Name: Sara Cox
D.O.B: 13th Dec 1974 - born on Friday the 13th ... Woooooooo!
Place of Birth: Rochdale, England, U.K.
Interests and hobbies and specialist skills: Swimming,
chilling, cooking, playing out with friends
Occupation: Fashion Model
The daughter of Len and Jackie Cox, Sara, the youngest
of five, spent the first seven years of her life on
a farm just outside Bolton, where her father bred pedigree
When her parents split up, she moved from the farm
to live with her mother. Her mother managed a succession
of Conservative clubs around the country which involved
both her and her daughter being on the move most of
It also meant Cox was always being picked on for the
being the new girl at school. To make matters worse,
Cox, who was born with a dislocated hip and therefore
an inward-turning leg, was teased for having "crazy
The tall and slim Cox was a natural model
But she carried on regardless, enjoying drama at school
and passing seven GCSEs and four A-Levels.
At 19, on a trip to see her sister in Paris, a photographer
suggested she become a model. She flew home, went to
an agency and, despite her self-confessed "knock-knees",
was immediately signed up.
Having modelled all over the world, at the age of 21,
Cox landed her first presenting job on The Girlie Show.
Her flamboyant, natural manner made her a natural for
the show's risque and raucous format. It also meant
she would live to fight another day after the programme
was panned by critics and rapped by watchdogs before
finally being axed.
But her recovery was not immediate. Cox spent the next
few months drawing the dole before being signed up to
host Channel 5's entertainment show Exclusive in 1997.
Cox could indulge her outgoing nature on The Girlie
Cox calls her time on Exclusive her learning period
and one which prepared her for the rise to follow.
A regular slot on the music channel MTV was the next
opportunity to come her way - where she was allowed
to indulge her natural instincts for having a good time.
Then in September 1998, she joined the high-profile
team of Channel 4's The Big Breakfast - following in
the footsteps of her best mate Zoe Ball.
A year later, she joined Radio 1, co-hosting a Saturday
lunchtime show alongside Emma B and tackling listeners'
personal problems with Dr Mark Hamilton on a new show,
the Sunday Surgery.
Cox has been with her fiance Leeroy for two years
August 1999 saw the wedding of Zoe Ball to Norman Cook
- aka chart-topping DJ Fatboy Slim - and not surprisingly,
Cox was in close attendance as bridesmaid to the blushing
Again, like Ball, Cox also has a pop star boyfriend
- in the shape of Leeroy Thornhill from the Prodigy.
The couple met two years ago at a film premiere and
intend to marry, probably some time next year.