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Holly Willoughby

Holly Willoughby
Born Holly Marie Willoughby
(1981-02-10) 10 February 1981
Brighton, England
Residence London, England
Education Burgess Hill Girls, an independent school in Burgess Hill, West Sussex
Alma mater The College of Richard Collyer
Occupation TV presenter
Years active 2000–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s) Dan Baldwin (m. 2007)
Children 3
Website Official website

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

She has presented a number of television programmes alongside Phillip Schofield such as Dancing on Ice (2006–2011) and This Morning (2009–present). She is also a team captain on the ITV2 show Celebrity Juice (2008–present) and currently presents Surprise Surprise (2012–present) and Play to the Whistle (2015–present), both for ITV.


  • Early life 1
  • Career 2
    • Children's presenting 2.1
    • Breakthrough and This Morning 2.2
  • Awards 3
  • Personal life 4
  • Filmography 5
    • Television 5.1
    • Film 5.2
    • Guest appearances 5.3
  • Bibliography 6
    • School for Stars series 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8

Early life

The younger of two daughters of a sales manager of a double-glazing company and an air stewardess,[3] Willoughby was educated at the independent Burgess Hill Girls in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex. She went on to attend the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham.[4]

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.[5] She appeared in teen magazines for girls such as Mizz, Just Seventeen and More!. From 1998, at the age of 17, Willoughby started modelling underwear for clients including Pretty Polly appearing in advertisements and posters.


Children's presenting

Vashi Dominguez with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Scholfield on ITV's This Morning

In 2000, Willoughby won an audition for a show on CITV featuring S Club 7 called S Club TV.[6] In this show actors represented an alternative S Club.[7] She also appeared in a show called S Club 7: Artistic Differences playing a character called Zoe with the regular members of the band.[8] 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 show reel of her. This secured her an agent who then contacted the BBC.[6] 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 breakthrough as a children's entertainer came when she re-joined CITV in 2004 to co-present their entertainment show Ministry of Mayhem which 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. 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. 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.

Breakthrough and This Morning

Her major breakthrough as a household name came when she was chosen to co-present Dancing on Ice, with Phillip Schofield, in 2006,[9] where celebrities are partnered with professional dancers to learn ice-dancing routines which are judged by a panel of experts and voted on by the public. Willoughby remained in the role until 2011 due to new commitments.[10][11] 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 has appeared as a team captain on Celebrity Juice, presenting series 1-11 and 13 (taking a break in series 12 due to maternity leave)[12] hosted by Keith Lemon and stars fellow team captain Fearne Cotton.[13]

Willoughby (left) with This Morning co-hosts Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford.

Willoughby has co-presented ITV's This Morning with Phillip Schofield since September 2009 replacing Fern Britton.[14] Willoughby and Schofield present the programme from Monday to Thursday mornings with Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes co-hosting on Fridays. In 2011, Willoughby co-presented charity telethon Text Santa with Ant & Dec. She returned to co-host the show with Phillip Schofield in 2012 and 2013.[15]

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.[16]

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. In 2015, Willoughby presented the sports-based panel show called Play to the Whistle. The show aired for 7 episodes beginning on 11 April, Willoughby hosted alongside Frank Lampard and Bradley Walsh.


In 2006, Willoughby won a BAFTA in recognition of her abilities as a children’s TV presenter.[17]

She has also appeared in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll every year since 2005, ranking at No. 51 in 2010, No. 74 in 2009 and No. 100 in 2008.[18]

On 30 March 2012, on National Cleavage Day, Willoughby was awarded the title "Best Celebrity Cleavage",[19][20] based on a poll of 1000 women who chose her as the first celebrity to get into the Wonderbra Cleavage Hall of Fame.[21]

Personal life

Willoughby is dyslexic.[22] Her sister, Kelly, also works in the television industry.[23]

On 4 August 2007, Willoughby married Dan Baldwin, a producer on Ministry of Mayhem. Their first child Harry James Baldwin was born on 11 May 2009[24] their second child Belle Baldwin on 14 April 2011.[25] On 14 March 2014, Willoughby announced via her official website that the couple were expecting their third child.[26] Chester William Baldwin was born on 29 September 2014.[27]

In 2008, Willoughby became a patron of the charity Together for Short Lives.[28]



Year Programme Channel Role
2000 S Club TV Presenter
2002–2003 CBBC at the Fame Academy CBBC
2003 X-perimental
2004–2006 Ministry of Mayhem, A.K.A Holly & Stephen's Saturday Showdown ITV/CITV
2004 Stars in Their Eyes Kids
2005 CD:UK ITV
Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On ITV2
2006–2011 Dancing on Ice ITV
2006 Lip Service ITV2
2007 The Westlife Show: Live ITV
Greased Lightnin' ITV2
Holly & Fearne Go Dating
2008–2009 The Xtra Factor
2008— Celebrity Juice ITV2 Team captain
2009— This Morning ITV Presenter
2009 Cheryl Cole's Night In
2011–2013 Text Santa
2012–2013 The Voice UK BBC One
2012— Surprise Surprise ITV
2015— Play to the Whistle


Year Title Role
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself

Guest appearances


  • The Best Friends' Guide to Life (with Fearne Cotton, Vermilion, 2010) ISBN 9780091935405

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


  1. ^ Holly Willoughby Age. (10 February 1981). Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ Holly Willoughby – Biography. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  3. ^ Holly Willoughby on 'that breast incident' Daily Mail, 19 October 2007
  4. ^ "Willoughby to present This Morning". West Sussex County Times. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  5. ^ The 20 most powerful celebrity makers: 6. Sarah Doukas The Observer, 22 June 2008
  6. ^ a b Bio Holly Willoughby
  7. ^ Off the Telly Reviews
  8. ^ Holly Willoughby Internet Movie Database
  9. ^ Holly Willoughby ITV: Dancing on Ice
  10. ^ Good Golly, Miss Holly Orange Entertainment News, 29 January 2008
  11. ^ 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.
  12. ^ [4]
  13. ^ "Holly 'Willoughbooby' lives up to her nickname when her dress slips down to reveal her bra as she leaves ITV party with Ant and Dec". Daily Mail (London). 18 July 2013. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Willoughby new This Morning host". BBC News. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  15. ^ "Text Santa 2013 | presscentre". 8 November 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Big Brother's Emma Willis announced as new presenter of 'The Voice' UK". Digital Spy. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Children's Awards BAFTA
  18. ^ Holly Willoughby. FHM. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  19. ^ Deborah Arthurs (30 March 2012). "Simply the breast! Holly Willoughby's cleavage named nation's favourite in Wonderbra poll". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Holly Willoughby encabeza el ranking del mejor escote" (in Spanish). El Nacional. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Holly Willoughby In Wonderbra's Cleavage Hall Of Fame". 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  22. ^ "'"Holly Willoughby tells Twitter followers who criticised spelling 'I'm dyslexic.  
  23. ^ Mum’s the word, Holly Daily Mail, 22 November 2008
  24. ^ "Holly Willoughby Delivers Baby Boy". Daily Mail. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  25. ^ Holly gives birth to baby girl. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  26. ^ "Surprise Surprise!! | Holly Willoughby". 20 January 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  27. ^ [5]
  28. ^ [6]

External links

  • Official website
Media offices
Preceded by
Fearne Cotton
Host of The Xtra Factor
Succeeded by
Konnie Huq
Preceded by
Fern Britton
Host of This Morning
with Phillip Schofield

New title Host of Dancing on Ice
with Phillip Schofield

Succeeded by
Christine Bleakley
New title Host of The Voice UK
with Reggie Yates
Succeeded by
Emma Willis and Marvin Humes
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