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Natasha Raskin

Natasha Raskin Sharp (born Natasha Raskin, 15 June 1986) is a Scottish television presenter, and antiques and art expert, especially in Scottish contemporary art, best known for her appearances on television. The daughter of contemporary Scottish artist Philip Raskin,[1] she has appeared in programmes in the UK and the US including Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Flog It!, Bargain Hunt, For What It's Worth and Baggage Battles.[2]

Family and education[]

She was born in 1986 in Glasgow, the middle of three children in a family of art lovers and collectors.[3] Her father is the artist Philip Raskin. Initially she studied law at the University of Leeds, but left her degree course after a month, taking the rest of the academic year off before going to the University of Glasgow to study a degree in History of Art.[4]

In 2017 she married Joe Sharp, a producer of Celebrity Antiques Road Trip whom she met in 2013. They reside in Glasgow.[5]

Career[]

After deciding that law was not for her, she had a placement with the Alice Temperley fashion house,[6] and worked in the primary elections of 2008 for Barack Obama in New Hampshire, during which he referred to her as part of "the Scottish contingent" of his team, and provided her with a signed reference for her work.[6]

After returning to Scotland, she joined Glasgow auction house McTear's, as an auctioneer and latterly as Head of Pictures, dealing mainly with Scottish contemporary art.[3] After her marriage, she now shares her auctioneering and valuation event duties at McTear's with her TV career.[7] In 2021 she launched a new business auctioning artworks from the studios where they were made.[8]

Television and Radio[]

Natasha is a regular expert contributor on the BBC's Antiques Road Trip, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip, Flog It! and has acted as both expert and lead presenter on BBC's Bargain Hunt.[9] She appeared in the US show Baggage Battles. In 2016 she appeared as a guest expert in episodes of For What It's Worth with Fern Britton.[2] She has also appeared on the Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland, reviewing an exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland.[10] She has been a guest presenter on BBC Radio Scotland's The Music Match,[11] and since 2017, has presented a weekly programme, playing an eclectic mix of music.[12] She has presented story segments for The One Show on BBC 1. In October 2021 it was announced that she would be seen in Susan Calman’s Antiques Adventure on Channel 5.[13]

Magic[]

Natasha's grandfather was former TV magician Max Raskin.[14] Although she never met her grandfather, as he died before she was born, she has always had an interest in magic. This has led to her taking part in a number of illusions during her TV presenting career.

  • In March 2017, she presented an episode of Bargain Hunt where one of the contestants was a keen amateur magician. When Natasha asked him if he could show her a trick, he performed the Bow Saw version of the Sawing a Woman in Half illusion on her.
  • In early 2018, she presented a report on The One Show from the British Magic Museum at North Walsham, during which she was guillotined and sawed in half in the Buzz Saw illusion by the museum's resident magician.
  • In early 2020, while taking part in season 20 of Antiques Road Trip, she found herself competing against fellow antiques expert and amateur magician Raj Bisram, who had found out that her grandfather Max Raskin was a famous TV magician. Having shown Natasha a basic card trick, Raj then sawed her in half with his Bow Saw illusion.
  • On January 25 2021, she appeared as a guest reporter on the BBC's Morning Live programme presenting a feature on the centenery of the Sawing a Woman in Half illusion. During this report, she looked at the history of the illusion from its beginnings to the modern day, before closing the report by being sawed in half in the Thin Model sawing.
  • On November 25, 2022, she acted as the MC at the Leuchie Long Lunch charity event in Edinburgh. Part of the entertainment at the event was magician Kevin Quantum (Kevin McMahon), who performed the Clearly Impossible sawing on her.

Quotes[]

  • "I was gently nudged in the direction of the antiques trade and auction houses by my dad, who thought that I'd be well-suited to the environment. Although I'd never normally admit it, he was absolutely right!"
  • "My partner and I are guilty of eating out too much - Glasgow has so many great restaurants, too much of my spare time is spent eating delicious food and not enough time is spent working it off in the gym."

References[]

  1. "Holroyd Gallery and Picture Framer, Scotland". http://www.holroydgallery.co.uk/raskin/philip.htm. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Meet McTear's: Natasha Raskin | McTear's Auctioneers, Glasgow". http://www.mctears.co.uk/departments/contact.aspx?id=30e31f08-c03c-4c88-8820-909f998f4cfd. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "BBC One - Bargain Hunt - Natasha Raskin". 1970-01-01. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/profiles/5VTxQqNTjhNRqkkCP9cpMXW/natasha-raskin. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  4. "When TV came calling, Natasha Raskin had a secret to confess". 11 January 2015. https://www.sundaypost.com/in10/when-tv-came-calling-natasha-raskin-had-a-dirty-secret-to-confess-2/. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  5. Emmy Griffiths: "Celebrity Antiques Road Trip: Natasha Raskin Sharp’s wedding - get the details", Hello!, 23 August 2022
  6. 6.0 6.1 Bill Gibb (27 January 2016). "Natasha Raskin loved her time working with Barack Obama". The Sunday Post. https://www.sundaypost.com/in10/entertainment/my-favourite-holiday-natasha-raskin-loved-her-time-in-america-working-on-the-obama-campaign-but-the-danube-is-her-ideal-destination/. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  7. "Natasha Raskin has never been so busy with FIVE TV shows to juggle". 22 May 2016. https://www.sundaypost.com/in10/entertainment/natasha-raskin-never-busy-five-tv-shows-juggle/. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  8. Thomson, Ellen (2021-02-28). "TV presenter sets out to change way art is bought and sold". Glasgow West End (Today News). https://glasgowwestend.todaynews.co.uk/2021/02/28/arts-culture/presenter/. Retrieved 2021-09-19. 
  9. Griffiths, Emmy (2021-06-01). "Meet Antiques Road Trip presenter Natasha Raskin Sharp". Hello!. https://www.hellomagazine.com/film/20210601114387/antiques-road-trip-meet-natasha-raskin-sharp/. Retrieved 2021-09-19. 
  10. "BBC Radio Scotland - The Janice Forsyth Show, Nieves in session, plus the Tuesday Review". 2016-04-19. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0760hvk. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  11. "BBC Radio Scotland - The Music Match, Natasha Raskin". 2016-04-01. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b074zymc. Retrieved 2016-09-25. 
  12. "BBC Radio Scotland - Natasha Raskin Sharp - Episode guide". https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08lh88b/episodes/guide. Retrieved 2021-09-19. 
  13. "Channel 5 send Susan Calman on an antiques adventure". 29 October 2021. https://www.tvzoneuk.com/post/susancalman-antiquesadventure. Retrieved 29 October 2021. 
  14. https://www.pressreader.com/uk/the-sunday-post-newcastle/20150111/282312498449151 Template:Bare URL inline

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