I started off with Atari 2600 (Woody version!), then BBC Model B, I got given a ZX81 that I didn't do anything with, then I had a brief dalliance with an Atari ST, and then a couple of weeks later it was onto Amiga and i've pretty much stuck with the machine ever since.
Console crash didn't affect the UK, because the UK market was predominantly home computers, NES and Master System had only a minor role to play.
Obviously the arrival of Megadrive and SNES changed that, but home computers were still able to hold their own.
Problem with consoles is the games were so ridiculously expensive in comparison to the C64, Spectrum and Amstrad, which is why they couldn't compete.
Americans seemed to have more disposable income over the Brits.