Before A Place in the Sun
Jonnie 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 just two fields away and eventually senior rugby for
Rugby Lions RFC.
After sitting A-levels at the local grammar school he
studied Estate Management at Birmingham City University and before sitting his
finals 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.
Not long into his time there Jonnie broke his back playing
in a rugby Sevens tournament. After an absence of six months he went back to
work and picked up where he left off advising and brokering on the sales and
purchase of a whole spectrum of properties and businesses ranging from corner shops
and pubs to corporate packages of hotels and development sites.
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
After a couple of years Jonnie took a completely new
direction and landed the role of joint presenter of 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.
Now 11 years on Jonnie can still be seen globetrotting,
helping buyers find their dream homes on A Place In The Sun where he
also features at the Live exhibitions giving advice and seminars on all
things property related.
Jonnie is also one of the lead
presenters of The BBC's flagship property show Escape To The Country.
Harking back to his rural roots, his warm upbeat style come to the fore both
with the couples he helps and in the VT's out and about.
Away from the camera Jonnie is still involved in business
and recently received an honorary doctorate from Birmingham City University. He
remains a keen sportsman cycling, hiking, mountain biking and playing cricket.
Follow Jonnie on Twitter @jonnieirwin