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BBC Breakfast star Naga Munchetty looks completely different with longer locks in throwback photo

The journalist had longer hair as a teenager


Naga Munchetty © Rex
Nicky Morris
TV and film writer
March 29, 2023
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Naga Munchetty regularly wakes up the nation with the latest current affairs news on BBC Breakfast. The presenter, who has been on our screens for over a decade, is a familiar face to many thanks to her role on the programme, which she hosts from Thursday to Saturday alongside Charlie Stayt

The star is known for her signature short crop, but did you know that she didn't always have her current hairstyle? 

In November last year, the journalist made an appearance on Comedy Central's panel show, Rhod Gilbert's Growing Pains, which sees the comedian judge which guest experienced the most embarrassing teenage years. 

Naga Munchetty as a teenager
Naga Munchetty sported longer locks as a teenager

While on the programme, a picture of Naga as a teenager flashed up on the screen, showing the star sporting longer, curly locks. 

Talking about her younger years, she described herself as a "straight-A student" before admitting that "no one fancied" her. This confession prompted Rhod to quiz the BBC star over the "love letters" she used to send to one of her classmates. 

WATCH: Naga Munchetty makes confession about her teenage years

"Well, you call them love letters," said Naga. "I loved Prince and [my friend] loved Prince. So we used to write these letters to each other with all Prince lyrics."

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After leaving school, Naga went on to read English Literature and Language at Leeds University before going on to achieve a postgraduate degree in Newspaper Journalism, which led to her first jobs writing for The Evening Standard and The Observer.

Naga Munchetty and BBC Breakfast co-host Charlie Stayt © Getty Images
Naga Munchetty and BBC Breakfast co-host Charlie Stayt

The now-48-year-old, who is married to TV director James Haggar, landed her first TV role at Reuters Financial Television, followed by stints at CNBC Europe, Channel 4 News and Bloomberg Television. 

Naga joined the BBC in 2008, initially working on BBC Two show Working Lunch before presenting the news bulletins for BBC News and eventually becoming a main host on BBC Breakfast.

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