Grand Designs’ Kevin McCloud Almost Took A VERY Different Career Path

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Kevin mccloud is a recognizable face on our screens thanks to his functions as presenter on Channel 4’s long-standing real estate program Great designs.

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But did you know that he first sought a career in a completely different field before turning to architecture? Find out more below …

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Kevin presented the hit Channel 4 spectacle Great designs since 1999 and has therefore spent more than two decades helping intrepid individuals attempt to transform their properties into the home of their dreams. He landed the role after appearing on shows like BBC Two In front of the house alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and Diarmuid Gavin.

He has often appeared on the show as a guest presenter, offering his best advice on home renovations and DIY, leveraging his degree in art and architecture from the University of Cambridge.

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However, it turns out the 62-year-old almost gave up his place at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, after spending time abroad after his A-Levels.

Speaking in a new interview, Kevin revealed that during his sabbatical he traveled to Italy where he worked on a farm and studied singing at the Florence Conservatory of Music.

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Kevin revealed he almost pursued a career in music

Music was a passion for him, and his parents had even met while singing together in a chapel choir. They passed on their talent to their son, and after his one-year stay in Italy, he was offered a permanent place in the prestigious music school.

However, Kevin ultimately decided not to pursue music and chose to major in architecture.. According to The Guardian, “he wrote to his father to tell him that he would not come back to start his studies at the University of Cambridge”, which prompted his father to write a “rather stiff” letter in return which persuaded his son not to waste your chance to study at one of the best universities in the UK.

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“Because he came from a very difficult background, so for him going to college was a big thing,” Kevin said.

It seems Kevin doesn’t regret his choice, however. Through his decades of working in television, as well as his related real estate investments, he has amassed a pretty incredible fortune. In addition to hosting the popular Channel 4 real estate program, the star owns his own architectural firm, called MCC3 Ltd, which made profits from over £ 3million in 2019 alone.

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