Gaby Roslin, 56, rose to fame alongside Chris Evans, 55, as the pair co-presented The Big Breakfast on Channel 4 between 1992 and 1996. With dreams to become a children’s TV presenter, she began her career hosting Hippo on the Superchannel and then Motormouth on ITV from 1989 until 1992, but before she made it, she received some rather shocking career advice from her teacher.
‘Gaby, with that face, you’ll never get on TV’
Chatting about her past with fellow presenter, singer and actor Michael Ball on her self-titled podcast, she admitted she was told by a member of staff at her acting school that she would never get on TV.
“‘Gaby, with that face, you’ll never get on TV,'” she recalled the teacher telling her.
But she wasn’t done there.
She added the final piece guidance that stuck with her for years to come.
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The presenter relived the traumatic piece of advice
Gaby continued: “‘And if you do, I’ll hang myself.'”
The podcast host has previously opened up on that somewhat traumatic comment in a column she wrote for the Independent.
She revealed that her mum was “strict” about her finishing her education before she went to drama school, but she eventually got an audition at the Guildford School of Acting.
“They said they would let me know within two weeks and rang me that afternoon with an offer,” she beamed.
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“I thoroughly loved my three years at Guildford. The first year they tear you apart in a healthy way, the second year you get slowly put back together and in the third year you know what you want.”
She explained that she was a “rarity”, because she wanted to be a presenter as well as an actor.
“In the first year a rather strange tutor asked us, ‘What is your flight plan?’
The others said, ‘The RSC and the National.’ I said, ‘I would like to be a children’s TV presenter and in musicals in which I don’t have to dance.’
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“She [the teacher] said, ‘If you get on TV, I’d be so surprised I’d probably hang myself.’
Gaby wrote the article in 2010 when she was 45, and added: “When I met her recently, she told me, ‘It’s come back to haunt me.'”
Indeed it did, as Gaby has become a well recognised face of British TV, having co-hosted Eurovision and Children In Need alongside the late great Terry Wogan, and contributed to many other shows.
During her chat with Michael, where she relived the surprising remarks made by her tutor, he was stunned and disclosed that the exact same teacher gave him a similar piece of advice, too.
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Both refused to name the member of staff in question, but Michael remembered her saying to him: “’You are never going to work until you’re 40, and then it’ll be character roles.'”
He laughed as he added: “I’ve now got dance studio named after me at GSA, if that isn’t the irony of irony!”
Michael’s episode on That Gaby Roslin Podcast is available to listen to from Monday 10th May on all podcast streaming platforms.
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