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date: 26 February 2024

Blades, Jay free

Blades, Jay free

MBE 2021

furniture restorer, eco-designer, television presenter and author; Director, Jay & Co, since 2015


Highbury Grove Sch.; Buckinghamshire Chilterns Univ. Coll.


Worked in factories and as a labourer, then community work; Co-founder of charities, Street Dreams and Out of the Dark. Television presenter: Money for Nothing, 2015–20; The Repair Shop, 2017– (Best Daytime, BAFTA TV Awards, and Nat. TV Award, RTS, for episode with the King, 2023); Jay Blades’ Home Fix, 2020–21; Jay’s Yorkshire Workshop, 2021; Jay Blades: Learning to Read at 51, 2022; Jay Blades: No Place Like Home, 2023; Britain’s Best Beach Huts, 2023; East End Through Time, 2023. Ambassador: Tiny Toes Tiny Feet; Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust; Gangs Unite; Prince’s Foundn; Wolves Foundn; (and Trustee) Black Fund; Heritage Crafts. Chancellor, Buckinghamshire New Univ., 2023–. Vice Pres., City & Guilds. Hon. Dr Bucks New, 2023


Making It: how love, kindness and community helped me repair my life, 2021; DIY with Jay, 2022; Life Lessons: wisdom and wit from life’s ups and downs, 2023


c/o Rozzie Inge, DawBell, Circus House, 21 Great Titchfield Street W1W 8BA