February 10, 1981 (42)
Holly Willoughby is a British television presenter and author, best known for her work on ITV. She began her career on children’s television, hosting shows such as ‘CBBC’ and ‘Ministry of Mayhem,’ which later became ‘Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown.’
Willoughby’s career took a significant turn as she ventured into mainstream television. She co-presented ‘Dancing on Ice’ alongside Phillip Schofield, showcasing her versatility and appeal to a broader audience. Her role in ‘This Morning,’ also with Schofield, further cemented her status as a household name in the UK. Her work on ‘Celebrity Juice’ displayed her quick wit and ability to handle light-hearted, comedic content. Additionally, Willoughby authored a series of children’s books titled ‘School for Stars,’ which became the UK’s highest-selling children’s book of 2013.
Collaboration has been a key aspect of Willoughby’s career. She has worked alongside a variety of celebrities, including Phillip Schofield, with whom she has formed a popular and enduring presenting partnership. Other notable collaborations include Leigh Francis in ‘Celebrity Juice,’ where she was a team captain; Fearne Cotton, with whom she shared screen time on the same show; and Daniel Baldwin, her co-host on ‘The Xtra Factor.’ She has also worked with Reggie Yates on ‘The Voice UK,’ Ben Shephard on ‘The Xtra Factor,’ and Keith Lemon in various projects. Her interactions with Declan Donnelly, particularly during her stint on ‘I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!’ as a stand-in for Ant McPartlin, received much attention. Additionally, Willoughby has worked with Christine Lampard, Eamonn Holmes, and Ruth Langsford on ‘This Morning.’
Willoughby has received several. She won a BAFTA Children’s Award in 2006 for her work on ‘Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown.’ Her role in ‘This Morning’ earned her and co-host Schofield the National Television Award for Best Daytime Programme multiple times. Willoughby’s influence extends beyond television, as evidenced by her winning the Glamour Award for Presenter in 2011 and 2012.