Holly Willoughby has been unveiled as the new co-presenter of ITV1’s flagship daytime show, This Morning.

And she is already looking forward to joining co-host Phillip Schofield on TV’s most famous sofa after a brief visit to the studio on Wednesday.

Holly said: “This Morning has always been the ultimate dream job for me. To spend my days sat next to Phil on the sofa just makes it that bit extra special. Now I just can’t wait for it all to start.”

Phillip said: “Holly is a massive fan of the show, a brilliant broadcaster, a fun person to be with and she proved on the morning she spent here filling in for Fern that as presenter, she completely understands the programme. I’m really excited and can’t wait to come back with her after the summer.”

New mum Holly brings with her a decade of experience presenting on some of television’s most popular shows, from her BAFTA-awarding winning work in children’s TV, to her recent success with Dancing On Ice, where she first forged a partnership with Phillip

Holly will join executive producer Sue Walton and the rest of the This Morning team to begin her new presenting role in September.

Holly’s appointment follows current host Fern Britton’s decision to leave the show after 10 years.