Lauren Platt
Lauren Nicole Platt

(1997-10-07) 7 October 1997 (age 23)
Billericay, England
  • Singer
  • presenter
  • actress
Musical career
Years active2014–present
YouTube information
Years active2015–2017
GenreBeauty and make-up, fashion, music
Subscribers37.9 thousand[1]
Total views1.78 million[1]

Updated: 28 June 2020

Lauren Nicole Platt[2] (born 7 October 1997) is an English singer, presenter and actress. After finishing fourth in the eleventh series of The X Factor, she presented the CBBC talent series Got What It Takes? from 2016 to 2018.[3]

Early life

Platt was born on 7 October 1997 in Billericay, Essex, but spent ten years living in Spain. In 2010, she auditioned for the role of Louise Mitchell on EastEnders, but lost out to Brittany Papple.[4] In 2011, she was the runner-up of the local talent contest The Essex Factor[5] and in 2012, competed in Open Mic UK.[6] Platt attended The Billericay School, a comprehensive school in Billericay, where she sat her GCSEs.[7]


2014: The X Factor

Platt auditioned for The X Factor in 2014, and became the youngest solo contestant to reach the live finals.[8] With the eliminations of Stephanie Nala and Chloe Jasmine in week two and Lola Saunders in week four, Platt became Cheryl's last remaining act in the competition. In the quarter-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Stereo Kicks, but advanced to the semi-final after Cowell sent the result to the deadlock and Stereo Kicks were eliminated as the act with the fewest public votes.[citation needed] However, in the semi-final, Platt was in the bottom two with Andrea Faustini and was eliminated with only her mentor voting to send Platt through to the final, finishing in fourth place. After the series finished, voting statistics revealed that Platt had received more votes than Faustini. This meant that if there was not a Final Showdown, or if Walsh or Cowell voted to send Platt through to the final or if the result to deadlock, Platt would've advanced to the final and Faustini would've been eliminated.[9]

2016–present: Got What It Takes? and theatre roles

Main article: Got What It Takes?

In August 2015, Platt announced that she would present the CBBC talent series Got What It Takes?.[3] She presented the series until 2018, when Anna Maynard took over the role.[10]

Later in 2018, Platt portrayed the role of Jack in a stage production of Jack and the Beanstalk.[11] In March 2019, she portrayed Belle in a production of Beauty and the Beast.[12] Later that year, Platt appeared as Aurora in a production of Sleeping Beauty.[13]


  1. ^ a b "About Lauren Platt". YouTube.
  2. ^ "Lauren Nicole Platt singing I Know Where I Have Been at The X Factor 2014 Auditions went down a hit with the judges". The Talent Zone. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  3. ^ a b Agius, Nicola (26 August 2015). "Cheryl Fernandez-Versini 'so proud' of Lauren Platt after X Factor star confirms she's giving up singing". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 1 September 2015.
  4. ^ Gordon, Naomi (6 October 2014). "X Factor finalists: What did the contestants do before the show?". Digital Spy. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  5. ^ Norris, Michelle (4 September 2014). "EXCLUSIVE: "She's wanted this since she was eight-years-old" – Lauren Platt's dad backs teenager's X Factor dream". National Enquirer. Archived from the original on 3 April 2016. Retrieved 5 October 2014.
  6. ^ Lauren Platt – Open Mic UK, retrieved 27 February 2015
  7. ^ "X Factor star Lauren Platt goes back to school". Echo.
  8. ^ Storey, Katie (7 October 2014). "X Factor's Lauren Platt flashes a smile heading to live show rehearsals". Reveal. Nat Mags. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  9. ^ Woods, Alan (15 December 2014). "Revealed: Deadlock would have seen Lauren Platt in X Factor final". Brentwood Gazette. Retrieved 27 February 2015.
  10. ^ "New series of teen talent competition Got What It Takes? to be presented by social media star Anna Maynard". BBC News. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Act One Pantomimes Gather All Star Cast For Kings Langley Panto". Broadway World. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  12. ^ "X Factor's Lauren Platt cast in Northwich Easter panto". Northwich Guardian. Retrieved 8 January 2020.
  13. ^ "Celebrities tell of excitement ahead of Sleeping Beauty at Ilford's Kenneth More Theatre". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 8 January 2020.