Emma Willis on career success: “I don’t mind Davina McCall comparisons!”

She’s had her hands full recently presenting The Voice, Celebrity Big Brother and This Morning all at the same time, but Emma Willis isn’t complaining.


by Jack White |
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Emma, 37, says that she owes a lot of her career success to Big Brother and because of that she doesn’t mind it when people call her the new Davina McCall.

Speaking to a UK newspaper, she said: “I owe Big Brother a lot. I know that show inside out and I love all the contestants who take part.

Emma doesn't mind being compared to original Big Brother presenter Davina McCall
Emma doesn't mind being compared to original Big Brother presenter Davina McCall


“Some people call me the new Davina McCall and I’m happy to take that! She is one of my idols on TV and I’ve admired her for a long time.”

While she says she owe Big Brother for her success, Emma feels that presenting The Voice, alongside Marvin Humes, is her biggest break yet.

She says that The Voice co-presenter Marvin has helped her feel comfortable in her biggest role yet


She said: “The Voice is definitely the biggest thing I’ve done. I never thought that my first job for the BBC would be for one of its flagship prime time shows. I was also offered it outright without an audition, which has never happened to me before.”

Because of this, Emma says she feels she is under pressure to do well but that the team on The Voice help her to feel comfortable.

Emma's husband Matt is currently in Eastenders, playing Stacey Branning's boyfriend

“There’s definitely pressure on me,” she said, “It’s terrifying to be in front of the biggest audience I’ve ever worked to! However, it’s such a lovely team on The Voice, with all the coaches and my co-presenter Marvin Humes, so I felt comfortable straight away.”

Emma’s husband Matt Willis, 30, is also experiencing a career high at the minute, having just joined the cast of Eastenders. The former Busted singer plays Stacey Slater’s boyfriend Luke in the soap.

Speaking about his new role, Matt said: “I’m so thrilled to be part of such an iconic show. I grew up watching Eastenders so this is really exciting for me.”

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