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Who Is India Willoughby? Evicted Celebrity Big Brother 2018 Housemate And The Uk’s First Transgender Newsreader

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INDIA Willoughby made history by becoming the first trans woman in the world to front an all-female talk show.

The respected journalist and BBC news presenter was the first to be evicted on Celebrity Big Brother 2018 – here is India’s story so far…

Rex Features India appeared on Loose Women in October 2016

Who is India Willoughby?

India Willoughby is a 51-year-old  broadcaster and journalist born Jonathan Willoughby.

Working as a TV reporter at ITV Border, Jonathan presented the news in the North East and Cumbria.

She has a teenage son named Rhodes and is based in Newcastle.

In 2010, she quit her regional job in Carlisle, Cumbria, after ten years of the presenting its news show.

Five years later, she returned to TV and announced that she had transitioned to female and was now named India.

She is was the first to be evicted on Celebrity Big Brother.

Rex Features India Willoughby made history by being the first transwoman to present an all-female talk show

When and why did India decide to undergo reassignment surgery?

India told Best magazine in March 2017 that she felt like she was always a girl and the “boys’ clothes felt like a straitjacket to her”.

The journalist had previously revealed the final moment of clarity came when she caught an image of herself in a monitor while working.

She said: “I was nice and smart in my suit but I knew I couldn’t go on because that person wasn’t me.

“I went home in tears, absolutely distraught. I bought myself a bottle of wine and drank it.”

“At the end of that night I thought I was going to do myself in,” she continued. “I thought I would rather have a clean death to keep my secret a secret.

“Fortunately for me I’m a terrible drinker and I fell asleep, which in a way might have saved my life.”

As a result of the evening, she decided to pursue gender reassignment surgery.

How did India tell her family?

India admits she struggled with telling her family and young son – and instead spent five years leading a double life.

During the week she worked as a PR woman in Newcastle, then returned to the family home in Cumbria as Jonathan to be a father to her teenage son.

She said: “I didn’t want to lose my family and friends. What I did was I decided to split my life in two.

“I spent weekends as Jonathan in one city and I lived as the real me in Newcastle.”

India finally told her son, then 16, in a letter she handed to him after a meal out.

Now living as a single mum, she recalled: “He said, ‘It changes nothing. You’re still my parent.’

“He and his mother have been so supportive and ITV have been fantastic.”

Rex Features India made history when she returned to television

 

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What’s On Tv Tonight? Shows To Watch On Friday 23 February From Six Nations Rugby Union France V Italy

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WHAT can’t you miss on TV tonight? Our guide to the must-see shows…

Six Nations rugby union France v Italy, 7.30PM, BBC One

BBC Six nations Rugby Union France V Italy: Italy will hope they can build on sparky performances from the likes of Matteo Minozzi

France open the weekend taking on the tournament’s whipping boys, Italy, in the Orange Vélodrome.

The French are still finding their feet under new coach Jacques Brunel and his approach has so far been based on defence and physical force.

For the sake of our Friday-evening viewing, let’s hope he decides to open up and play a more running game.

After all, last year France won this fixture 40-18 and they do have thrilling talent such as winger Teddy Thomas.

Italy will hope they can build on sparky performances from the likes of Matteo Minozzi (right).

Gogglebox, 9pm, Channel 4

C4 Gogglebox: Giles and Mary (l-r) are back, complete with their botanical wallpaper and matching chair Gogglebox airs Leon Bernicoff’s final scenes in adorable farewell

Friday nights just haven’t been the same without our Gogglebox chums making us laugh about the week that was in TV.

So hooray!

Giles and Mary (l-r) are back, complete with their botanical wallpaper and matching chair, alongside lots of our other favourites, including Jenny and Lee, the Siddiquis and the Malones.

An Island Parish: After the Hurricane, 9pm, BBC Two
This one-off documentary returns to the once idyllic Caribbean island of Anguilla, where parishioners are still struggling after devastating hurricane Irma, which struck in September 2017.

When Simone Connor and her dad Neville return to their restaurant, they find everything, including the kitchen sink, has been blown away.

The Graham Norton Show, 10.35pm, BBC One

BBC The Graham Norton Show: When Simone Connor and her dad Neville return to their restaurant, they find everything, including the kitchen sink, has been blown away

There’s a treat in store for all Graham Norton fans, as tonight’s episode looks back at some of the best bits from the past series.

We get to hear Ryan Gosling (below) tell a very funny story about how his parents forced him to sell cling film as a kid, while Kenneth Branagh tells of the moment Dame Judi Dench flashed him backstage at a theatre production.

The Old Grey Whistle Test Live: For One Night Only, 9pm, BBC Four

BBC The Old Grey Whislte Test Live: For One Night Only: Packed with archive footage, and Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee perform

Hosted by Radio 2’s Bob Harris, this live show marks 30 years since the music series was last broadcast.

It’s packed with archive footage, and Peter Frampton, Richard Thompson and Albert Lee perform, while guests include Dave Stewart and Joan Armatrading.

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Amanda Holden Looks Furious After Ant And Dec Destroy Her Set For An Undercover Prank On Saturday Night Takeaway

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AMANDA Holden looks furious after Ant and Dec destroy her set during an undercover prank for Saturday Night Takeaway.

The 47-year-old heads to what she assumes is just another normal day selling her homeware range at QVC.

Amanda Holden looks furious as she’s pranked by Ant and Dec on Saturday Night Takeaway

But the cheeky Geordie duo wreak havoc in the first Undercover in a brand new series of Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, and make sure Amanda endures the presenting gig of her nightmares.

Amanda is left unaware that her Britain’s Got Talent colleagues are doing everything possible to cause complications and calamity behind the scenes.
Amongst the pair’s escapades are discarding dirty cups and banana skins around the supposedly good as new set as well as gluing a drawer shut.

A bemused Amanda is left desperate to cut to a commercial break, while Ant and Dec instruct one of the production team to call her ‘Mandy Pandy’.

The presenter doesn’t realise the Geordie duo are wreaking havoc on her QVC show

The set falls apart around Amanda

Ant and Dec hope she doesn’t cotton on to what is happening

And in perhaps their most daring move of the day, they invade the set in the middle of one of Amanda’s broadcasts.
With sparks flying, quite literally, in their final set piece, has Amanda fallen hook, line and sinker for Ant and Dec’s most ambitious prank yet?

A source previously told The Daily Star about the prank: “They wreaked havoc on set. Amanda had no idea what was going on.

“It’s the boys’ most nerve-wracking hidden camera prank in the show’s history.

Amanda is the first celebrity to be pranked in the new series

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Gogglebox Siblings Pete And Sophie Sandiford Pay Tribute To Leon Bernicoff

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It’s the show that’s made stars of couch potatoes watching telly.

And siblings Sophie and Pete Sandiford, who made their debut last year, still can’t believe their luck to have joined the Gogglebox family.

C4 Gogglebox: Sophie and Pete (above) made their debut on E4’s Vlogglebox; Leon (right) appeared on the first 10 series of the show Gogglebox airs Leon Bernicoff’s final scenes in adorable farewell

“It’s been one big pinch-me moment,” says Sophie, 22, a shop-window dresser when she’s not filming.

“We can still pop out for milk, but I can always tell when we’re on telly because my phone buzzes with new Twitter followers.”

“We’re still gobsmacked that we’re on the show,” adds Pete, 24, who works in insurance.

“A woman came up to me saying me and Soph were ace – when people take the time to do that, it means a lot.”

The pair, from Blackpool, love hanging out at each other’s houses.
“I’m always round Pete’s, feet up, watching the box,” laughs Sophie. “We’re fans of SAS: Who Dares Wins. That process really draws you in.”

C4 Gogglebox: Leon, pictured here with wife June passed away last December

“I think I’d smash it if I went on that,” reckons Pete.

“No you wouldn’t,” adds Sophie. “Sorry to disappoint you, but no!”

As Gogglebox returns, Leon Bernicoff – who died last December – his wife June and their often funny, always sweet commentary of the week’s TV will sadly be missing.

“Leon was the Grandfather of Gogglebox, the main man,” says Pete.

“He’s a character who will never be replaced,” reflects Sophie. “We’ll all miss him dearly.”

GOGGLEBOX, Friday, 9pm, C4

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