My Secret Life: George Lamb, broadcaster, 30


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

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

Project Manager (HR)- Bristol - Upto £400 p/day

£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...

HR Business Partner (Maternity Cover 12 Months)

£30000 - £34000 Per Annum 25 days holiday, Private healthcare: Clearwater Peop...

Project Manager (Procurement & Human Resources)

Unpaid: Cancer Research UK: If you’re a professional in project management, lo...

Geography Teacher

£85 - £140 per day: Randstad Education Cheshire: We require a teacher of Geogr...

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz