Holly Marie Willoughby (born 10 February 1981)[1][2] is an English television presenter and model, best known for her current television work with ITV and formerly BBC One.

Willoughby rose to fame at the age of fourteen, as a model, but later began hosting various children's shows on CITV, most notably with Stephen Mulhern. In 2006, Holly won a BAFTA Awardand was chosen to present the celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice which began the same year on ITV, she co-presented the show with Phillip Schofield for six series until her final series 2011. After stepping down from Dancing on Ice, Holly began presenting the BBC One talent show The Voice UK, which she hosted for two series with Reggie Yates. She will be replaced by Emma Willis for the third series in 2014.[3]

In 2008, Holly became a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice where she is known as Holly Willoughbooby,[4] she currently appears alongside main host Leigh Francis and fellow team captain Fearne Cotton. Holly has starred in all ten series to date.

In July 2009, Willoughby was selected as a replacement for Fern Britton on ITV's daytime programme This Morning. Her first show aired live on 14 September 2009, and currently hosts the programme from Monday - Thursday mornings alongside Phillip Schofield, with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes co-hosting on Fridays.

Since 2011, Willoughby has co-presented live charity telethon Text Santa, alongside Ant & Dec in 2011 and Phillip Schofield in 2012. She will return to present the telethon in December 2013.[6]

In 2012, she began hosting a revived version of the classic ITV entertainment show Surprise Surprise. The show returned for a second series on 15 September 2013.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

The younger of two daughters of the manager of a double-glazing company and an air stewardess,[7] Willoughby was educated at the independent Burgess Hill School for Girls in the town ofBurgess Hill in West Sussex. She went on to attend The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham.[citation needed]

In 1995, at the age of 14, Willoughby was spotted by talent scouts at The Clothes Show Live exhibition. Storm Model Management signed her up.[8] She appeared in teen magazines for girls such as MizzJust Seventeen and More!. From 1998, at the age of 17, she started modelling underwear for clients including Pretty Polly. She appeared in adverts and posters.



Children's TV[edit]Edit

In 2000, Willoughby won an audition for a show on [CITV]] featuring S Club 7 called S Club TV.[9] In this show actors represented an alternative S Club.[10] She also acted in a show called S Club 7: Artistic Differences. She played a character called Zoe alongside the regular members of the band.[11] and after these shows, she worked as a receptionist for a while and then as a runner for the defunct shopping channel Auction World TV.

She 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 show reel of her. This show reel secured her an agent who then contacted the BBC.[9] Later in 2000, she presented a factual entertainment programme for children called Xchange. She 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).

Her breakthrough as a children's entertainer came when she re-joined CITV in 2004 to co-present their flagship entertainment show Ministry of Mayhem which was aired on Saturday mornings. It was on this programme that 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. During the final episode of the show (1 July 2006), Willoughby accidentally revealed one of her breasts during a particularly energetic routine. CITV received a small number of complaints, though the wider audience merely wrote the occurrence off as unfortunate. 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 and programmes relating to children. She co-presented the final of the children's version of Stars in Their Eyes in 2004.


Willoughby presented CD:UK for a short while in the spring of 2005, replacing Cat Deeley before Myleene Klass became the regular presenter.

Her major breakthrough as a household name came when she was chosen to co-present the flagship ITV talent show Dancing on Ice, alongside Phillip Schofield, in 2006.[12] In this show, celebrities are partnered with professional dancers to learn ice-dancing routines which are then judged by a panel of experts and voted on by the public. She stepped down from the role in 2011 due to new commitments.[13]

She 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 most recently, 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, Holly co-presented Holly & Fearne Go Dating alongside Fearne Cotton. The show saw the two hosts, who are also best friends, attempt to find dates for single people that they meet around the UK.

Since 2008, Holly has appeared as a team captain on the ITV2 comedy panel show Celebrity Juice. The show is currently hosted by Leigh Francis and starring fellow team captain Fearne Cotton.

Willoughby has co-presented ITV's flagship lifestyle show This Morning alongside Phillip Schofield since September 2009 after she took over the role from Fern Britton. Holly and Phillip currently present the programme from Monday - Thursday mornings with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes co-hosting on Fridays.

Since 2011, Willoughby has co-presented the live charity telethon Text Santa, alongside Ant & Dec in 2011 and Phillip Schofield in 2012. It is likely she will return for third telethon in December 2013. The telethon airs on ITV around Christmas time.

In 2012, she began hosting a revived version of the classic ITV entertainment show Surprise Surprise. The second series began airing on 15 September 2013, opening to an audience of 4.89 million. A Christmas Special aired on 18 December 2013, also hosted by Willoughby.


On 23 November 2011, it was announced that Willoughby would present the BBC One talent show The Voice UK, along with Reggie Yates. She began hosting the show in Spring 2012, but decided to leave the show after the second series. She will be replaced by Emma Willis for the third series in 2014.[14]

Finding the right balance between my work and family life is my priority and this has contributed to my decision. I look forward to watching the next series from my sofa, and I wish the whole team the best of luck


In 2006, Willoughby won a BAFTA in recognition of her abilities as a children’s TV presenter.[15]

She has also appeared in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll every year since 2005, ranking at #51 in 2010, #74 in 2009 and #100 in 2008.[16]

On 30 March 2012, on the National Cleavage Day, Holly was awarded the title “Best Celebrity Cleavage”,[17][18] based on a poll of 1000 women who chose her as the first celebrity to get into the Wonderbra Cleavage Hall of Fame.[19]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Holly Willoughby is dyslexic.[20] Her sister, Kelly, also works in the television industry.[21]

On 4 August 2007 she married Dan Baldwin, a producer on Ministry of Mayhem. Their son was born in May 2009[22] and their daughter in April 2011.[23]

She is patron of charity Together For Short Lives.[citation needed]



Year Programme Role
2000 S Club TV Presenter
2002–2003 CBBC at the Fame Academy
2003 X-perimental
2004–2006 Ministry of Mayhem aka Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown
2004 Stars in Their Eyes Kids
2005 CD:UK
2005 Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On
2006–2011 Dancing on Ice
2006 Lip Service
2006 Tricky TV
2007 The Westlife Show: Live
2007 Greased Lightnin
2007 Streetmate
2007 Holly & Fearne Go Dating
2008–2009 The Xtra Factor
2008– Celebrity Juice Team Captain
2009– This Morning Presenter
2009 Cheryl Cole's Night In
2011– Text Santa
2012–2013 The Voice UK
2012— Surprise Surprise

Guest appearances[edit]Edit


Year Title Role
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself
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