About BBC Lifestyle

A wealth of inspiration for home, family and life

Brimming with vibrant, fresh and exciting programmes that set trends, BBC Lifestyle is simply a must-have channel.

Our real human stories will guide you into transforming your world; from revamping your home to invigorating your cooking and helping you to become healthier, happier and get the best out of life.

Inspiring, daring and always in the know, this sassy and energetic channel is alive with inspirational ideas to transform your life.

Our talented team

Hairy Bikers Asian Adventure

Si King and David Myers

Unbeknown to many, Si and Dave – aka The Hairy Bikers – never had their sights set on culinary fame.

Hailing from North East England, Si carved a profession as a first assistant director and locations manager for film and television, and can boast credits for working his magic on the award-winning series of Harry Potter movies. He has always loved grub, a passion that was nurtured from an early age by his father – he would bring back exotic ingredients from his voyages with the Royal Navy.

Born and bred in the Cumbrian town of Barrow-in-Furness, Dave studied fine arts at London’s Goldsmiths College, specialising in egg tempera and the work of the Old Masters. After graduating, he joined the BBC as a prosthetics make-up artist and worked on such hit series as The Lives and Loves of a She Devil, Prime Suspect and Spooks.

The duo met by professional chance on the set of the 1995 The Gambling Man, a TV adaptation of a Catherine Cookson novel. They bonded over their love of tasty bites and bikes, and indulged their mutual passions by riding and cooking together in their spare time. Eventually, the winning formula prompted them to risk turning their back on making TV to chance becoming motorised TV cooking stars in their own right. Their first series, The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook, broadcast in 2006 and was an instant success.

A decade on, the Hairy Bikers have travelled the world in the pursuit of great food, created haute cuisine dishes with Michelin-starred chefs, published a library of bestsellers and are the UK's third most popular cookery book writers after Jamie Oliver and Nigella Lawson. Their first calorie-conscience title – The Hairy Dieters: How to Love Food and Lose Weight – even toppled the saucy 50 Shades of Grey from the top of the bestsellers charts when it was released in 2012, and held the number one spot for an impressive six weeks.

Si and Dave are best friends in life, work and ink – both have a tattoo of Che Guevara on their right arm.

Rachel Allen

Rachel Allen

Dublin-born Rachel Allen is the Emerald Isle’s leading culinary talent. From baking and hearty family feasts to candlelit suppers, she makes cooking a stress-free, fun and delicious affair!

As a young girl, Rachel was more geared up to follow her parents into the fashion trade rather than finding fame as a feast-concocting foodie. Her Irish father, Brian O'Neill, owned a shoe factory and her Icelandic mother, Hallfridur Reichenfeld, ran her own clothes boutiques. And Rachel fancied herself as a footwear visionary.

But at the age of 18, Rachel ditched her designs to enter the fashion industry and she joined the ranks of aspiring chefs at the prestigious Ballymaloe Cookery School in County Cork, founded by the famous gastronome and TV presenter Darina Allen.

Rachel didn’t only discover her love of food at Ballymaloe Cookery School; she also found true love with Isaac, the dashing son of Darina Allen. The couple married in 1998, share three children (Luka, Joshua and Scarlett) and are both passionate professional foodies – Isaac is a chef and restaurateur.

In 2004 she was snapped-up by the Irish broadcaster RTÉ to front her own cookery show, Rachel’s Favourite Food. It was a runaway hit and spawned the follow-up series Rachel’s Favourite Food for Friends and Rachel's Favourite Food At Home, both of which have been sold overseas and gained her international success.

Alongside her TV projects, Rachel teaches courses at Ballymaloe Cookery School, writes for such publications as The Sunday Tribune newspaper and BBC Good Food magazine and has hit a home run with five bestselling cookery books of her own.

The Great British Sewing Bee

Claudia Winkleman

Claudia is no stranger to presenting and she's a regular voice on both TV and radio.

In her weekly The Radio 2 Arts Show with Claudia Winkleman, she loves taking a lively look at the latest films, plays, dance events, books and exhibitions, alongside an eclectic selection of music. She's also previously presented Film 2014 with co-host Danny Leigh.

When not discussing the latest offering on the contemporary art circuit or chatting about Spielberg’s most recent release, you'll find Claudia toe-tapping her way as co-host on Strictly Come Dancing.

Claudia hosted Strictly Come Dancing: It Takes Two on BBC2 for seven years, getting all the behind-the-scenes gossip. She's now co-hosting the main show with Tess Daly and her chat with the judges, Len's Lens, has become one of the highlights of the programme.

Claudia is a huge supporter of Comic Relief, hosting Red Nose Day, Sport Relief, Let’s Dance for Sport Relief and Let's Dance for Comic Relief.

After encountering a few soggy bottoms on The Great Comic Relief Bake Off, Claudia decided to branch off in a different direction of homemaking and try her hand at presenting The Great British Sewing Bee. 


Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood is one of the UK’s leading artisan bakers.

The son of a baker, Paul originally trained as a sculptor until his father persuaded him to change careers. By combining his love of sculpting and baking, Paul established himself as an innovator.

Paul is a master baker and has worked in some of the most exclusive hotels in the world, including the Dorchester in London.

He cemented his reputation as the leading authority on bread making by publishing the bestselling book 100 Great Breads, which has been translated into seven languages.

In 2008 he created the most expensive bread in Britain – an almond and Roquefort sourdough that was sold for £15 a loaf at Harrods. Paul describes it as the "Rolls Royce of loaves"!

In his first solo series, Bread, Paul revealed the secrets to making breads from all over the world, showing how a simple loaf can be transformed into delicious dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Paul has also appeared as a judge on The American Baking Competition on the CBS network.

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon was born in Johnstone in Renfrewshire, Scotland but grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon in England. As a boy, he showed promise as a footballer and after playing in under-14 games at the age of just 12, he was chosen to play for the county of Warwickshire.

As a teenager, Gordon also had a trial for Rangers, the club he supported as a child. But unfortunately, his nascent football career was thwarted by a series of injuries and he turned his attention to hotel management after enrolling at a catering college in Oxfordshire.

After moving to London, Gordon worked for a number of high-profile chefs in famed establishments, including Marco Pierre White at Harvey’s and Albert Roux at Le Gavroche in Mayfair. After handling haute cuisine in England, Gordon headed to France to continue his training. After building up his cooking nous over a number of years spent living on the continent, he then headed for Bermuda where he worked as a personal chef on a private yacht.

A keen amateur endurance athlete, Gordon raced his first marathon in 2001. Since then, he has competed not only in more marathons, but also in a series of ultra-marathons, half-Ironmans (triathlons which end in a half-marathon) and in the world’s toughest Ironman competition, which takes place annually in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

He may be renowned for being competitive, but Gordon doesn’t win them all. Whilst filming an episode of his TV series the F-Word at Doncaster's Marshgate Prison, he challenged an inmate to a vegetable-chopping competition – and he lost!

Gordon was appointed an OBE by Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 honours list for services to the hospitality industry. He’s also a keen supporter of and fundraiser for a variety of charities, and he and his wife Tana set up the Gordon Ramsay Foundation in 2014 to raise money for worthy causes.

Kirstie's Fill Your House For Free

Kirstie Allsop

The eldest of four children, Kirstie was raised mainly Wiltshire, England, but attended a number of different schools around the country including Bedales in Hampshire, alma mater of pop singer Lily Allen and model Sophie Dahl.

After leaving school, Kirstie headed to India to teach English, before returning home to work for the famed interior designer, Nicky Haslam, and for Country Living Magazine selling classified advertising space.

In 1996, she set up a property search company with a friend, and after a few years, was contacted by a TV production company inviting her to screen test for a new property show. There she met and immediately bonded with a certain Phil Spencer, and the rest is Location, Location, Location history.

Kirstie is the daughter of a baron (Charles Allsopp, 6th Baron Hindlip) and due to his peerage, she is allowed to use the title The Honourable Kirsty Allsopp. She herself has two children, Bay and Oscar, with her partner Ben, who is also a property developer.

Kirstie isn’t the only celebrity in her family – her cousin is the famous fashion and home furnishings designer Cath Kidston. Her sister Sofie has also appeared as a property expert on the small screen – she’s an estate agent and once stood in for Kirstie on a Location, Location, Location television special when Kirstie was on maternity leave.

In 2013, an online survey of knitters for National Knitting Week voted Kirstie, a keen proponent of making handicrafts, Britain’s favourite celebrity knitter.


Mary Berry

With 60 years cooking experience, Mary Berry is considered to be the doyenne of baking.

Mary learned the art of baking from her mother before training at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris at the age of just 17.

She quickly established herself as a leading cookery writer and broadcaster, and has published over 70 cookbooks throughout her career.

Her contribution to the culinary arts was recognised by the Queen in 2012 when she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours.

Mary’s personal favourite cake to make is a ginger treacle tray bake. However, most people tell her that they enjoy baking her lemon drizzle cake and her tarte au citron.

In addition to her baking expertise, Mary has also garnered a reputation for providing practical recipes containing lots of fresh ingredients for the family.