Inside Bargain Hunt’s Eric Knowles’ life off-screen including son’s tragic death

Eric Knowles has been a regular on our TV screens for many years, having found fame on Antiques Roadshow before joining the team at Bargain Hunt. He’s also appeared on shows such as Clash of the Collectables, Restoration Roadshow and Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.

The 70 year old is an antiquarian with a specific interest in ceramics and glass. While he’s been on our TV screens for a number of years now, Eric tends to keep his personal life out of the spotlight. Here, we take a look into the TV presenter’s life away from the cameras, including his family…

Eric Knowles
Eric Knowles is known for starring on Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow

Eric has been married to his wife Anita Knowles for many years. Anita, 64, works as the company secretary for their business, Eric Knowles Antiquarian Services Limited.

The Knowles family reside in Buckinghamshire. Eric and Anita welcomed two sons, Oliver and Sebastian, together. Tragically, Seb died at just 26 years old in 2015.

He passed away after his Mercedes collided with a lorry on the M40 in Buckinghamshire. Seb worked as a DJ, having supported the Wycombe Wanderers, and played gigs around London under the name DJ Sparky B. He had worked with big names like Ultrabeat and The Artful Dodger and also had a weekly radio slot on Time FM before he made the move in 2013 to Wycombe Sound.

Eric’s other son Oliver tends to keep out of the public eye and not much is known about him. The family have never publicly commented on Seb’s 2015 death.

Eric Knowles
The expert specialises in ceramics and glass

It seems that Seb shared his father’s love of music. Eric previously stated that if he wasn’t an antiques expert he may have ventured into being a radio DJ.

Speaking to the BBC, he previously said: “Had I not followed a career in antiques I might have taken two different routes one being in the big outdoors and the Forestry Commission or the indoor studio working in radio as a DJ.”

Eric began his career in ceramics in 1976 and by 1992, he had established a Bonhams auction house office in Bristol. He later joined Dreweatts and Bloomsbury in 2013, before becoming the executive chairman of The Hoard in 2019.

Eric is one of Bargain Hunt's 'guest presenters'
Eric sadly lost his son Seb in a road accident

Away from the small screen, he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.

Eric is also a published author, having written about various topics including Victoriana, Royal memorabilia, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, and Rene Lalique. He had the Freedom of the City of London bestowed in 2000.

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