Lauren Laverne Biography
Lauren Laverne (Lauren Cecilia Fisher) is an English radio DJ, model, television presenter, author, singer and comedian born on 28th April 1978 in Sunderland, England. She presents the weekday mid-morning show on BBC Radio 6 Music. She is also the co-founder of The Pool UK.
In 1982 Lauren enrolled St. Mary’s R.C. Primary School. She later joined St. Anthony’s Girls’ Catholic School between 1989 and 1994. In 1994 – 1996 she attended City of Sunderland College. During her time in college she joined a teen punk band called Kenickie. She became known for her funny and acerbic interview style making her r a popular contestant on comedy panel shows such as Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Have I Got News for You.
Larverne has had a career in both television and radio. Her first presenting job was ‘The Alphabet Show’, a Play UK series. She subsequently presented lanet Pop and Loves Like A Dog for Channel 4, Fanorama for E4, Party in the Park with Melanie Brown and Pop for Five and Orange Playlist for ITV, as well as reporting for RI:SE, leading the house band on Johnny Vaughan Tonight and appearing as an expert in a music special of BBC One’s Test the Nation.
Larverne later became one of BBC2’s main presenters for their coverage of the Glastonbury Festival and the host of ITV2’s coverage of events such as the British Comedy Awards and the BRIT Awards. In 2005 she joined ITV as a host of the Saturday morning music show CD:UK, along with Myleene Klass and Johny Pitts . The show ended in April 2006.
Lauren Laverne Age
Lauren was born on 28th April 1978 in Sunderland, England (40 years as of 2018)
Lauren Laverne Height
She stands at 1.63 m.
Lauren Laverne Family
Lauren was born to Lesley Gofton and Celia Gofton. Her father was a sociology lecturer at Newcastle University, Dr Leslie Gofton, and her mother was a teacher. She has one sibling, a brother, Pete Gofton.
During an interview she said that she was raised in a big family: ” I was raised in a big, working-class family in the north-east. Dad was one of nine, Mum was one of six – so I’ve got a huge extended family. It was a very safe, secure upbringing: now I’m a parent myself, I sometimes feel my own parents were an impossible act to follow. They gave my brother and me the space to try things, but they were always there to catch us if things went wrong. There was total acceptance and a complete lack of expectation – all I ever had to do was try my best, and that’s a tremendous message to give to a child. ”
Lauren Laverne Husband/ Lauren Laverne Graeme Fisher
Laverne married Graeme Fisher, a television producer and DJ, in August 2005. During an interview she revealed that she is the bread winner of the family while he husband takes care of their children:
” I’m the breadwinner. Graeme (Fisher), my husband, has gone from the job he was doing making TV programmes to being the main carer for our boys (Fergus is five, Mack is two). He has a fantastic relationship with them, we both muck in, and to be honest, it’s all a bit of a scramble. ”
Lauren Laverne Children
Lauren Laverne and DJ Graeme Fisher has two children Fergus James born in October 2007 and Mack born on 20 September 2010.
She has once said that she lets her children do what they want rather than impose ideas on them.
“… that part of the fun is in letting your kids be who they want to be, rather than imposing your ideas on them. I remember thinking about my elder child: perhaps he’ll be a ping-pong genius! Having children is about learning to let go.”
Lauren Laverne Religion
Lauren Laverne identifies herself as Roman Catholic. In 2011, she said that she was “once a Catholic … it’s like the Mafia – you don’t get to leave. I’m not sure I’d want to, but I’m incredibly angry with the Church at the moment.”
Lauren Laverne Net Worth
She has an estimated net worth of $1.1 Million.
Lauren Laverne Kenickie/ Lauren Laverne Band
In 1994 Lauren Laverne was in an English four-piece pop punk band Kenickie. The band consisted of Lauren, her brother Pete – AKA Johnny X – Marie du Santiago and Emmy-Kate Montrose. Lauren had varied roles in the band as she sang, played guitar and wrote the songs.
They released their debut album, At The Club, in 1997 peaking at No. 9 in the UK Albums Chart back. They also played Glastonbury in the summer of 1997 before they split on 15th October 1998 after a gig at London Astoria.
In 2000 she released her solo EP, Take These Flowers Away. She also contributed a version of “In the Bleak Midwinter” to Xfm London’s It’s a Cool, Cool Christmas album which was played at the Reading Festival. She provided vocals on “Don’t Falter” by Mint Royale. She was set to release an album but that was put on hold by the collapse of Deceptive Records. Subsequently she provided guest vocals on the Divine Comedy’s 2004 single “Come Home Billy Bird”.
Lauren Laverne BBC
Lauren Laverne joined BBC in 2006 as a regular presenter with the weekly BBC arts magazine programme The Culture Show until 2010.
She was a regular presenter in the new ‘magazine’ format third series of It’s Not Easy Being Green, first broadcast on BBC Two in January 2009. In August 2009 she narrated Tough Guy or Chicken? on BBC Three and also ‘Tee and Mo’ which was aired on the BBC CBeebies channel.
Lauren Laverne Radio
In 2002 Lauren Laverne joined Xfm London co-hosting a Saturday morning show with Mark Webster. She occasionally stepped in for various DJs on BBC Radio 6 Music.
In the beginning of 2004 she took over XFM’s drivetime slot from Zoë Ball winning Best Newcomer at the Commercial Radio Awards in 2004.
On 31st October 2005 she became the host of the XFM breakfast show but left suddenly in April 2007 to pursue her television interests.
Lauren Laverne 6 Music/ BBC Radio 6 Lauren Laverne
In June 2008 she re-joined 6 Music to present a weekend show. In November 2009 she took over the Monday to Friday morning (10:00 to 13:00) slot. In August it was announced that Lauren would took over as the host of BBC 6 Music breakfast show replacing Shaun Keaveny as the lead presenter on the digital station in January 2019.
“I’m so excited about our new show and delighted to be part of the next phase of 6 Music’s evolution. Whatever the day brings for our listeners, we intend to get them ready for it with a fantastic selection of music and guests who have something worth hearing to say. I can’t wait to get started!”
Lauren Laverne Desert Island Discs
In November 2018 Lauren Laverne stepped in for Kirsty Young on Desert Island Discs on Radio 4 as Kristy takes a break from the show for a “number of months” as she battles fibromyalgia.
In a statement Kristy said: “Casting away some of the world’s most fascinating people is a wonderful job – however, I’m having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I’m suffering from a form of fibromyalgia. I wish Lauren all the very best, I know she will be great. And I very much look forward to getting back to good health and back to work.”
Lauren on her part said: “It’s a huge honour to be asked to cover my favourite programme on behalf of one of my heroes. As a listener first and foremost I know what a special place Desert Island Discs holds in the hearts of the British public. So much of that is down to the warmth, wit and peerless skill of Kirsty Young. I wish Kirsty better and will do my very best to look after Desert Island Discs until her return.”
Lauren Laverne The Pool
In April 2005 Lauren co-founded ‘The Pool’ with her magazine editor pal Sam Baker. The website is aimed at women and also boasts regular podcasts and videos with Caitlin Moran.
Lauren Laverne Songs
- I Fell Out of a Tree
- Some Kind of Other Presence
- To Have a Home
- Good Morning Sunshine
- In the Bleak Midwinter
Lauren Laverne Books
- 2013: Lauren Laverne
- 2010: Candy and the Broken Biscuits (Candypop, Book 1)
Lauren Laverne Twitter
Lauren Laverne Instagram
Lauren Laverne Interview about his dad’s Kidney disease, her passion for music and her heroes.
When did you find out about your father’s condition?
Lauren Laverne: I had known that he had kidney problems for a few years, though the problem itself went back a long time. My parents hadn’t wanted me or my brother to worry, so didn’t tell us about it until we were grown up. Then in the autumn of 2013 he had to have a kidney removed. It was hoped this would improve his health, but in fact his remaining kidney deteriorated rapidly and he was very ill, and hospitalised over that Christmas.
How did you feel?
Lauren Laverne: Really awful. I was so worried about him, and my Mam. Plus I was stuck in London looking after my sons and working a lot of the time, which was awful. The distance doesn’t normally make much difference, but obviously at times like that it feels huge.
Did you know anything about kidney disease prior to his diagnosis?
Lauren Laverne: A little. We don’t all have great kidneys in our family, unfortunately…I know much more now.
Why did you decide to support Kidney Research UK?
Lauren Laverne: For my Dad, really. I wrote about the changes to NHS dialysis commissioning for The Observer Magazine last year, and talked about what happened to him, and Kidney Research contacted me after that. Kidney disease is a huge problem that is massively on the rise, yet awareness and funding are lacking. Plus people aren’t registered organ donors, or don’t understand they can become living donors if they want to. There’s quite a long way to go with it all, and they asked me to help out so of course I said yes.
How would you spend your perfect day?
Lauren Laverne: With my family. Hanging out, laughing, reading, listening to music, eating too much and watching the kids play. If it’s near a beach, even better!
What is your ideal weekend soundtrack?
Lauren Laverne: It depends on the weekend! Soundway records Kenya Special compilation is my go-to Sunday afternoon record.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Lauren Laverne: Getting to interview so many of my heroes. Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Iggy Pop, Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, Madonna, Meryl Streep and Beyoncé…it’s such a privilege to do my job. I love it.
Who is your hero?
Lauren Laverne: I have so many, apart from those mentioned above. And of course the people in my own life who are my heroes – like my Mam and Dad, who are so kind, clever, hardworking and funny. They inspire me the most.
Are there any bands you’ve not yet seen that you are desperate to see?
Lauren Laverne: I’m very lucky to get to see a lot of the bands I really love live as part of my job. I’m hoping to see Sufjan Stevens play live when he comes to London this autumn. And there are tons of artists I haven’t caught yet – Blick Bassy’s new record Ako is just gorgeous. I’m off to see him very soon and can’t wait.
If you had the chance to go back and talk to your 20 year old self, what advice would you give?
Lauren Laverne: Be brave, be bold and trust your instincts. Read more. Learn to cook as soon as possible. Stop spending time with people who are not kind, especially that one particular guy.
2016 is fast approaching, have you made any New Year’s resolutions yet?
Lauren Laverne: I always make a list! Well, I usually do. The New Year my Dad was in hospital and we’d just found out he was going to be ok I only had one thing on it which was “Appreciate the beauty in what I already have and where I already am.” That’s top of my list every year now.