Any daytime TV fan will know the name of Izzie Balmer – Izzie has been a regular expert on the iconic BBC show Antiques Road Trip for several years.
The 32-year-old antique expert and auctioneer has put his skills and expertise to good use on our screens, and has also made appearances on Bargain Hunt.
Considering Izzie’s success and popularity, it might come as no surprise that she’s amassed a dedicated fan base who enjoys learning the details of her life behind the scenes.
READ MORE: Kirstie Allsopp’s famous family with her 18-year-old husband, ‘strict’ parenthood of 2 children and the royal connection
Izzie is said to have grown up in Quarndon, Derby, with his parents Sheila and Toby and his younger brother Hugh.
Izzie admitted that it was her mother who ignited her love for antiques. Open to Stylist , she said: “After I graduated I had no money, no job and nowhere to live. So I had a work experience at the local auction house. [and went from there]. ”
She also studied at the Birmingham School of Jewelery, where she obtained a diploma in gemology and a diploma in diamond.
“I kind of fell into this job but I love it,” she said. BristolLive in 2019.
“I’ve always loved jewelry and been a fan of sparkly things like most girls. I can’t think of anything I would rather do.”
The antiques expert also revealed the most expensive item she has ever sold: “An oil painting by a painter from Derbyshire called George Turner. These typically sell for between £ 3,000 and £ 7,000, but this one sold for £ 22,000.
Although Izzie has an obvious passion for her job, she admitted there were downsides to the industry, especially with its “male dominance”.
She told Stylist: “I get older men sometimes assuming I don’t know anything.
“It’s just about going beyond their preconceptions, convincing them and gaining their trust. “
When it comes to matters of the heart, Izzie likes to keep his cards close to his chest. Right now, there is nothing on her social media to reveal her relationship status.
What we do know is that Izzie is said to be living and working in Bristol and can often be found in auction houses in Wessex where she is the chief appraiser.
Do you want to stay on top of the latest news, views, features and opinions from all over the city?
MyLondon’s brilliant newsletter, The 12, is packed with all the latest news to keep you entertained, informed and uplifted.
You will receive 12 stories straight to your inbox at around 12 noon. It’s the perfect read for lunch.
And what’s more, it’s FREE!
The MyLondon team tell London stories to Londoners. Our journalists cover all the news you need – from city hall to your local streets, so you never miss a moment.
Don’t waste time and sign up for The 12 newsletter here.
Another fun fact about Antiquities Road Trip star Izzie is that she has a surprising hidden talent – she’s a classical musician.
Izzie was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain – with an 8th year in viola, Izzie joined the exclusive orchestra when she was just 16 years old.
Talk to Great british life in 2017, she said: “I intended to be a professional musician, but I didn’t like music college. It wasn’t for me.
Izzie Balmer will appear on Antiques Road Trip on BBC One today (January 10) at 4:30 p.m.
For all the latest London news delivered straight to your inbox, sign up for our newsletter here !
If you have a story you think we should cover, please feel free to email [email protected] make your voice heard