Is Alison Hammond married, does she have kids and how did she become famous?

From Big Brother to Bafta-nominated host: everything you need to know about Alison Hammond

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Fans of the TV presenter and actress have been wondering, is Alison Hammond married, does she have kids and how did she become famous?

Alison is known for presenting This Morning alongside Holly Willoughby and Dermot O’Leary, along with other stars including Josie Gibson and Craig Doyle. And she was recently confirmed as the new co-host of The Great British Bake Off, replacing Matt Lucas and joining long-time judge Paul Hollywood and the other regulars.

As well as presenting ITV and Channel 4 shows including Loose Women, she’s starred on a host of reality shows from I’m a Celebrity and Celebrity Masterchef to Celebrity Fit Club. 

Alison has also worked as an actress, having appeared in BBC drama Doctors, The Locksmith, Palace Hill and Hollyoaks. But it was her appearance on one of the original reality shows over 20 years ago that first put her in the spotlight. Read on to find out everything you need to know about Alison Hammond.

How did Alison Hammond become famous?

Alison first hit our screens in 2002 on the third series of Big Brother. Despite only spending 15 days in the house, and being the second person to be evicted, her bubbly personality won over the hearts of the nation. Many fans of the show will remember the hysterical moment when she smashed a table after jumping on it to try and communicate with the outside world.

Two weeks after leaving the Big Brother house Alison landed a three-month presenting gig as showbiz reporter on This Morning, and has remained on the daytime show in a host of different roles.

Alison has interviewed big names including Lady Gaga, Hugh Jackman, Michael Bublé and she’s had some of the funniest TV moments we’ve ever seen. She formed an unlikely friendship with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson after she went through a fake wedding cake to ‘marry’ him on the show in 2017. The hilarious interview led to the Rock still referring to her as his ‘wife’ many years on.

As well as presenting on This Morning, Alison has done Strictly Come Dancing, appeared on Celebrity MasterChef, Celebrity Fit Club and Stars in their Eyes. Until recently (when Philip Schofield left the daytime programme and she stood in with Holly), Alison presented the Friday show with Dermot.

Presenting hasn’t always been smooth sailing though - Alison faced a backlash from viewers following a gaffe involving Prince William. And her Friday This Morning slot was bittersweet for Alison, as her mum died without seeing her daughter’s special moment.

Alison Hammond

Big Brother 3 Contestants: Back Row: Alison Hammond, Jonny Regan, PJ Ellis, Spencer Smith, Timothy Cullen Front Row: Lynne Moncrief, Jade Goody, Kate Lawler, Sunita Sharma (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)

Is Alison Hammond married?

Alison Hammond is not married. The Birmingham-born star previously married cab driver Noureddine Boufaied. The couple have son Aiden together but the pair divorced and in 2014 Alison she got engaged to single dad and security guard Jamie Savage after meeting him online.

But in 2017 she announced that they had parted ways, saying, "We split up. It’s the worst news ever. I don’t think I want anyone else now."

Alison was briefly involved with audio technician Ben Kusi, who she met on Celebs Go Dating in 2020.

And while it's not clear if Alison Hammond would like to get married in the future, the daytime TV icon also 'married' Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in a hilarious fake ceremony on This Morning back in 2017, with his Jumanji co-star Kevin Hart acting as officiant.

What did Alison do before she was famous? 

Before she was famous, Alison worked as a child actress, cinema usherette, and a holiday rep. 

She went to drama school and acted on a TV show called Palace Hill from 1988 to 1990, but when her acting career stalled she applied for Big Brother. After her eviction, she had a brief role on BBC drama Doctors in 2002, and she’s appeared in various pantomimes including Snow White, Jack And The Beanstalk, Beauty And The Beast and Aladdin.

Alison went on to appear in British children's television drama series The Dumping Ground in 2016, based on the Tracy Beaker books by Jacqueline Wilson. Two years later, in 2018, she made her Hollywood debut in the animated children’s film Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

Does Alison Hammond have kids?

Alison Hammond has one child, an 18-year-old son called Aiden, who she told her 1.3 million Instagram followers is “my greatest achievement”. The pair share a birthday so they regularly celebrate together. 

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Alison Hammond weight loss

Alison Hammond had a gastric band to help with her weight loss after Hollywood actor Matt Damon had to help her get up from a broken chair during a TV interview. She lost two stones after taking part in ITV's Sugar-Free Farm.

The TV star previously opened up on the trauma that she believes started her weight battle.

In extracts from her new book, You’ve Got to Laugh, Alison detailed the Sunday lunch she struggled to eat as a child but felt obliged to clear her plate to avoid any consequences of leaving food uneaten.

"Mum’s great cooking came into its own when she made her Sunday roast, but this Sunday I reached a point when I’d had enough to eat," she wrote in the book.

"'I’ve finished, Mum. I don’t want any more,' I said, even though there was still food on my plate.

“'All right, then,' Mum said.

Alison continued, "My dad looked up. 'Eat the rest of your dinner,' he said sternly. I shook my head. 'I’ve finished. I don’t want any more.'

"His eyes bored into me and then he started taking his belt off," she added.

"My eight-year-old self did a quick calculation: If my dad beat me with his belt, my mum would try to protect me and he would overpower her. 'I’m going to have to eat this food,' I thought."

"To keep the peace, and out of self-preservation, I ate every last bit of my dinner," Alison confessed.

Alison is embracing her body these days and is launching her own curve collection with In The Style.

This Morning is on ITV weekdays from 10am - 12.30pm.

Selina Maycock
Senior Family Writer

Selina is a Senior Family Writer for GoodtoKnow and has more than 16 years years of experience. She specialises in royal family news, including the latest activities of Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet. She also covers the latest government, health and charity advice for families. Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism, and gained her NCTJ and NCE qualifications. During her career, she’s also written for Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, and Woman's Weekly as well as Heat magazine, Bang Showbiz - and the Scunthorpe Telegraph. When she's not covering family news, you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories (including award-winning scarecrows!)