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 is currently the host of the Seven Network's
The Outdoor Room and PBS's The Victory Garden.
Durie is one of the most iconic television personalities
in Australia. The former Channel Nine, now Channel
Seven star has hosted a variety of programs, majority
lifestyle including Channel Nine's Backyard Blitz,
Renovation Rescue & The Block. Jamie is now the
host of Channel Seven's up and coming show Australia's
Best Backyards. Seven has also given the green light
for one of his own projects to air in the second half
& life before television
to his television presenting career, Durie was a member
of Manpower Australia, a highly popular touring male
striptease act similar to the Chippendales. In 1994
he posed nude for the art magazine Black+White alongside
former fiancée Terasa Livingstone. On a special
presentation for Cirque du Soleil's Australian tour
of Alegría for the Nine Network, he revealed
that he previously auditioned for the troupe but did
not get in.
Durie is also a passionate humanitarian and is the
ambassador for Plan (aid organisation) Australia.
A television special was screened with Durie in this
role as he visited families in Uganda affected by
HIV. Durie has also become a passionate horticulturist,
thus beginning his own award winning landscape company
Jamie Durie hosted a variety of programs on Channel
Nine including those mentioned above before his move
to Channel Seven. Durie also hosted the ill-fated
multi-million dollar Nine program Torvill and Dean's
Dancing on Ice and was involved with many other Nine
November 2006, it was announced live on Oprah that
Durie would become the 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.
17 January 2007, the Nine Network parted company with
Durie. Nation-wide newspapers reported Durie asked
for a pay rise of $2 million which Nine declined to
give. The next day, it was announced Durie would move
to the Seven Network. Today Tonight did an interview
with Durie in which he stated that Nine offered the
$2 million which he declined, not the other way round.
He resigned and came to Seven because the network
was moving in a direction, in which he thought was
right. The interview also announced Durie would be
hosting the up and coming Australia's Best Backyard's
and that he would appear in the next season of Dancing
with the Stars on Channel 7.
He made his TV debut as a gardening expert on
Australian Foxtel gardening show Dig This.
Landscape Designer, James Durie has been designing
landscapes and water features, both in Australia
and overseas since 1996
Resides in Sydney, Australia
Began his rather unconventional career working
as a founding member of the Gold Coast male dance
cabaret show Manpower.
Dated Australian TV presenter, Teresa Livingstone.
Skills include water skiing, scuba diving, surfing,
acrobatics, trapeze, landscape design/horticulture,
volleyball, snowboarding, dance, rollerblading,
tennis, soccer and abseiling.
Appeared in Black+White magazine in the buff.
A day after leaving Nine, Durie signed with Seven
and recorded a Seven promo saying (Part 1)"Thanks
for watching Seven, (Part 2)You gotta love that"
which was shown that same day after Today Tonight.
Durie is a qualified horticulturist and landscape
designer and founder of the international award-winning
design company PATIO Landscape Architecture and
Design. He has authored five books, PATIO—Garden
Design and Inspiration, The Outdoor Room, The
Source Book, Outdoor Kids, and Inspired. Two of
these titles are released under his own publishing
company, Jamie Durie Publishing.
is undoubtedly one of Australia's most recognizable
talents, having hosted many of Australia's top-rated
programs including Backyard Blitz, The Block,
Torvill and Dean's Dancing on Ice, and Skating
on Thin Ice. However, it was in his role as host
of the television series Backyard Blitz where
he first captured and inspired the imagination
of the Australian public, making gardening "hip"
again. The successful garden makeover show received
six consecutive Logie Awards for Most Popular
in Manly, North Sydney, Jamie spent most of his
childhood in the Western Australian outback mining
town of Tom Price. With his mother and grandmother
both Sri Lankan (born in Galle and Kandy respectively),
he has inherited a love of the Sri Lankan culture
and lifestyle. Like his father, and all Australians,
he loves the outdoors and is passionate about
nature and creating the ultimate outdoor living
space. His inspiration comes from the vast natural
beauty of the Australian landscape, years of extensive
international travel, and his passion for protecting
the environment. He successfully combines these
raw elements to create his own unique style in
his garden designs and has truly pioneered the
concept of "The Outdoor Room."
best-selling author, publisher, and television
host, Jamie also designs his own successful line
of innovative and fashionable gardening and outdoor
living merchandised product, PATIO by Jamie Durie.
This product line is available exclusively through
Australia and New Zealand retailing giant Kmart.
advocate for preserving our natural surroundings
and environmental future, Jamie is an ambassador
for Planet Ark's National Tree Day and sits on
the board of the Royal Botanic Gardens Foundation
News - January - Jamie Durie signed on with Channel
and the environment