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Who is Find It, Fix It, Flog It presenter Simon O'Brien?

He is also a soap star

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Nicky Morris
Nicky MorrisTV and film writer
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We love settling down to watch Channel 4's Find It, Fix It, Flog It on weekday afternoons. The show, which has been a daytime favourite ever since it first began back in 2016, sees hosts Henry Cole and Simon O'Brien travel across the UK to fix unique items that were once lost in people's homes. 

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As well as being a property developer, Simon has enjoyed a successful career in radio and television. Find out all about the star here…

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Who is Simon O'Brien? 

Simon is a 57-year-old actor and television and radio presenter as well as a property developer. 

Years before he landed his presenting gig on Channel 4's restoration show, he rose to fame playing Damon Grant in soap opera, Brookside, which he starred in from 1982 until 1987, when his character was killed off

Simon went on to star in the British version of Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock from 1989 until 1990, playing BJ, the lighthouse keeper. 

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In the 1990s, Simon began his presenting stint on BBC football show Standing Room Only, before landing a regular role on the American sitcom Out All Night. He then left show business to set up the Liverpool Cycle Centre, a combination of vegetarian café, cycle shop and cycle parking, inspired by his enthusiasm for cycling. 

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Simon hosts the show alongside Henry Cole

Before making his return to TV presenting various shows and starring as caretaker Wally Scott in Grange Hill, Simon moved into property development. 

He then went on to host BBC Radio Merseyside's Breakfast show with Lucinda Moore from September 2006 until 25 June 2007, when he resigned after the accidental broadcast of a promotional preview clip from an upcoming radio show of him swearing, saying: "[Expletive] the government, [Expletive] the planners".

This year, it was announced that Simon would be joining ITV soap Coronation Street as guest character Frank Bardsley.

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