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Holly Willoughby

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Date of Birth:10 February 1981
Birthplace:Brighton
Age:29
First Name:Holly
Middle Name:Marie
Last Name:Willoughby
Build:Average
Star Sign:Aquarius
Claim to Fame:Dancing on Ice
Occupation:TV Presenter
Occupation Category:TV Personality
Nationality:English
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Biography for Holly Willoughby

Holly Marie Willoughby (born 10 Feb. 1981 (38 years ago)) is an English TV presenter and model, known for her work in presenting children's TV and entertainment shows. In her early career she modelled underwear and went on to present CD:UK. She was known for various minor controversies, such as showering in public and accidentally exposing her breast on a live TV show. In 2006 (13 years ago), she won a BAFTA and was chosen to present Dancing on Ice, a highly popular UK celebrity talent show, shown on ITV which drew in an average of 8.9m million viewers in the most recently concluded series. In Jul. 2009 (10 years ago) she was elected as a replacement for Fern Britton on This Morning.[1] She began presenting on This Morning on Monday, 14 sep. 2009 (10 years ago), alongside BBC veteran Phillip Schofield.

The younger of two daughters of the manager of a double-glazing company and an air stewardess,[2] she 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. Her sister, Kelly, also works in the TV industry.[3] She is related by marriage to actress Tamzin Outhwaite,[3] and is best of friends with fellow TV presenter Fearne Cotton.[4] Willoughby is a vocal supporter of Premier League association football club Arsenal FC.[5]

At the age of 23 she became engaged to Dan Baldwin, a producer on Ministry of Mayhem, and on the same day they moved into a flat in South London.[3][6][7] Willoughby announced their engagement live on Saturday Showdown, on 6 May 2006 (13 years ago).[8] The wedding took place on 4 Aug. 2007 (12 years ago) at Amberley Castle, West Sussex. Fearne Cotton (11 walls) and Sarah Cawood were two of the bridesmaids and Dermot O'Leary was an Usher (4 walls).[9] Whilst she was presenting The Xtra Factor on 1 Nov. 2008 (11 years ago), offhand comments by judges Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh led Willoughby to confirm that she was pregnant with her first child.[10][11][11][12][13]

In 2006 (13 years ago), Willoughby won a BAFTA in recognition of her abilities as a children’s TV presenter.[14] In early 2008 (11 years ago), she helped make a point that the UK, as a nation, wastes too much water, by having a 3-minute shower in a cubicle in front of the public fountain in the middle of Trafalgar Square in London. The event was part of the Be Water Wise campaign which lead up to World Water Day on 22 Mar. 2008 (11 years ago).[15]

Willoughby has caused minor scandal on occasion. While presenting the children's programme Ministry of Mayhem in 2004 (15 years ago), she accidentally exposed a breast.[16] In Jan. 2008 (11 years ago), Willoughby presented Dancing on Ice in a very low cut dress which led to a small number of complaints.[17]

Willoughby and her husband Dan became parents to their first child, a boy named Harry James Baldwin, weighing 7lb 4oz, on 11 May 2009 (10 years ago), at 1:18pm.[18]

Willoughby has had an almost unbroken run of work on TV since Aug. 2009 (10 years ago). From Aug. to dec. she worked on the 6th series of The Xtra Factor and from Jan. 2010 (9 years ago) she presented Dancing On Ice for the fifth series alongside Phillip Schofield. And since sep. she has worked on This Morning. At one point she was on TV everyday except Fridays; Mon-Thurs This Morning and Sat-Sun The Xtra Factor.

Career

Modelling career

In 1995 (24 years ago), 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 and More!. From 1998 (21 years ago), at the age of 17, she started modelling underwear for various clients including Pretty Polly. She appeared in various adverts and posters.

Media career

In 2000 (19 years ago), 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 acted in a show called S Club 7: Artistic Differences. She played a character called Zoe alongside the regular members of the band.. 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 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 Later in 2000 (19 years ago), 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-TV talent show Fame Academy).Her breakthrough as a children's entertainer came when she re-joined CITV in 2004 (15 years ago) 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 (13 years ago), 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. During the final episode of the show (1 Jul. 2006 (13 years ago)), Willoughby accidentally revealed one of her breasts during a particularly energetic routine. CITV received a small number of complaints, though the wider audience merely wrote the occurrence off as unfortunate. In 2005 (14 years ago) Holly 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 in 2004 (15 years ago) of the children's version of Stars in Their Eyes. In 2006 (13 years ago), she also appeared as Stephen Mulhern's regular illusion assistant in season 2 of Tricky TV.

Mainstream TV

Willoughby presented CD:UK for a short while in the spring of 2005 (14 years ago), she replaced veteran presenter Cat Deeley (6 walls) before Myleene Klass (8 walls) became the regular presenter.

Willoughby's major breakthrough as a mainstream family entertainer came when she was chosen to co-present the flagship ITV talent show Dancing on Ice, alongside Phillip Schofield, in 2006 (13 years ago). In this show, celebrities from the UK 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 continues to co-host the show. She was criticised for her choice of costume in Jan. 2008 (11 years ago) (see biography, above).

She has presented a number of other ITV programmes, especially spin-off show such as Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On, Greased Lightnin and most recently, The Xtra Factor. She has also presented shows exploring celebrity gossip such as Lip Service and the comedy show Celebrity Juice. In 2007 (12 years ago), she took over from Davina McCall as the presenter of Streetmate, a dating game show in the UK. She presented sections of The National TV Awards in 2007 (12 years ago) and 2008 (11 years ago).

She currently co-presents Holly & Fearne Go Dating alongside Fearne Cotton. In this show the two hosts, who are presented as best friends, attempt to find dates for single people that they meet in various situations in in UK. She has also presented Here Come the Boys, a show celebrating the achievements of popular UK male singers of the past 50 years.

TV-shows (series)

  • Junior Eurovision (2004, 15 years ago)
  • CD:UK (2005, 14 years ago)
  • Celebrity Wrestling: Bring It On (2005, 14 years ago)
  • Dancing on Ice (2006-present)
  • Lip Service (2006, 13 years ago)
  • The Westlife Show: Live (December 2007 (12 years ago))
  • Greased Lightnin (2007, 12 years ago)
  • Streetmate (2007, 12 years ago)
  • Holly & Fearne Go Dating (2007, 12 years ago)
  • The Xtra Factor (2008-present)
  • Celebrity Juice (2008-present)
  • The National TV Awards (2007 and 2008 (11 years ago))
  • Here Come the Boys (2008, 11 years ago)
  • This Morning (2009-Present)
  • Cheryl Cole's Night In (2009, 10 years ago)

Guest appearances

  • Contestant Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (29 sep. 2007 (12 years ago))
  • Contestant All Star Family Fortunes (3 Nov. 2007 (12 years ago))
  • Guest presenter This Morning (5 dec. 2008 (11 years ago))
  • Contestant All Star Mr & Mrs (2nd Jan. 2010 (9 years ago))

Awards and nominations

  • BAFTA children's TV presenter (2006, 13 years ago).


Source: en.wikipedia.org


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