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Barry Du Bois
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Barry Du Bois in 2013
Born (1960-08-04) 4 August 1960 (age 63)
Nationality Australian
  • Builder
  • designer
  • building expert
  • television presenter
  • author
Years active 2000–present
Employer Network 10
Known for The Living Room
The Renovators
Leonie Tobler
(m. 1999)
Children 2

Barry Du Bois (born 4 August 1960) is an Australian designer, building expert, television presenter and author. Du Bois is currently a co-host and design/building expert on Network 10's lifestyle program The Living Room.

Du Bois first appeared on reality renovation show The Renovators as a building mentor and judge.


Du Bois attended Chipping Norton Public School and completed Year 10 at Liverpool Boys High School where he excelled at all sports.


In 1976 Du Bois began an apprenticeship in carpentry and joinery, and gained a building certificate in 1980. He was mentored by architects and started to design and build homes as a speculative builder in 1979. Du Bois ran a successful design, building and property development business until retirement in 2005. During that time he served a term as President of the Master Builders Association NSW Eastern Suburbs and acted as an expert building witness for NSW courts and the Department Fair Trading tribunal.

In 2011, Du Bois hosted TEN's renovation reality series, The Renovators.

In 2012, Du Bois joined lifestyle program The Living Room on Network Ten, alongside Amanda Keller, Chris Brown and Miguel Maestre. Heading up the renovations team, Du Bois assists home-owners in need of some expert help.

Du Bois was nominated to the Board of RUOK? Day. He is also a passionate ambassador for the Leukaemia Foundation and a firm believer in environmental sustainability.

In May 2018, Du Bois and Miguel Maestre released an autobiographical book called Life Force about Du Bois's family, friendships, living with cancer and includes nutritional advice and recipes by Maestre.

In July 2021, Du Bois announced that he was running for the Australian Senate as an independent candidate in New South Wales, but withdrew in April 2022, citing health.

Personal life

Du Bois was born in Sydney, in the suburb of Liverpool, and is now living in the suburb of Bondi.

Du Bois met his partner Leonie Carol Tobler in Bondi in 1992. They married in 1999 and their twins, a son and daughter, were born on 1 June 2012.

Du Bois was diagnosed with plasmacytoma, a cancer of the immune system, in 2010. He underwent successful therapy, but the cancer had already destroyed the vertebrae at the top of his spine. He received a titanium implant in his spine. In 2017, Du Bois announced that the cancer had returned as multiple myeloma.


Year Title Role Notes
2011 The Renovators Presenter 66 episodes
2013, 2023 – present Studio 10 Guest
2013 Radio 2GB Guest Presenter The Home Show 12 shows
2013 Radio 4BC Regular Guest Real Estate Expert 6 shows
2015—2016 The Renovation King Presenter 13 episodes
2012—present The Living Room Presenter 321 episodes
2022 Neighbours Himself 1 episode


  • Life Force by Barry Du Bois and Miguel Maestre, Paperback (2018) : ISBN: 9781760682996
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