Lauren Phillips: 17 Things You Didn’t Know About Her & Her Wedding

Get to know the TV host!
Loading the player...

Melbourne-born presenter Lauren Phillips is fast becoming one of Australia’s best love television hosts.

WATCH: Lauren Phillips’ stunning day out with dolphins

From presenting the weather at Weekend Today on Channel Nine, to acting as a brand ambassador for major labels including Mazda and Carroten sunscreen, Lauren is a lady with many strings to her professional bow.

Lauren’s varied career has taken her across the length and breadth of Australia, as well as to international locations including Canada, New York, Miami and Los Angeles to work with Warner Bros. Studios.

After a high profile nine year on-off relationship with AFL pro Gary Ablett Jr. and a rumoured fling with Dannii Minogue’s model ex Kris Smith, Lauren wed her longtime love Lachlan Spark in an opulent ceremony in December 2017.

But just one year later, news emerged that their marriage had been over for many months – and the pair had officially split. 

Q: Who is Lauren Phillips and why is she famous?

A: Lauren Phillips is a reporter, model and TV presenter from Melbourne, Victoria.

After landing a lucrative gig presenting the popular travel and lifestyle show Postcards on Channel Nine in April 2008, Lauren secured a string of career enhancing roles which saw her star rise rapidly.

She acted as co-host for the Warner Bros. series ‘Kids WB’ on Go! and Channel Nine, a deal which brought Lauren many international opportunities across the US and Canada.

Her on-screen resume also includes hosting Nine Network’s Mornings and A Current Affair.

Lauren filled in for the hugely popular FOX FM Matt and Jo show in 2010, and was announced as national ambassador for Australian department store Myer the same year.

Her partnership with the luxury giant involved acting as judge for Fashions on the Field as well as annual hosting duties at Myer’s Spring Racing Carnival, Myer’s Marquee and other racing events.

In December 2017, the brand announced its decision to part ways with Phillips after seven years.

She now presents the weather on Weekend Today on Channel Nine.

Phillips has also acted as brand ambassador for Mazda, and previously collaborated with major names including Calvin Klein Jewellery, FILA, Netball Australia, Gold Class Cinemas and Country Racing Victoria.

She also took part in the Lexus Celebrity Race for the 2011 and 2014 Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, and acted as the 2011 title columnist for ‘Cadbury Bubbly Grazia Insider’ which involved taking readers through styling and fashion tips.

In June 2014, Lauren debuted as a presenter on Nine’s national hit show Getaway. She also presented on Channel 9’s Australian Women’s Weekly Christmas and Easter network specials.

Q: How tall is Lauren Phillips?

A: According to All Star Bio, Lauren is 5 ft 10 inches tall. 

Q: How old is Lauren Phillips?

A: Lauren is 32 years old.

Q: Who are Lauren Phillips’ parents?

A: Lauren’s mother is Liz Coningsby, who she is especially close with. The two bear a striking resemblance to one another.

She also has a cherished relationship with her elderly grandmother, Margaret Coningsby.

Lauren told Stellar Magazine she had always planned an overseas wedding, but due to her grandmother’s ailing health opted to get married in her native Flinders, Victoria.

Q: How many siblings does Lauren Phillips have?

A: Lauren has one brother called Bo, a guitarist and music producer. He was involved in a physical altercation with Catching Milat actor Malcolm Kennard at an after-party for the 2016 Logies.

Kennard, then 49, allegedly knocked Bo Phillips unconscious around 3.30am at Shane Warne’s Club 23.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph about the incident, Lauren said: ‘I hate any kind of violence, I just can’t stand it. It was really scary – you never want to see someone you love like that.’

Q: Does Lauren Phillips smoke?

A: No, Lauren has not been pictured smoking cigarettes.

Q: What TV shows does Lauren Phillips appear on?

A: Lauren Phillips has presented on Postcards, Kids WB and The Footy Show. She also served as a narrator on the 2014 programme Face.

Q: Does Lauren Phillips have any famous ex-boyfriends?

A: Lauren had a seven year relationship with footballer Gary Ablett Jr. The pair were known as an AFL glamour couple until their split in 2010.

She and Ablett later reconciled temporarily, continuing an on-off relationship until finally calling it quits for good in 2012.

gary ablett jr lauren phillips
Lauren and Gary Ablett Jr. in 2009 (Credit: Getty)

Lauren was embroiled in controversy during this time when she was rumoured to be the cause of Dannii Minogue and Kris Smith’s break up, although she consistently denied the claims.

Speaking to News.com.au in April 2012, Lauren said: ‘People will say what they want – what’s the point of getting upset?’ 

Q: Who is Lauren Phillips’ ex-husband?

A: Lauren’s ex-husband is Sydney-born Lachlan Spark, Managing Director of SPARKlabs Creative Production.

Spark has more than a decade of experience in media production, having previously worked with Telstra, Seven Network and Channel Nine.

The couple met when they were both on assignment covering a Lenny Kravitz concert in Melbourne’s Federation Square in 2012.


Speaking in 2013 after Lachlan moved to Melbourne, Lauren said: ‘I’m extremely happy and very settled. I’m loving my personal life!’

The couple have not been pictured together since holidaying in the Maldives in April 2018, and Lachlan recently shut down his Instagram and other social media pages.

Rumours of their separation intensified in October 2018 when Lauren shared a social media image without her engagement and wedding ring. 

Lauren officially confirmed the split in 2019, but revealed the couple still remain good friends. 

“Lachie and I are still on really great terms, we just went to a wedding in Byron Bay,” she told The Daily Telegraph at the time.

“People go through difficult times and we made a promise to be there for each other.”

Q: When did Lauren Phillips get engaged?

A: Lachlan proposed to Lauren on a coastal cliff at Rottnest Island near Perth, Western Australia in January 2016. 

Q: When did Lauren Phillips get married?

A: Lauren wed longtime boyfriend Lachlan on December 9, 2017 in lavish fairytale ceremony on the Mornington Peninsula in her native Victoria, six years after meeting.

The luxurious wedding had 180 people in attendance and included a purpose built, seven and a half metres high glass marquee which was said to be inspired by the wedding venue of Pippa Middleton, the sister of the Duchess of Cambridge.

Celebrity guests included Chris and Bec Judd, Weekend Today host Tom Steinfort, comedian Tommy Little and AFL couple Emma and Tom Hawkins.

Sports journalist Chris Stanaway reportedly acted as MC for the evening reception.

Lauren told the Herald Sun: “I am so excited to have finally married Lachie, we are both so thrilled that we can celebrate this day with our favourite people in the world.”

In December 2018, a representative for the network TV presenter confirmed the shock news that Lauren and Lachlan’s marriage was over.

Daily Mail Australia later reported the couple allegedly underwent a trial separation just two months after their extravagant nuptials from February to March 2018.

Q: What does Lauren Phillips’ engagement ring look like? 

A: Lachlan chose a platinum round cut diamond ring laid in a prong setting for Lauren.

Q: What did Lauren Phillips’ wedding dress look like?

A: For her December wedding ceremony, Lauren shunned the modern trend for sleek, figure sculpting gowns and wore a larger than life couture wedding dress by Melbournian atelier CON ILIO.

The dress featured a voluminous tulle skirt, structured drop waist bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a floating cathedral style veil.

In keeping with the lavish theme of the day, the presenter changed into a second contrasting look by the same designer for the evening reception.

Lauren’s reception dress featured a dramatically plunging neckline and equally vertiginous centre leg split with sheer full length sleeves and intricate beading.

The wedding party included six bridesmaids who all wore white dresses by CON ILIO.

Q: Does Lauren Phillips have any famous namesakes?

A: Lauren Phillips shares her name with a Welsh television and soap series actress.

Q: Does Lauren Phillips have any kids (or is she pregnant)?

A: No, Lauren does not have any children and (as far we know), she isn’t currently pregnant.

Q: Has Lauren Phillips ever posed nude or topless?

A: Lauren has not posed nude or topless before, but she recently shared a series of racy images from a lingerie shoot with shapewear brand Hush Hush.

Q: Is Lauren Phillips on Instagram?

A: Yes, Lauren is on Instagram as @lfizzlphillips with a following of more than 85,000.

She recently shared her recovery after hip surgery with her online audience.

Related stories