Rachel de Thame
Rachel de Thame is currently presenting Gardeners’ World for BBC2 and Countrywise for ITV1. She also presents the BBC1 and BBC2 coverage of the major RHS gardening shows, including The Chelsea Flo wer Show and Hampton Court Flower Show.
Rachel trained as a ballet dancer at The Royal Ballet School and subsequently in History of Art at City Lit. She initially followed a successful career as a model and actress. Then inspired by a life-long love of gardening, Rachel re-trained, studying at The English Gardening School, where she gained qualifications in Practical Horticulture and Plants & Plantsmanship. From that point on, Rachel’s career would combine her front-of-camera skills with her passion for plants and and knowledge of horticulture.
Rachel was a key member of the presenting team on BBC 2’s flagship gardening series Gardeners’ World for nine years, she then continued to do features and has returned to the core team in March 2011. She has also developed and successfully pitched various ideas for strands and one-hour specials under the Gardeners’ World umbrella, including Rachel’s Border. Her proposal for a one-hour special The Fate of theCottageGarden, went on to win the Garden Media Guild award for Television Broadcast of the Year 2008.
Rachel fronted her own 6 part series Small Town Gardens, followed by another series Gardening With the Experts – also 6 episodes – both for primetime BBC2. She has presented BBC Gardener of the Year on several occasions. Appearances on other horticultural interest programmes for the BBC, include The Joy of Gardening and 40 Years of Gardeners’ World.
Her contribution to other long running series, include team captainship for a series of Going For a Song and appearances on Call my Bluff, both for the BBC, and Heart of the Country for ITV1. She has also featured on Restoration, The Stirling Prize for Architecture and Blue Peter for the BBC, made appearances on The Alan Titchmarsh Show, Richard and Judy and The Vanessa Show for ITV 1and Market Kitchen for the Food Channel. Rachel was also a guest on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross for BBC1. She has appeared three times on the cover of Radio Times.
In addition to her television and radio work, Rachel has written two gardening books – Rachel de Thame’s Top 100 Star Plants andSmallTownGardens. She co-authored a third Gardening With the Experts and contributed to Moving On Up, edited by Sarah Brown