead,” he said. “Being taken into care was the best thing that ever happened to me.”
“My mother was very sick,” he added. “She was manic depressive and schizophrenic and that’s why she did what she did. I’ve forgiven but not forgotten. The scars still remain.”
His mother, Lizzie, was ostracised by her family in Sierra Leone and she suffered a cataclysmic breakdown. She was deemed unfit to look after her newborn so Ronnie was immediately taken away and handed over to foster parents. Aged three, he was moved to a home in Southport, Merseyside, where he thrived. It was a National Children’s Home, now known as Action for Children. But then, when he was about to turn six, he was sent back to live in London with his mother. It was a baffling, devastating decision that would mark him for life.
By that point his mother also had a daughter, Lynette, although she remained a single parent. Lynette was very much the favourite. Ronnie became her whipping boy.
“To this day I have no idea why she wanted me back,” Ronnie said. “She repeatedly told me how much she hated me and how ugly and useless I was. She constantly compared me to my father and was so angry that he had died and left her, she punished me for it.”
Lizzie’s bullying rapidly escalated into physical and psychological torture. She burned her young son’s hands on the gas ring, almost drowned him in his bath – and tried to kill him by forcing him to take pills which he secretly spat out.
“My mother was stylish and glamorous, people would tell me she looked like a film star,” said Ronnie. “Nobody guessed what was going on behind closed doors.
“At one stage I was signed off school for three months so I could care for my mother when she was bedridden. I had to bathe her. I had to feed her, I had to do the laundry and care for my sister. So that’s what I did, because I loved her. I wanted her to love me. She never did.”
Ronnie Archer Morgan Net Worth
Ronnie Archer Morgan’s net worth is estimated to be £1 million.