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Fern Britton is an English television presenter, currently known as the main co-presenter on the magazine programme This Morning, alongside Phillip Schofield.
Britton was born in Ealing 17th, July, 1957, London to the English actor, Tony Britton and English mother Ruth Britton. She is the younger sister of scriptwriter Cherry Britton and older half sister of the actor, Jasper Britton. After spending her early life in Buckinghamshire she then went on to launch her career on Westward TV as a continuity announcer. Britton attended Dr Challoner's High School at Little Chalfont and the Central School of Speech and Drama where she trained in stage management.
After working with a touring theatre company, Britton started her broadcasting career in 1979 at Westward Television in Plymouth, the then-incumbent ITV regional company, as a continuity announcer and newsreader on the nightly local bulletin Westward Diary. Around the time that Westward lost its franchise in 1981, Britton moved to the local BBC headquarters as a presenter with Spotlight in the South West, before moving to BBC One's News After Noon where she became the BBC's youngest-ever national news presenter. She then went on to work at TVS in Southampton, co-hosting the South edition of the news programme Coast to Coast with Fred Dinenage, as well as Coast to Coast People, The Television Show, Magic Moments and as assistant presenter with Stefan Buczacki on some series of "That's Gardening".
Britton has since worked on a variety of programmes including Carlton Television's After Five, BBC's Breakfast Time, GMTV, London News Network's London Tonight and (as a guest reporter) BBC One’s Holiday. She also appeared in the first two series of The Brian Conley Show. In 1994, Britton presented the popular television cookery gameshow Ready Steady Cook, which she continued to do until 2000 when chef Ainsley Harriott took over. In 2002, she was the host of the Pride of Britain Awards. Britton has also appeared twice as a panellist on the satirical panel show, Have I Got News for You, which she later guest presented on 27 April 2007 and again on 17 October 2008.
In 2006, Britton co-presented the reality television show Soapstar Superstar and, in the same year, co-hosted the British Soap Awards. She has also made a guest appearance on the comedy show Extras. On 31 May 2007, she hosted the Classical BRIT Awards at the Royal Albert Hall and she also co-hosted the British Soap Awards 2007 with Phillip Schofield.
Currently, Britton co-hosts the popular television magazine show This Morning with Phillip Schofield. The two are famous for their outbursts of laughter and giggling. She has hosted This Morning since 1999. When Britton joined the show, This Morning saw viewing figures rise considerably.
Since Britton and Schofield began presenting This Morning, the show has won the TV Quick Award for Best Daytime Viewing in both 2003 and 2004, and a National Television Award for Most Popular Daytime Show in 2004.
On 13 July 2007, whilst Britton was presenting This Morning, members of her family appeared on the set after the show had organised a mini-celebration for Britton's 50th birthday. In December 2007, Britton went on a secret trip to Basra for four days to broadcast behind-the-scenes footage of the troops.
In 2007, Britton presented her own nostalgic ITV1 Saturday night series called That's What I Call Television. In each show, she was joined by a celebrity co-host who selected their favourite TV moments from the 1980s and then reunited some of the original stars of selected shows. Julian Clary was her first co-host, followed by Matthew Kelly on the second show, and finally Bradley Walsh for the third. In December 2007, a Christmas edition was broadcast with co-host Ronnie Corbett, and a week later another was broadcast, this time with Desmond Lynam. On 12 January 2008, Britton won on the first episode of the television comedy series Thank God You're Here, presented by Paul Merton.
In April 2008 Britton and her colleague Phillip Schofield presented a revival of the hit ITV show Mr and Mrs, this time it was an 'all star' version, airing as a six-part series on Saturday nights.
In November 2008, Britton announced she was to take a break from This Morning and return after the Christmas break in January 2009.
Fern announced on 25 March 2009 that she was leaving This Morning at the end of the current series after 10 years. Two days after quitting This Morning, Fern Britton pulled out of hosting the 2009 British Soap Awards alongside co-host Phillip Schofield.
A new series of All-Star Mr. and Mrs. begins on May 2, 2009 on ITV1, again cohosted by Britton and Phil Schofield.
Britton's husband is celebrity chef Phil Vickery, with whom she lives at Holmer Green in Buckinghamshire with her children, twins Jack and Harry (born 1994) and Grace (born 1997) from her first marriage and Winnie (born 2001) from her second marriage.
In May 2008, Britton announced that she had had a gastric band fitted to help her lose weight. She reported that she was very pleased with the band, but urged others not to follow her example. In a statement she said, "Many people are interested in my weight loss. As interest is so high, I am making public that I had a gastric band operation two years ago. I did this for myself and I would not wish to influence others to do the same. For me it has worked and I am pleased with the results."She was later defended by Paul O'Grady on his Channel 4 show.
In her memoir, "My Story", Britton wrote – amongst other things – that soon after her 21st birthday she was raped whilst living in Cambridge.