Antiques Road Trip: Kate Bliss gets angry over bad deal
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Bargain Hunt airs today (March 23) on BBC One at 11.15am with the show heading to the Oswestry Showground. Natasha Raskin Sharp will be on hosting duties, while antiques experts Ben Cooper and Kate Bliss will be assisting the contestants to find some prized possessions which could make them cash at auction. Additionally, Charles Hanson will be auctioning off a rare Chinese treasure found in a bag destined for a charity shop.
How tall is Bargain Hunt expert Kate Bliss?
Hailing from Herefordshire, Kate is an antique expert and television presenter.
Her television work includes Flog It!, Secret Dealers, Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and of course Bargain Hunt.
She is both a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as well as a fellow of the Great Britain Gemmological Association.
Kate landed her job on Bargain Hunt after being spotted by the cast and the crew at the Brightwells auction house while working on an episode.
Kate is said to be 5ft 3in or 1.6m tall, according to Marathi.tv.
She was surrounded by antiques from a young age with her father having his own saleroom.
The star said she grew up “rummaging for treasure and sitting on the auctioneer’s rostrum” and felt “a lot” of the antiques business was “in the blood”.
She said: “My father certainly taught me how to auctioneer and command the room.
“My parents love antiques and quirky objects (my mother’s idea of a great Christmas present is an antique shrimping net!) and their passion has rubbed off on me.”
Kate added: “I also loved studying the craftsmanship of pieces and the history behind them.”
She specialises in jewellery and silver, after reading English Literature at Brasenose College, University of Oxford before going on to study fine art.
Interestingly, Kate admitted if she wasn’t in the antiques industry, she’d probably be a barrister.
She admitted she “tinkered” with the idea of doing law but in the end fine art won out and the rest is history.
But said there were probably parallels between holding a courtroom and an auction room.
Reflecting on why people should do Bargain Hunt, Kate said: “It is enormous fun!
“Even if you profess to have no knowledge of antiques at all, you might surprise yourself with what you spot under pressure!
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“It is a great learning experience and you might even make a profit, maybe!”
She said Bargain Hunt held great appeal among audiences because it had the “thrill” of a “treasure hunt” mixed with the “fun atmosphere” of shopping coupled with the “jeopardy and rollercoaster ride” of auction.
When Kate isn’t working, she is spending time with her husband and two children in the great outdoors.
Kate said she loved reading books and watching films as well as exercising with the family dog or doing pilates.
Bargain Hunt airs on BBC One today at 11.15am
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