The glamorous presenter first came to our attention just over ten years ago when she joined Blue Peter and became its 23rd host. Her time with the popular BBC1 kids TV show was certainly challenging her assignments there included living in Mongolia with a family for a week, training with the England football squad for a World Cup special, joining the Cirque de Soleil and of course making things from yoghurt pots and sticky back plastic.Consequently because the Dorset born presenters stint was so successful, when she left in 2000, it led to her being hired to work on numerous other TV and radio jobs, including Top of the Pops, Football Fever, The Millennium Quiz Show with Michael Parkinson, Tomorrow's World, A Song For Europe and the weekend breakfast show on 95.8 Capital FM. The 35-year-old star even met her husband, Trey Farley through broadcasting, when they both featured in the Saturday morning programme Live and Kicking.The pair wed at a register office in Surrey two years ago and later flew to Tuscany to seal their marriage.Now Katy and her partner are proud parents to their two-month-old daughter, who is their first child. The golden girl of telly is even set to publish a diary publication about her experiences as a new mother later this year and is a supporter of the Make a Wish charity.
She can also currently be seen in the Arm and Hammer Enamel Care toothpaste adverts on television at the moment. FemaleFirst managed to have a chat with Katy to ask her about her career, her squeaky clean image and what she does to chill out.
You took part in the popular Channel 4 TV show The Games. Can I ask you about that experience?
Yeah, it was nice to have to get that fit to be honest, cos it was just after Christmas that you started the training. So it was nice to have the excuse to be healthy and to get fit. Its quite cool because you get a very toned body and youre like oh this is good. But you dont get enough time obviously to say youre never doing these things really, suddenly youre doing a gymnastic crawl routine when youve just had five sessions. Youre like ah Im in a leotard in front of the nation. It was fun to do; I like doing things that are a challenge really. Like you said the training for the programme is quite intense isnt it?
Yeah, I think we started training in February and then the thing was at the beginning of April. So yeah, two months. Its quite intensive. But its really good fun because as an adult Ive sort of had this all the way through my career with Blue Peter and stuff as well. As an adult you kinda of get a bit sensible. You dont really do cart wheels and things so to suddenly have to do one its like yeah! I felt like I was five years old again. And riding bikes, as well it was brilliant.
What was your favourite activity out of all of the ones you had to do on the sporting reality series?
My favourite activity on it was probably the cycling. Actually the hurdles, I quite liked as well. Its just quite nice, it makes you feel like youre back at school sports day again. It was really cool. I really enjoyed it.
Do you still keep in contact with any of the people you worked with on the Games?
Yeah. Linda Lusardi. We meet up quite often actually. Very nice lady. None of the others I did, no. Its just everyones so busy. Youre with each other for a sort amount of time and then you all get on with your lives really.
You came second over all in the female contenders. You were a hot favourite to bag first place werent you and were a big competitive rival of Lady Isabella Harvey's, who you ended up losing the coveted gold medal to?
Yeah -well I won four out of seven of the disciplines and then didnt win, so it was kinda like Ah! But thats telly for you. It makes good telly to have a big twist at the end. But I really enjoyed it and I also really surprised myself as well about how well I did. I wasnt expecting to do anywhere near that well I just thought I would go in it and have a laugh. It was really, really good fun and Linda and I had a real giggle in the house. It was nice really. Its quite intensive though and you are quite relieved when its all over.
You mentioned being in the Athletes Village?
Yeah. Thats the only thing that I didnt like really was the House bit. If I go asked to do it again and I could do with the living in the house bit, then Id do it. But living in the house was just a bit heinous. Its having cameras everywhere its just a bit dull, you know.
Did you ever forget the cameras were there in the House?
You are always kind of aware, because when you forget, you just hear this wearing sound and youre like oh whats that? So youre always aware that theyre very much there. The thing thats hard is that youre competing and then you go back to the house and then they keep the lights on till one in the morning cos theyve got a stream on E4 and then they switch the lights full on at six in the morning and youre like hang on, where not competing till 10 oclock tonight. So I was very tired when I left. But I got married in June that year, so it was great for that.
How are you finding motherhood, now youve just had your first child?
Its lovely. Ive got the baby in the pram in one hand and the phone in the other as we speak. Her names Kaya Skye and shes eight weeks old.
You used to be a presenter of Top of the Pops at one time. How do you feel about it being axed recently?
Yeah, I was a presenter of the show a few years ago. Luckily, I wasnt one when it was axed. Its about the nostalgia really. It was a national institution and iconic. As the years went by there were more alternatives around for people though and unfortunately more competition for the programme. But it was a cool show.
What was the best thing you ever did as a Blue Peter presenter?
I loved the flying assignments. Ive often thought about getting my pilots license. I remember one time I got to fly a Harrier which was worth £25 million pounds. It was like I was playing a computer game it was mad but brilliant. That was the best thing about the job really, the variety. You never knew what was coming up next from week to week.
Whats the biggest misapprehension that the public has about you?
That people think Im squeaky clean. Some are shocked when they see me with a bottle of beer in my hand its like hello, Im an adult woman, Im 35 years old.
Whats been your most embarrassing moment, whilst presenting so far?
That would have to be when I was presenting one of the Holiday programmes. Id been swimming and as I was getting out of the water I realised my bikini top had slipped down. Fortunately, nobody took any pictures.
Who would you like to switch places with for a day?
Erm, an astronaut. The Queen that would be good, or somebody minted like Bill Gates or JK Rowling.
You must be pretty nifty with stuff like recycling, arts and crafts and cooking after working on Blue Peter? You seemed to be able to make anything and everything with sellotape, a couple of loo rolls and some tinfoil.
(Katy Laughs) Well it's been six years since I left Blue Peter. But I do try to to do my bit for the environment by recycling - especially now I'm a mum. You think about what you're leaving behind for your kids.
Do you see any of your Blue Peter castmates?
I sometimes see some of the orginal crew I was with - Stuart Miles, Diane Louise Jordan and Tim Vincent.
Whats the weirdest thing that youve read in the British press about yourself?
One newspaper story said that I was going out with Robbie Williams and another that I was seeing 50 Cent. I had a few friends phoning up about them.
I believe youre a DJ now as well?
Yes. I got into it through working at Capital FM Radio in London. Its a different career path but its very nice. I travel to places like universities all around the country. Its very disciplined and scary at times. If you make a mistake youre stuffed. Everybody turns around and looks at you.
Who would play you in the film story of your life?
Oh good question! Oh probably somebody a bit feisty like Sandra Bullock.
What do you like to do to chill out when youve got a bit of me time?
Catch up with friends and listen to some music. I had a facial for the first time in about three months the other day. It was lovely.
Whatve you got coming up next?
Well Im writing a baby book at the moment and Im hopefully going to get that published. It will be a diary publication. Ive kept an account of everything so far . The babys giggling at the moment! (Laughs)
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