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21 Essential Truths You Did Not Know About Holly Willoughby

1. Holly Marie Willoughby (born 10 February 1981) is an English television presenter and model, best known for her television work with ITV.

2. She has presented a number of television programmes alongside Phillip Schofield such as Dancing on Ice (2006 2011) and This Morning (2009 present).

3. She is also a team captain on the ITV2 show Celebrity Juice (2008 present) and currently presents Surprise Surprise (2012 present) and Play to the Whistle (2015 present), both for ITV.

4. The younger of two daughters of a sales manager of a double-glazing company and an air stewardess, Willoughby was educated at the independent Burgess Hill Girls in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex.

5. She went on to attend the College of Richard Collyer in Horsham.

6. In 1995, at the age of 14, Willoughby was spotted by talent scouts at The Clothes Show Live exhibition.

7. Storm Model Management signed her up. She appeared in teen magazines for girls such as Mizz, Just Seventeen and More!.

8. From 1998, at the age of 17, Willoughby started modelling underwear for clients including Pretty Polly appearing in advertisements and posters.

9. In 2000, Willoughby won an audition for a show on CITV featuring S Club 7 called S Club TV. Willoughby worked as a receptionist for a while and then as a runner for the defunct shopping channel Auction World TV.

10. Willoughby also took on menial jobs and started an Open University course in psychotherapy.

11. Then eventually, she found work as assistant manager during which time she persuaded a friend to make a show reel of her.

12. This secured her an agent who then contacted the BBC. Later in 2000, Willoughby presented a factual entertainment programme for children called Xchange and 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).

13. Willoughby’s breakthrough as a children’s entertainer came when she re-joined CITV in 2004 to co-present their entertainment show Ministry of Mayhem which aired on Saturday mornings.

14. It was on this programme that she met her future husband Dan Baldwin, one of the show’s producers.

15. 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.

16. In 2005, Willoughby presented Feel the Fear, a children’s entertainment programme in which the presenters are set unnerving challenges.

17. She has also had a number of minor appearances on other children’s programmes.

18. She co-presented the final of the children’s version of Stars in Their Eyes in 2004.

19. Willoughby presented CD:UK for a short while in the spring of 2005, replacing Cat Deeley before Myleene Klass became the regular presenter.

20. Her major breakthrough as a household name came when she was chosen to co-present Dancing on Ice, with Phillip Schofield, in 2006, where celebrities are partnered with professional dancers to learn ice-dancing routines which are judged by a panel of experts and voted on by the public.

21. Willoughby remained in the role until 2011 due to new commitments. Willoughby 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 The Xtra Factor for two years in 2008 and 2009.

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