Victoria Derbyshire: ‘I couldn’t get my high heels on in time before a BBC news bulletin’


Born in Lancashire, Victoria Derbyshire, 52, hosted her own Bafta award-winning current affairs show on the BBC from 2015 to 2020. The winner of two Royal Television Society awards, she currently presents the BBC news. She has launched a podcast for the charity Future Dreams called And Then Came Breast Cancer. She is married with two sons and lives in Surrey.

When were you happiest?
On my wedding day, 21 July 2018. Mark and I had been together for 17 years but, having got through breast cancer treatment, we decided we’d finally get married.

What is your greatest fear?
Not living long enough.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Repeating instructions to my sons about jobs to do around the house.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Snobbery.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
I couldn’t get my high heels on in time before a BBC news bulletin, and I whispered, “Oh, my God” to the nation as I was trying to do it.

What is your most treasured possession?
My diary.

What would your superpower be?
Remembering everything I’ve ever read.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My nose (too large).

What is your most unappealing habit?
Repeating myself.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
A lawyer.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
I hope you get cancer again. (A viewer who emailed the BBC after objecting to an interview I did with an England football supporter who booed when the England players took the knee during the Euros.)

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What is your guiltiest pleasure?
Cadbury’s Dairy Milk.

What do you owe your parents?
I owe my mum my resilience. I owe my father nothing.

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
I’m good at saying sorry – so no one, because I’ve already said it.

What does love feel like?
Life-affirming.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working in a furniture factory in Warrington when I was 17. It was a summer job, and I had to cover the studs in the back of Chesterfield sofas with leather.

If you could edit your past, what would you change?
Nothing.

How often do you have sex?
We make an effort.

What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
Having someone to come in every day and tidy my house.

What keeps you awake at night?
My to-do list.

How would you like to be remembered?
As someone who cared.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Live it, because none of us knows how long we’ve got.



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