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Emma Willis

Emma Willis
Born Emma Griffiths
(1976-03-18) 18 March 1976
Birmingham, England
Residence London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Television and radio presenter, former model
Years active 2002–present
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Spouse(s) Matt Willis (m. 2008)
Children 2
Website Official website

Emma Willis (née Griffiths; born 18 March 1976)[1] is an English television presenter and former model, best known for her television and radio work with Channel 5, BBC, ITV and Heart FM.[2][3][4]

Willis has presented Big Brother since 2013, and she also presented spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side from its inception in 2011 until February 2015. Since 2014, she has co-presented The Voice UK alongside Marvin Humes. She also hosts the Sunday breakfast show on Heart FM with Stephen Mulhern.

In 2015, Willis co-presented BBC One game show Prized Apart alongside Reggie Yates.

Early life

Willis was born in Birmingham, England, and grew up in nearby Sutton Coldfield. She has an older sister.[5] Willis attended John Willmott School in Sutton Coldfield. She began modelling at the age of 17[6] and during her career, has worked for magazines, retailers, and companies such as Marie Claire, Elle, Vogue, GAP and Chanel.[7]


Willis got her first big break presenting on MTV in 2002 before presenting various other shows including guest hosting for shows such as CD:UK, This Morning and Loose Women.


In 2007, Willis presented ITV2 spin-off series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! with her husband Matt before departing in 2008.

In September 2012, Willis became a permanent presenter on This Morning, presenting segments in The Hub, taking over from Coleen Nolan The Hub was axed in 2014. She was also a stand-in presenter on the main show when Holly Willoughby or Ruth Langsford are absent.[8]

On 2012, Willis began hosting the ITV2 reality show Girlfriends, which returned for a second series in 2013.[9]

On 16 November 2012, Willis was drafted in to guest anchor Loose Women and has since presented on several occasions as a stand-in presenter. She covered for Carol Vorderman after she broke her nose in April 2013.[10] She has also guest presented an episode of The Paul O'Grady Show, while O'Grady was away.[11]

In 2013, Willis co-presented the ITV game show Prize Island with Alexander Armstrong. The show had not returned since.[12]

In 2015, Willis was a team captain on the six-part ITV2 comedy panel show Reality Bites.[13]

On 2 July 2015, it was announced that Willis would present a new three-part series for ITV called The Miracle (working title), about modern miracles.[14]

Channel 4

In 2007, Willis guest hosted the tenth week of George Lamb.

Channel 5

In 2010, it was announced that Willis would replace Melinda Messenger on the Channel 5 series Live from Studio Five, but after only two months, Willis, herself, announced she would be departing in order to co-present Big Brother's Little Brother and was therefore replaced by Jayne Middlemiss.[5]

In 2011, it was confirmed that she would be returning to the revived series, presenting the spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side.

On 13 March 2013, it was reported that Brian Dowling would be axed from Big Brother[15] and be replaced by Willis with a source saying, "Brian has been a great host but Emma is seen by channel chiefs as a true successor to Davina. They're talking to her now about taking over the role from the summer."[5] It was later confirmed, on 2 April 2013 by Channel 5 that Willis would be replacing Dowling as the new host of Big Brother.[4][16] On 13 June 2013, she began presenting the fourteenth series of Big Brother.

Even though Willis presents the main Big Brother and celebrity series, she still continues to host the spin-off show Bit on the Side, sharing the presenting duties with Rylan Clark. On 2 February 2015, it was announced that Willis was to present her final edition of Bit on the Side that night, and Clark would take over as the main presenter of the spin off show.[17]

On 30 March 2014, Willis presented the Mum of the Year Awards, with the highlights being shown on Channel 5 that same evening.[18]


In 2013, Willis was confirmed as the replacement for Holly Willoughby on the BBC One talent show The Voice UK. On 11 January 2014, she began co-presenting the third series with JLS singer Marvin Humes, who replaced Reggie Yates.[19]

In March 2014, it was announced that The Voice UK had been renewed for two future series.[20] Both Willis and Humes returned to the show for the fourth series in 2015.

Willis, and Reggie Yates co-hosted the Saturday night game show Prized Apart on BBC One. The series began on 13 June 2015 and was axed after the first series, due to poor ratings.[21]


On 5 August 2012, Willis began co-presenting Sunday Morning Breakfast with Stephen Mulhern across the Heart Network.[22]

Other work

In 2015, she became the celebrity ambassador for the shaving brand Gillette Venus.[23]


In September 2013, Willis received a longlist nomination for 'Most Popular Entertainment Presenter' at the National Television Awards in 2014. It was her second successive longlist nomination for the award.[24]

Personal life

On 5 July 2008, Emma Griffiths married Busted member Matt Willis at Rushton Hall, Northamptonshire after three years of dating. The wedding was featured in OK magazine.[25][26] She gave birth to their first child, daughter Isabelle Catherine Willis, on 20 June 2009[27] in Portland Hospital, London.[28] On 25 November 2011, the couple had a baby boy, Ace Billy Willis. She is an Aston Villa supporter, her hometown club.

Willis is an ambassador for The Prince's Trust.


Year Title Role Channel
2002–2003 MTV UK Presenter MTV
2003–2005 Total Request Live Presenter
2005, 2007, 2010 Big Brother's Big Mouth Guest presenter Channel 4
2007–2008 I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! Co-presenter ITV2
2008 Red Bull Flugtag Co-presenter
27 Dresses: Movie Special Presenter
2010 Live from Studio Five[29] Co-presenter Channel 5
The Real Hustle Herself/guest role BBC Three
2010 Big Brother's Little Brother Co-presenter Channel 4
2011–2015 Celebrity Big Brother's Bit on the Side Co-presenter Channel 5
2011–2014 Big Brother's Bit on the Side Co-presenter
This Morning "Hub" presenter ITV
Stand-in presenter
Loose Women Guest anchor
2012–2013 Girlfriends[30] Presenter ITV2
2013 Les Miserables: Movie Special Co-presenter ITV
Speidi: Scandal, Secrets & Surgery! Narrator Channel 5
Prize Island Co-presenter ITV
The Paul O'Grady Show Guest presenter
2013— Big Brother Presenter Channel 5
Celebrity Big Brother Presenter
2014— The Voice UK Co-presenter BBC One
2014 Mum of the Year Awards Presenter Channel 5
2015 Reality Bites[31] Team captain ITV2
Prized Apart[32] Co-presenter BBC One
The Miracle[33] Presenter ITV
Guest appearances


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  2. ^ Big Brother: Brian Dowling to be replaced by Emma Willis as host? – Big Brother News – Reality TV. Digital Spy (13 March 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  3. ^ Leigh, Rob. (13 March 2013) Big Brother: Emma Willis 'in running to take over from Brian Dowling' – Mirror Online. Daily Mirror. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  4. ^ a b Emma Willis replaces Brian Dowling as presenter of ‘Big Brother’. Telly Spy (2 April 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  8. ^ Emma Willis | Presenters & Experts | This Morning. (4 September 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  12. ^ Emma Willis show 'Prize Island' to be axed by ITV? – TV News. Digital Spy (25 June 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  16. ^ Emma Willis replaces Brian Dowling as new Channel 5 Big Brother host – Big Brother News – Reality TV. Digital Spy (2 April 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  18. ^ Emma Willis revealed as Tesco Mum of the Year Awards host. (20 March 2014). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  19. ^ Big Brother's Emma Willis announced as new presenter of 'The Voice' UK – The Voice News – Reality TV. Digital Spy (14 September 2013). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
  20. ^ The Voice UK renewed for two more series – The Voice News – Reality TV. Digital Spy. Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  22. ^ Stephen Mulhurn and Emma Willis Heart
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  24. ^ 2014 National Television Awards – Longlist Nominations Digital Spy. 17 September 2013. Retrieved 18 September 2013.
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  28. ^ Matt and Emma Willis have a baby girl. (23 June 2009). Retrieved 31 March 2014.
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  30. ^ Three ITV Press Centre, 3 May 2012
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