Lesley is a member of the board of the English National Opera.
After auditioning for a place at the Royal Academy of Music, she was offered a place immediately.
Lesley's first major role was as Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady.
Lesley's first job was working on a fruit a vegetable stall.
Lesley has two younger sisters, Jill and Kay.
Lesley has two children called Jeremy and Chloe.
Lesley's husband, Peter, is a doctor.
Lesley's autobiography was published in May 2000.
In April 1998 she went on a recital tour in the USA for two weeks.
Lesley is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music.
In 2003, Lesley joined the radio station, Classic FM as a weekly presenter with her own show on Saturday evenings.
Internationally Lesley has performed throughout Europe, the USA , Australia, Russia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and South Korea.
A Soprano Inspired and Lesley Garrett, two of Lesley's albums have both achieved gold discs.
Lesley has received the Gramophone Award for 'Best-selling Classical Artist of the Year'.
Lesley has recorded thirteen solo albums.
Lesley was the Fox in Rachel's Portman's opera The Little Prince.
Lesley came third in the first series of Strictly Come Dancing, with her partner Anton du Beke.
Lesley has been awarded a CBE in the 2002 New Year's Honours List for Services to Music.
Lesley: I'm absolutely against elitism, ignorance and the patronising of audiences. I'm very pro presenting the best music I can to the widest audience possible. I suppose anything that limits the audience - that includes elitism, ticket prices, a misguided idea that you've got to have a degree in classical music to enjoy it - I'm firmly against.