Lauren Charlotte Harries – born James Charles Harries – is a British TV personality. Beginning her career as a young boy at the tender age of 10 discussing antiques on Terry Wogan’s chat show, Harries was labelled a ‘child prodigy’. She is now a woman after a full sex change operation.
Harries was born in Surrey in 1978, and from the age of five, he collected all kinds of objects from car boot sales and second-hand shops. His break came when a piece of porcelain he found was valued at several thousand pounds. The local paper carried the story and James was promoted by his father as a child prodigy in the field of antiques.
Harries made his television debut at ten years old in August 1988 on Wogan. His knowledge of antiques, combined with an odd appearance including bow ties, hair in thick golden curls, formal attire and a precocious manner of speaking, made Harries someone the viewing public were unlikely to forget.
On her former appearance, Lauren said: “I was like this freak in this little suit with a bowtie on, I do see that as a different person, but as an aspect of myself as well.”
James started cross-dressing in 1997 and soon changed his name to Lauren. She has said that a casual remark in a supermarket, that ‘he should be a woman’, helped her realise that that was what she wanted.
In 2001, James underwent a full sex change operation and officially became Lauren Charlotte Harries. Describing the life-changing moment, she said: “My life is just beginning. It’s like I’ve been reborn.”
Harries is a Buddhist and a vegetarian and can also read peoples auras.