Lesley Garrett CBE (born 10 April 1955) is an English soprano singer, musician, broadcaster and media personality.
Garrett was born in the town of Thorne near Doncaster in South Yorkshire, into a musical family. She attended Thorne Fieldside Infant and Junior Schools and Thorne Grammar School, where she performed in school plays and musicals and passed 10 O-levels and an A-level in music. As she grew up she inherited her family's love of music. Her grandfather Colin Wall was a classical pianist, her father Derek worked as a railway signalman and then as a schoolteacher at Hatfield Woodhouse Primary School, eventually going on to become a headmaster. They lived nearby just South of the village; her mother Margaret (née Wall) was a talented singing seamstress and became the school secretary at Lesley's primary school. She has a sister, Kay. When she was 19, to earn money in the summer, Lesley washed dishes at the officers' mess at nearby RAF Lindholme, where she received two marriage proposals.
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