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Holly Willoughby's Biography

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Who is Holly Willoughby?

She was born on 10 February 1981 in Brighton.

Holly Willoughby became a model when still a teenager. Like Vernon Kay, she was discovered at a Clothes Show Live event.

Holly was on the cover of teen magazines and modelled for Pretty Polly stockings before she moved into TV.

Holly Willoughby worked on S Club TV and she won the 2006 children's Bafta for best presenter for her work on Holly and Stephen's Saturday Showdown on CITV - formerly Ministry Of Mayhem.

It was also the show on which she met her future husband, TV producer Dan Baldwin.

Holly Willoughby not only co-presents Dancing On Ice with Phillip Schofield, but the BBC points out that Holly is also studying for a psychology degree with the Open University.

In an interview with The Mirror, Holly Willoughby said:

"I'm inspired by presenters like Davina McCall, Cat Deeley and Tess Daly. It would be my dream to be included in that group."

Holly Willoughby came 26th in the FHM 2007 list of the world's sexiest women.

In 2007, Holly Willoughby was chosen to present ITV2's programme Greased Lightnin' to accompany Grease is the Word.

Holly Willoughby together with Fearne Cotton co-hosts Holly & Fearne Go Dating.

Holly was involved in more dating shows in 2007 when she hosted Streetmate, which was originally presented by Davina McCall, back in the 1980s.

In August 2008, Holly Willoughby started presenting The Xtra Factor.

Also in August 2008, ITV announced that they had commissioned a panel show on ITV2 called Celebrity Juice, featuring Leigh Francis, Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby.

In November 2008, whilst presenting the Xtra Factor on ITV2, Holly Willoughby confirmed she was pregnant.

In May 2009, Holly Willoughby gave birth to a baby boy, Harry.

On 15 July 2009, Holly Willoughby was announced as taking over from Fern Britton as co-presenter with Phillip Schofield of ITV's daytime show This Morning.

On 18 November 2011 ITV announced that Holly Willoughby would be replaced by Christine Bleakley as co-host on Dancing on Ice.

On 23 November 2011, the BBC announced that Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates would co-host The Voice UK on BBC One.

In September 2016, ITV announced that they had commissioned Meet The Parents, a new dating series which hosted by Holly Willoughby.

In August 2018, ITV announced that Holly Willoughby would co-host 2018's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! with Declan Donnelly.

In August 2021, the BBC announced that in 2022 Holly Willoughby and Lee Mack would host a BBC One series Wim Hof’s Superstar Survival.

In October 2023, Holly announced that she was leaving This Morning after 14 years. It had been a difficult year. First Phillip Schofield resigned from ITV, and then a man was charged with soliciting to commit murder over an alleged plot to kidnap her.

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