Over those years, she has had the pleasure of interviewing a wide range of celebrities, sports personalities and politicians – but who was her favourite?
The 48-year-old reeled off a list of those who she loved speaking to including Victoria Wood, Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen during an interview with this week's Radio Times.
But, the man who takes the crown is none other than David Attenborough, who she admitted she fell in love with during his fourth appearance.
“Bloody hell!” she told the publication. “David Attenborough! Oh my God! I mean, if I only ever did one, it would be that one.
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Kirsty revealed that David was her favourite guest on the show
The idea of getting my little dirty mitts on a long-form interview was hugely appealing
“Honestly, he was a pure highlight. Absolutely bl**dy marvellous.”
When told she sounded as though she had fallen head over heels for the national treasure, she quipped back: “But, that’s the thing about David – you can’t help falling just a little bit in love with him.”
While many believed that Kirsty was the perfect person to take over the radio show in 2006, the widow of Roy Plomley, who started the series, was worried she would talk about sex too much.
But, the mother-of-two admitted she “doesn’t scare easily” but it did take her longer to settle into the role than she initially expected.
“I thought it would take a few weeks, but it took a year before I felt like I was wearing my own shoes rather than someone else’s,” she explained.
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“The idea of getting my little dirty mitts on a long-form interview was hugely appealing to me and it probably mattered a bit too much.”
It was recently revealed that David Beckham will be cast away for the 75th birthday celebrations of Desert Island Discs this weekend.
The former footballer said he was “delighted” to be on the show, explaining: “Music has been a huge part of my – and my family’s – life and it is a real pleasure to highlight that on such an iconic programme.”
Read the full interview with Kirsty Young in this week’s issue of Radio Times, out now.
Desert Island Discs airs on Sunday on BBC Radio 4 at 11.15am.