Openly Gay Alistair Appleton [TV Presenter] Partner & Family Info

By Staff Writer | Updated On: 11 Feb, 2020
Openly Gay Alistair Appleton [TV Presenter] Partner & Family Info

Quick Information

Date of Birth 1970-02-12
Nationality British
Profession TV Presenter
Marital Status Single
Divorced/Engaged Not Yet
Gay/Lesbain Gay
Ethnicity White
Net Worth Not Disclosed
Social Media Instagram, Twitter
Children/Kids Not Yet
Height 6 Feet 1 Inches (185 cm)
Education University of Cambridge
Parents Peter Appleton (Father), Sally Appleton (Mother)

British television presenter and writer, Alistair Appleton, is famously known for his work on the BBC Network. He has been broadcasting the BBC’s show Escape to the Country since 2007.

Besides being a TV Presenter, he is actively involved as a somatic meditation tutor, psychotherapist, and blogger. Also, he runs an organization named Mindsprings, which focuses on bringing basic practices of meditation/mindfulness to people of every age, profession, and group.

Alistair Appleton’s Age & Height

Alistair Appleton was born on the 12th of February 1970 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. However, he grew up in Lee-on-the-Solent, Hampshire.

He manages a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.86 meters). He follows Buddhism since 2000. 

Family Info

Alistair Appleton is the youngest son of Tunbridge Wells native couple Peter and Sally (née Cooper) Appleton. He also has an elder brother in his family. 

Sexuality: Openly Gay

The renowned BBC broadcaster Alistair Appleton is openly gay, and he is usually candid about his sexuality.

Initially, he understood that he was not of straight sexuality during his teen years.

Alistair Appleton expresses his pride in his sexuality on 16 February 2017 (Photo: Alistair Appleton’s Twitter)

He then opened about his sexuality to his parents, first, when he was at the college level. Although his family’s initial reaction was shocking, they accepted him as he is, along with time. 

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In an article in Gay Times, he also admitted that he only fully accepted his sexuality when he lived in Poland and Germany. 

His Friend’s Death 

Alistair Appleton expressed his sincere sympathy when his gay friend, BBC presenter Kristian Digby, was found dead in his home at the age of 32 in 2010. 

He also paid tribute to his fellow friend through his blog—he wrote what sort of person Kristian was, by writing, 

“Kristian was a fine, charming, complex, rather dazzling man. TV is duller and straighter and drearier without him. I was proud to have met him, hung out with him, known him a little. It’s desperately, desperately sad.”

Furthermore, Alistair claimed that the death of his friend was not normal and added that the incident happened under unusual circumstances.

Education, Career

Alistair Appleton studied at St. John’s Catholic School and gained 10 O-levels and 3 A-levels. Then, in 1988, he went on to achieve a degree in English Literature at Gonville & Caius College at the University of Cambridge (UK)—he graduated with a very respectable 2.1 GPA.

After completing his graduation, he went to Poland and started teaching at the University of Gdansk. Later, he taught English in East Germany and then worked as a translator and journalist for Deutsche Welle TV.

Alistair, then, returned to the UK in 1999 and starred as host for TV shows like Sky’s Hot TV (2000), Five’s House Doctor (2000–03), BBC Two’s Rhona (2000), the Travel Channel’s Travel On (2001), BBC One’s Garden Invaders (2001), Cash in the Attic (2002–05), and BBC Food’s Stately Suppers (2005). 


Alistair Appleton in one of the episodes of Escape to the Country on BBC television (Photo: BBC One)

Eventually, his career-defining opportunity came when he got a chance to be associated with the BBC in 2007. First, he appeared in BBC America promotions for the fourth series of Cash in the Attic and then started working as the presenter for Escape to the Country on BBC television—he is still associated as a presenter for the show.