ITV Good Morning star Holly Willoughby’s career and the TV shows she has featured

She is the queen of television, with viewers unable to tire of Holly Willoughby.

Present on our screens for more than twenty years, she is a permanent fixture on British television, and around a million people tune in to see her with Phil on the couch on weekday mornings.

While the 40-year-old is known for co-hosting This Morning on ITV, Holly has a long career in television, with many different presenting roles.

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From working on CBBC, to presenting the X Factor spinoff show and being a frequent face on Celebrity Juice.

Let’s take a look at how Holly got her big chance and what she’s been up to since she first appeared on TV.

How Holly Got Famous

Holly began her television career working on S Club TV on CITV in 2000 after winning an audition.

While Tina did her dance and John searched for romance, this show saw actors portray an alternate version of the group.

Later, Holly persuaded a friend to do a show reel of her. This assured her of an agent who then contacted the BBC, with Holly going on to present a factual children’s entertainment program called XChange in 2002.



Holly with Stephen Mulhern and Michael Underwood on MoM in 2004

In 2004, Holly joined CITV to co-host Ministry of Mayhem Saturday Morning with Stephen Mulhern.

On this program, she met her future husband Dan Baldwin, one of the producers of the show.

In 2006, the title of the show was changed to Holly & Stephen’s Saturday Showdown.

Holly also briefly replaced Cat Deeley on CD: UK in 2005.

Ice dance



Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for Dancing On Ice
Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean with Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby for Dancing On Ice

Holly first hit prime-time television in 2006, when she was first associated with Phillip Schofield.

The duo co-presented Dancing On Ice – the ice skating dance show that sees celebrities compete on skates under the tutelage of Olympic legends Torvill and Dean.

Holly and Phillip’s chemistry was great, obviously.

Xtra factor



Holly presented The Xtra Factor on ITV2
Holly presented The Xtra Factor on ITV2

Following in the footsteps of her friend Fearne Cotton, Holly began hosting the spinoff show The X Factor in 2008.

That year, music fans fell in love with Alexandra Burke and JLS.

She returned to animate again for series six – that was when Joe McElderry won.

Celebrity juice



Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice Christmas Special
Keith Lemon and Holly Willoughby on Celebrity Juice Christmas Special

It probably wasn’t a big step between showing off children’s television and dating Keith Lemon.

Holly became a team captain on the late night game show in 2009, alongside Fearne Cotton.

All three were a huge hit with viewers, until Fearne announced his departure from the series in December 2018.

Holly left Celebrity Juice in 2020, calling her time on the show “fantastic chaos.”

The voice



The Voice presenters Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates in 2013
The Voice presenters Holly Willoughby and Reggie Yates in 2013

Holly and Reggie Yates were the face of The Voice when it was first launched in the UK on the BBC in 2012.

The original coaches were Tom Jones, Jessie J, Danny O’Donoghue of The Script and will.i.am.

Holly and Reggie hosted the show for two years, before Emma Willis and Marvin Humes took over in 2014.

Speaking about her decision to quit the show, Holly said, “Finding the right balance between my work and my family life is my priority.”

Surprise Surprise

Following in Cilla Black’s footsteps, Holly hosted the heartwarming show which relaunched in 2012.

There were often tears as the program saw members of the audience being chosen to make their dreams come true.

Initially a single episode, the show ran for three series – with Cilla herself appearing in a special episode.

Meet the parents



Holly hosted Meet The Parents on ITV
Holly hosted Meet The Parents on ITV

As if working all week wasn’t enough, Holly also started helping singles find love on a Saturday night in 2016.

The ITV dating show Meet The Parents saw moms and dads checking out their children’s potential dates.

The romance-seeking candidate might ask the parents of their potential suitors anything.

Spilled tail beans and grinning anecdotes told.

I’m a celebrity … get me out of here



Holly joined Dec for I'm A Celeb ... in 2018
Holly joined Dec for I’m A Celeb … in 2018

In August 2018, it was announced that Willoughby would host the eighteenth series of I’m a Celebrity alongside Declan Donnelly as his usual partner Anthony McPartlin took a year-long hiatus.

In a tweet at the time, the This Morning host said, “I couldn’t be more excited to have been asked to accompany Dec on the next jungle adventure.

“I love Ant and want to send him my best wishes and support for continued recovery. These are big shoes, not to fill in, but just to stay warm a bit.”

The Mirror revealed that Dec was the one who suggested Holly as a co-star, after Ant entered rehab.

This morning



Holly has now been hosting the morning show for twelve years
Holly has now been hosting the morning show for twelve years

A look back at Holly’s television career wouldn’t be complete without mentioning This Morning.

Holly joined the show in 2009, replacing Phil’s former co-host Fern Britton.

The duo have kept their places on the couch ever since, with Eamonn Homes, Ruth Langsford, Alison Hammond and Dermot O’Leary showing up regularly on Fridays and during school holidays.

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