Holly Marie Willoughby (//; born 10 February 1981) is an English television presenter, model, and author. She is currently the co-presenter of This Morning (2009–present) and Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2018–present) alongside Phillip Schofield.
Willoughby in 2013
Holly Marie Willoughby
10 February 1981
|Education||Burgess Hill Girls|
The College of Richard Collyer
From 2008 to 2020, Willoughby was a team captain on ITV2's Celebrity Juice alongside Fearne Cotton. From 2012 to 2015, she presented the revived television series Surprise Surprise, replacing original presenter Cilla Black. Other TV work includes BBC's The Voice UK (2012–2013), Play to the Whistle (2015–2017) and The Xtra Factor (2008–2009).
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), an 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. Storm Model Management signed her up. 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 bra, panties and tights for clients including Pretty Polly, appearing in advertisements and posters.
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 2000, 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 their 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 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.
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 with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes co-hosting on Fridays.
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 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 April 2018, Willoughby announced her new lifestyle brand, Truly, that will launch in Autumn 2018. In September 2018, Willougby resigned, citing lack of time as her reason.
In August 2018, it was announced that from November until December 2018, 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.
On 4 August 2007, Willoughby married Dan Baldwin, co-founder of Hungry Bear Media and a former producer on Ministry of Mayhem. They 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.
|2000||S Club TV: Artistic Differences||Zoe|
|2002–2003||CBBC at the Fame Academy||Presenter|
|2004–2006||Ministry of Mayhem, A.K.A Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown||Co-presenter|
|2004||Junior Eurovision Song Contest: The British Final||Presenter|
|Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On|
|2006–2011, 2018–present||Dancing on Ice||Co-presenter||9 series|
|2007||The Westlife Show: Live|
|Holly & Fearne Go Dating|
|2008–2009||The Xtra Factor|
|2008–2020||Celebrity Juice||Team captain||Series 1–23|
|2009||Cheryl Cole's Night In||Presenter|
|2011–2013, 2015||Text Santa||Co-presenter||Annually|
|2012–2013||The Voice UK||Presenter||2 series|
|2012–2015||Surprise Surprise||4 series|
|2015–2017||Play to the Whistle||3 series|
|2016||Meet the Parents|
|2018||Coronation Street||Herself||Cameo with Phillip Schofield|
|2018||I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!||Co-presenter|
|2019–present||Take Off with Bradley & Holly|
|2012||Keith Lemon: The Film||Herself|
- 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
School for Stars seriesEdit
- 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
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- "Willoughby to co-host I'm A Celebrity". BBC News. 29 August 2018. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
- "Willoughby to present This Morning". West Sussex County Times. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- The 20 most powerful celebrity makers: 6. Sarah Doukas The Observer, 22 June 2008
- Bio Holly Willoughby
- "OFF THE TELLY: Reviews/2000/SM:TV Live / CD:UK / S Club TV". 11 March 2009. Archived from the original on 11 March 2009.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- Holly Willoughby Internet Movie Database
- Children's Awards BAFTA
- Holly Willoughby ITV: Dancing on Ice
- Good Golly, Miss Holly Archived 27 August 2008 at the Wayback Machine Orange Entertainment News, 29 January 2008
- Christine Bleakley replaces Holly Willoughby as 'Dancing on Ice' host – Dancing on Ice News – Reality TV. Digital Spy (18 November 2011). Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Welsh, Daniel (4 March 2015). "Look Who's Back From Maternity Leave". HuffPost.
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- "Text Santa 2013 | presscentre". Itv.com. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Big Brother's Emma Willis announced as new presenter of 'The Voice' UK". Digital Spy. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Willoughby to host 'Surprise Surprise'". 15 March 2012.
- Willoughby, Holly. "About". Holly Willoughby. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Willoughby, Holly. "Books". Holly Willoughby. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Guide, British Comedy (18 November 2015). "ITV order Series 2 of Play To The Whistle".
- "Play to the Whistle Will Not Get Series 4". premieredate.news.
- "Holly Willoughby to host brand new ITV dating show". 19 May 2016.
- Bagwell, Matt (24 August 2017). "Holly Willoughby 'Bags £200K Pay Rise, To Finally Match Phillip Schofield's ITV Salary'". HuffPost.
- "Dancing on Ice to return in 2018". ITV Press Centre. 4 September 2017.
- "Holly Willoughby on Instagram: "TRULY, my new lifestyle brand that launches in the Autumn"". Instagram. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
- "Holly Willoughby to co-host this year's I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!". itv.com.
- "Holly Willoughby - Spokespersons - Within Garnier - Garnier". www.garnier.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Halliday, Sandra. "Holly Willoughby becomes M&S brand ambassador". FashionNetwork.com. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- "A chat with… Diet Coke ambassador Holly Willoughby". www.coca-cola.co.uk. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
- Costello, Emma (22 February 2019). "Holly Willoughby ends brand deal with Diet Coke to focus on This Morning and Dancing On Ice". Extra.ie. Retrieved 10 December 2019.
- "Willoughby to leave celebrity Juice after 12 years". BBC News. 4 May 2020. Retrieved 4 May 2020.
- "Holly Willoughby tells Twitter followers who criticised spelling 'I'm dyslexic'". The Daily Telegraph. London. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2010.
- Burnetts, Katie (3 August 2014). "Sisters Holly and Kelly Willoughby, a TV presenter and an author, say why they never fall out". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- Holly gives birth to baby girl. moremagazine.co.uk. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Surprise Surprise!! | Holly Willoughby". Officialhollywilloughby.com. 20 January 2010. Archived from the original on 17 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
- "Holly Willoughby gives birth to baby boy". 29 September 2014. Retrieved 27 April 2017.
- "About us".
- "Bradley Walsh and Holly Willoughby Take Off for a series on BBC One". BBC Media Centre. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 6 May 2020.
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