Alex Jones: ‘My worst job? A call centre. I said I was going to the loo and never came back’

Born in Carmarthenshire, Alex Jones, 44, began her television career at the Welsh channel S4C. Since 2010, she has presented The One Show for the BBC. She lives in London and is expecting her third child with her husband Charlie Thomson this month. She has partnered with Pampers to champion Little Village baby banks.

What is your greatest fear?
Not being alive to see the boys through the years that they need me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Lateness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
No manners.

What was your most embarrassing moment?
At one of my first jobs as a researcher in TV, I pulled my coat off and I was just in my bra. I had forgotten to put on a T-shirt.

Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A Burberry mac: I am not a handbag or shoe person, but I do like a nice coat.

What would your superpower be?
To be on time.

What makes you unhappy?
Falling out with my husband.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?
My freckles.

What is your most unappealing habit?
I sometimes talk over people because I get excited.

If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I am obsessed with the second world war, and I know it wouldn’t be very pleasant, but I would like to experience it.

What is your favourite word?
Discombobulated.

What is the worst job you’ve done?
Working in a call centre in Cardiff for British Gas. I was 21 and, I am ashamed to say, one Monday morning I ran away. I said I was going to the loo and never went back.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?
An actor.

What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
“Your accent makes you sound so stupid.”

To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
An ex-boyfriend who, looking back, I lost patience with. Now we know more about mental health, I think that was at the root of it; I am sorry I didn’t understand it at the time.

Have you ever said ‘I love you’ and not meant it?
Yes.

How often do you have sex?
We try to make a concerted effort, because closeness is good.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Managing to stay on The One Show for over a decade. In an industry that is so fickle, I am astounded I am still there.

What has been your closest brush with the law?
Parking fines are nearly a daily occurrence.

How would you like to be remembered?
As a good friend, somebody people could rely on, somebody who liked a bit of a laugh, and as a good mother.

What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Everything takes longer than you think.

Tell us a secret
I am quite a good violin player.