Quick Interview: Leigh Purves

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What’s your earliest memory?

I was three and had been stung by a bee in my parents garden at their old house in West Park, North Leeds. Mum told me not to touch it. My big sister Mel later tipped a bowl of pasta over my head for cutting up her editions of Smash Hits magazines.

If you could pass a new law, what would it be and why?

I would fine negative people who constantly huff and puff their way through life. I loathe self-pity and a lack of humour. A strong sense of humour and compassion for others should be something we all have.

What would be your X Factor audition song?

Carly Simon’s You’re So Vain. Every time. And it would be very dramatic.

What would you like to consign to room 101?

People who let their dogs poo on pavements. Odd socks from over the years.

Seriously... anyone who doesn’t respect the elderly, wrongly sized bras, over paid reality TV ‘judges’, people who march around at events clutching a clip-board (just never a need), the elitist of this country - there’s a still a serious class system and it is wrong, bullies... I could go on.

What’s your biggest vice?

I’m way too impatient and I do not queue quietly.

When were you happiest?

When I was presenting my radio shows (ex-Capital FM, Radio Aire and BBC), I love talking. I’m still at my happiest broadcasting on the radio or around people. If your house was burning down what three things would you rescue?

A vintage dress I bought at an LA flea market once worn by Marilyn Monroe, a photo of my Grandad in his WW2 uniform and a painting of a square in Florence by my artist Dad Alex.

What would you super power be?

To read minds and make people smile when they are at their lowest ebb.

What would you most like to achieve in life and why?

For my son and family to believe they can achieve whatever they want in life, I believe in aiming to be content not happy. Life is full of peaks and troughs.

Describe your perfect day...

I’ve reported from The Baftas, partied with George Clooney at The Oscars and flown by private jet to the Cannes Film Festival before interviewing the likes of rapper Jay-Z.

Now I prefer playing hide and seek with my son, pouring fresh coffee, chatting with the girls, then heading out for a lovely long walk locally with my nearest and dearest. It could be to Roundhay Park, Golden Acre or out to the Yorkshire Dales. Although I still love some seriously high heels and a late night bar now and then.

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