Escape to the Chateau's Dick and Angel Strawbridge: their careers so far

Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend is back on our screens!

Francesca Shillcock

During these cold winter nights we love nothing more than sitting down to take a peek inside Escape to the Chateau stars Dick and Angel Strawbridge's incredible French home during their Channel 4 programme. And now, the stars are back on TV with Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend.

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Before their TV success, however, the two looked a little different. Take a look back at their early careers below…


Dick and Angel are fronting show Escape to the Chateau: Make Do and Mend

Dick and Angel Strawbridge's early careers

Before he landed TV work, Dick Strawbridge, who was born in 1959, had a successful career in the army. He joined the Royal Corps of Signals and was promoted to Lieutenant and Captain in the eighties. He was then made an MBE in 1993 for his distinguished service in the forces, and later left in 2001.

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After his roles in the army, Dick began putting his engineering and environmental knowledge and expertise to use on many different TV shows such as Scrapheap Challenge, It's Not Easy Being Green and Coast.

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Dick looked so different back in 2009!

Angel Adoree began her career in a slightly different way to her husband. She set up her own hospitality business, The Vintage Patisserie, and took the idea to BBC's Dragon's Den. Angel scored herself an investment from Theo Paphitis and Deborah Meaden and she continues to run the business to this day.

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Angel soon after her Dragon's Den appearance

Dick and Angel Strawbridge's later careers

After meeting through their agent in 2010, Dick and Angel began presenting Escape to the Chateau, which documented the purchasing and renovation of their 19th-century Château de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne, France.


Dick and Angel with their two children


Dick and Angel Strawbridge's family

Three years after meeting, they welcomed their first child Arthur. Just one year later, the couple welcomed a daughter Dorothy. The couple married in 2015. In an interview with the Mail, Angel revealed she wants to leave everything to her children, explaining that her and Dick's main goal is to leave "this gorgeous legacy for the children – I want them to be proud of us".

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