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Holly Willoughby
English television presenter and fashion model

Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby
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Intro English television presenter and fashion model
Is Television presenter Model
From United Kingdom
Field Fashion Film, TV, Stage & Radio
Gender female
Birth 10 February 1981, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, United Kingdom
Age 41 years
Star sign Aquarius
Residence London, England, UK
Stats
Height: 1.73 m
Education
The Open University
The College of Richard Collyer
Burgess Hill Girls
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Biography

Holly Marie Willoughby (/ˈwɪləbi/; born 10 February 1981) is an English television presenter, author and model. She is currently the co-presenter of ITV's This Morning (2009–present) and Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2018–present) alongside Phillip Schofield.

From 2008 to 2020, Willoughby was a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice. Her other television work includes The Xtra Factor (2008–2009), Text Santa (2011–2013, 2015), The Voice UK (2012–2013), Surprise Surprise (2012–2015), Play to the Whistle (2015–2017), I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! (2018), Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof (2022), and The Games (2022).

Early life

Willoughby was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the younger of two daughters of Brian Willoughby, a sales manager of a double-glazing company, and Linda Willoughby (née Fleming), a former air stewardess. She was educated at the independent Burgess Hill Girls in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex, and The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham.

In 1995, at the age of 14, Willoughby was spotted by talent scouts at The Clothes Show Live exhibition and signed with the model agency, Storm Management. She appeared in teen magazines for girls such as Mizz, Just Seventeen, Shout, and More!. From 1998, at the age of 17, Willoughby started modelling bras, underwear and tights for clients including Pretty Polly, appearing in advertisements and posters.

Career

2000–2005: Children's presenting

In 2000, Willoughby won an audition for a show on CITV featuring S Club 7 called S Club TV. In this show actors represented an alternative S Club. She also appeared in a show called S Club 7: Artistic Differences playing a character called Zoe with the regular members of the band. Willoughby worked as a receptionist for a while and then as a runner for the defunct shopping channel Auction World TV.

Willoughby also took on menial jobs and started an Open University course in psychotherapy. Then eventually, she found work as assistant manager during which time she persuaded a friend to make a showreel of her. This secured her an agent who then contacted the BBC. Later in 2002, Willoughby presented a factual entertainment programme for children called Xchange and went on to host several other children's shows for CBBC: X-perimental and CBBC at the Fame Academy (CBBC's version of the BBC talent show Fame Academy).

Willoughby's first role as a children's entertainer came when she rejoined CITV in 2004 to co-present the entertainment show Ministry of Mayhem which aired on Saturday mornings. On this programme she met her future husband Dan Baldwin, one of the show's producers. In 2006, the show's title was changed to Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown in order to reflect the popularity of its co-presenters, Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern.

In 2005, Willoughby presented Feel the Fear, a children's entertainment programme in which the presenters are set unnerving challenges. She has also had a number of minor appearances on other children's programmes. Willoughby presented CD:UK for a short while in the spring of 2005, replacing Cat Deeley before Myleene Klass, Lauren Laverne and Johny Pitts became the regular presenters. In recognition of work as a children's television presenter, Willoughby won a BAFTA Children's Award in 2006.

2006–2008

Holly Willoughby
Willoughby at the premiere of Happy Feet in 2006.

In 2006, she was chosen to co-present, with Phillip Schofield, the television show Dancing on Ice, in which celebrities are partnered with professional dancers to learn ice-dancing routines which are judged by a panel of experts and voted on by audiences. Willoughby remained in the role until 2011 due to new commitments. She was replaced by Christine Lampard.

Willoughby has presented a number of other ITV programmes, including spin-off shows such as Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On in 2005, Greased Lightnin' in 2007 and The Xtra Factor for two years in 2008 and 2009.

In 2007, she took over from Davina McCall as the presenter of Streetmate, a dating game show during its transition from Channel 4 to ITV2. Willoughby hosted the show for its final series. In the same year, Willoughby co-presented Holly & Fearne Go Dating with Fearne Cotton. The show saw the two hosts attempt to find dates for single people that they meet around the UK.

Since 2008, Willoughby appeared as a team captain on Celebrity Juice, presenting series 1–11 and 13–23 (taking a break in series 12 due to maternity leave). She left the show after 12 years in May 2020.

2009–present

Willoughby has co-presented ITV's This Morning with Phillip Schofield since September 2009 replacing Fern Britton. Willoughby and Schofield present the programme from Monday to Thursday mornings.

In 2011, Willoughby co-presented charity telethon Text Santa with Ant & Dec. She returned to co-host the show with Phillip Schofield in 2012, 2013 and 2015.

On 24 March 2012, Willoughby began presenting The Voice UK with Reggie Yates. She decided to leave the show after the second series and was replaced by Emma Willis in 2014.

In 2012, Willoughby began hosting a revived version of Surprise Surprise. A second series began airing on 15 September 2013, a third on 22 October 2014 and a fourth on 21 June 2015.

Willoughby has written a series of children's books with her sister Kelly. Their debut book School for Stars: First Term at L'Etoile became the UK's highest-selling children's book of 2013.

In 2015, Willoughby presented the sports-based panel show Play to the Whistle on ITV. The first series aired for seven episodes beginning on 11 April 2015. A second series aired for six episodes, beginning in April 2016 and a third series aired in 2017.

In 2016, Willoughby presented primetime Saturday night dating show Meet the Parents for ITV. The show has been compared to Blind Date.

In August 2017, it was reported Willoughby had received a £200,000 pay rise to match the salary of her co-host Phillip Schofield. She returned to present the new series of Dancing on Ice with Schofield in January 2018.

In August 2018, it was announced that Willoughby would host the eighteenth series of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! alongside Declan Donnelly as his usual partner Anthony McPartlin took a year-long break.

Willoughby is a brand ambassador for Marks & Spencer and Garnier, and a former ambassador for Diet Coke in the UK.

In September 2021, Willoughby founded the wellness and lifestyle brand and company called Wylde Moon.

Personal life

Willoughby is dyslexic. Her sister, Kelly, also works in the television industry.

On 4 August 2007, Willoughby married Dan Baldwin, co-founder of Hungry Bear Media and a former producer on Ministry of Mayhem and later executive producer on Celebrity Juice. They live in Barnes, London and have two sons and a daughter. Their first child was born on 11 May 2009, their second was born on 14 April 2011, and their third was born on 29 September 2014.

In 2008, Willoughby became a patron of the charity Together for Short Lives.

Filmography

Television

Year Programme Role Notes
2000 S Club 7: Artistic Differences Zoe TV special
2002 Xchange Presenter
2002–2003 CBBC at the Fame Academy
2003 X-perimental
2004 Junior Eurovision Song Contest: The British Final
GameStars TV special
2004–2006 Ministry of Mayhem / Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown Co-presenter With Stephen Mulhern
2005 CD:UK Presenter
Feel the Fear
Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On
2006 Lip Service
2006–2011, 2018–present Dancing on Ice Co-presenter With Phillip Schofield

Nine series

2006–2021 Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway Herself / Guest Presenter 10 episodes
2007 The Westlife Show: Live Presenter
Greased Lightnin'
Streetmate One series
Holly & Fearne Go Dating Herself Co-star with Fearne Cotton
2007–2022 Loose Women Guest Panellist 17 episodes
2008 Here Come the Boys Presenter
2008–2009 The Xtra Factor
2008–2020 Celebrity Juice Panellist Team Captain

Series 1–23

2009 Cheryl Cole's Night In Presenter
Piers Morgan's Life Stories Herself 1 episode
2009–present This Morning Co-presenter With Phillip Schofield
2010 The Pale Horse Goody Carne Cameo
2011 CBeebies Bedtime Stories Storyteller 4 episodes
2011–2013, 2015 Text Santa Co-presenter Annually
2012–2013 The Voice UK Co-presenter With Reggie Yates

Two series

2012–2015 Surprise Surprise Presenter Four series
2015–2017 Play to the Whistle Three series
2016 Meet the Parents
2018 Coronation Street Herself Cameo with Phillip Schofield
I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Co-presenter With Dec Donnelly
2019–2021 Take Off with Bradley & Holly With Bradley Walsh
2020 Michael McIntyre's The Wheel Contestant Christmas special
2021 The Masked Dancer Guest Judge Season 1, Episode 7: "Final"
Ted Lasso Herself Season 2, Episode 2

Cameo with Phillip Schofield

2022 Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof Co-presenter With Lee Mack
The Games With Freddie Flintoff

Film

Year Title Role
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself

Bibliography

  • The Best Friends' Guide to Life (with Fearne Cotton, Vermilion, 2010) ISBN 9780091935405
  • Truly Happy Baby (June 2016) ISBN 9780008172527
  • Truly Scrumptious Baby (September 2017) ISBN 9780008172565
  • Reflections (October 2021) ISBN 978-1529135718

School for Stars series

All books written with Kelly Willoughby
  • L 'Etoile, School for Stars: First Term (2013) ISBN 9781444008111
  • Second Term at L 'Etoile (2013) ISBN 9781444008135
  • Third Term at L 'Etoile (2014) ISBN 9781444008159
  • Summer Holiday Mystery (2014) ISBN 9781444008173
  • Double Trouble at L 'Etoile (2015) ISBN 9781444014556
  • The Missing Ballerina Mystery (2015) ISBN 9781444014570
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 17 Sep 2022. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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