Murphy talks to the food lover who hates cooking
are currently appearing on Whose Recipe Is It
Anyway? where chefs have to guess which celeb
supplied a recipe. Did you enjoy presenting the
was fantastic. It's one of the most interesting
jobs I've ever done. We shot 40 programmes in 10
days and the time just flew by so quickly. It
worked extremely well and everyone enjoyed
you a big food fan?
I love my food and I love watching other people
cook. Personally, though, I loathe cooking!
Working on the show was perfect for me because I
had all my favourite chefs preparing food on the
day, so I was in heaven.
singing, presenting or writing - where does your
and TV acting are my great loves - but if there's
nothing on offer, then my priority is to work.
I'm lucky that the fields I work in are rarely
did you make the move from defining 80's popstar
to TV presenter?
very good manager! And I'm a hard worker. I think
there's a lot of ego involved in being a pop
star, whereas to be a presenter you need to be
knowledgeable and hardworking. It suited my
thirties very much to go into presenting and I
now present in areas I'm particularly interested
in, like alternative medicine, food and the
have you most enjoyed meeting?
really enjoyed meeting the former hostage Terry
Waite because he's so extraordinary. And I've met
some wonderful women, everyone from the writer Su
Townsend (The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole...) to
jazz singer Marion Montgomery. I love meeting
people who have inspired me.
were your favourite bands or singers during the
really loved Siouxsie & The Banshees, The
Cure, Metallica, and Sisters Of Mercy.
sang: 'I'm going to turn suburbia upside down...'
I think it has turned itself upside down.
Suburbia is not what it was 20 years ago,
everything's come to the surface right now - wife
swapping and transvestism. I don't think there is
such a thing a suburbia anymore.
you could sing with a band today, who would it
I think Cerys Matthews is fantastic and she's got
a great voice.
do you think of acts like Hear'Say who have had
fame handed to them?
don't know that they have simply been handed
fame. I think success when you're very young is a
terrible burden because you're not formed yet.
There's a lot of talent in Hear'Say, just as
there was in the Spice Girls, who also had mega
success at a very young age. There's nothing more
tragic than that being taken away from you before
you are 25. My heart goes out to Hear'Say. I
don't resent them, I just think they're in for a
rough ride later on and they've got to lay the
you prefer acting onstage or in front of a
know what I'm better at, and that's acting
onstage, but I prefer acting on camera - I like
the whole circus of television presenting - I
love the equipment and the team. When it works
properly it's like watching the cogs of an
engine. I just get so excited - I don't think it
could ever bore me.
you watch yourself on TV?
I would only watch if I had to be very
critical about it. I'd watch it a long time
afterwards when it couldn't hurt me if I thought
I was crap!
has been your career highlight?
say the highlight of my career was hitting 40.
Niggly things don't bother me anymore and time
becomes so valuable that life just gets better.