The younger of two daughters to the manager of a double-glazing company and an air-hostess, she was educated at the independent Burgess Hill School in the town of Burgess Hill in West Sussex.
While there, she caused something of a controversy when she became the first girl at the school to have her belly button pierced (when she was 16).
The programmes listed below were broadcast on CITV (ITV) in 2000.
Willoughby presented CD: UK for a short while in 2005, She replaced Cat Deeley before Myleene Klass became the regular presenter.
A number of these segments drew complaints from the parents of viewers, including routines called "Stephen's Beach BBQ", in which a bikini-clad Willoughby was put into the cremation illusion on Blackpool beach, and "Bikini Blocks", a double presentation of the Mismade girl involving Jennifer Ellison in which Ellison and Willoughby (in differently coloured bikinis) apparently swapped chests.
This in turn led to her participation in a number of magic segments on prime time TV during 2004-5.
In this show, celebrities from the UK are partnered with professional dancers to learn ice-dancing routines which are then judged by a panel of experts and voted on by the public. She was criticised for her choice of costume in January 2008 (see biography, above).
Following the show, CITV received a small number of complaints, though the wider audience merely wrote the incident off as unfortunate.
The chemistry between Willoughby and Mulhern led to her making regular guest appearances on his show Tricky TV to assist with or participate in illusions.
In early 2008, she used those good looks to help make the point that the UK, as a nation, waste too much water, by having a 3-minute shower in a cubicle before the public fountain in the middle of Trafalgar Square, London.
The event was part of the Be Water Wise campaign which lead up to World Water Day on 22 March 2008. While presenting the children's programme Ministry of Mayhem, in 2004, she accidently exposed a breast.