The famous DIY and home improvements show, Changing Rooms, is back for the first time since 2004 with a new presenter, Anna Richardson, and designers.
The first episode of the new series will air on Wednesday, August 18 on Channel 4 at 8pm and you can read more here.
The original show aired on BBC1 and had some popular cast members, including presenter Carol Smillie and designer Anna Ryder-Richardson, who went on to run a Welsh zoo.
So what are they doing now?
The popular former presenter of Changing Rooms has continued a long and successful TV career following the show.
From the National Lottery to her own morning chat show Smillie’s People, to appearing on Strictly Come Dancing in 2006, Carol has remained a presence on our TV screens.
More recently she handed over control of her business, Pretty Clever Pants, to the brand High Street TV and she has become a humanist celebrant with the Humanist Society Scotland and is now conducting humanist weddings, baby namings and funerals.
Presenter Carol Smillie with ‘Handy Andy’ Kane in 1997
Designer Linda left Changing Rooms after she was not offered Carol Smillie’s former presenting role.
She appeared and came third in the second series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! and has presented ITV’s With A Little Help From My Friends, 60 Minute Makeover and The Home Game.
Linda has also gone into designing homeware and home items, including sofas for DFS and earlier this year she released curtains, fabrics, and blinds with the retailer Terrys.
Anna Ryder-Richardson went on to run a zoo in Pembrokeshire
(Image: Anna Ryder Richardson)
After her role as a designer on Changing Rooms, Anna went on to famously buy and own a zoo in Wales.
In order to help earn the money to make her dream of owning a zoo come true, she appeared on various reality TV shows, including the 2007 series of I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!
After this, she was able to purchase Manor House Wildlife Park, near Tenby, and starred in a number of programmes about her zoo, including Chaos at the Zoo. She also now presents on BBC Radio Wales.
Nicknamed Handy Andy, he has gone on to stay in the renovation area of showbiz as he appeared in the American version of the show, Trading Spaces, and hosted his own programmes, such as Room Rivals and Streetcombers.
He also appeared in the reality TV show I’m Famous and Frightened! and since 2008 he has hosted Geography programmes for BBC Primary.
One of the original designers on the show, Oliver has has gone to create his own architecture and design company, Oliver Heath Design, which is based in Brighton.
The business offers design services, consultancy services, practical workshops with a strong eco-friendly ethos, and much more with Oliver as the head of the company.
Oliver also regularly writes for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and more and is also a media spokesperson for the UK’s Department for Energy and Climate Change.
Since his days on Changing Rooms, Michael has gone to work for different companies and brands, such as Gourmet Ireland and Sunseeker.
For luxury yacht makers Sunseeker, he designed offices in London, France and Greece and he’s also restored Grade II listed buildings.
After appearing as a designer on Changing Rooms, Rowena has gone on to appear in the reality TV series Dial a Mum and the 2018 Film Destination: Dewsbury.
The film went on to premiere at the Beverly Hills Film Festival and, in 2021, Rowena protested against the construction of an Olympic basketball training facility in London by lying under a lorry with her 10-year-old son, which caused controversy.
Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen will be returning as a designer for the new series
(Image: Channel 4)
As one of the original designers and then presenter of Changing Rooms, LLB is returning as a designer in the reboot.
After his time on Changing Rooms, Laurence was also known for being a judge on ITV’s Popstar to Operastar and also became caught up in a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire shock.
Appearing with his wife Jackie in 2006, the couple made it all the way to the last question, which they got wrong meaning their prize money dropped from the £500,000 they had won.
However, for the first time in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire history they were invited back to answer a different question as the first question did not meet the show’s standards.
Laurence also helped to design the world famous Blackpool Illuminations in 2007 and 2008 and, more recently, has appeared in the Celebrity Painting Challenge.
Since designing on Changing Rooms, Laura has created houses for a whole list of Premier League footballers, including Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand.
She has two children and seven pets and continues to work as a spatial and architecture interior designer for Landan Ltd.
In 2000 Liz was sentenced to prison for one year after she lied to her fellow friends and designers on Changing Rooms about having cancer in order to get £55,000.
A hearing at Inner London Crown Court – where she admitted charges of obtaining money and property by deception – heard that Wagstaff had claimed she needed the money for medical treatment in the United States.
But instead she had spent the cash on designer clothes to impress her boyfriend, who “liked his women to dress well”.
Since his role as a designer on Changing Rooms, Graham has appeared in the TV documentary Now That’s Embarrassing: The 80s alongside Ralf Little.
While we’ve not seen him on our TV screens since then, he has met up with his Changing Room co-designers during reunions.
Gordon Whistance has gone on to produce the Grenfell episodes of DIY SOS and has been the production designer for many TV series, such as Lead Balloon and Eyewitness.
He now also does private work and is critically acclaimed.
The new series of Changing Rooms will start on Wednesday, August 18 at 8 pm on Channel 4.
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