Lauren Layfield is a British Guyanese presenter & journalist, best known for Capital FM and CBBC.
Lauren wakes up the nation’s early risers from 4am – 6am on Capital’s ‘Early Breakfast’ show and she is also the cover presenter for ‘The Capital Breakfast Show with Roman Kemp’.
An experienced live television presenter, Lauren anchored ‘CBBC HQ’ for over four years and in 2020 stepped up to become the solo, female host of comedy panel show ‘The Dog Ate My Homework’ – a role previously held by comedian Iain Stirling.
Before that she presented four series of popular makeover format ‘The Dengineers’, winning the BAFTA for ‘Best Factual Entertainment’. She also fronts weekly music show ‘The Playlist’ – all of which making her one of CBBC’s most recognisable faces.
In sport, you may have seen Lauren presenting for BBC One’s ‘Match of the Day’ and its youth-oriented spin-off ‘MOTDx’ on BBC Two. She has also hosted for the Premier League, Gfinity’s FIFA Elite Series and she is a Manchester City fan.
Alongside Lauren’s strong entertainment credentials, she is also a BJTC-qualified journalist, having started her media career behind-the-scenes as a news reporter. Her unique background of wearing stab vests on police raids, interviewing MPs and reporting on the lives of sex workers made her the perfect host for Channel 4’s ‘Hollyoaks’ podcast, which explored a variety of social action issues raised in the soap, from far-right extremism to drag culture.
On 2021’s International Women’s Day, Lauren fronted “Let’s Talk About Periods”, her first documentary for BBC Newsround, aimed at dispelling the embarrassment around periods, menstrual products and period poverty.
Other television and radio credits of note include appearances on BBC Radio 2, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘Celebrity Mastermind’, BBC 5Live and ‘Children in Need’. She regularly hosts events for BAFTA.
Lauren is also a DJ and clients have included brands like ASICS and Vaseline as well events such as the ICC Cricket World Cup. She is an ambassador for mental health charity Young Minds.
Lauren’s debut novel will be published in 2022.