• Theo Paphitis
  • Jack Binstead
  • Caroline Quentin
  • Angela Scanlon
  • Ricky Martin

Why do you support Jeans for Genes Day?

I support Jeans for Genes Day because it’s an incredible charity for disorders that people are not aware of. So many young kids under the age of 14 die from genetic disorders but people just don’t realise it.

I support Jeans for Genes Day because it’s a great charity that raises money for genetic disorders that’s killing so many young kids under 14 which people don’t realise and needs to be highlighted.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

I’ve always wondered what talent I inherited from my parents, I’ve asked them on many occasions, and you know what they said, they said well when we find them we’ll tell you!

Do you ever wear double denim?

I would rather stick pins in my eyes than wear double denim

How many pairs of jeans do you have?

I have a confession to make I have many, many pairs of jeans, possibly 20 or 30

How old is your oldest pair?

My oldest pair of jeans, I’ve got to confess I know exactly how old they are and they’ve got to be about 15 years old, honest and more importantly they still fit!

How much do you normally spend on average on a pair of jeans?

To buy a decent pair of jeans these days, sadly you’ve got to spend 100 quid plus

What is your message to all the schools and organisations which take part in Jeans for Genes Day?

I have a very simple message for all the schools and organisations that take part in Jeans for Genes Day, and that is raise as much money as you can and put those jeans on!

How did you celebrate your 20th birthday?

I haven’t got a Scooby-doo how I celebrated my 20th birthday, I remember my 21st but I don’t remember by 20th, I think I was around then, I’m not sure.

Is there any exciting news you’d like to share with us?

My exciting news for today I’m going to share with you is I’m glad to be alive and the sun is shining.

Why do you support Jeans for Genes Day?

Jeans for Genes Day is such an important cause, it’s amazing, because obviously having a genetic condition myself, it means a lot knowing that there is a lot of support out there and as a kid growing up and having an idol like all my peers did in a mainstream school, I was aspiring to David Beckham and Wayne Rooney, it was like why, because I could never play the game I could never be like them so why am I aspiring to them and that’s because back then I didn’t feel like there was enough support and enough to say look we’re still here and this does exactly that, and this is going to help what I want to achieve which is to stop kids who are young now and when they get a little bit older they’ll realise that there are people  out there who they can look up to, who they can aspire to and Jeans for Genes definitely helps that along.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

From my mum especially its where the confidence comes through, she always pushed me to get out there and the combination of the support of my parents and the confidence is what got me into sports initially, and through sport that’s what led me into acting and now I’m here. So without being given that confidence as a kid from my mum and my dad I definitely wouldn’t be where I am now, doing what I’m doing, and I’m so grateful to be in a position I am, doing a job I love, I love making new TV and filming and getting myself out there and hopefully being a role model to other kids with genetic conditions, so from my parents especially the confidence came through.

How many pairs of jeans do you own?

I own a lot of jeans, I own quite a few pairs of jeans and not only are they the most comfortable, they’re definitely fashionable, jeans will never go out of fashion, there’s so much you can do with jeans and over time dungarees came back and you can get denim shoes now, I’ve seen that on the scene, it’s such a versatile style.

What are your favourite brands?

I love wearing Topman clothes, that’s a very fashionable look and very affordable, you know most kids aged between 13 and upwards, you know there’s not even an age where people don’t, my dad wears Topman and he’s 45. Topman is great it keeps up with the latest fashion, the latest trends; it has every style in there. I wear a lot of Nike, especially trainers, I like Nike trainers, I think they’re comfortable they’re always fashionable and new looks coming out. Adidas as well, I’ve done a lot of work with Adidas in the past and again very similar styles but just at the same time very different because they have that little unique edge to them which is fantastic because you can wear them for the same purposes but each one is a different style and that is fantastic. But other than that I don’t really have a favourite, as long as I like the style, I like the colours, I’m very open to brands.

Is there a worst denim office?

You know what I’m not a fan of double denim myself, but I’m working it today, you know it’s good.  If David Beckham can do it then so can I. Me and David go way back, we’ve met a few times now, he’s a brilliant guy, we did Adidas together for the 2012 Paralympics we did the advert and some posing, some photo booth fun. In regards to denim, obviously I wear denim jeans all the time and I love that and I’ve got some denim shirts like what I’m wearing for this photo shoot. But I’ve never worn denim on denim but saying that, times have changed; I’m liking it a lot more now I’ve done it for Jeans for Genes. I’m starting to see that it’s not a bad style for me.

Can you see the Queen in Jeans?

That would be an incredible look wouldn’t it? Especially skinny jeans, if she put some skinny jeans and some pumps on I think she’d be rocking that.

What is your message to all the schools and organisations who take part in Jeans for Genes Day?

Just get involved, it’s such a good cause. It’s going to make such a change in the future, and now even it’s making a change especially with younger kids. To support it, to keep your mind open, people with disabilities, we’re no different from other people at all, the fact that we have to use a wheelchair or we’ve got a stick because we’re blind or hearing aids, or whatever it is, it does not matter, it’s nothing that will limit us. There’s not a single thing out there that can limit us, we can do absolutely everything. Just keep your mind open, be respectful and you know if you see a guy in a wheelchair, shake his hand because he’s awesome, he’s no different to anyone else.

What will you be doing on Friday 18th September?

I will be wearing jeans, that’s what I’ll be doing!

I met a little boy recently who has Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy and coincidentally I met him the day before you emailed me, which is what prompted me to come and do it. It’s a very rare form of muscular dystrophy, he’s a darling little boy, he’s one in a million, but I’d never heard of it so I thought well that’s a good reason to come down and talk about it.

Why do you support Jeans for Genes?

Funnily enough when you got in touch with me I’d just met a little boy called Josh and his mum Sarah, and Josh has a condition called Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy which I’d never heard of and Josh is about 4. Sarah’s not his real mum, she was nursing him and adopted him from hospital because Josh’s mum was really struggling looking after him because of course Josh’s mum has the condition as well. So Sarah was coping better with Josh so she has adopted him and taken him to live with her and her other 6 children. When I met him he’s such a darling little boy but he has lots and lots of problems, it’s fraught with difficulties, Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy and Josh has got everything in the book, bless him. There are certain things that can go wrong and Josh has been unlucky and he’s got pretty much all of them so because genes are invisible mostly to us until we’re affected by them I thought it was good to come and talk about some of those issues. I’m genetically a Coeliac and I lost a couple of babies due to genetics, to Edwards Syndrome and Turners Syndrome so it is something that affects us all actually and it’s just worth highlighting it.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

My mother was very musical and I’m quite musical, I don’t know if that’s inherited, I don’t know if that’s genetic or environmental but I’m happy to claim a bit of both on that one I think.

How many pairs of jeans do you own? How much are you willing to spend?

I live in jeans, I love them and I live in them – not too much, I’m a very middle range person, I’ll go to GAP or something like that but I’ve never spent more than middle range. On the other hand, I have on occasion bought a pair in the supermarket and really liked them. So you know I’ll go low, but I won’t go high.

How do you wash your jeans?

My jeans go in with all the rugby kit and all my daughters’ stuff. If I can get the dogs to get off them enough to put them in then, because I bung them all in the laundry room, all the animals lie on them and then they go in the washing machine.

How old is your oldest pair of jeans?

This pair is my oldest pair and I suppose they’re about 5 years old

What is your message to the organisations and schools doing Jeans for Genes Day?

My kids always do it, and their schools have always done it. My kids are at school in Devon and they’re big on it, in fact most Devon schools do it actually. We all make a donation and then they do Jeans for Genes Day.

My message is have fun, wear the jeans but also talk about even to very young children about genetics. It’s a good way of introducing them to science, it’s a fascinating thing and you can talk about it on a very basic level and make it interesting and fun and talk about genetics and what people get from inherited genetically, they love talking about eye colour. My children love talking about who they got their colouring from and things like that. I think that’s really interesting, if they’ve got blue eyes, why have they got blue eyes, why are they tall, why are they short and I think it’s a really good way of talking about genetics to young people, making it accessible, that’s my message to schools. 

Why do you support Jeans for Genes Day?

Why wouldn’t you? There are so many people who have genetic disorders, I just think it’s impossible not to support a cause like this when so many kids are affected every single day by different things which are completely out of their control and very rare in many cases.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

What’s a talent, that sounds like I should be really good at dancing or singing or something! – I think I inherited my sense of humour probably from my parents for sure, like slightly sarcastic, little bit rude – let’s go with work ethic from my dad

Do you ever wear double denim?

Oh hello, triple denim I’m in to! Canadian tuxedo I believe is one of the most underutilised sartorial combinations – yes I love double denim, always have, always will. When I’m 90 I’ll be wearing a tux made of jeggings

How much do you spend on average on a pair of jeans?

Oh it really varies – so with skinny jeans I feel that you have to invest a bit more, so I like J Brand, MIH, but I also like Leigh jeans from Topshop. With boyfriend jeans, like there’s boyfriend and girlfriend jeans both from Topshop which I love, and Levis as well, the old school jeans – jeans are a problem for me, in a good way, so I have everything, from every price range.

So how many pairs of jeans do you own?

I own I would imagine around 30 pairs

How old is your oldest pair?

Oh god, I’m sure I have a pair from when I was a teenager, they literally had to be pried from my body, they were Levis and I wore them everywhere with everything, to the point where it got uncomfortable for the people around me, so they’re probably around 20 years old

Belt or no belt?

No belt, always

What style of jeans will you be wearing this season?

Boyfriend, all the way to the bank

What is your message to the schools and organisations that take part in Jeans for Genes Day?

Oh, go all out, everyone can wear a pair of jeans we all do it every week, so it should be head to toe denim. I think there should be a prize for the person who wears the most amount of denim product in one go.

Why do you support Jeans for Genes Day?

I’m involved with Jeans for Genes for a number of reasons. As a scientist, personally I care about helping people and that’s the fundamental thing of what this charity is all about, and as fun as charities are and as fun as fundraising can be what people sometimes forget is what that money is going to, who that’s helping, how its helping and I think that’s the most important thing, raising awareness of genetic disorders as a scientist is something I care about and that’s why I’m very encouraged by the charity.

What talent did you inherit from your parents?

It’s not a talent, but I learnt the art of hard working. So my dad is a bricklayer, and it was very simple economics when I was growing up to get more money to pay for things you had to work more days so he ended up going from working 5 days a week to working 7 days a week and doing that year on year without any time off, and what did that teach me? It taught me the lesson of hard working and that’s one thing that I think my parents have certainly given me, a work ethic, to work hard and to remind yourself that if you can dream something you can achieve it.

Do you ever wear double denim? Do you see this trend coming back?

I sometimes wear double denim – double denim’s been back for the last year, it is back, double denim is here, depends what shade of denim you wear.

How many pairs of jeans do you own?

I own about 20 pairs of jeans

How much do you spend on average on a pair of jeans?

Probably about £75 on a pair of jeans. The good thing about jeans is that they’re an investment, they last you a long time.

How old is your oldest pair of jeans?

Oh good question, they probably don’t fit me either, probably about 10 years old

Would you like to see the Queen in jeans?

I’m sure the Queen does wear jeans, we just don’t see it

What is your favourite brand of jeans?

Levis, the original. Levis are just fantastic

What is your message to all the schools and organisations that take part in Jeans for Genes Day?

Very simply, two words – get involved. It’s a very simple thing, I think to any schools, universities, colleges or even businesses, it’s very simple, you wear a pair of jeans in recognition of what you’re doing, and off the back of that recognition other people should wear jeans because something fun is happening, and off the back of that people should donate, so get involved.

How did you celebrate your 20th birthday?

My 20th birthday I was at university and I probably wore a pair of jeans and I’m sure at the age of 20 I did what every 20 year old does at university, went out with my friends, had dinner with my family and went out with my friends, celebrated with other people

What will you be doing on Friday 18th September?

On Friday 18th September I’ll be wearing my jeans, I’ll be wearing my jean shoes, my jean baseball cap and my denim shirt. As much denim as I can wear I’ll be wearing it.

How many people are you going to get involved in your company?

Well everyone in thecompany will be wearing jeans on that day. Every employee will be wearing jeans.

What’s the punishment if they’re not in jeans?

Whoever doesn’t wear jeans for the day will be making cups of tea for the rest of the office for the next few weeks.

Any exciting news you’d like to share with us?

Workwise we’re taking on our first apprentices this year, so we’re bringing young people into the work place out of schools and colleges, giving them an apprenticeship in recruitment, which is a big thing for us, we’re taking 3 apprentices on in the summer and 3 trainees at the moment. What we’re trying to do now is basically develop layers in our business to give more careers and more opportunities and the idea is we’re looking for people who care about science, either come from science or who are interested in science and they want to support science. Its big news for us, I’m really proud of it to be able to bring our first apprentices into the business.