Jamie’s antiques background is with his family who operated from London’s famous Portobello Road. As a teenager, he set up on his own at Camden Stables market.
His business, Only Connect, was 11 years-old in February 2019. Only Connect has become the most popular networking event in the South West of England welcoming between 500 and 575 guests per meeting. His 9th and 10th Business Showcase South West events take place in 2019 too: this is the South West’s largest business event.
After achieving a high first class honours degree in Art and Design, his TV break came on BBC2’s primetime series The Antiques Show with Fiona Bruce. Jamie went on to present for Channel 4’s Collectors’ Lot; HTV/Meridian’s Antiques Trail and Trade-It. He was the weekly collectables expert on Five’s Breakfast News. Numerous other stints have included BBC1’s flagships The Generation Game and Blue Peter.
Jamie is perhaps best known for ITV1’s Everything Must Go!. This is presenter led and features families selling up and moving on: Jamie hosts, values their worldly goods and helps sell them in a madcap house sale and later, an auction. Prior to this, he co-presented BBC2’s primetime series The Life Laundry and has added ‘clutter-busting’ to his skills. In this series, Jamie helped individuals deal with hoarding issues. Jamie also devised and hosted the regular 23-minute live slot – ‘Cash or Trash’ – on ITV1’s This Morning.
For 19 years, Jamie (also known as James) has been penning the weekly antique column Treasure Hunters for the Sunday Mirror. He is a writer for BBC Homes & Antiques and Antiques and Collectables Magazine. He also has written for Woman’s Weekly (1 year), Moneywise, Moneyweek, Prudential, Yours, Chat and Heyday magazines.
He has written for numerous other papers, magazines and websites and is an auctioneer/judge at charity events. He judged Corgi’s 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector Competition and wrote/fronted eBay’s ‘eBay Your Streets’, ‘Hidden Treasures’ and ‘2007 Xmas Investment Gifts’ campaigns. Jamie is a ‘generalist’ expert with many special interests including eBay, celeb, rock and pop and film memorabilia.
Prior to the Mirror, he was the antique expert for the Daily Mail with the successful weekly column Treasure Seekers, and a dynamic weekly competition (which he devised): TV Treasure Hunt. This attracted hundreds of thousands of entries.
Jamie’s other specialist interests include history…and filmmaking/reviewing: an area in which he has an active involvement with several credits as writer, producer and director. He has presented the four-part filmmaking series Brief Encounters and film reviews for The List, both for ITV West. In 2008, Jamie hosted over 12 fashion shows including Miss England: Miss Bath and The Bath Fashion Show. Jamie also organises networking events with his company Only Connect and fashion shows – The First Fling being his first.
Jamie has written, produced and directed a 35mm drama about interwar Germany which had its world premiere at BAFTA in March 2006, won a key Audience Award and was chosen by the British Council to represent British Culture Worldwide. Jamie was picked from 12,500 people worldwide to participate in Spielberg’s US network TV series On The Lot. His consolation prize was a 2-year ‘first look’ deal with Dreamworks in Hollywood.
Jamie last appeared throughout Season 3 of Auction Kings on Discovery. It was broadcast across the world to 2.9 billion subscribers.
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