Lauren Layfield

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Lauren Layfield
Born1 December 1987 (age 35)
OccupationTelevision presenter
Years active2014–present
SpouseLuke Beddows

Lauren Layfield (born on 1 December 1987)[1] is an English television and radio presenter and journalist who works mainly for CBBC and Capital FM.


Layfield joined CBBC continuity in September 2015, at the end of the one-off TV special Hacker's Birthday Bash: 30 Years of Children's BBC, going on to co-host design series, The Dengineers with Mark Wright. In April 2017, Wright left and was replaced with Joe Tracini.[2]

In January 2016, Layfield joined All Over the Place and became a co-host with Ed Petrie. Layfield has made one-off appearances in game shows Ultimate Brain and Celebrity Mastermind and four appearances in the panel show The Dog Ate My Homework.

A 2016 clip in which Layfield appeared on a CBBC children's show with Hacker T. Dog, during which Hacker deadpanned to Layfield "We're just normal men... We're just innocent men.", prompting Layfield to break character and laugh has resurfaced in 2022 and went viral.[3][4][5] While some assumed the clip had context before the exchange, puppeteer Phil Fletcher later explained that there was none, and he just ad-libbed the line to make Layfield laugh.[4]

In 2017 Layfield become the new host of music show The Playlist.

She presented for Match of the Day spin-off show, Match of the Day Kickabout.

In July 2018, she began covering weekend shows on Capital FM and started presenting Capital FM's Capital Early Breakfast show from 7 January 2019. She and Rob Howard are the main relief presenters for Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp.

Layfield has also written for the Top of the Pops magazine.


Year Title Role Notes
2014–15 Whoops I Missed the Bus Presenter
2015 Hacker's Birthday Bash: 30 Years of Children's BBC Herself One-off special
2015–19 The Dengineers Co-presenter With Mark Wright (2015–17) and Joe Tracini (2017–2019)
2015–2020 CBBC Presenter Continuity
2016 Ultimate Brain Contestant 1 episode
Celebrity Mastermind Contestant 1 episode
2016–19 The Dog Ate My Homework Panelist 4 episodes
2016–present All Over the Place Herself Co-presenter
2017–present The Playlist Presenter
2018 Capital FM Presenter Cover presenter
2019–present Capital FM Presenter Early Breakfast presenter
2019–present The Dog Ate My Homework Presenter 3 episodes
2022-present Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2022 Co-commentator With Hrvy


  1. ^ "CBBC HQ – Lauren's Profile". Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  2. ^ Joe Tracini (11 April 2017). "Joe Tracini joins CBBC's The Dengineers – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  3. ^ MacKenzie, Steven (27 June 2022). "Lauren Layfield: 'Normal men, innocent men' and me". The Big Issue.
  4. ^ a b "I Interviewed the 'We're Just Normal Men' Puppet on Zoom".
  5. ^ "A CBBC dog saying 'normal men, innocent men' has become the internet's favourite meme". indy100. 26 April 2022.

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