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Izzie Balmer’s family life and close relationship with parents

Izzie is one of the show's best-loved presenters

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Eve Crosbie
TV & Film Writer
Updated: 23 November 2023
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Presenter and antiques expert Izzie Balmer is back on the road with co-star Mark Hill for BBC One's Antiques Road Trip. But what do you know about the 34-year-old TV star's life away from the show? From her parents to her relationship status, find out everything you need to know about Izzie's family here...

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Who is in Izzie Balmer's family?

Izzie is incredibly close to her family. She grew up in Quarndon, Derby, with her parents, Sheila and Toby, and younger brother Hugh, 32.

It's actually Izzie's mum who got her into antiques. After graduating from university, she found herself living back at home with her parents and on the hunt for a job, her mum suggested she do some work experience at a local auction house, and after a fortnight of interning, she was offered a full-time job.

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It ignited a passion for antiques in Izzie, and she went on to study at Birmingham's School of Jewellery, where she studied for a gemmology diploma and a diamond diploma.

"I kind of fell into this job but I absolutely love it," she told Bristol Post in 2019. "I have always loved jewellery and been a fan of sparkly things, like most girls. I cannot think of anything I would rather do."

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However, Izzie's first venture into television happened when she stood in for her boss, who was supposed to be auctioneering on Bargain Hunt. She then appeared on Flog It! and caught the eyes of BBC bosses, who cast her as co-presenter of another BBC daytime show called Street Auction.

After wowing audiences, she was invited to join the cast of Antiques Road Trip and hunt for the best antiques the country has to offer alongside the likes of Charles Hanson, Philip Surrell and James Braxton.

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