Who are Dick Strawbridge and wife Angel Adoree? Meet the couple from Escape to the Chateau on Channel 4

Emma Clarke
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Escape to the Chateau's Dick and Angel are back for a sixth series
Escape to the Chateau's Dick and Angel are back for a sixth series

Channel 4's Escape to the Chateau: Make Do And Mend is back for a brand new series, following Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree's journey as they offer advice and inspiration to families across the UK while taking on their own projects.

First airing in 2016, Escape to the Chateau has built up an impressive fan base, as viewers tune in for interior inspiration every week.

The couple also share their astonishing 18th-century Chateau de la Motte Husson in the Pays de la Loire with their two children Dorothy, 5, and Arthur, 6, as well as Angel's parents.

Here's a closer look into the property power couple and their life in north-western France.

Dick and Angel have been transforming the 19-Century Chateau de La Motte Husson into a beautiful hotel and wedding venue
Dick and Angel have been transforming the 19-Century Chateau de La Motte Husson into a beautiful hotel and wedding venue

Who is Dick Strawbridge?

Dick Strawbridge was born in Burma, but grew up in County Atrim, Northern Ireland.

He then went on to join the British Army in 1979, before switching to the Royal Corps of Signals.

By 1991 he was promoted to Major, and two years later he was awarded an MBE for his services in Northern Ireland.

Dick and his first wife Brigit Weiner married in 1982 and the pair share two children, James and Charlotte. They separated in 2010.

Strawbridge then met his current partner and co-presenter Angel Adoree in 2015 through a mutual friend, before they had son Arthur and daughter Dorothy.

Who is Angel Adoree?

Before transforming Chateau de la Motte-Husson, Angel was best known for her book series entitled Vintage Tea Party.

In 2010, Angel appeared on Dragon's Den and was offered an investment by Deborah Meaden and Theo Paphitis, to develop her business The Vintage Patisserie. However, this investment fell through shortly after the episode aired.

Angel then went on to open her first Vintage Patisserie in Hackney, London.

What inspired them to buy a chateau in France?

Dick and Angel had already been house hunting for four years when they invited Channel 4 to document their journey.

They then purchased Chateau de la Motte-Husson in Martigné-sur-Mayenne in 2015, deciding to leave their home in Essex and start afresh across the pond.

Speaking to the MailOnline, Angel explained she's "always had an entrepreneurial spirit" and that their goal was to leave "this gorgeous legacy for the children – I want them to be proud of us!"

(Dick, Angel's kids Dorothy and Arthur also feature in the show)
(Dick, Angel's kids Dorothy and Arthur also feature in the show)

What other TV shows have they been on?

While the pair are best known for their DIY Channel 4 show, they aren't strangers to the box.

Dick Strawbridge featured on Scrapheap Challenge as the resident engineer and environmental expert.

He also previously appeared on It's Not Easy Being Green on BBC Two, The Hungry Sailors and Saturday Farm, and Coast as a one-off presenter.

Escape to the Chateau: Make Do & Mend airs Thursday evenings at 8pm on Channel 4

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