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A Place in the Sun: Where are ex-presenters of the show now?

Find out what they've been up to since leaving the show here...

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Eve Crosbie
TV & Film Writer
Updated: April 18, 2024
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A Place in the Sun first aired 22 years ago and it seems the programme's popularity has only grown over the last two decades. From Amanda Lamb to Sara Damergi and Adrian Simpson, have you ever wondered where the presenters who have left the show are now? We've got the details...

Amanda Lamb

Amanda Lamb was one of the original presenters on the show when it launched in the early noughties. After she left the series, the 51-year-old went on to front her own property show on More4 called Selling Houses with Amanda Lamb. She announced in 2020 that she would be presenting a new show called My Mortgage Free Home, which has since aired two seasons. 

More recently, Amanda hosted Sunshine Getaways with Amanda Lamb for Channel 5, with the first episode premiering in January 2024. 

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Amanda Lamb is one of the show's first presenters

Away from the spotlight, Amanda continues to enjoy her own place in the sun in southern Italy. The presenter fell in love with a medieval apartment she was showing prospective buyers while filming for the show in Puglia. She lives there with her two daughters, Willow Rose and Lottie, who she shares with ex-husband Sean McGuinness.

Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin presented A Place in the Sun for 17 years. After receiving a terminal lung cancer diagnosis, the father-of-three made his final appearance on the show in 2021. 

Sadly, on 2 February 2024 it was announced that Jonnie had passed away at the age of 50. Following the news, A Place in the Sun paid tribute to the late star and dedicated an episode of the programme to him. 

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Jonnie made his final appearance on A Place in the Sun after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis

Sara Damergi

Sara Damergi joined the series back in 2012 but left in 2015 when she announced that she was pregnant with her first child. Now a mum-of-two, Sara has worked on the daytime show Coast Vs Country and presents her own podcast called Lifehackers with her co-star Kerr Drummond. In 2021, she returned to A Place in the Sun, and viewers have loved having her back. 

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Luke Doonan 

Luke Doonan presented the show back in 2012 and 2013 following on from a successful stint on Channel Five's Wright Stuff as their resident property expert. These days, Luke continues to pursue a passion for property and has appeared on BBC and Talk Radio panels to talk all things housing. 

In 2017 he created his own documentary called The Great Social Housing Swindle, which looked at the reasons behind the shortage of social housing in the UK. According to his LinkedIn profile, Luke currently works as a Managing Director at 215 Productions Limited, with documentaries continuing to be his primary focus. 

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Luke Doonan now creates documentaries on housing

Adrian Simpson

Adrian Simpson joined the popular Channel 4 show in 2014 following on from his stints on Fight Back Britain, Police Camera Action! and Top Gear. Today, Adrian presents the overnight programme on Sky News and runs a speech writing business, All Speeches Great and Small.

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Adrian Simpson presented the show in 2014 and 2015

Victoria Hollingsworth

Sadly, Victoria Hollingsworth's time on the show was cut short when she sustained life-changing injuries after a car crash on location in Spain left her with a broken back. Recounting the accident in the Daily Mail, the property guru said: "We were rushing to film at a location and as always in television, chasing the daylight… We swerved off the road and rolled down a bank. I was sitting behind the driver's seat, which unfortunately for me took most of the impact."

Today, Victoria prefers to work behind the camera and is a freelance producer and investigative journalist for the BBC.

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