David Dickinson

  • Birth Name: David Gulessarian
  • Birth Place: Cheadle Heath, Stockport, Cheshire, England
  • Profession: Host, Author, Antiques expert
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Fast Facts

  • Was adopted as a baby.
  • Left school at 14 and began work in a factory and soon after went into the textile trade.
  • Went to prison after his mail order business went bust in 1961.
  • Bought and ran his own antiques shop in the 1970s.
  • Got his start in television after bumping into a TV producer at a barbecue.
  • Appeared on the first season of Strictly Come Dancing, in 2004.
  • Was vacationing on the Malaysian island of Langkawi when the Boxing Day tsunami hit in 2004; he and his wife climbed a tree until they were able to flee to higher ground.
  • Nickname "The Duke" comes from his fancy style of dress; he's used the same tailor for over 40 years.


  • Joyce Dickinson — Mother
  • Jim Dickinson — Father
  • Katrina — Stepdaughter
  • Robert — Stepson
  • Eugenie Gulesserian — Mother
  • Lorne Lesley — Wife

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