Jamie Durie

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Jamie Durie (born 3 June 1970) is an Australian landscaper and television personality. Formerly a prominent personality for the Nine Network, Durie has hosted a variety of programs for them, mostly "lifestyle" shows such as Backyard Blitz, Renovation Rescue and The Block.

Jamie previously was the host of the Seven Network's The Outdoor Room and the U.S. PBS series The Victory Garden.

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Early life

Jamie was born in Manly, an oceanside suburb of Sydney, Australia, and has taken inspiration from the Australian countryside, as well as the country of his mother's birth, Sri Lanka.[1] On a special presentation for Cirque du Soleil's Australian tour of Alegría for the Nine Network, he revealed that he had previously auditioned for the troupe but was not accepted. He also performed as a stripper for the all-male group Manpower Australia in the early 1990s.[2][3] Durie appeared in a nude photo shoot with then fiancée Terasa Livingstone in the December 1998 issue of Black And White magazine.

Durie is a passionate humanitarian and is the ambassador for Plan Australia. A television special was screened with Durie in this role as he visited families in Uganda affected by HIV.

Durie has also become an ardent horticulturist, starting his own award-winning landscape company, PATIO.

Television career

Durie hosted a variety of programs on Channel Nine, including those mentioned above, before his move to Channel Seven. He also hosted the multi-million dollar Nine program Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice and was involved with many other Nine programs.

In November 2006 it was announced on Oprah that Durie would become the show's new landscaper. During that first show he and designer Nate Berkus helped a woman and her family "freshen up" their home for an upcoming sale, due to the family suffering from financial problems and medical issues.[4]

On 17 January 2007 the Nine Network parted company with Durie. Nationwide newspapers reported that Durie asked for a pay rise of $2 million, which Nine declined to give. The next day it was announced that Durie would move to the Seven Network.[5] In an interview with Today Tonight Durie stated that he had declined Channel Nine's offer of $2 million, not the other way round. He resigned and came to Seven because the network was moving in a direction which he thought was right.[6]

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