The presenter and musician on caravan holidays, mean people and sobbing over Strictly Come Dancing

Born in Sunderland, Lauren Laverne, 43, formed the band Kenickie when she was a teenager and released two albums before becoming an award-winning broadcaster. She presents BBC 6 Music’s breakfast show, and has hosted Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs since 2018. Her new TV series is The Big Design Challenge on Sky Arts. She is married with two sons and lives in London.

When were you happiest?
There are different flavours of happy, but I think my favourite is the quiet contentment when several generations of family are sitting together watching a crowd-pleaser like Harry Potter on the telly.

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