Fern Britton is an English TV presenter, most famous for her stint on the ITV programme This Morning.
She was born into the business – her father is an actor – and trained in stage management at the Central School of Speech and Drama.
In 1979, Fern launched her broadcasting career on Westward Television as a continuity announcer and newsreader. She moved on to the BBC where she became the youngest-ever national news presenter - not bad!
Fern has since hosted a number of TV programmes, including BBC’s Breakfast Time, London News Network’s, London Tonight and Ready, Steady, Cook!.
In 1999, Fern teamed up with Philip Schofield to host This Morning. With their easy chemistry and hilarious jokes, the pair were a huge success for the next decade and the show won a number of awards, including the 2004 National Television Award for the Most Popular Daytime Show.
Fern bid a teary farewell to the sofa on her 52nd birthday in 2009.
The presenter is well known for her controversial weight loss. She originally claimed diet and exercise had helped her shed the pounds, before admitting to having a gastric band fitted.
Fern has been married twice and has four children.
Her current husband is celebrity chef Phil Vickery - the pair met on the set of Ready, Steady, Cook!.
Fern’s book, Fern, My Story was published in November 2008 and was ranked among the Top Ten Bestseller List by The Sunday Times.
In September 2012 she joined the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.