Simon
O'Brien

Award winning broadcaster for television and property expert

Born and brought up in Liverpool, Simon began acting in 1981 in the first ever episode of Brookside. For the last twenty years, he has successfully combined dual careers of acting and presenting. He also splits his time between developing and shooting independent films and scouring Europe for derelict properties to renovate. With his strong interest in ecology, Simon is uncompromising in his attitude toward our interaction with the natural environment. This philosophy has been practically applied to all his own building developments and projects.

Simon has co-presented Channel 4's award winning programme Find it, Fix it, Flog it since 2016. Now in it's 5th series, Simon and Henry Cole continue to travel across the UK to find unique items to fix up to turn a profit for their owners.

Simon's other Channel 4 work includes; The Sealed Bid and The Renovation Game, both of which first aired in autumn 2011. Prior to that, he fronted My Derelict Dream Home for UKTV and several series of To Buy or Not To Buy. 2017 saw Simon present Lost and Found, the heart-warming show follows owners as they try to find their missing pets with the help of search organisation Dog Lost and team up with Dogs Trust to re-home rescued dogs.

Simon's other credits comprise of the Early Morning Show for BBC Radio Merseyside, specialist reporting for BBC's Inside Out, along with guesting on many sports shows due to his passion for Football.

Most recently, Simon has fronted The Great House Giveaway, giving young people opportunities to pursue their dreams of renovating houses. The show is a co-production between S4C and Channel 4, and won the first ever BAFTA award for Daytime in 2021.

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