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Emma Willis (née Griffiths; born 20 March 1976) is a British television presenter and former model. She rose to fame in 2002 by presenting MTV UK and has guest presented on various shows throughout her career including This Morning and Loose Women. In 2007 she met and later married former Busted member Matt Willis. In 2010 hosted Big Brother spin off show Big Brother's Little Brother for two series until its axing alongside the main show. In 2011, Willis returned with the revived Big Brother series to present new spin-off series Big Brother's Bit on the Side on Channel 5. Willis also presents a Sunday breakfast show on Heart FM with Stephen Mulhern.

On 13 March 2013, it was reported that Willis was in talks to present the main series of Big Brother. On 2 April 2013 it was confirmed by Channel 5 that Willis would be taking over from Brian Dowling the current host of Big Brother, making her the third presenter to front the show in the show's thirteen years on air.

Early life [edit]Edit

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

Career [edit]Edit

Willis got her first big break presenting MTV UK in 2002 before presenting various other shows including guest hosting for shows such as CD:UKThis Morning and Loose Women. In 2007, Willis presented ITV2 spin-off series I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! NOW! alongside her husband Matt before departing in 2008. In 2010 it was confirmed that Willis would replaceMelinda Messenger on Channel 5 series Live from Studio Five, but after only two months presenting the series Willis announced she would be departing in order to co-present Big Brother's Little Brother and was therefore replaced by Jayne Middlemiss.

ITV [edit]Edit

"Working with PhillipHollyEamonn and Ruth has been nothing but a pleasure, so knowing I will officially be part of the family from October is really exciting. I can't wait to get cracking"

Emma Willis on joining the This Morning family, September 2012.

In September 2012, Willis became a permanent presenter on This Morning, presenting segments in The Hub. She is also a stand-in presenter on the main show when Holly Willoughby is absent.

In addition to this, Willis began hosting new ITV2 programme Girlfri3nds in 2012, the programme is scheduled to return for a second series later in 2013.

On 16 November 2012, Willis was drafted in to guest anchor Loose Women, she has since presented on several occasions as a stand-in presenter. She covered for Carol Vorderman after she broke her nose in April 2013.

Big BrotherEdit

In 2007, Willis guest hosted the tenth week of Big Brother's Big Mouth. Three years later in 2010, Willis began presenting a Celebrity Big Brother online spin-off show, entitled 'Celebrity Big Brother's Big i'. She was then later announced as the new co presenter on the final series of Big Brother's Little Brother alongside George Lamb. In 2011 it was confirmed that she would be returning to the revived series, presenting spin-off show Big Brother's Bit on the Side for two series from 2011 until 2013. In 2012 fans made a Facebook account to campaign to make Willis the main presenter on Big Brother and to replace Dowling, Willis has been compared in the media to a young Davina McCall.

On 13 March 2013 it was reported that Brian Dowling would be axed from Big Brother [1] 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" It was later confirmed, on 2 April 2013 by Channel 5 that Willis would be replacing Dowling as the new host of Big Brother.

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