Sophie Robinson: career as an interior designer on television, a helpful husband and an unusual way of dealing with anxiety

Interior design expert Sophie Robinson returns to our screens at 7pm tonight (January 19) with the first episode of her new Channel 5 TV series.

In Dream Home Makeovers with Sophie Robinson, the former chief judge of BBC Two’s Great Interior Design Challenge helps homeowners looking to create a stylish home by overcoming their various design challenges.

But who exactly is Sophie Robinson – and how did she become famous on television?

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Who is Sophia Robinson?

Sophie Robinson is an interior designer, stylist, journalist and television host. She is well known for her various appearances in several interior design television series.

She studied 3D design at the University of Brighton, originally intending to become an interior designer or product designer. After graduating in 1997 and moving to London, Robinson began helping with interior design projects to pay her rent.

From there she branched out into interior design journalism, becoming an in-house stylist for the BBC’s Good Homes magazine from 2000 to 2005.

She also runs Sophie Robinson’s School of Design, which offers a range of face-to-face and online courses.

At 21, Sophie Robinson also tried her hand at rally driving after her father encouraged her to take it up. She competed in the British Rally Championship.

How did Sophie Robinson become famous?

Sophie Robinson’s first television appearances were on ITV’s 60 Minute Makeover, on which she served as designer for five years.

In 2014 she was named one of the judges for the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge. Although she left the position of head judge after the third series – to be replaced by Kelly Hoppen – she has since appeared as a guest judge on the program.

She has also appeared on the Channel 5 series Cowboy Builders and hosts a podcast, The Great Indoors, with journalist Kate Watson-Smyth.

Is Sophie Robinson married?

Sophie Robinson is married to Tom Pike, a bricklayer. The couple have a son together and live in Brighton.

Sophie jokes on her Instagram: “How do you find a good mason? Marry one!”

The mum shares snippets of her life at home on her Instagram account, posting about her holidays, design ideas and her cold water bath she installed in her garden.

The TV personality says jumping into a cold tub in her backyard helps her deal with her fears and anxieties and gives her real strength.

Speaking on her Instagram Stories, Sophie said: “It’s something I’ve been involved in for months, it’s something that really helps me with my mindset, with my anxiety, with my positivity, with how I feel about my body. It makes me feel strong and vibrant and that’s why I do it.”

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