Suzie Wilks

Suzie Wilks will always be remembered as the original “TV Renovation Queen”. An Australian TV favourite, who launched the TV home renovation genre on Aussie screens.

With her trademark shorts and boots, and as the first woman to host a national prime time television show solo, Suzie quickly became Australia’s media darling with her first hit show Changing Rooms.

When Suzie joined the Nine Network in 1998 as a presenter for the Our House series, she never could have pictured where it would take her. With her warm, engaging personality and natural ability to connect with an audience, she captivated the attention of the nation and was also asked to host her very own home renovation program, making her the first Australian woman to host two prime time shows concurrently.

Launching in September 1998 as a weekly series (320 episodes in total) and running for eight years, Changing Rooms became one of the highest rating programs on the Nine Network. But, Suzie’s talent extended beyond just hosting Changing Rooms. She contributed creatively as a producer too.

The network then engaged her to host six other prime time shows including Changing Rooms Special Operations, Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner, Body of Work, Mothers in War and Renovation Rescue, becoming one of the Nine Network’s most bankable stars. 

After deciding to leave Changing Rooms in 2005, Suzie had success hosting Postcards for several years and then radio with her regular show Lunch With Suzie Wilks on Melbourne’s #1 rating 3AW from 2006-2008.  Suzie Wilks had become a media Wonder Woman. But, despite generous offers, Suzie made the tough decision to retire from media at 8 months pregnant. Suzie became a single mum to her beautiful daughter, Ruby in 2009.

She has also been the face for many iconic Australian brands such as Holden, Cadbury and Australand Property Group and an active voice against animal experimentation for the Australian Association for Humane Research (AAHR) and the RSPCA.

In 2019, two decades after becoming the original “TV Renovation Queen”, Suzie still holds a special place in Australian TV history and with Australian audiences. She led the charge for women to host their own long running network TV shows in prime time. It’s a vast body of work and a legacy she can be very proud of.      


Jessica Rowe