This Morning stars' former jobs revealed – from BBC tea-maker to lingerie model

THIS Morning has been a stalwart on our TV screens for more than 30 years – and much of the show's magic that keeps viewers coming back is down it's stellar roster of presenting talent.

The show has attracted some of the biggest names in broadcasting throughout the years including Fern Britton, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan.

In addition those appearing on the show have enjoyed their star to rise considerably as they spoke directly to the British and Irish public every Monday to Friday.

But before Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield landed their coveted hosting roles on the ITV mid-morning stalwart, they too had to work their way up the broadcasting ladder.

And much like the rest of us, many of the current This Morning presenters had to pay their dues before they could get a shot in front of the camera.

So let's take a look back at how the TV stars from This Morning got to where they are today.


Phillip Schofield has become the undisputed king of daytime TV, thanks in part to his chemistry with Holly Willoughby.

Yet, the silver fox, 59, had an interesting start to his media career – and it was a far cry from the glitzy role he enjoys today.

Back when Phil was just 17, he became BBC Radio's youngest employee when he landed a job as a booking clerk.

Being a booking clerk, the TV star became quickly acquainted with the studio's kettle and one of his daily tasks was making tea.

However, Phil didn't stay too long at the BBC when he moved a year later to New Zealand with his family and made his television debut as the presenter of the youth music programme Shazam!.

Upon his return from Auckland in 1985, Phil graduated from making tea to sitting in a Broom Cupboard alongside sidekick Gordon The Gopher on Children’s BBC.

After that Phil went on to front Going Live!, several ITV game shows, the National Lottery and even a stint on the West End playing Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

The presenter joined This Morning in 2002 and hasn't looked back since.


Before Holly Willoughby became a household name and one of the country's most beloved stars she actually started out with a career in modelling.

During her younger years, the 40-year-old featured in teen magazines Mizz, Just Seventeen, Shout, and More! before she fronted an underwear campaign aged 17 for Pretty Polly in 1998.

But what people might not know is that Holly also tried her hand at acting and appeared in S Club 7's TV movie S Club 7: Artistic Differences in 2000.

The TV bombshell played Zoe in the children's comedy, who attempted to keep the peace when the band fictionally split due artistic differences tearing them apart.

After her short acting stint, Holly went on to present several children's shows on CBBC before moving over to ITV to front Ministry of Mayhem on Saturday mornings alongside Stephen Mulhern in 2004.

By 2006, Holly was named the presenter of Dancing On Ice alongside Phillip Schofield and went on to host The Xtra Factor as well as Celebrity Juice.

Three years later, the bombshell was announced as Fern Britton's replacement on This Morning and has hosted the show ever since with pal Phil.


Radio and TV host Dermot O'Leary has become a firm fixture on This Morning since taking over Friday presenting duties from Eamon Holmes in January.

Yet the 48-year-old wasn't always front and centre and in fact began his career at BBC Essex.

Quickly, Dermot realised he wanted to pursue a career in TV and became a runner for Light Lunch with Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins in 1997 for two seasons.

Hilariously, the TV star admitted to snogging Mel at the show's wrap party during an episode of Channel 4 panel show Would I Lie To You where they were guests on.

Mel said on the episode, which aired in 2013: "I don't know if they will remember. He's quite a lot younger than me.

"It was a works do. Everyone had been working very, very hard, it was a long series and it was the end of series party.

"It was a show back in the late 90s called Light Lunch and we were colleagues."

At the end of the round, host Rob Brydon asked Dermot if all the details were true to which he said: "Everything Mel said is 100 per cent bona fide."

Since his smooch with Mel and years working in production, Dermot has enjoyed an illustrious broadcasting career fronting Channel 4’s Big Brother’s Little Brother, The X Factor and hosting a weekend radio show on BBC Radio 2.


Alison Hammond has won the hearts of the nation with her rib-tickling and entertaining interviews with many of Hollywood's elite on This Morning.

The former reality TV star graduated from the show's entertainment presenter to fully fledged Friday anchor alongside Dermot O'Leary in January to many viewer's delight.

But away from her This Morning career and years before she entered 2002's Big Brother, bubbly Alison had several starring roles in BBC productions Chalkface, Y.E.S., Palace Hill, a spoof of children's drama Grange Hill.

Although she's now known for her presenting prowess, Alison last showed off her acting chops when she appeared on Channel 4 soap Hollyoaks as herself.

A year following her stint in Big Brother, the Birmingham native joined This Morning as a roving reporter but soon became the show's go-to interviewer when the biggest stars and events came to town.

With 18 years under her belt on the show, it's no wonder she is a fan favourite.


It seems that a career in broadcasting was always on the cards for Eamonn Holmes, who managed to a bag a coveted role in front of the camera quite quickly after graduating from university in Dublin.

At the age of 19, the 61-year-old became Ulster Television's joint Sport and Farming Reporter in Belfast.

A mere two years later Eamonn succeed Gloria Hunniford as he was tasked to anchor Ulster Television's flagship Good Evening Ulster programme, a new and current affairs show.

The legendary broadcaster currently holds the record of the longest serving breakfast television anchor in the world, having fronted GMTV from 1993 to 2005 and Sky's Sunrise from 2005 to 2016.

Eamonn began presenting This Morning on Friday mornings with wife Ruth Langsford in 2006.

However, it was announced last year that from January 2021 he and Ruth would only front the show from Monday to Thursday during school holidays.


Ruth Langsford has become synonymous with This Morning having presented the show alongside husband Eamonn for 15 years.

However, the 61-year-old worked her way up through ITV first starting out as a continuity announcer and newscaster with ITV regional station Television South West in Plymouth in the late 80s and 90s.

Ruth left TSW when Westcountry Television took over the franchise in 1993 and subsequently closed down the station.

Four years later, she made her BBC presenting debut in 1997 on The Really Useful Show, and since then she has mainly worked with ITV, enjoying a stellar broadcasting career.

Following her stint on the BBC series, Ruth went on to become a Loose Women panellist in 1999 and a year later became a guest host on This Morning in 2000.

She became a regular presenter in 2006 alongside Phillip Schofield, making her the longest serving This Morning presenter.

Later that year, Ruth's husband Eamonn joined the ITV stalwart and they began hosting the series every Friday.


Rochelle Humes first joined This Morning as a fashion contributor and guest host alongside husband Marvin in 2013.

She has since worked her way up the ranks in 2018 when she was announced as Holly Willoughby's replacement when she had signed onto I'm A Celebrity.

The 32-year-old may originally be known as one fifth of girlband The Saturdays but in fact Rochelle's career in the spotlight started back in 2001 when she appeared on CBBC search, S Club Search.

S Club Search was launched by S Club 7's management and travelled all over the UK looking for members of a spin-off group called S Club Juniors to support them on tour.

Following the end of the tour, S Club Juniors were signed by Polydor and released two albums before changing their name to S Club 8. The band split in 2005.

In between her stints in S Club 8 and The Saturdays, Rochelle presented BBC children's show Smile from 2005 until 2007.

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