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SpouseAlison Titchmarsh
FactHis favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is "Jesus Christ Superstar".

Alan Titchmarsh, MBE, DL, HonFSE (born 2 May 1949) is a British gardener, broadcaster, and author. He is known for presenting the BBC television shows Ground Force and Gardeners’ World.

Early Life

Titchmarsh was born on 2 May 1949 in Ilkley, Yorkshire, England. His parents were Bessie (née Hardisty), a weaver, and Alan Fred Titchmarsh, Sr., a plumber. He has two sisters, Gillian and Lynda. Titchmarsh was educated at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley and then did a two-year horticulture course at Leeds Technical College (now Leeds City College).


Titchmarsh began his career as a professional gardener working for Harrogate Borough Council. He then became a freelance journalist, writing gardening articles for various publications. In 1976, he began presenting the BBC Radio 4 gardening programme The Kitchen Gardener. He also wrote a column for The Daily Telegraph from 1981 to 2013.

In 1986, Titchmarsh began presenting the BBC television series Ground Force, which ran for eight series until 2005. He also presented the BBC series Gardeners’ World from 2003 until 2008. In 2009, he began hosting the ITV series Love Your Garden. He has also written more than 60 books, including gardening, fiction, and autobiography.

In 2000, Titchmarsh was awarded the Victoria Medal of Honour by the Royal Horticultural Society. In 2002, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. In 2007, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Bradford. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Winchester. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Sheffield.

In 2015, Titchmarsh was made a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire. In 2016, he was awarded an honorary fellowship by the Society of Editors.

Personal Life

Titchmarsh married Alison in 1975. They have two daughters: Polly and Camilla. Titchmarsh is a patron of the charity Gardeners’ World Live. He is also a supporter of the National Gardens Scheme and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Physical Characteristics

Titchmarsh is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) tall. He has blue eyes and dark brown hair.

General Info

Full NameAlan Titchmarsh
ProfessionActor, Gardener, Novelist, Television presenter


SpouseAlison Titchmarsh
ChildrenCamilla Titchmarsh, Polly Titchmarsh
ParentsBessie Hardisty, Alan Fred Titchmarsh, Sr


TV ShowsLove Your Garden, The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Gardeners' World, Ground Force, Masterpiece, British Isles – A Natural History, The Nature of Britain, Popstar to Operastar, Gordon the Garden Gnome, Ask the Family, Saving Planet Earth, RHS Chelsea Flower Show, 20th Century Roadshow, The Great British V...

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1The songs of Spandau Ballet have no doubt been an intrinsic part of the soundtrack to our lives, whether that be slow-dancing to True or getting down at the disco to Gold.
2Men in television tend to last a bit longer at the end of their careers, but it is women who make hay at the beginning. They don't complain in their early days when they are disporting themselves on sports cars. I'd like to see a mix of all ages on TV and wish there could be less whingeing about it.
3[on Belinda Carlisle] The woman who provided the soundtrack to the '80s.
4A lot of big stars get fed up of doing the songs that made them big and I always feel in a way they kind of shortchange the fans then.
5[on "Don't Cry For Me Argentina"] You get one or two songs, don't you, that somehow you never tire of hearing and they still make you moist-eyed and that's certainly one of them.
6[on Engelbert Humperdinck] Unquestionably a music legend.
7[on Marti Webb] She's the undisputed queen of musicals.
8They always say to me about Yorkshire: "If it's so good why aren't you still living there?"
9What was very interesting to me was that enormous amount of celebrities who came out to support Tony Blair before he got in for New Labour, who then disappeared into the woodwork entirely when they got into government. That's very curious.
10People say, "Who do you want to interview?" and I always say, "Maggie Smith" but then, as she doesn't like doing interviews, it probably wouldn't go well. But I've always been an enormous fan.
11I've always loved music hall. I've done it for fun. You know, like some people go fishing, I've got some mates and we do music hall and we've done it for about 30-odd years. (Speaking in 2010)
12I don't think I've ever been so offended as I was by Jon Snow talking about Poppy Fascism and I think he spoke for very few people when he talked about that. I think most of us support tremendously the Poppy Appeal and also the fact that it seems to us even more relevant today - as relevant certainly - as it was.
13Only ask questions that you really want to know the answer to. It's obvious when a chat-show host is only in it for his or her own exposure. Hollywood stars can be uneasy at the beginning. But I have found that if you lean forward and look directly at them, they come around. It's like tomcats stalking each other. You size each other up and then get the measure of each other. I want to give the viewer an engaging watch. That's why I threw John McCririck off the show (The Alan Titchmarsh Show (2007)) recently - he was being rude and unpleasant to another guest. As often as not, the guest won't reveal a huge secret but I want to hold them for examination, to gain a fresh or different insight. You want to be engaged and enlightened. You know that when you ask: "And what of the future?" there's nothing more to be asked. Also, if you are a fan of the guest, do not be sycophantic. Tony Benn and Alan Bennett are wonderful guests - they know that the key to being a guest is not to play the "You're lucky to have me" card, but rather just to be entertaining and informed, to tell us something new.


1Alton, Hampshire, England [July 2008]
2He was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society Victoria Medal of Honour in 2003.
3His favorite Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is "Jesus Christ Superstar".
4His favorite film is Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
5His father was a plumber.
6He has two daughters: Polly (born 1980) and Camilla (born 1982).
7He was awarded the M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2000 Queen's Millennium Honours List for his services to gardening and broadcasting.
8He is a regular columnist for BBC Gardener's World magazine publication, and also for Express newspapers.



Britain's Best Gardens2015TV Series
The Children's Party at the Palace2006TV SpecialPercy the Park Keeper
Gordon the Garden Gnome2005TV SeriesGordon (voice)
Wetty Hainthropp Investigates1999TV ShortAdam Titchmarsh


How to Be a Gardener2002TV Series documentary


Love Your Garden2011-2016TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Masterpiece with Alan Titchmarsh2016TV SeriesHimself - Host
Loose Women2008-2016TV SeriesHimself
Bull2015TV SeriesHimself
Titchmarsh on Capability Brown2015TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Britain's Best Gardens2015TV SeriesHimself - presenter
The One Show2009-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
The Queen's Garden2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Host
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2007-2014TV SeriesHimself - Host / Himself - Presenter / Himself
Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose2014TV SeriesHimself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2014TV SeriesHimself
The Golden Rules of TV2012TV Series documentaryHimself
South at Six2012TV SeriesHimself
All the Queen's Horses: A Diamond Jubilee Special2012TV MovieHimself
Elizabeth: Queen, Wife, Mother2012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
Prince Charles - The Royal Restoration2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
Daybreak2011TV SeriesHimself
Chelsea Flower Show2000-2011TV Series documentaryPresenter / Himself - Presenter / Evening Presenter
Simon Sez2010Documentary
Alan Titchmarsh's Garden Secrets2010TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast2000-2010TV SeriesHimself / Himself - TV Presenter & Author
The Vera Lynn Story2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Seasons with Alan Titchmarsh2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Popstar to Operastar2010TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Victoria Wood: Seen on TV2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
Toy Stories2009TV Series documentaryHimself
This Morning2003-2008TV SeriesHimself
Emmerdale 50002008TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
The Nature of Britain2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Britain's Best2007TV SeriesHimself
BBC Proms2007TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Gardeners' World2000-2007TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Comic Relief Does Car Booty2007TV MovieHimself
Grumpy Old New Year2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Paul O'Grady Show2006TV SeriesHimself - Guest Host
TV's 50 Greatest Stars2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
Richard & Judy2002-2006TV SeriesHimself
20th Century Roadshow2005TV Series documentaryPresenter
British Isles: A Natural History2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Countryfile2004TV SeriesHimself
The Wright Stuff2004TV SeriesGuest Panelist
The Late Late Show2004TV SeriesHimself
A Year at Kew2004TV Series documentaryNarrator
The Way We Went Wild2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Happy Birthday BBC Two2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Big Read2003TV SeriesHimself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2002TV SeriesHimself
The Jubilee Girl2002TV MovieHimself / interviewee
Ground Force2000-2002TV SeriesHimself
How to Be a Gardener2002TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
The Joy of Gardening2002TV MovieHimself
GMTV2001TV SeriesHimself
Comic Relief: Naked Red Nose Ground Force in Practice2001TV SpecialHimself
80 Years: A Royal Celebration2001TV MovieHimself
Victoria Wood: With All the Trimmings2000TV Special documentaryJim, The Gardener
Open House2000TV Series documentaryHimself
When Changing Rooms Met Ground Force1999TV MovieHimself
The 11 O'Clock Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Late Lunch1999TV SeriesHimself
Clarkson1998TV SeriesHimself
Livetime1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Have I Got News for You1998TV SeriesHimself
Noel's Christmas Presents1997TV MovieHimself
Surprise Surprise!1996TV SeriesHimself
Pebble Mill at One1991-1996TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself - Chairman / Himself / ...
The Word1994TV SeriesHimself
Sweet Inspiration1993TV SeriesHimself - Host (1993-)
Songs of Praise1989-1993TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
Celebrity Squares1993TV SeriesHimself
Noel's House Party1992TV SeriesHimself
Daytime UK1991TV SeriesHimself - Presenter
That's Showbusiness1991TV SeriesHimself
Daytime Live1987-1988TV SeriesHimself - Presenter / Himself
Points of View1987-1988TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Call My Bluff1988TV SeriesHimself
Blankety Blank1987TV SeriesHimself
Open Air1986TV Series documentaryHimself - Host / Himself
Breakfast Time1985-1986TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Gardening Presenter
Nationwide1969TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Would I Lie to You?2008TV SeriesHimself
Goodbye 20002000TV MovieHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2004Special AwardTelevision and Radio Industries Club Awards

Nominated Awards

1999RTS Television AwardRoyal Television Society, UKBest PresenterGround Force (1998)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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