Alistair Appleton

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Alistair Appleton
Born (1970-02-12) 12 February 1970 (age 49)
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, UK
Nationality British
Occupation Television presenter

Alistair Appleton (born 12 February 1970[1] in Tunbridge Wells,[1]) is a British television presenter.


Born in Tunbridge Wells to Peter and Sally (née Cooper) Appleton, the younger of two sons, Alistair was raised in Hampshire. He earned ten O-levels and three A-levels at St John's College, Portsmouth.[1] In 1988, he went to Gonville & Caius College[1] at the University of Cambridge, where he studied for a degree in English Literature. At university, he sang in the chapel choir, rowed for his college boat club, and acted in several productions.[citation needed]

On graduating with a 2.1, Appleton left the UK for Poland,[1] where he took to writing poetry and helped to edit a children's anthology, as well as teaching at the University of Gdansk.[1] He later taught English in eastern Germany and worked as a translator and journalist for Deutsche Welle TV. Appleton broke into television with Deutsche Welle, and eventually became the frontman of the channel's youth current-affairs show, Heat.[1]

In 1999, Appleton returned to the UK, where he scored roles on Sky's Hot TV (2000), Five's House Doctor (2000–2003), BBC Two's Rhona (2000), the Travel Channel's Travel On (2001), BBC One's Garden Invaders (2001), Cash in the Attic (2002–2005), BBC Food's Stately Suppers (2005), and had an appearance as himself on the 2006 Doctor Who episode Army of Ghosts. He has also hosted several television specials, including The Proms.[citation needed]

Appleton also did some acting, including a role in Footballers' Wives, during 2002. In 2005 he completed, The Man Who Drank the Universe, a short documentary on the entheogen ayahuasca.[2]

In early January 2007 Appleton appeared in BBC America promotions for the fourth series of Cash in the Attic, even though he did not appear in that series. Since 2007 he has been the presenter on Escape to the Country for BBC Two. He is also the regular host of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment's late night concert series The Night Shift at London's South Bank.[citation needed]

Since 2004 Appleton has run an organisation promoting therapeutic mindfulness. In 2008 Appleton began studying for an MA in psychotherapy alongside his television commitments, His studies complement his long-standing commitment to mindfulness meditation which he teaches across the world.[citation needed]

In January 2016 he appeared on BBC One's Celebrity Mastermind, where he came joint second with 21 points.[3]

Personal life

Appleton is openly gay,[4] and came out at university.[4] In an article in Gay Times, however, he admits he only fully accepted his sexuality when he lived in Poland and Germany. In 2000, he converted to Buddhism,[1][5][6] and teaches meditation[1] in retreats and classes across the UK - notably, on the Holy Isle,[1] his spiritual home. He is also founding chairman of the Shoreditch Morris Dancing Society. Appleton speaks four languages: English, French, German and Brazilian Portuguese as well as a little Polish.[citation needed]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 "Autobiography". Alistair Appleton. Retrieved 2011-02-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  4. 4.0 4.1 "Coming Out". Alistair Appleton. Retrieved 2011-02-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Alistair Appleton Interview - Cash in the Attic". BBC America. Retrieved 2011-02-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Why Buddhist". Alistair Appleton. Retrieved 2011-02-04.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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