Whether or not you’ve been watching Celebrity Big Brother this year, we’re betting you probably know who housemate Lauren Harries is.
In case you need reminding she’s a sex change entertainer from Cardiff and a former child prodigy.
At the tender age of 10 and as the candyfloss-haired James Harries she/he appeared on the Wogan show as an antiques expert. With his golden curls and natty bow tie the young James was an instant telly sensation.
By 1997 James was cross-dressing. He changed his name to Lauren and underwent a full sex change in 2001.
Now, as the Buddhist vegetarian Lauren, she’s busy wowing the housemates and the viewers with her antics on the reality TV show.
She’s been in and out of the limelight over the years with a number of small screen appearances so take a look at some of her more interesting telly antics and see how many you remember:
Getting banned from This Morning
In a lengthy discussion on transgender issues in September 2009, Lauren talked about how it felt being a woman trapped in a man’s body and her two failed suicide bids. Just as hosts Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were wrapping up the talk she threw in a shameless plug for her new show (see below), started screeching and stood up and looked to grab her breasts in front of two very surprised and irritated hosts. She’s since been banned from the show.
Working 9 to 5
Here she is in the show she was plugging: Working 9 to 5 – where Lauren has to teach an aerobics class in a gym. We’re not saying she’s making it up, but is she making it up?
She’s obviously keen on the whole keep-fit business as she donned a white Capri pants and matching flats in her first full day in the Celebrity Big Brother house with a series of back exercises:
Singing for her supper
Back on the show Working 9 to 5, Lauren was tasked with auditioning in front of a panel of musical theatre experts. She sang Memory from Cats while wearing a long-line jacket that showcased her long, slim legs. While her singing left the panel looking rather bewildered, she won praise for her enthusiasm and personality.
Here she is again – a bedraggled-looking Lauren in a fake fur jacket entertains her fellow Celebrity Big Brother housemates with a self-penned song on day four. The jury’s still out on her singing talent but she’s definitely entertaining.
What do you think?