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Inside the head of… Gabby Logan

Gabby Logan, 44, is a former Wales international gymnast and now presents live sports events for the BBC. She has 12-year-old twins Reuben and Lois with her husband, former Scottish international rugby union player Kenny Logan. 

What is your earliest memory? 

My mum going into labour with my brother. I was about three and we had gone to a restaurant for Sunday lunch. I remember watching my mum leaning on the car outside. She was in so much pain. 

What sort of child were you? 

I was very conscientious and excelled at school. I liked to please my teachers and I always made sure that I got my homework in on time. I was sporty too and played tennis and hockey. 

Gabby Logan, 44, is a former Wales international gymnast and now presents live sports events for the BBC

What one law would you change if you could? 

I would like there to be a law that children have two hours of PE a week. Without this we are going to have a huge problem with obesity. 

Have you ever cheated death? 

I was caught up in the Bradford City FC stadium fire in 1985, in which 56 people lost their lives. I was three rows from where football fans died but luckily left my seat a few minutes before the fire started. 

What is the worst thing anyone has ever said to you? 

I get misogynistic or crude comments on Twitter but my brain is trained not to retain insults. I would be a basket case if it did. 

Which living person do you dislike the most and why? 

I find people who kill endangered species or big game for kicks unfathomably cruel. I can’t get my head around how you could kill an elephant or giraffe for fun. 

Who would play you in the film of your life? 

Sarah Lancashire. That way I would know that it would definitely win a Bafta. Or it could be Maxine Peake… I would let them fight over it! 

What has been your most embarrassing moment? 

The time when a Premier League footballer walked into the studio at Five Live carrying a bag of McDonald’s and I thought he was an assistant. I spoke to him for about ten minutes before realising that he was the person that I was supposed to be interviewing. 

Tell us a secret about yourself 

When I was pregnant I bought some chocolate dog biscuits from a pet shop in Belgravia. I got into my car and felt so hungry that I ate them all. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse? 

I often use the word ‘like’ or ‘basically’. I  definitely have to check the ‘likes’, living with 12-year-olds who have ‘like’ disease. 

What is your most treasured possession? 

My engagement and wedding ring. Kenny proposed at the top of the Wallace monument in Stirling in Scotland. There are 250 steps to the top and the view is stunning. 

What do you most dislike about your appearance? 

My kids take the mickey out of me and say I have got a big nose. I definitely had a paranoid period about my nose in my 20s, but now it doesn’t bother me. 

What is the worst job you’ve done? 

When I was 14 I worked in a restaurant in Leeds called Sizzler. I came out every night smelling of burgers. 

When was the last time you cried? 

In July on what would have been my brother Daniel’s 41st birthday [he died from the heart condition hypertrophic cardiomyopathy when he was 15]. I always think about how much he would have done and what he would be doing now. 

What’s the best advice you’ve had? 

When I was on Strictly, Stephanie Beacham told me: ‘Remember darling, do what you effing want in life but remember it will come back to bite you on your a***.’ 

What song do you want at your funeral? 

California Dreamin’ by The Mamas and the Papas. I love the lyrics and it’s a song that Kenny and I always play in the car.  

Gabby Logan presents ‘MOTD: the Premier League Show’, on BBC2, Thursdays at 10pm 


Last film you saw? 

Beauty And The Beast with the kids. We watched it together on DVD and Lois says that Emma Watson is her new favourite Disney Princess – and I agree. 

Last TV show you watched? 

Billions. I love Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti and I thought there were some good strong female roles in it. 

Last book you read? 

A book called Selfie by Will Storr. It’s a very interesting philosophical book about the history of self image and its cultural anomalies.


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