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Ben Hillman

As a presenter of TV’s A Place in the Sun, travelling is all part of a day’s work for Ben Hillman. But his heart belongs in Brighton

Skills in renovation and upcycling led interior designer Ben Hillman into an unexpected career as a TV presenter. Having worked on The Renovation Game and 60 Minute Makeover, he’s now one of the presenters on Channel 4’s A Place in the Sun, helping people find homes overseas.

“It’s taken me all over the world,” says Ben. “Not just Europe but Central America, Australia, Croatia and the Azores. But I truly believe that the UK is one of the most beautiful places in the world, from Suffolk to the Lake District to Cornwall there’s a wealth of places to discover.

“I was born and brought up in Brighton, lived for seven years in London, and then came back to Brighton. It’s a lovely environment. Two streets behind us are the Sussex downs, and in the other direction, a river walk, which can take you into town. Then there’s the sea nearby too. Within 10 minutes everything is on our doorstep.

“The Pavilion is definitely the most iconic building, but what I’ve actually enjoyed most was a Brighton sewer tour (see Brighton Sewer Tours). The sewers are a massive feat of Victorian engineering and are still in use, having just been modernised a little. They are a great testament to the skill of the engineers. You finish the tour by popping up through a manhole in the street in the middle of Brighton, which does surprise people passing by!”

Chris Beardshaw

“It’s taken me all over the world”

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