Lawrence Lewellyn Bowen
After graduating with a Fine Art degree from the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in 1986, Laurence joined a company specialising in industrial rubber flooring. Soon, Laurence was commissioned to undertake work at Buckingham Palace!
His design skills were honed further when in 1989 he worked on the prestigious Paris Virgin Megastore project. Not content with this seemingly rapid rise to prominence, Laurence set up his own design consultancy in 1989, the year he married Jackie. Commissions have included The Opera Terrace, Covent Garden and the Sous Sol at the Oriel, Sloane Square.
Laurence's BBC debut was on the very first episode of Changing Rooms, broadcast during September 1996 on BBC TWO. His vibrant personality immediately struck a chord with viewers, which contributed to the series attracting a loyal audience.
This success persuaded the BBC to reschedule Changing Rooms to BBC ONE where it thrived, and Laurence ended up presenting it.
In 2000, Laurence joined forces with garden designer, Diarmuid Gavin, to launch Homefront Inside Out. This innovative BBC TWO show enabled Laurence to share a design brief with Diarmuid to create a complementary makeover for each home and garden. The hour-long format of the show allowed Laurence to provide the audience with a deeper insight into the design process.
In January 2002, Laurence presented Taste, a three-part special for BBC TWO, about the history of interior design.
It's no surprise that Laurence's flamboyant personality has resulted in numerous invites to appear on popular game shows and chat shows. Lloyd Grossman explored Laurence's old house, he's been Gotcha!'d by Noel Edmonds and he's appeared on Blue Peter, Children In Need and The Kumars at No 42 as well as Who wants to be a Millionaire, where he and wife Jackie got up to £500,000.
If all that wasn't enough, Laurence has written three books, is a regular contributor to leading interior design magazines and has his own column in the Express newspaper. He is currently the presenter of Holiday on BBC and has recently been the subject of Who do you think you are?