Funny, charming, and romantic to a fault, everyone loves Jamie Laing. The affectionate and exuberant blond puppy dog has come a long way – and broken many hearts – since he first graced our screens in 2011 as the joker of the Kings Road on Made in Chelsea. Ten years on, he became king of the ballroom making the final of Strictly Come Dancing. Now he’s ready to spill the tea – and (McVitie’s) biscuits – about life, love and everything in between.
From his idyllic upbringing in the countryside to the grey walls of boarding school, Jamie has always had a knack for getting himself into trouble. He reveals how he won popularity at school teaching the rest of the boys the proper way to … [PARENTAL ADVISORY]. He hilariously recounts blagging his way into a casino aged 17, and winning so much money his mother thought he was a drug dealer. Jamie has been equally lucky with ladies, but not always quite the romantic hero he had in mind – unless sitting lovelorn outside a girlfriend’s halls begging to be taken back while fending off abuse from drunk students calling out ‘Made in Chelsea twat’ counts as heroism?
Jamie also writes movingly about his struggles off camera, which left him crippled with anxiety and led to his eventual burnout. Throughout it all he opens up about the importance of friendship and how his two ride-or-dies, Georgie and Spencer, have always been there for him. They’ve enabled Jamie to thrive as a confectionary king and genuinely change lives with his Private Parts podcast, while not letting him forget that he took part in Bake Off Stand Up To Cancer despite not knowing how to pronounce the word ‘meringue’. Candid, entertaining, and almost always ridiculous, this is the real Jamie Laing.