The Repair Shop cast: ages, careers and family life revealed

January 25, 2022, 4:53 PM

Who are the experts at The Repair Shop?

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Who are the repair shop experts, what do they specialize in and how old are they?

The cast of The repair shop is made up of the likes of Jay Blades, Will Kirk, Dominic Chinea and Suzie Fletcher, all foodservice experts specializing in their own field.

The team from the hit BBC show includes carpenters, clock and watch experts, paint conservators and even two teddy bear experts.

Together, they accompany the public in its mission to bring old, worn or broken objects back to life.

From their specialties to their ages and pre-show lives, here’s everything you need to know about The Repair Shop’s cast:

Jay blades

Jay Blades is the head of the BBC's The Repair Shop

Jay Blades runs the BBC’s The Repair Shop.

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How old is Jay Blades?

Jay Blades is 51 years old.

What was Jay Blades doing before The Repair Shop?

Before rising to fame on the BBC’s The Repair Shop, Jay worked as an upholsterer.

In fact, he’s still an upholsterer to this day and owns his own furniture restoration business called Jay & Co.

Before landing his role on The Repair Shop, Jay hosted a show called Money for Nothing from 2017 to 2020.

Is Jay Blades married and does he have children?

Jay Blades is engaged to partner Lisa-Marie Zbozen after popping the question over Christmas 2021.

The TV star has three children with ex-wife Jade.

Suzie Fletcher

Suzie Fletcher specializes in leather restoration

Suzie Fletcher specializes in leather restoration.

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Who is Suzie Fletcher and how old is she?

Suzie Fletcher is The Repair Shop’s resident leather expert and saddler with decades of experience in her field.

She is believed to be 51 years old.

What is the relationship between Suzie Fletcher and Steven Fletcher?

Suzie’s brother is also a member of The Repair Shop, specializing in clocks and watches.

Steven convinced his sister to join the show after her husband’s death, a decision she says helped her through “very dark days”.

Steven Flecher

Steven Fletcher specializes in clocks and watches in The Repair Shop

Steven Fletcher specializes in clocks and watches in The Repair Shop.

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Who is Steven Fletcher and how old is he?

Steven Fletcher is The Repair Shop’s watchmaker, which means he works on clocks and watches.

The expert’s skills were passed down to his family by his grandfather, who opened The Clock Workshop in Oxford in 1910.

Steven is 57 years old.

What is the relationship between Steven and Suzie Fletcher?

Steven is Suzie’s younger brother.

Is Steven Fletcher married and does he have children?

According to The sunSteven has a partner called Mel and is the father of five children.

Will Kirk

Will Kirk is The Repair Shop's resident wood restorer

Will Kirk is The Repair Shop’s resident wood restorer.

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Who is Will Kirk and how old is he?

Will Kirk is the resident wood restoration expert at The Repair Shop.

Alongside the show, Will also runs his own workshop in Wandsworth.

We think Will is in his thirties.

Is Will Kirk married and does he have children?

In September 2020, Will revealed he was engaged while chatting with Lorraine Kelly on her hit morning show.

In August 2021, Will married his girlfriend.

Kirsten Ramsay

Kirsten Ramsay is The Repair Shop's Ceramic Expert

Kirsten Ramsay is The Repair Shop’s ceramic expert.

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Who is Kirsten Ramsay and how old is she?

Kirsten Ramsay is The Repair Shop’s ceramic expert.

Prior to joining the exhibition, Kristen worked in the British Museum’s Curatorial Department before starting her own private curatorial business.

Kirsten’s age is unknown.

Is Kirsten Ramsay married and does she have children?

Kirsten keeps her personal life very private and details of her family are therefore unknown.

Dominica Chinea

Dominic Chinea first joined The Repair Shop in series two

Dominic Chinea first joined The Repair Shop during the second series.

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Who is Dominic Chinea and how old is he?

Dominic from the repair shop is the resident metal expert who helped restore many items during his time on the show.

Dominic joined the show during the second series.

It is unclear how old the steelworker is, however, reports claim he is in his 30s.

What was Dominic Chinea doing before The Repair Shop?

Before landing his role in The Repair Shop, Dominic worked for Rankin Studios as a production designer.

During this role, he built props and sets for events and editorial photo shoots.

Is Dominic Chinea married?

Dominic lives in Kent with his wife, Maria.

The couple married in 2017.

Amanda Middleditch

Amanda Middleditch is one of The Repair Shop's resident teddy bear experts

Amanda Middleditch is one of The Repair Shop’s resident plush experts.

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Who is Amanda Middleditch and how old is she?

Amanda is one of The Repair Shop’s teddy bear experts, alongside Julie Tatchell.

His age is unknown.

What was Amanda Middleditch doing before The Repair Shop?

In 2006, Amanda and Julie started their own restaurant business called Bear It In Mind, which still operates today.

They also host a podcast together called Bearly Begun.

Julie Tachel

Julie Tatchell works alongside Amanda on Teddy Bear and other stuffed toy repairs

Julie Tatchell works alongside Amanda on Teddy Bear and other stuffed animal repairs.

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Who is Julie Tatchell and how old is she?

Julie is the second half of Teddy Bear’s restoration on The Repair Shop, working closely with Amanda Middleditch.

His age is unknown.

What was Julie Tatchell doing before The Repair Shop?

Before joining The Repair Shop team, Julie launched Bear It In Mind with her co-star Amanda.

Lucie Scalisi

Lucia Scalisi previously worked for the V&A Museum restoration team

Lucia Scalisi previously worked for the V&A Museum restoration team.

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Who is Lucia Scalisi and how old is she?

Lucia is The Repair Shop’s paint restorer, bringing damaged and aged objects to life with her hand of study.

Lucia’s age is not in the public domain.

What was Lucia Scalisi doing before The Repair Shop?

Prior to her role on the hit BBC show, Lucia was a lecturer at the Academy of Conservation in Tbilisi, Georgia.

She was also employed by the V&A museum for a time as an art curator.

The repair shop is not Lucia’s first TV gig, with the expert appearing on the BBC’s Restoration Roadshow in 2011.

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