Mark Millar is one of the most recognised faces on BBC1’s DIY SOS. He has been project managing these amazing, extra-ordinary builds for the past 8 years and his cheeky antics coupled with incredible building skills have kept the audience amused throughout. He is also currently filming a new BBC series which will be on our screens in 2014 and is entitled ‘How Safe Is Your House’.
Mark has a great passion for the outdoors enjoying wild swimming, kayaking, camping and getting to know the local creatures and nature surrounding him. He has taken his love of Kayaking to the extreme and has travelled all over the world kayaking down some of the world’s most dangerous rivers!!!
Mark is from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was raised in the safety of the Clendeboye Estate while Belfast was in the midst of conflict but he decided to return to Belfast after his father’s death. He intended to train as a chef on his return but instead took up an apprenticeship as a carpenter. After 4 years he took the plunge and left Ireland to head for London.
The carpentry/building jobs he was offered over the years were varied to say the least! One involved him hitchhiking to Europe and living in a tented village for 10 months whilst working on the Palazzo dello Sport. He has since settled back in the UK and now lives with his family.
Mark currently runs his own building firm which continues to be extremely successful. He has many celebrity clients and has worked behind the scenes on several television programmes as a builder. When in 1999 he was approached to present in front of the camera on the first series of DIY SOS he had to decline due to all the private work he was committed to all over the world.
Six years on he was asked again if he would like to become part of this hugely popular DIY series and he jumped at the chance. The show is now one of the most popular features programmes on TV and has received a BAFTA nomination for best feature programme. Mark has been project manager on screen now for 8 years but behind the scenes he plays a vital role editorially and on all production decisions. He visits every site and has a huge say in which stories are strong enough to make it to the screen.
Mark spends much of his spare time in the heart of the Black Mountains in South Wales where he now lives. He is re-developing the land he owns and is turning back into natural woodland. He has a collection of new and classic motorbikes which is regularly rides and has a passion for cooking using British local produce.