Tech Presenter and Journalist
If you see Lara and she's wearing six fitness trackers at once, whilst checking her heartbeat on an app, don't worry, she's fine. She loves comparing and testing the tech and gadgets that aid and improve our lives.
She joined BBC Click in 2011 as a reporter, travelling the UK and around the world, before taking on the co-presenter roll each week in 2018. Whether it's standing on a mammoth solar panel island in the North Sea, exploring the impact of robot pets on those with dementia, or investigating tech abuse where phones are misused for stalking, she is passionate about what she does.
Outside of Click, Lara's tech expertise has been called on by Radio 4's Woman's Hour, BBC1 Breakfast, Radio 5 Live and more. She also spent four years writing a gadget column for Woman magazine.
Where Lara's tech affair began...
Lara was born in Chichester, West Sussex. Her first job, at 14, was in her father's sweet shop on Bognor Regis pier. She was a whizz with the candyfloss and Mr Whippy machines, then speedily totting up the value of people's goodies. Sadly, though, she didn't have a sweet tooth, so the opportunity was somewhat wasted on her. Even now she'd choose a green juice over a choc ice.
Family moves saw her gravitating towards London, living in both Twickenham and Richmond-Upon-Thames.
Whilst studying at St. Mary's University College, she worked as a runner on It's a Knockout –cementing her love of the broadcast industry. She continued gaining experience at LNN factuals, Endemol, and more.
Then her first big break came in 2003, when Lara became Channel 5 News’ daily weather presenter, and one of the faces of the channel.
The bosses were keen to get her on air more, so it became glitz, glamour and gadgets. As well as interviewing Hollywood A-listers, Lara started doing tech reviews on the Five News sofa.
That struck a cord, she realised it was the direction she wanted to move in, and eventually an opportunity arose at Click.
Outside the world of work...
If Lara isn't at the gym, she'll be out running, if not running, doing pilates (all of course tracked on various gadgets). When resting, she tries to go out and about with her DSLR aiming to take obscure pictures of cities, yet she usually just ends up taking photos of her eight-year-old daughter, Sapphire, and concluding that's time better spent anyway.
During lockdown she found herself in a unique two channel home. She had her BBC Click studio upstairs, whilst downstairs her husband, MoneySavingExpert Martin Lewis, had a studio built for his live ITV show – which Lara gave up her Thursday afternoons to guest produce. Still, they had robotic cameras, so it wasn't all that bad.