Alison Ham­mond

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

YOURS (UK) - - Content - By Alison James

'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!

This Morn­ing Live runs from May 18 to 21. For tick­ets, call 0844 581 1390 or visit www.thet­ick­et­fac­tory.com/ this­morn­inglive/on­line

'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

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