Inside Holly Willoughby’s showbiz ‘squad’ – from Spice Girl she snogged to EastEnders legend


HOLLY Willoughby has been cheered by her celebrity pals this week – including a Spice Girl and an EastEnders star.

The This Morning host, 40, is one of the best-connected stars on telly, with a famous girl squad she goes on boozy nights out with.

Holly Willoughby was congratulated by her star-studded friendship group this week

They include best pals Emma Bunton, Tamzin Outhwaite, Nicole Appleton and Fearne Cotton.

But there are plenty of boys in her showbiz circle too – not least her This Morning co-host Phillip Schofield, who praised her as his “bestie”.

Here, we take a look at who else in inside the Willoughby inner circle and she is bombarded with congratulations after announcing she is writing a tell-all book…

Emma Bunton

Holly and Spice Girls star Emma Bunton are partners in crime on nights outs

Spice Girls star Emma, 45, is one of Holly’s very closest friends – often seen by her side on boozy nights out.

The pair have even kissed on one of their wild parties, with Emma giggling when HOAR asked about it: “Girls are girls, I’m not denying it.”

It came after Baby’s co-star Mel B revealed: “She told me the night before that they had a night out and had a little bit of like a girl kiss.”

Fearne Cotton

Holly and Fearne have been friends since the start of their TV careers

The pair appearing together in this throwback shot to mark Holly’s 40th this year

Holly and Fearne, 39, started out together in the TV trenches of Saturday morning TV when they were little more than teenagers.

The pair continued to work together on the very opposite of kids programming – rude gameshow Celebrity Juice.

She shared a shot of “Cotton chops” on her birthday – and when Holly turned 40 earlier this year, Fearne returned the favour with a glorious throwback to their early days as TV stars.

Tamzin Outhwaite

Tamzin and Holly at the Women Of The Year Awards all the way back in 2009

They are both part of the showbiz set – but Holly and Tamzin are actually related as well as being best pals.

Speaking about the 50-year-old EastEnders star, who played Mel Owen, the TV star said: “Well, she’s my husband Dan’s cousin. It’s family init!”

Phillip Schofield

Holly and Phillip have grown incredibly close thanks to their TV gigs

Holly and Phillip are inseparable on screen – appearing on This Morning most days and fronting Dancing On Ice together.

But they are also incredibly close off it too, with the 59-year-old saying he “wouldn’t have wanted anyone else” by his side when he came out as gay on TV.

He also said, when it was revealed Holly is publishing a book this week: “To my bestie, if your wisdom does for everyone, what it did for me, then it’s a bestseller already.”

Nicole Appleton

Nicole Appleton and Holly have been the best of friends for years

All Saints star Nicole is one of Holly’s closest friends and one of the first people she scooted round to see once lockdown restrictions were lifted.

The pair were seen sitting next to each other (with Emma Bunton, naturally) in a restaurant back in September last year.

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