Holly Willoughby

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Holly Willoughby
Holly Willoughby 3.jpg
Born Holly Marie Willoughby
(1981-02-10) 10 February 1981 (age 33)
Brighton, England
Residence London, England
Alma mater The College of Richard Collyer
Occupation TV presenter, model
Years active 2000–present
Employer ITV
Height 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m)
Television Presenting
Celebrity Juice (2008—)
This Morning (2009—)
Text Santa (2011—)
Surprise Surprise (2012—)
Spouse(s) Dan Baldwin (m. 2007)
Children Harry Baldwin (b. 2009)
Belle Baldwin (b. 2011)
Official Website

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, Willoughby won a BAFTA Award and was chosen to present 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 in 2011. After stepping down from Dancing on Ice, Willoughby began presenting The Voice UK on BBC One which she hosted for two series with Reggie Yates, but, she was replaced by Emma Willis for the third series in 2014.[3]

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

In July 2009 Willoughby was selected as a replacement for Fern Britton on This Morning.[5] 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 also returned to present the telethon in December 2013.[6]

In 2012 she began hosting a revived version of Surprise Surprise. The show is set to return for a third series in autumn 2014.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

The younger of two daughters of a sales 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 of Burgess Hill in West Sussex. She went on to attend the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham.[8]

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.[9] She appeared in teen magazines for girls such as Mizz, Just 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]

In 2000 Willoughby won an audition for a show on CITV featuring S Club 7 called S Club TV.[10] In this show actors represented an alternative S Club.[11] 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.[12] 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.[10] 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. 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 Dancing on Ice, alongside Phillip Schofield, in 2006.[13] 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.[14]

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, Willoughby co-presented Holly & Fearne Go Dating alongside 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. The show is currently hosted by Leigh Francis (as his alter ego Keith Lemon) and stars fellow team captain Fearne Cotton.

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. Willoughby and Schofield currently present the programme from Monday to 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 and 2013. The telethon airs on ITV around Christmas time.

In 2012 she began hosting a revived version ofSurprise Surprise. The second series began airing on 15 September 2013, opening to an audience of 4.89 million. Christmas and Easter editions of the show aired in December 2013 and March 2014, also hosted by Willoughby. A third series is about to be recorded and will air in autumn 2014.[citation needed]


On 23 November 2011 it was announced that Willoughby would present 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 has been replaced by Emma Willis for the third series in 2014.[15]


In 2006 Willoughby won a BAFTA in recognition of her abilities as a children’s TV presenter.[16]

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.[17]

On 30 March 2012, on the National Cleavage Day, Holly was awarded the title "Best Celebrity Cleavage",[18][19] based on a poll of 1000 women who chose her as the first celebrity to get into the Wonderbra Cleavage Hall of Fame.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Willoughby is dyslexic.[21] Her sister, Kelly, also works in the television industry.[22]

On 4 August 2007 she married Dan Baldwin, a producer on Ministry of Mayhem. Their son, Harry James Baldwin, was born in May 2009[23] and their daughter, Belle Baldwin, in April 2011.[24] On 14 March 2014, Willoughby announced via her official website that she and her husband are expecting their third child.[25]

She is a patron of the 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
2009-14, 2015— This Morning Presenter
2009 Cheryl Cole's Night In
2011-2013 Text Santa
2012–2013 The Voice UK
2012— Surprise Surprise

Guest appearances[edit]


Year Title Role
2012 Keith Lemon: The Film Herself


  • The Best Friends' Guide to Life - By Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby and released on 14 October 2010. The book was published by Vermilion.
  • L'Etoile, School for Stars: First Term - By Holly and Kelly Willoughby - Released on 20 June 2013 by Orion Children's Books
  • Second Term at L'Etoile, School for Stars - By Holly and Kelly Willoughby - Released Late 2013 by Orion Children's Books
  • Third term at L' Etoile,School for Stars - By Holly and Kelly Willoughby - Released March 2014


  1. ^ Holly Willoughby Age. Bio27.com (10 February 1981). Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
  2. ^ Holly Willoughby – Biography. Talktalk.co.uk. Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
  3. ^ Christine Bleakley replaces Holly Willoughby as 'Dancing on Ice' host – Dancing on Ice News – Reality TV. Digital Spy (18 November 2011). Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
  4. ^ "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. 
  5. ^ "Willoughby new This Morning host". BBC News. 15 July 2009. Retrieved 15 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Text Santa 2013 | presscentre". Itv.com. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  7. ^ Holly Willoughby on 'that breast incident' Mail Online, 19 October 2007
  8. ^ "Willoughby to present This Morning". West Sussex County Times. 17 July 2009. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  9. ^ The 20 most powerful celebrity makers: 6. Sarah Doukas The Observer, 22 June 2008
  10. ^ a b Bio Holly Willoughby
  11. ^ Off the Telly Reviews[dead link]
  12. ^ Holly Willoughby IMDb
  13. ^ Holly Willoughby ITV: Dancing on Ice
  14. ^ Good Golly, Miss Holly Orange Entertainment News, 29 January 2008
  15. ^ "Big Brother's Emma Willis announced as new presenter of 'The Voice' UK". Digital Spy. 14 September 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  16. ^ Children's Awards BAFTA
  17. ^ Holly Willoughby. Fhm.com. Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
  18. ^ Deborah Arthurs (30 March 2012). "Simply the breast! Holly Willoughby's cleavage named nation's favourite in Wonderbra poll". London: Dailymail. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  19. ^ "Holly Willoughby encabeza el ranking del mejor escote" (in Spanish). El Nacional. 5 April 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  20. ^ "Holly Willoughby In Wonderbra's Cleavage Hall Of Fame". contactmusic.com. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  21. ^ "Holly Willoughby tells Twitter followers who criticised spelling 'I'm dyslexic'". Daily Telegraph (London). 6 November 2009. Retrieved 9 November 2010. 
  22. ^ Mum’s the word, Holly Mail Online, 22 November 2008
  23. ^ "Holly Willoughby Delivers Baby Boy". Mail Online. 12 May 2009. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 
  24. ^ Holly gives birth to baby girl. moremagazine.co.uk. Retrieved on 4 September 2012.
  25. ^ "Surprise Surprise!! | News | Holly Willoughby". Officialhollywilloughby.com. 20 January 2010. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fearne Cotton
Host of The Xtra Factor
Succeeded by
Konnie Huq
Preceded by
Fern Britton
Host of This Morning
with Phillip Schofield

Preceded by
Host of Dancing on Ice
with Phillip Schofield

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