Birth date: 10 February in Brighton, East Sussex, England
Holly Willoughby height:172 cm. / 5.8 ft.
Eye color: Blue-Gray
Holly Willoughby measurements: 86/61/88 EU (34/24/35 US)
Dress size: 36 EU / 6 US
Biography: Holly Marie Willoughby a television presenter and magician s assistant, known for her work in presenting children s TV and reality TV. In 2006, she won a Bafta and was chosen to present Dancing on Ice, a highly popular UK celebrity talent show, shown on ITV which draws in an average of 11.7 million viewers.
The elder of two daughters to the manager of a double-glazing company and an air-hostess, she was educated at the independent Burgess Hill School in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex. While there, she caused something of a controversy when she became the first girl at the school to have her belly button pierced (when she was 16). She then went on to attend The College of Richard Collyer. Her sister, Kelly, also works in the television industry.
In 1995, 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, at the age of 17, she started modelling lingerie for various clients including Pretty Polly. She appeared in various adverts and posters.
In 2000, 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, in which she played a character called Zoe alongside the regular members of the band. The plot featured Rachel Stevens and Hannah Spearrit splitting from the band to begin a career as magiciennes, with Holly hired as their bikini-clad assistant after neither Stevens nor Spearrit would agree to be sawn in half by the other.
After these shows, she worked as a receptionist for a short while and then as a runner for the shopping channel Auction World TV. She also took on several menial jobs, and started an Open University course in psychotherapy. Eventually she found work as as assistant floor 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, she joined CBBC to present 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 to co-present their flagship entertainment show Ministry of Mayhem which 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, the show s title was changed to Holly and Stephen s Saturday Showdown in order to reflect the popularity of its co-presenters, Willoughby and magician Stephen Mulhern. In addition to co-presenting the show, Willoughby also acted as Mulhern s assistant in a number of illusions, including being sawed in half, guillotined and impaled by spikes. During the final episode of the show (1st July 2006), Willoughby accidentally revealed one of her breasts during a magic trick in which her head was cut off, apparently because her hands had been cuffed behind her back, preventing her from covering up. CITV received a small number of complaints, though the wider audience merely wrote the incident off as unfortunate.
The chemistry between Willoughby and Mulhern led to her making regular appearances on his show Tricky TV to assist with or participate in illusions. A number of these segments drew complaints from the parents of viewers, including routines called -Stephen s Beach BBQ -, in which a bikini-clad Willoughby was put into the cremation illusion on Blackpool beach, and -Bikini Blocks -, a double presentation of the mismade girl involving Jennifer Ellison in which Ellison and Willoughby (in differently coloured bikinis) apparently swapped chests. This in turn led to her participation in a number of magic segments on prime time tv during 2004-5. Notably she interviewed Debbie McGee for Channel 4 s 50 Greatest Magic Tricks, during which segment McGee guillotined her and had her conduct much of the interview as a disembodied head before being restored at the very end.
In 2005 Willoughby presented Feel the Fear, a children s entertainment programme in which the presenter s 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 of the children s version of Stars in Their Eyes. In 2006, she also appeared as Stephen Mulhern s regular illusion assistant in season 2 of Tricky TV.
Willoughby presented CD:UK for a short while in 2005, She replaced Cat Deeley before Myleene Klass became the regular presenter.
In 2006, Willoughby won a Bafta in recognition of her abilities as a children