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A Place in the Sun: Scarlette Douglas reveals incredible story of how she earned a house deposit in one day

We're seriously impressed!

Eve Crosbie

Scarlette Douglas has been the regular face on A Place in the Sun for many years now, so it's safe to say that she knows a thing or two about property and how to negotiate a good deal.

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However, if you were ever in any doubt, the story of how the savvy 32-year-old property expert used one day's work to put down a deposit for a home in one day will surely convince you!

Speaking to This is Money last year, Scarlette opened up about a time early on in her career when she was cast in a television commercial which turned out to be an incredibly lucrative gig.

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Back in 2015 - the same year she made her debut on the popular Channel 4 show - she appeared in an advert for deodorant brand Sure. While the presenter admitted that her appearance in the TV spot "only lasted two seconds" and was a "if you blink, you miss me" moment, she went from being paid £500 to £45,000 for it.

"The payment was £500 for one day of filming," she told the publication. "I was told I would also get another £3,000 if the advert was broadcast in the first few months after filming, but initially Sure decided not to show it at all.

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"Then, six months later, the company changed its mind. So my agent negotiated a fee of £14,000. Then, another six months later, it wanted to run it again and my agent negotiated another £30,000."

"In total, I was paid almost £45,000. I still cannot believe I earned that much for a day's work. I used it to put down a deposit on a house."

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Scarlette has presented the Channel 4 show since 2015

Scarlette added that it turned out to be the best year of her financial life as she also received her first paycheck from A Place in the Sun. "I ended up making more than £100,000," she admitted.

However, the presenter added that she's made her fair share of money mistakes over the years too. She says that she invested quite a lot of money to support a close friend's ambitions of making a musical. "I wanted to support him so I gave him £5,000. Unfortunately, it flopped and I didn't get back any of my money."

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