Holly Marie Willoughby, an English television presenter, model, and author, was born on February 10, 1981. She co-hosts ITV’s This Morning (2009–present) and Dancing on Ice (2006–2011, 2018–present) with Phillip Schofield, Freeze the Fear with Wim Hof (2022–present) with Lee Mack, and The Games (2022–present) with Freddie Flintoff.
Willoughby co-hosted ITV2’s Celebrity Juice with Fearne Cotton from 2008 to 2020. She replaced Cilla Black as the host of the relaunched television show Surprise Surprise (2012–2015). The Xtra Factor (2008–2009), Text Santa (2011–2013, 2015), BBC’s The Voice UK (2012–2013), Play to the Whistle (2015–2017), and I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! are among her previous television appearances (2018).
Legacy and Personal Life
Holly Willoughby met Dan Baldwin, one of the show’s producers, while working on ‘Ministry of Mayhem’ in 2004. On August 4, 2007, they married. Harry James Baldwin (born May 11, 2009), Belle Baldwin (born April 14, 2011), and Chester William Baldwin (born May 11, 2009) are the couple’s three children (born September 29, 2014).
Willoughby was born in Brighton, East Sussex, to Brian Willoughby, a double-glazing sales manager, and Linda Willoughby (née Fleming), a former airline hostess. She attended Burgess Hill Girls, a private school in Burgess Hill, West Sussex, and Richard Collyer College in Horsham.
Willoughby was discovered by talent scouts at The Clothes Show Live exhibition in 1995, when he was 14 years old, and signed with the Storm Management modelling agency. Mizz, Just Seventeen, Shout, and More! were among the teen magazines where she appeared. Willoughby began modelling bras, underwear, and tights for clients such as Pretty Polly in 1998 when she was 17 years old and has since appeared in advertising and posters for the company.
On This Morning with Phillip Schofield, Holly Willoughby Addresses Rumours that She’s ‘quitting.’
Holly stated that she considers herself “very fortunate” to be a part of the show and that the beauty of it is how far it has progressed.
Holly Willoughby, the host of ITV’s This Morning, has addressed rumours that she is leaving the show.
According to The Mirror, the presenter has been at the helm of the show for more than a decade alongside Phillip Schofield, although there have been rumours regarding her possible exit.
She claimed she felt “extremely happy” to be on the show and that the beauty of it is how much it has changed during her appearance on The Jonathan Ross Show on Saturday.
She said: “It recently received its greatest ratings in 15 years. It’s performing exceptionally well for a show that’s been on the air for so long. Because it changes, evolves, and adapts, I believe.”
“But I believe the show has something to teach us if we continue to evolve, change, and move forward while remaining content to flow with the flow.”
The mother expressed her gratitude for the opportunity to work with her co-host Phillip, saying she “couldn’t fathom a world without him.”
She also praised the show’s Friday hosts, Dermot O’Leary and Alison Hammond.
She has also stated that she will not be leaving the ITV show alone or with her co-host Phillip.
According to Holly, “He’s someone I adore. He’s someone I adore. We are quite fortunate. That’s something I’ve also read.
“It might be difficult at times because it is so unjust and incorrect. Simply said, we are really fortunate. So, no, I’m not going to retire; sorry for the lengthy response.”
Holly Willoughby auditioned for S Club TV, a CITV show starring the pop group S Club 7, in 2000. She worked as a receptionist for the retail channel Auction World TV for a period after appearing in that show and a follow-up called S Club: Artistic Differences.
Willoughby then enlisted the help of a friend to create a showreel, which led to her being approached by an agency, who in turn contacted the BBC. She went on to introduce a programme named XChange as a result of this interaction. She later went on to anchor other CBBC children’s programming, including X-perimental and CBBC at the Fame Academy).
Willoughby’s big break in television came in 2004 when she re-signed with CITV and hosted Ministry of Mayhem alongside Stephen Mulhern and Michael Underwood. To reflect the success of Willoughby and Mulhern, the show’s title was later changed to Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown.
She’s also hosted The Xtra Factor, a spin-off of The X Factor, as well as Lip Service and Celebrity Juice with Keith Lemon and Fearne Cotton for ITV. In 2007, she took over as the host of Streetmate after Davina McCall left.
Holly Willoughby has co-hosted This Morning with Phillip Schofield, a weekday morning conversation and feature show, since September 2009, taking over from Fern Britton.
Willoughby and BBC Radio One DJ Reggie Yates announced in November 2011 that they would be co-hosting The Voice UK, a singing competition.