BBC Bargain Hunt star Roo Irvine opens up on life-changing double family death

BBC Bargain Hunt star Roo Irvine opens up on life-changing double family death

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Olivia Gantzer

By Olivia Gantzer

Published: 24/05/2024

- 21:35

The Bargain Hunt star's grief led her to a different career path

Bargain Hunt star Roo Irvine has opened up about the tragic events that inspired her to change her career.

The presenter has starred in the BBC programme since 2018, and has a good eye for vintage treasures.

Irvine has, in the past, taken to her website to reflect on two personal losses that impacted her life.

She explained two family deaths occurred in quick succession and detailed the how it led to her current career.

"Kilcreggan Antiques came about quite by (bad) luck when suddenly, and unexpectedly, in 2013, my wonderful Dad passed away," she recalled.

The bargain expert continued: "I was heartbroken and devastated. Then, just three weeks later, my husband Mark also lost his father to a long battle with cancer.

Roo Irvine

Irvine opened up on about a personal grief


"We walked away from our senior corporate jobs and focused on taking care of our widowed mothers."

According to The Daily Mirror, the website also reads: "I'd always loved antiques and had developed a keen eye, so my husband suggested we "go for it" and Kilcreggan Antiques was born.

"Out of some of my darkest days came a sliver of light. Fate?"

Roo, whose real name is Arusha, has been married to husband Mark since 2012. She also opened up abut her grief in the Things I Forgot Were Good For Me podcast.

Roo Irvine

Irvine has starred on Bargain Hunt since 2018


Detailing how she moved in with her mum after losing their dad, she stated: "We'd been with my mum for five, six months, and we thought, 'Well, we still have to pay the bills, what do we do?'

"We recently became addicted to auctions, and we furnished our big Victorian house from them, and we had so much surplus stuff.

"And my hubby said, 'Well listen, why don't we start selling some of these on eBay online?'"

Co-star Natasha Raskin Sharp has also been sharing some candid updates, taking to her Instagram on several occasions this year to update fans on her baby daughter, Jean.

Bargain Hunt

Irvine talked about how grief motivated her career change


A recent update shared was an adorable snap of the mother and daughter.

Protecting her child's identity, Raskin Sharp covered the face of the tot with a sunglasses emoji as she caught some rays.

Raskin Sharp sported her own pair of sunnies in the recent hot spell along with a white top as she held Jean in a baby carrier.

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