This Morning roving reporter and proud Brummie Alison Hammond chats about living life to the full and presenting the show’s first ever live event in Birmingham
'I have had embarrassing moments during interviews – but I get caught in the moment'
Whatever presenter and roving reporter Alison Hammond is on, we want some! She’s just as funny, warm, vibrant, vivacious and bubbly as she appears on screen and you can’t help but smile while chatting to her. “Doing This Morning from Birmingham like this is a bit nervewracking but it’s also very exciting,” she says. “I’m there for the full four days – Saturday and Sunday, as well as the Thursday and Friday shows, which will be going out on screen at the usual time. You’ll have to watch and see what we get up to plus I can’t wait to see This Morning fans in person at the live show. I’m so looking forward to it – especially as it’s in my home town. Yippee! I’m a proud Brummie through and through. My life is in Birmingham. My mum is a five-minute walk round the corner, my son Aidan (12) is settled in school, all my family and friends are here and I feel very rooted. Obviously I work in London a lot but commuting from Birmingham is fine – it’s just an hour-and-a-half from Birmingham International. Brummies treat me like family as they are used to seeing me around. I truly love Birmingham and that’s why I commute because I don’t see myself ever living anywhere else.” Alison has been a roving reporter for This Morning for several years but such was her success at anchoring the show with Rylan Clark-Neal back in February, Twitter went into meltdown with many suggesting that Alison and Rylan become the new Holly and Phillip! “Oh I love working with Rylan,” Alison smiles. “We have a real connection and such a laugh together. The way we are on screen is exactly how we are off it. We do spark off each other and it’s great that the viewers like us. Actually, we all get on well on This Morning. We really are a bit like a family and the closeness
and fun we have with each other comes through on screen. It will be the same at the live event, too.” A former holiday representative, Alison appeared on Big Brother in 2002. She was the second housemate to be evicted but instead of sinking without trace has carved a great career for herself. She’s interviewed some of the world’s most famous stars for This Morning and has a unique, instantly appealing yet slightly wicked style. We can’t imagine anyone else getting away with running their fingers through George Clooney’s hair, demanding a kiss from Leonardo DiCaprio or flirting and singing showtunes with Hugh Jackman. “Hugh is one of my favourites,” she laughs. “He’s the one I have interviewed the most, and as soon as I come through the door he just gets excited, so that makes me excited and I know it’s going to be a good interview. “I would love to interview Oprah Winfrey. She’s one of my idols; I love her, but I don’t think she does interviews. I reckon we would have really good banter, and then go out for a drink and have a good time. I have had embarrassing moments during interviews – I’m always having them! I think most of my interviews are quite embarrassing. When I watch them back I think, why did I do that? But to be honest I get caught in the moment. When I’m singing and dancing, in the moment I do actually love it, but when I watch it back I start cringing and think why did I do that, what was the point?” Quite simply, that it’s terrific entertainment. But Alison (42) can be serious, too. “Life is what it is,” she says philosophically. “You go with the flow and you kind of take the twists and turns and that’s exactly what I’ve done. I’ve just embraced things that have come up and thought to myself, you only live once. I’ve just gone for it really. I tell myself to be myself, because everyone else is taken! I also think if you go into things with a positive attitude, you can do anything. “There are moments where I look back and think, if I made a different decision my career would have gone in a different direction. I can see four ‘sliding doors’ moments in my life where it definitely could have turned a different route. I don’t think it would have been a terrible route, it just would have been different.” We’re mightily pleased she stuck to the road she has!
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'Hugh Jackman is one of my favourites. As soon as I come through the door he gets excited, so that makes me excited and I know it's going to be a good interview'
Aussie actor Hugh Jackman turns on the charm for Alison Alison with Aljaž Skorjanec in Strictly, 2014. Right: With This Morning co-presenter Rylan Clark-Neal