My Secret Life: Konnie Huq, TV Presenter, age 32


The house/flat I grew up in... was a Thirties semi on a corner plot, near Hanger Lane. The garden ran around three sides, with a pond, a swing and two cherry trees. The tree got a fungal infection and had to be cut down. It was heartbreaking.

When I was a child I wanted to be... a photographer. I had an instamatic wind-on camera and remember buying the flashcubes and fixing on top of the frame. The flash credits were limited so you had to be careful not to waste any.

The moment that changed me for ever... was seeing an advert in Time Out for open auditions for television presenting work. Getting the spot of Blue Peter changed the path of my life.

My greatest inspiration... I haven't found one yet. When I do, maybe they'll let me know where I'm going.

My real-life villain... Foxtons

My style icon... style is in the eye of the beholder, but for me style is someone like Brigitte Bardot.

If I could change one thing about myself... I'd like my brain to retain more. Maybe I don't exercise it enough; perhaps I should get one of those bizarre video games that help train your mind.

At night I dream of... I have surreal dreams, so much so that I can never make head nor tail of them.

What I see when I look in the mirror... at the moment, bags under my eyes.

My favourite item of clothing... was stolen from the backstage wardrobe when I was a guest on the Weakest Link. It was sheer green with little blingy bits. When I realised I had left it, I texted the woman who was escorting us around the studio, but she never got back to me. I wonder if she's wearing my top now?

I wish I'd never worn... Half the costumes I wore on Blue Peter.

It's not fashionable but I like... socks with high heels. It's just more comfy, and that's important. It may not be cool, but if you've got long thin legs you can get away with it anyway.

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

You may not know it but I'm no good at... Pool.

All my money goes on... mortgage, clothes, food: the usual. When I have more of it, I'll be saying all my cash goes on boats and houses.

If I have time to myself... I've been going through the piles of photos I have from days of presenting Blue Peter. I'm trying to order them in some fashion – I'm thinking a scrap book or ten. It's a good record of the amazing times that were had, and I'm worried that if I don't do it now, I'll forget.

I drive/ride... a silver Honda Jazz. It's very reliable and I love it, but I'm soon getting a VW Toureg.

My house/flat is... a sweet Edwardian flat with original features, including stained glass, greenery outside; it's important to have a healthy hedge outside your house. There's also a nice wrought iron balcony with a little French door.

My most valuable possession is... my Grandparents were born in Bangladesh and died before I ever had a chance to meet them. In effect, my dad was an orphan by the time I was born. The photos I've inherited of them are my most treasured items.

My favourite building... is the Alhambra Palace in Grenada. It's just amazing that they could have achieved building this.

Movie heaven... there's a big screen and I'm in a duvet. I'm watching different films for each different occasion. The first would have to be Trading Places. It's the first film I ever saw and I just loved it. Then there's the first time I ever saw boob on telly, in Cinema Paradiso, so that would have to be the next one...

A book that changed me... was To Kill A Mockingbird. There's an important message, to learn the importance of standing in another person's shoes in order to understand a situation.

My favourite work of art... I like Van Gogh's Cornfields. The guy who lived next door to us in our family house painted a copy, which we had up in the living room. It reminds me of growing up.

The last album I bought/downloaded... Cold Play, La Vida Loca

The person who really makes me laugh... I don't usually eulogise about people, but I saw Russell Brand doing stand-up before he was really high profile. I didn't really know what to expect but I laughed until my belly ached. He was so funny and clever and witty; off-the-cuff and engaging.

The shops I can't walk past... is M& S Simply Food. Everything tastes so good in that place. It's really annoying.

The best invention ever... the wheel.

In ten years time, I hope to be... I don't like to set myself goals as I'll only be disappointed if I don't achieve them. That said, everyday just seems to be getting better and better. I'm lucky to have such a brilliant life.

My greatest regret... not being as succinct as I'd like to be.

My life in seven words random, fun, surreal, eclectic: it's just brilliant!

A life in brief

Konnie Huq was born in Hammersmith, west London, on 17 July 1975. A Blue Peter presenter between 1997 and 2008, she had to deliver an apology to viewers after the BBC admitted the programme had faked a phone competition. Huq had studied economics at Robinsons College, Cambridge, before attending open auditions for television presenting and has worked primarily on children's shows as well as news presenting for BBC Asian network and BBC News 24.

Huq controversially took part in the Olympic torch relay in London in April this year, where a protestor tried to grab the torch from her hand, before he was arrested. She lives alone in Ealing and is supporting

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
PROMOTED VIDEO
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
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: Bookkeeper

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: One of the world's leading suppliers and manuf...

Recruitment Genius: Multiple Apprentices Required

£6240 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Apprentices are required to join a privat...

Sauce Recruitment: HR Manager

£40000 per annum: Sauce Recruitment: This is an exciting opportunity for a HR...

Ashdown Group: Interim HR Manager - 3 Month FTC - Henley-on-Thames

£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: A well-established organisation oper...

Day In a Page

Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee