TV favourite Alison Hammonds career – from Big Brother stardom to NTA success

Alison Hammondhas become something of a national treasure in her time as a presenter on some of the nation's biggest and best loved shows.

TheThis Morninghost, 47, may have kept fans in stitches as sherevealed on today’s show that she thought she won the best presenter award, but that didn’t mean they didn’t think she was deserving of it.

When This Morning picked up the gong for Best Daytime Show,viewers were quick to praise the presentertelling her she was deserving of other accolades but was still the “people’s queen with or without the votes”.

Birmingham-born Alison always knew she’d be a star and from a young age, she enrolled into drama school and began putting on plays.

Her big break in the limelight came in 2002, when she was 27, when Alison entered theBig Brotherhouse for the the third series of the Channel 4 show, alongside Kate Lawler and Jade Goody.

Speaking on Lorraine last year, Alison explained her reasoning behind entering the house: "Everyone kept saying: ‘You should go into Big Brother. At the time I was £4,000 in debt. I went into an internet café to apply online.”

She was evicted after two weeks and admitted she initially thought she’d just return to normal life: “I lasted 14 days. They evicted me. I thought I’d go back to my old job”.

However, Alison’s short stint on the show was enough to leave a lasting impression and weeks later, ITV’s This Morning offered her a job as their new roving reporter.

“It was literally [meant to be] for two months,” she explained. “I went and did the two months and then they asked me to stay until Christmas.

“I kept thinking I was going to go back to my normal life. And it just never happened. I’m still waiting to go back to my normal life!”

Alison was a hit with the viewers and since that initial stint, she’s left a lasting impression with many of her memorable interviews.

One of the funniest happened when Alison interviewed George Clooney and ended up accidentally hitting him.

Speaking after the incident, she said: “I didn’t know the protocol, so I interviewed George and he went off.

“When he came back, I thought I could get another interview. I put my microphone up and hit him in the face. This Morning said: ‘We can’t get rid of this girl, she’s fricking hilarious!’."

In 2018, Alison explained how effortlessly she’s able to interview the stars: “I forget I’m on TV and then I become Alison. Most of these celebrities are in these rooms doing these interviews.

“They kinda wanna enjoy themselves. They just go with it.”

As well as This Morning, Alison has also graced screens with stints on I’m A Celeb, Strictly Come Dancing and the Great Celebrity Bake Off.

Last night’s NTAs marked the second year Alison has been nominated for the Best Presenter slot and ahead of the ceremony she said on This Morning: “I’ve got that imposter syndrome…I’m seeing it from the outside thinking ‘Is this really real?’

“I’m just this girl from a council estate in Birmingham, I’ve worked really really hard, and I’m doing it for the everyday people that thought they weren’t good enough to be there, or couldn’t dream big enough so I want to do it for everyone else, so if I win, we all win man!”

Alison still lives in Birmingham and shares a home with her son Aiden.


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