My Secret Life: Lorraine Kelly, 52, TV Presenter

'I still carry a torch for Mr Spock'

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The household I grew up in… a one-room flat in the Gorbals in Glasgow. The house was always warm, cosy and cleaned and polished until it shone.

When I was a child I wanted to be… a fighter pilot, but this wasn't an option. I was taken up in a Tornado four years ago; I loved every second, although the g-force was a bit like being embraced by an over-excited gorilla.

If I could change one thing about myself… Not to be so neat and tidy and feel I need to have everything perfect or the 'tidy police' will take me away.

You wouldn't know it but I am very good at… astronomy. My dad bought me my first telescope when I was five.

You may not know it but I'm no good at… being the life and soul of the party. I am actually rather shy.

I wish I had never worn… all those awful Eighties power-dressing outfits. I look older back then than I do now. I had a particularly hideous jacket with padded shoulders like an American footballer and gilt dinner plate-sized buttons. It was also luridly multi-coloured and I looked like a giant box of Liquorice Allsorts.

What I see when I look in the mirror… One of the joys of being a mature woman is your eyesight starts to go… The laughter lines are there but they make women look interesting. A Botoxed, blemish-free face looks like a hard-boiled egg.

It's not fashionable but I like… to read a book rather than a Kindle or an iPad. I like the feel and smell of a book.

I drive/ride… a green Mini with a brown soft-top which is rather optimistic of me because it lives up in Scotland.

My favourite work of art… Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait. I would love to know their story. I love that the translation of the Latin signature reads "Jan van Eyck was here in 1434". He obviously had a good sense of humour.

A book that changed me… Orwell's 1984. It definitely gave me a healthy mistrust of those who want to censor us.

The last album I bought… Ziggy Stardust. I bought it when it was in vinyl and then on CD and I downloaded it last month to mark its 40th anniversary – which is more than a bit scary.

My greatest regret… That I wasn't able to have more children , but I am very blessed to have my daughter Rosie.

My secret crush… My first-ever crush was Mr Spock from the original Star Trek TV series, and I still carry a torch.

My real-life villains… The disgraceful, greedy, grasping bankers who have plunged us into a global crisis and don't seem to give a monkeys.

My five-year plan… I hope to still be happily working for the next five, 10, 15 and 20 years. I don't think I will ever retire. I love what I do too much.

What's the point? To make things better for the next generation.E


Lorraine Kelly was born in Glasgow in November 1959. On leaving school, she worked as a reporter for The East Kilbride News, before becoming a researcher and reporter for BBC Scotland. She began presenting TV-AM in 1988, and has fronted breakfast TV ever since, on GMTV, Lorraine and now Daybreak with Aled Jones, weekdays on ITV1. She also writes columns for The Sun and Woman's Own magazine. In June, Kelly was awarded an OBE. She lives between London and Dundee with her husband and daughter