Hilary Farr is a Canadian and international home designer, television host and actress. She is known as the co-host of the HGTV and W Network television show Love It or List It with David Visentin. She is president of Hilary Farr's Designs, established in Toronto and in New York City.
Farr was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and grew up in London, England, UK. She took an interest in theatre and was introduced to interior design by helping her mother to decorate her childhood home.
Farr moved to Los Angeles, where she bought various properties and renovated them. She worked at part-time jobs, renovating homes as well as various film and television show sets. Acting under the name Hilary Labow, Farr made small appearances in movies such as Layout for 5 Models (1972), Sex Farm (1973), Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width (1973), Legend of the Werewolf (1975), The Rocky Horror Picture Show(1975), City on Fire (1979) and The Return (1980). She also performed a singing role in Grease in London in 1973.
Farr designed and renovated properties in Australia, the United Kingdom, California, New York and later Toronto. She renovated homes for notable celebrities, including Jenna Elfman's home and Jennifer Hudson's loft in Chicago.
Farr returned to Toronto in 2008 after a divorce. She was signed as a co-host of Love It or List It by the W Network, Big Coat Productions and Corus Entertainment, along with David Visentin. The show was broadcast on HGTV and W Network. In Spain, the show was broadcast with dual sound-track (Spanish voices-over / English) on Divinity.
Farr also served as a judge on W Network's Search for the Next W Expert 2010. In 2011, she made a number of guest appearances at the Canadian International Interior Design Show, hosted in the cities of Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. She also made guest appearances on The Marilyn Denis Show and is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
In June 2014, Farr was a guest and design expert along with CNN and USA Today pundit and journalist Amy Tara Koch at the Art Van Furniture convention in Orland Park and Chicago, Illinois.
In 2016, Farr appeared in Ross Petty's stage version of Sleeping Beauty at the Elgin Theatre in Toronto, in the role of Malignicent. (Although the character is more commonly known as Maleficent, she was renamed "Malignicent" for this production.)