Bargain Hunts Thomas Forresters life from name change to guiltiest pleasure

Thomas Forrester spots brooch on Bargain Hunt with colourful history

Bargain Hunt is back on BBC One with Thomas Forrester offering his expertise to the red and blue teams.

The expert, who is also known for his role on Antiques Road Trip, is director of Special Auction Services in Newbury.

He offers valuation advice to clients, but his expertise on Bargain Hunt came about by chance.

After leaving university he was working at auctioneers Phillips when the BBC approached them asking to film one of their auctions.

The sale they chose happened to be Thomas’ and he expected it to be a one-off appearance, but it led him to become one of Bargain Hunt’s experts.

Some viewers may know the antiques fanatic as Thomas Plant and Special Auction Services addressed his name change on Twitter in 2018.

They said: “Thomas has been Thomas Forrester for some time now so to avoid any further confusion he decided it was high time his details were updated.

“Of course, those of you who know him as Thomas Plant will always call him as such, for the avoidance of doubt he is in fact one in the same!”

The reason behind the name change was not explained.

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Away from work, the star opened up about what he enjoys in his free time, including his “guilty pleasures”.

He said: “Skiing – it’s the crisp blue sky, the peaked mountains, the squeak of fresh snow on your ski boots and the first run in the morning.

“My guiltiest pleasure, I just love it!” On how he spends his spare time he added: “Firstly, spending time with my children. I also like to work out and I very much enjoy CrossFit.”

Outside of Bargain Hunt, Thomas is the auctioneer for the UK’s largest auction of entertainment memorabilia which takes place at London’s BFI IMAX every year.

Here, collectors have the chance to buy original props, costumes and rare production material from popular films and TV shows.

Although his knowledge is wide-ranging, his specialism is jewellery and gemstones.

On how he became interested in antiques, he said: “I grew up on a farm and we were beef farmers. I loved the cattle auctions and always admired the job of the auctioneer.

“I asked my father why the auctioneer was taking the auction in guineas. He explained the guinea is worth more than one pound and what is left over belongs to the man with the gavel.

“However, I have been very lucky in that my grandmothers played a huge part in my love of old things. One was an architect and the other was in the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in the Second World War and was a massive fan of antiques and auctions from very early on, and she would take me to the local saleroom.”

Bargain Hunt airs on BBC One on weekdays from 12.15pm

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