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Meet Escape to the Country star Alistair Appleton's husband

The BBC broadcaster is married to his husband, Daniel

Alistair Appleton presents on Escape to the Country
Francesca Shillcock
Francesca ShillcockSenior Features Writer
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Alistair Appleton is a much-loved member of the Escape to the Country family, but how much do you know about the TV personality when he's not presenting the popular show? Find out more here...

The star, who is also a therapist and meditation expert, is happily married to husband Daniel Martin, and the pair live together in Sussex with their pet pooch, Ben.

Alistair Appleton is best known for presenting Escape to the Country© Instagram
Alistair Appleton is best known for presenting Escape to the Country

Although Alistair has kept his personal life mostly out of the spotlight, he has mentioned his partner on his social media and website a few times.

Most recently, the broadcaster dedicated a sweet post on Instagram to Daniel to celebrate his husband's successful pottery business. Posting a photo of Daniel as well as some snaps showing off his stunning creations at a local pottery fair in June, Alistair wrote: "So proud of my beautiful husband. @thepilgrimpotter This weekend is his first pottery fair.

"At the prestigious @townergallery no less, this weekend! After a mad rush with lots of explosions and triumphs – he's here!! And it looks stunning."

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Shortly after, the Escape to the Country presenter marked Pride month by sharing a sweet selfie of the two along with a caption that read: "HAPPY PRIDE: It's LGBTQ Pride in London this weekend (Brighton is later in the summer) but sending out pride and love to all my queer sisters and brothers.

"Especially to the trans folk out there who are battling ugly bigots with bravery and grace. And the beautiful drag beings are the latest scapegoats of the idiot right? In many countries of the world, it's not legal or safe to be proud of who you are as a queer being. Let’s never let the UK become one of those places again."

alistair appleton 6© BBC
BBC's Alistair Appleton

Meanwhile, Alistair previously spoke about his husband on his website while offering free workout sessions during the coronavirus lockdown. In one post, he wrote: "My husband Daniel, a yoga teacher and I are offering free meditation and yoga to keep us grounded and happy during these extraordinary times. All welcome."

He added: "I am lucky to have found love and have a very understanding and supportive husband, Daniel... We're currently in a 1930s French sea captain's cottage in the port of Newhaven. And we live there with our very big dog Ben."

Alistair shared this sweet post with his husband to mark Pride month© Instagram
Alistair shared this sweet post with his husband to mark Pride month

Alistair previously tweeted about his sexuality back in 2017 with a quote which read: "I am glad I am gay and that I suffered bullying for it because it allows me empathy for the bullied everywhere." He posted it with a link to a now-deleted blog post.

Alistair is a man of many talents and spoke about training to become a psychotherapist back in 2012, telling Hampshire Life: "I loved that work so much that I started to get a bit disenchanted with all the crazy schedules of TV filming and I decided five years ago to re-train as a psychotherapist. That was the best decision of my life and I think I've hit my 40s in much better shape than I hit my 30s."

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