However, Kim’s first job after leaving school at 15 was in a high-class fashion shop, ironing the clothes that would be displayed in the window.
She took up her first live-in cleaning job after moving to Liverpool, cleaning from morning till night. A variety of jobs followed: at a toy factory, a holiday camp, as a beautician, a social worker and even a model in a clothes catalogue. Kim also started knitting, and founded a handmade knitwear company. In 1983 Kim made her television debut modelling her range of knitwear on ‘Pebble Mill at One’ with Jeff Banks. It was 20 years before television would rediscover Kim Woodburn.
Before the ‘How Clean Is Your House?’ screen test, Kim was told she would be meeting someone called Aggie. “I thought she was the presenter and I was the cleaner!” The programme ran for six series (plus two in the US), along with a number of specials and one-offs and is now broadcast internationally, from Norway to Namibia, and repeated widely on UK digital channels. Sales of the tie-in book to the first series. How Clean Is Your House? became a best-seller, quickly reaching over half a million copies and it continues to sell today. In addition, it won an Award at the prestigious British Book Awards and was followed more recently by The Cleaning Bible in 2007. They also filmed a 6 part series for Channel 4 called ‘Too Posh to Wash’. In 2006, Kim also published her harrowing autobiography called Unbeaten.
In December 2009, Kim was placed runner up on ‘I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out Of Here!’ and in March 2010, she appeared in ‘Celebrity Come Dine With Me’ alongside, Tom O’Connor, Claire Sweeney and Darren Day.
Kim has a wealth of amusing anecdotes from her time in the wealthiest households in America and the filthiest houses in Britain and an endless supply of cleaning tips!