The Repair Shop: Meet the talented cast of the series

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Photo credit: Ian West - BBC
Photo credit: Ian West - BBC

The Repair Shop not only breathes new life into sentimental treasures, it also champions talented craftspeople, from antique photography specialists to toy restorers.

Upholsterer Jay Blades presents the series, which calls attention to all the intriguing heirlooms discarded in people's homes across the UK, with a team of Britain's most skilled and dedicated craftspeople on hand to restore them to their former glory.

The team of craftspeople include: upholsterer Jay, metal worker Dominic Chinea, Clock restorer Steve Fletcher, leather worker Suzie Fletcher, carpenter and cabinet-maker Will Kirk, toy restorers Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell, ceramics conservator Kirsten Ramsay, painting conservator Lucia Scalisi, and antique photography specialist Brenton West.

As we look forward to series 10 returning to BBC One with new episodes soon, we take a look at the indispensable cast members below...

Meet the cast

Jay Blades

Photo credit: Ian West - BBC
Photo credit: Ian West - BBC

Jay Blades MBE is an upholsterer who runs his own furniture restoring company, called Jay & Co. Before hosting The Repair Shop, he featured in BBC One's Money for Nothing, which followed Jay and entrepreneur Sarah Moore as they saved items from being dumped and transformed them into valuable pieces.

Dominic Chinea

Photo credit: Ian West - BBC
Photo credit: Ian West - BBC

Dominic is the resident metal expert, and owner of Ranalah Wheeling Machines Limited. Dominic joined the show in series 2, and prior to The Repair Shop, he worked for Rankin Studios as a production designer.

Steve Fletcher

Steve Fletcher is The Repair Shop's resident horologist, which means he restores clocks and watches. Clock restoring runs in the family, as Steve's grandfather opened The Clock Workshop in Oxford back in 1910.

Steve recently revealed that Only Fools of Horses star and overall TV icon David Jason swung by The Repair Shop recently. We can't wait to see what item he brought in for restoration.

Will Kirk

Photo credit: Ian West - BBC
Photo credit: Ian West - BBC

Will Kirk is the wood restoration expert on The Repair Shop, and he runs his own workshop in Wandsworth. He is also an Ambassador of the Heritage Crafts Association.

Suzie Fletcher

Photo credit: Ian West - BBC
Photo credit: Ian West - BBC

Suzie Fletcher is a leather worker and a saddles expert, specialising in all things equestrian. She is a member of the Society of Master Saddlers and also specialises in the restoration of leather goods and solid leather furniture.

Kirsten Ramsay

Kirsten Ramsay is The Repair Shop's ceramics conservator, specialising in the restoration and conservation of oriental and European ceramics, and a wide range of other related materials, such as earthenware, painted plaster, enamels and glass.

A Repair Shop original and fan favourite, Kirsten is often referred to as the "queen of the invisible fix".

Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell

Photo credit: Production - BBC
Photo credit: Production - BBC

Amanda Middleditch and Julie Tatchell are toy restorers, and are lovingly known as the Teddy Bear Ladies, thanks to their expertise of repairing vintage bears and soft toys.

Amanda and Julie have worked together and run their own business, Bear It In Mind, since 2006.

Lucia Scalisi

Photo credit: Production - BBC
Photo credit: Production - BBC

Lucia Scalisi is The Repair Shop's painting conservator, who conserves and restores paintings around the world. Lucia held the position of Senior Conservator of Paintings at the V&A before setting up her own studio in London. She previously worked as the paintings conservator on BBC Two's Restoration Roadshow in 2011.

Brenton West

Brenton West is a silversmith and antique photography specialist. He recently won Celebrity Mastermind 202; his specialist subject was Formula One 1978-87. He's also partial to a statement floral shirt.

The Repair Shopseries 10 will be returning to BBC One soon.

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