Everyone’s favourite presenter Alison Hammond has the most infectious laugh on television.
Viewers have absolutely adored her at the helm of the show, having previously starred as a celebrity interviewer and roving reporter where she had everyone in stitches with her many accidents and blunders.
It’s hard to imagine a world where Alison isn’t famous, as she’s such a natural in front of the camera.
But once upon a time, she worked some very normal jobs that are a far cry from her glamorous gigs now.
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Alison has revealed in the past that she used to be a cinema usherette, before heading into the travel industry, working both as a holiday rep and then as an entertainer in Tunisia.
It was then that she discovered she’d been accepted to star on Big Brother in 2002.
“That was my sliding doors moment,” she told Heatworld.
“Well, I wanted to do Blind Date because I wanted to meet Cilla and I wanted to meet a bloke, so I thought, ‘This is a great thing to do.’
“And I was in a bit of debt and someone said you could win £70K on Big Brother and I thought, ‘Oh that’s a good idea.’
“It was so weird because I got both the offers at the same time, and I had to pick and choose. I was so shallow, I didn’t choose love, I chose money!”
But Alison was evicted from Big Brother in the second week after sparking complaints from her housemates with her constant eating and for breaking a table by jumping on it.
It was then that she was noticed by bosses at This Morning, and despite her short-lived time in the BB house, her showbiz career took off.
Alison, who turns 57 on Saturday, was hired as their celebrity correspondent in 2003 and her disarming friendliness and refusal to take herself seriously endeared her to the famous faces.
She famously had Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford in fits of giggles, unable to speak from laughing too much, and tutored Britney Spears on her British accent.
In 2014, she took part in Strictly Come Dancing when she was paired with Aljaž Škorjanec and came in tenth place.
She’s also starred in a number of other reality shows from Celebrity Fit Club and Celebrity Stars in Their Eyes to Celebrity MasterChef and I’m a Celebrity.
If Alison seemed like she was seasoned in front of the camera, that’s because she was.
As a child, she joined the Central Junior Television workshop in Birmingham and spent eight years working as a child actress, appearing in several productions including an episode of BBC soap Doctors.
She also starred in Palace Hill from 1988-1990 as a character called Eskimo, and played Alice in a 1991 episode of Chalkface.
Alison’s larger-than-life personality is not put on for the telly, either.
“If anything, I’m gutted when the cameras stop rolling,” she told The Guardian.
“Honestly, though, I didn’t create this. It’s not a character. When I’m on the telly, it’s just me showing off to my mates. That’s what I do.”
Asked how she feels about her ‘national treasure’ status – Alison is far from humble, rightfully so.
“It’s what I’ve been thinking most of my life, to be honest,” she laughed.
“I totally agree with them. I’m 100% behind these people. I am national and I am a treasure.”
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