Porter in 2009
23 March 1971 |
|Occupation||Television presenter, television personality, former model, actress|
The Big Breakfast
The Movie Chart Show
The Gadget Show
Celebrity Big Brother
(m. 2001; separated 2004)
My parents' marriage was very rocky. They were always arguing. When they split up when I was in my 20s, my brother and I were both delighted because we knew they weren't good for each other.
I know a lot of celebrity types go for Kabbalah and Scientology. But why pay 10 per cent of your earnings to someone when it's all common sense: treat others as you'd like to be treated yourself.
I don't think I'm that intelligent. I think I'm semi-intelligent.
I used to be pretty reckless. When I was a runner for a production company, I drove a massive 16 seater van. I was only 18. I mean I look young now, but then I looked about 12.
I'm a mum, so my wardrobe consists of sweaters and jeans. As long as I don't leave the house forgetting my jeans, I count that as a fashion success.
Mmm, I love Yoda. I didn't like Jar Jar Binks though, he was all wrong.
When I was bald, I went through a period where I seemed to do nothing except TV programmes about being bald.
So long as you've got your friends about you, and a good positive attitude, you don't really have to care what everyone else thinks.
My mum brought me up to think that personal happiness is more important than your family.
Mum's a worrier, she looked after everybody apart from herself – I think it runs in the family.
I have a problem with cleaning. It's my release. I get up at 6 A.M. and clean and hoover and mop everything. Then I feel better.
I'm so bored of all these girls who have written about 20 books by the time they're 25.
Usually I trundle about in trainers and baggy jeans, looking about as attractive as a potato.
TV presenting isn't the hardest job in the world, and I've done all right financially out of it.
But I love New York. I used to set my alarm clock when I was there, and get up at 4am and get a coffee, just because I could.
The more I read about feeding times, sleep times and waking-up times, the more inadequate and miserable I felt.
You can go to the doctor a million times if you're feeling down, and get nowhere, but if you go for a run it makes you feel really good.
My mother and I were very close and even when I left home and came to London I would ring her every day. She was very proud of me and loved my celebrity. She would often come to shoots and TV shows with me.
What's so brave about being bald? I've not fought for my country or found the cure for cancer – I've just gone out without my hat on!
I didn't have any problem bonding with Honey, but I was plagued with insecurities about my ability to bring up my baby.