Five things you might not know about WDYTYA? star Lulu

By Rosemary Collins, 16 August 2017 - 12:09pm

Sound of the Sixties Lulu traces her Glaswegian ancestry on Thursday 17 August 2017. Here’s five things you might not know about the star…


Lulu performs at the Theatre Royal in London in 2015. Credit: Joseph Okpaka

Singer, actress and television personality Lulu has been starring on our screens for six decades.

In Series 14 of Who Do You Think You Are?, she explores the secrets of her Glaswegian family.

Here’s five things you might not know about the celebrity…

1. The name game

Lulu was born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie in Lennoxtown, Scotland on 3 November 1948.
 

2. Child star

Lulu’s singing career began with ‘Shout’, released as Lulu & the Luvvers when she was just 15. It reached number 7 in the 1964 charts.
 

3. Euro winner

In 1969, Lulu won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom, singing ‘Boom Bang-a-Bang’.
 

4. Spice Girl

For Comic Relief in 1996, Lulu played Emma Bunton of the Spice Girls in a French & Saunders sketch. Her other acting roles include the film To Sir, with Love, for which she also sang the No. 1 theme song, the TV series The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole and a stage production of Guys and Dolls.
 

5. Sporting triumph

In August 2014 Lulu opened the closing ceremony of the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

 

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