My Life in Ten Questions... Matthew Wright

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Matthew Wright, 45, is a journalist and television presenter. He started his career as a showbiz writer for The Sun before becoming a columnist at the Daily Mirror which he left to launch He found national fame with the daytime talk show The Wright Stuff which first aired in 2000. The Wright Stuff is on Five, weekdays at 9.15am (repeated on Fiver at 11am). The 10th Anniversary will be celebrated with a special one hour evening show at 8pm on 9 September 2010

What would you normally be doing if you weren’t talking me?

Ideally I'd be lying in bed with my missus, Amelia, playing hide the sausage...Hey, we only got married a couple of weeks ago.

Is there a phrase you use all the time?

"We've got to run for the sun, man! Run for the sun!"

Do you have any hidden talents?

I'm surprisingly good at working on old motorcycle engines.

Describe the house you grew up in

It had doors and windows and a roof and everything.

What did you want to be as a child?


Name a book, song or movie that changed your life.

Here & Now: Fantasy Shift

What advice do you wish you’d received when you were younger?

I got a lot of good advice when I was a kid, particularly from my Dad. I do my best to live up to his standards: he was a very fair-minded individual.

What one thing would you save if your house was on fire?

My wife Amelia.

What’s your greatest regret?

That I didn't spend more time pondering this question...

If you could meet anyone from history who would it be and what would you ask them?

Albert Hoffman. "Can I borrow your bike? I'll bring it back, promise!