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5 secrets you didn't know about Natasha Kaplinsky

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1 Her parents are political refugees - her economist father and psychotherapist mother fled their native South Africa in 1969 after opposing apartheid.2 She was Neil Kinnock's tea lady - Natasha worked at the former Labour party leader's office aged 19, where she made tea and photocopied for £5 a day. "It put me off politics for life," she said.

3 She broke her back in a speedboat crash - she had to postpone her place at Oxford University for a year to recover after the accident while on holiday in Italy. "It was awful. It's amazing how something like that can just change your life in a matter of seconds," she recalls.

4 She paid £460 for a one-day crash course in TV presenting - the 23-year-old wannabe then wrote hundreds of letters to personalities, including Jill Dando, asking for advice.

5 Natasha wakes up at 3.50am for the breakfast show start at 6am. But she's fast asleep by 8.30pm.



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