My Secret Life: George Lamb, broadcaster, 30
Saturday 23 January 2010
My parents ... had the foresight to tell me it was a very big world out there. My dad is an actor and my mum was an entrepreneur who had numerous businesses when I was a kid.
The house/flat I grew up in ... is in Fulham, south-west London. My mum is very much a mother hen, the one you go to if you're in trouble; and she was also on a spiritual drive for most of the Eighties, so it was a bit of a halfway house for characters from all over the world.
When I was a child I wanted to be ... a professional footballer. Unfortunately, I wasn't nearly good enough.
If I could change one thing about myself ... it would be my feet, they're size 13-14 and it's a total nightmare. Thankfully I've found an amazing Japanese lady who makes shoes for me.
You wouldn't know it but I'm very good at ... I'm nutty for table tennis.
You may not know it but I'm no good at ... surfing. I tried it recently and I wasn't in danger of getting sponsored.
At night I dream of ... I have happy dreams. The other day I woke up so totally enthused about life that I literally skipped out of bed.
What I see when I look in the mirror ... You, again.
My favourite item of clothing ... I just bought a new pair of red jogger-bottom type things, which are pretty audacious. I've been under a lot of fire, but I'm sticking with them.
I wish I'd never worn ... My footwear has continuously let me down over the years. I had a pair of white loafers which were entirely unnecessary.
It's not fashionable but I like ... Peter Gabriel.
I ride ... I just got given a fixed-wheel bike for my birthday by my agent .
My flat is ... a really lovely space. It's one big open-plan floor and has a lovely energy. My flatmate works in the events business, so it's a very sociable flat.
My favourite building ... is the turbine hall at Tate Modern. I love the scale of it.
My favourite work of art ... Chuck Close did a piece called 'Lucas'. It's a guy with white hair and clear eyes. I saw it a few years ago at the Summer Exhibition at the RA and I am going to buy a print of it.
A book that changed me ... 'A Little History of the World' by EH Gombrich, who was one of the most revered art historians in the world. It's just the most brilliant little book, which documents in palatable language what has happened since time began.
Movie heaven ... I'm crazy for Charlie Kaufman, who did 'Adaptation' and 'Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind' and 'Being John Malkovich'. He's just awesome.
The last album I bought/downloaded ... I'm nutty for Spotify and have been listening to the Gypsy Kings a lot at the moment.
My secret crush ... is Chris Evans.
My greatest regret ... What's the point? In the long run, it's a waste of time.
My real-life villain ... George Bush is pretty dark.
The person who really makes me laugh ... Mark Hughes, one of my oldest mates and the guy I do my radio show with. He's the funniest man I know by a long shot.
The last time I cried ... I cry pretty easily so it's not a big deal when I do.
My five-year plan ... is to be in the now and to enjoy what's ahead of me.
What's the point? Loving and learning and having a laugh. The Three Ls.
My life in six words ... better than a few years ago.
A life in brief
George Lamb was born in December 1979 in west London. His father is the actor Larry Lamb, best known for his appearances in 'EastEnders' and 'Gavin & Stacey'. George worked as a music agent (Lily Allen was one of his clients) before becoming a radio and TV presenter. He currently hosts a show on BBC 6 Music, and lives with a friend in Swiss Cottage, north London. This year, George is running the marathon for the Macmillan cancer charity. See macmillan.org.uk
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