Saturday 24 August 2019

The One Show host Alex Jones: 'I was a terrible looking child, my younger self would be chuffed with how I turned out'

Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Presenter Alex Jones attends the Glamour Women of the Year Awards at Berkeley Square Gardens on June 3, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Alex Jones arrives at the Strictly Come Dancing 2011 press launch at BBC Television Centre on September 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

BBC star Alex Jones said her younger self would be "chuffed" with how she looks as an adult.

The One Show host (39) described herself as a "terrible looking child" and said she never expected to grow into such a confident woman.

"I suppose there is a demand to look a certain way for my job, but I was a terrible-looking child. I was really short, with a gap in my teeth and no boobs until I was 16. So the young me would be quite chuffed at how I turned out," she wrote in The Telegraph.

"When I started my GCSEs, my friendship group widened and I discovered a love of drama. My school teacher was amazing and it was down to her that I found my voice. I came out of my shell at that point.

Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends the After Party dinner for the House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA) at The Grosvenor House Hotel on May 10, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

"Even then I thought I’d probably end up working behind the scenes in television and I would have been quite happy with that. It wasn’t until after university that I had the confidence to know I really wanted to give it a go," she added.

Jones reflected on the "hard work and grit" it's taken for her to land her dream job

"My younger self would be shocked and delighted by where I’ve ended up. I think she’d be really proud of the woman I’ve become. It has taken some hard work and grit," she said.

"People assume you just get given a job like mine, but there’s a lot of effort that goes into it, and a lot of having to pick yourself up. Obviously it’s brilliant fun and some days it doesn’t feel like work at all, but every day has to be your best. "

Alex Jones attends The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)
Alex Jones attends The 2012 Arqiva British Academy Television Awards at the Royal Festival Hall on May 27, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Tim Whitby/Getty Images)

Jones was a children's tv presenter in the early days of her career and said she "can't imagine" any other job since being headhunted by One Show producers.

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