My Secret Life: Cat Deeley, television presenter, 33

view gallery VIEW GALLERY


My parents were ... total dudes. Strict, but kind – and they instilled in me the confidence to be whoever I wanted to be.

The house I grew up in ... was on a street called Pear Tree Drive. All the houses had gates, and all the kids would play outside together. There was a stream at the bottom of the garden, perfect for frog-catching.

When I was a child I wanted to be ... Julie Andrews. Unfortunately, Julie Andrews had that one covered.

If I could change one thing about myself ... I would be more laissez-faire.

You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at ... yoga.

You may not know it but I'm no good at ... diving. I'm a great swimmer, probably due to the size of my feet. But I never learnt to dive in. Many people have tried to teach me but for some reason it's beyond my capability.

At night I dream of ... flying.

What I see when I look in the mirror ... Completely depends on the day – and, of course, the night I've had before. I find great lighting and a squint of the eyes makes anyone look better.

My favourite items of clothing ... are scarves: sometimes warm and schnuggly, sometimes sparkly and embroidered, almost always gifts.

I drive ... a beaten-up old Volvo which looks as though it has been to Basra and back. I just don't covet cars, so I don't really care what mine looks like. Every time I park in LA the valet spends a ridiculous amount of time noting down the scratches, dents and bumps. Trolleys, walls and palm trees are the enemy.

My house is ... an open house. I love having friends to stay and throwing barbecues. My house feels like a proper home. It's very relaxed with a hippyish vibe.

My favourite work of art is ... I have a Damien Hirst spot painting which I love. It has pride of place over my dining-room table. I also saw the Rothko exhibition at the Tate and his were some of the most exquisitely beautiful pieces I have ever seen.

Movie heaven ... I love 'True Romance'. That, with my couch, some delicious cheese, a couple of glasses of pinot noir and a pair of "comfies", and I'd have a little slice of heaven.

The last album I bought ... was Jay Z, 'The Blueprint 3'.

My secret crush ... is Elvis. Well, it's not actually that secret. I recently went to Graceland, the home of the King, while we were holding auditions for 'So You Think You Can Dance' [US version]. Our flight was delayed and I thought it was all over but then Priscilla arranged for us to visit after-hours.

My greatest regret ... is not having gone to university – although I wouldn't change the fact that I didn't go in order to pursue my career straight after A-levels. I guess in theory I could always go back later in life, but I don't think that's ever going to happen.

The person who really makes me laugh ... is my brother Max. He's the driest, most sarcastic, geniusly funny guy on the planet.

The last time I cried ... I took a couple of days off and went to stay at San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara. I watched 'An Affair to Remember' in front of a cosy fire and bawled like a tiny baby.

My five-year plan ... is simply to keep on going.

A life in brief

Cat Deeley was born in Birmingham in October 1976. She made her name as a children's TV presenter on SM:TV Live alongside Ant and Dec, before relocating to the States where she is now a primetime television presenter and an entertainment correspondent for ABC News. Deeley lives alone in Los Angeles but has briefly returned to the UK to host a British version of the US show So You Think You Can Dance. The live show kicks off tonight on BBC1

Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs People

Recruitment Genius: Management Trainer

£30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Exciting career opportunity to join East...

Recruitment Genius: Senior Scientist / Research Assistant

£18000 - £28000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An ambitious start-up company b...

Reach Volunteering: Chair of Trustees

VOLUNTARY ONLY - EXPENSES REIMBURSED: Reach Volunteering: Do you love the Engl...

Day In a Page

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?