of 'Top of the Pops'
In my second year at RADA, I was given a presenting
job with the BBC during the holidays. When I graduated, I was asked to join them full-time,
so I jumped at it. Since then, I've done 3 series
of the BAFTA-nominated 'Smart', I've been in
'Casualty' and had my own show on Channel 5. I'm
presently part of a team of presenters on 'Top
of the Pops' and its various sister shows on
Play UK and BBC 2.
At school, I worked in a chocolate factory and
as a cleaner. At university, I was a nanny and
manager of santa's grotto. In television, I
was a PA for a satellite TV channel and I've
been a researcher, assistant producer, TV presenter
and done some acting.
By fluke - I sent a tape to Paul Smith in BBC
Music and Entertainment, and he gave me a job.
For me it was that simple, and I've been doing
it ever since. I've since learnt how lucky I
am because that’s not typical.
I was working as an assistant producer and didn't
want to miss the World Cup. A friend suggested
I audition for the football show 'Under the
Moon' on Channel 4 and I got the job.
I had a great time with Ricky Martin in New
York at Christmas and, although it was by no
means the most challenging or impressive thing
I've done, it is moments like that where you
think life’s just great.
Last summer, I spent three weeks travelling
around Europe on a scooter for the BBC programme
'Mark Owen's Celebrity Scooters' . We visited
all the cities for Euro 2000 and had a great
from the top:
Do everything you can whilst you're at school
- charity events, local radio… get experience,
experience, experience! And, for goodness sake,
be a nice person because not everyone is, so
be one of the good guys.
To someone who'd like to follow into this profession,
I'd say don't!
I've done many jobs and never hated any of them. I remember packing cakes all summer in a cake
factory, and I had a great laugh with the girls
and met many interesting people. It was real
soap-opera stuff and character building. I make
a point of getting the most out of everything
and I would never denigrate someone’s way of
paying the bills because I'm not them.
One of the worst jobs was when I had to spend
a day in a rowing boat in February on the River
Thames filming the TV series, 'Lock Stock'.
I've never been so cold in all my life.
I wasn’t by any means the best behaved person
at school, but it was all to make others laugh,
and I never hurt anyone. My antics are too numerous
to tell and mainly involved getting on stage.
I once toured the classrooms with my one-woman
show, and I think they thought this is definitely
how I would make my living. I used to bring
my hamster to school in my pocket which the
chemistry teacher didn’t appreciate and my band
used to write all our songs in biology.
As a researcher, I had to persuade an old man
to wear a flesh coloured thong and fan dance.
I felt so guilty about it and still do.