The 5-minute Interview: Sara Cox, Broadcaster

'I've had my moments... but in real life I'm a really chilled, unassuming sort of person'
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Since starting at MTV in 1997 Sara Cox, 32, has been a regular fixture on British television and radio, hosting Channel 4's 'Big Breakfast' between 1998 and 1999 and joining Radio 1 in 1999. Currently the voice of Saturday and Sunday afternoons, she has also hosted breakfast and afternoon drive-time shows. This week she is presenting the BT Digital Music Awards (www.bt-dma.com), which will air on Channel 4 on 5 October.

I wish people would take more notice of...

Nothing winds me up more than someone coming out of a shop and dropping litter and crap on the floor. It's my pet hate, along with dill.

A phrase I use far too often is...

"Brilliant." Oh, and I'm getting more Northern for some reason. I've been saying "aye-up".

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

I'm in the car, so I'd probably be stuck in traffic, listening to Scott Mills. I'm going to pick up Lola from nursery. Ideally, though, I'd be in the south of France with a belly full of chicken salad and nice crunchy French bread.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was...

Getting such a good job, because I really didn't know what I was going to do. I've been so jammy with my career.

A common misperception of me is....

That I'm a crazy party girl or a ladette, which I hate. I've had my moments, and I know you've got to be labelled in this crazy business called show, but in real life I'm a really chilled, unassuming sort of person.

I am not a politician but if I were I would...

I might go round and beat people who drop litter. Or I would try to make education fair, make brilliant schools available to all children.

I'm good at...

Horse riding and cooking. And looking after my family.

I'm very bad at...

Being organised. And motivated to sort out that sock drawer.

The ideal night out is...

Well it's got to include food. So maybe a lovely restaurant like Fifteen or Zuma. Somewhere with nice food and good friends.

In moments of weakness I...

It's got to be a great Northern, "put the kettle on".

You know me as a presenter but in truer life I'd have been

A mounted policewoman or a professional showjumper. I've been riding since I was little.

The best age to be is...

Maybe now. I'm feeling very lucky and loved.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

"Oh it'll be all right..."

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