Holly Willoughby suffered from “massive impostor syndrome” in the early days of television.

Holly Willoughby has revealed that she suffered from “Massive Impostor Syndrome” in the early days of her television career.

The 41-year-old TV star – who co-hosts ITV series This Morning and Dancing On Ice with co-host Phillip Schofield – said she “underestimated” herself when she was young.

She told the Daily Mail’s weekend magazine: “In my 20s and 30s I was incredibly grateful to get jobs as a television presenter.


Holly Willoughby on the front page (Daily Mail’s Weekend Magazine/PA)

“I never really thought I was good enough, I felt like people liked me.

“I had massive impostor syndrome and yes I was underestimated but more importantly I underestimated myself.”

The presenter revealed that one of her worst TV moments came in 2009 when she was interviewing then-Prime Minister Gordon Brown – just two months after joining Schofield on This Morning.

She said: “I was terrible. The worst part was that so many people in the industry said I couldn’t do this job. I wanted to prove myself.

“I sat with the producers and talked about it forever.


Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby after winning the Daytime Award for This Morning at the 2021 National Television Awards (Ian West/PA)

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“When it came to the interview, I tried to read questions from the script.

“I said words I didn’t even understand, garbled sentences, and faltered completely. i was terrible

“Various critics said, ‘She’ll be fine with the fluffy clothes, but how is she going to conduct a serious political interview?’

“And they were right. Presenting this show is all about being able to do everything from light to serious.

“I wasn’t up to the job”


The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield on the set of This Morning (Geoff Pugh/PA)

Willoughby revealed the biggest lesson she’s learned is that being herself works.

She added: “I am and never will be perfect as a presenter.

“I don’t try to be perfect anymore because it really doesn’t matter.

“I listen to the production team, but then I ask the questions I want to ask, things that I think are important.

“Even if I don’t say things quite right or words still come out wrong because I’m dyslexic, people understand where I’m from. you get me

“It gave me confidence, changed me and changed my life.

“I have to trust myself”

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