NTAs: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield 'forced to queue' at bash
13th October 2022

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were ‘forced to queue to enter the National Television Awards’… weeks after being accused of ‘skipping the line’ as the late Queen lie in state

  • In footage obtained by The Sun , This Morning host Phillip, 60, was seen climbing the stairs into the OVO Arena Wembley in London with the rest of the attendees after walking the red carpet
  • Holly, who entered the arena ahead of Phil, was in attendance with her husband Dan Baldwin, with a source saying the broadcaster received a warm welcome
  • It comes after the TV presenters caused outrage with the public when they turned up with two colleagues at Westminster Hall where Queen Elizabeth II lie in state for what they say was to report for This Morning 

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were reportedly forced to queue at the National Television Awards 2022 on Thursday night – after they were criticised for ‘queue-jumping’ as the late Queen lie in state last month.

In footage obtained by The Sun, This Morning host Phillip, 60, was seen climbing the stairs into the OVO Arena Wembley in London with the rest of the attendees after walking the red carpet with his daughter Molly, 29, after posing on the red carpet.

It comes after the TV presenters caused outrage with the public when they turned up with two colleagues at Westminster Hall where Queen Elizabeth II lie in state for what they say was to report for This Morning.

Standing in line: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield were ‘forced to queue’ at the National Television Awards – after they were criticised for ‘queue-jumping’ as the late Queen lie in state (Phillip pictured with his daughter Molly, 29)

A source told the publication: ‘Holly queuing up to go inside caused a few eyebrows to raise.

‘She got a really warm reception on the red carpet and was greeting fans with a huge smile on her face.

‘She had no issue with queuing once she was ushered inside and stood with her husband Dan Baldwin.’

Controversy: It comes after the presenters caused outrage when they turned up with two colleagues at Westminster Hall where the Queen lie in state to film for This Morning (Holly pictured with Alice Beer)

Phillip arrived with his daughter after Holly had entered the building, with an eyewitness telling The Sun that Phil was in ‘good spirits’ as he waited in line.

Holly and Phil are nominated for This Morning in the Best Daytime Show category along with Loose Women, The Repair Shop and The Chase.

MailOnline has contacted representatives for Phil and Holly for comment.

Worries: ITV was reportedly concerned Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield could be booed at the National Television Awards after claims they ‘queue-jumped’ to see the Queen’s coffin

Lining up: A source told The Sun: ‘Holly queuing up to go inside caused a few eyebrows to raise’ (Holly pictured with her husband Dan Baldwin)

Welcomed: ‘She got a really warm reception on the red carpet and was greeting fans with a huge smile on her face,’ the source added (Holly pictured with fellow This Morning host Rochelle Humes)

Phillip looked dapper as he stood in a black dinner suit and matching bow tie alongside his daughter.

Molly wore a navy blue dress with lace detail which she teamed with a pair of black heels as she posed with her famous father.

Holly looked glamorous as she arrived at the bash, striking a pose on the red carpet. 

Her voluminous dress featured a velvet trim and intricate lace floral details at the front, with the bodice perfectly cinching her in at the waist.

Nominees: Holly and Phil are nominated for This Morning in the Best Daytime Show category along with Loose Women, The Repair Shop and The Chase (Holly seen centre, second right)

She swept her blonde locks up into an elegant up ‘do, finishing things off with pretty drop earrings and a dewy make-up palette.

This year’s NTAs are broadcasting live from a brand new venue of Wembley’s OVO Arena with Joel Dommett hosting. 

Sir Lenny Henry is to be presented with the coveted gold Special Recognition Award at the annual ceremony on Thursday night.

This year’s National Television Awards will honour the 64-year-old and his trailblazing career in UK television, which has endured for nearly 50 years.

Glamour puss: Holly looked glamorous as she arrived at the bash, striking a pose on the red carpet

Celebrity fans will be seen paying tribute to the comedian and fundraising Comic Relief frontman when the awards are broadcast live on ITV from the OVO Arena, Wembley.

Sir Lenny has been a mainstay on TV for nearly 50 years, starting with his 1975 victory on New Faces at the age of 16 which led to further acclaim on such era-defining shows as Tiswas and Three of a Kind.

Breaking new ground for black talent, he went on to experience huge success with his own sketch comedy series before playing a key role in the formation of Comic Relief. 

More recent projects have seen him diversify into acting, most notably on stage as Othello and on screen in the big-budget Amazon Prime series, Lord of the Rings: the Rings of Power.

Waiting in line: In footage obtained by The Sun , This Morning host Phillip, 60, was seen climbing the stairs into the OVO Arena Wembley in London with the rest of the attendees

Looking good: Phillip looked dapper as he stood in a black dinner suit and matching bow tie alongside his daughter

Among those congratulating Sir Lenny for his achievements as a writer, campaigner, comedian and presenter will be Hollywood superstar Whoopi Goldberg, who says, ‘If you want to know what a superhero looks like, take a look at Sir Lenny Henry.’

There will be two notable faces missing from Thursday’s NTAs ceremony though as MailOnline revealed on Wednesday that Ant and Dec have pulled out of attending after being struck down with Covid.

The TV duo, who have won best presenter at the NTAs for 20 consecutive years, are suffering from flu-like symptoms and are ‘bed bound’ with the contagious infection.

A Britain’s Got Talent spokesperson announced on Wednesday that the pair are ‘unwell’ and won’t be working until they recover.

Family affair: Molly wore a navy blue dress with lace detail which she teamed with a pair of black heels as she posed with her famous father

A source told MailOnline: ‘Ant and Dec are gutted. They love the NTAs, it’s the best night in TV, and for them it’s an event they always look forward to.

‘They’re both feeling really poorly but will be watching the show from bed and hope to be well and working again soon.’

A spokesperson for Ant and Dec told MailOnline: ‘After both feeling unwell Ant and Dec have tested for Covid and unfortunately have both tested positive. 

‘The duo will be postponing work commitments whilst they recover.’ 

The pair confirmed the news on their Instagram account, sharing a picture of their positive tests as they quipped: ‘we even get ill together!’  

Their absence at the star-studded NTAs won’t go unnoticed by viewers, who have voted for Ant and Dec to win best presenter for over two decades.

Glitterati: Holly’s voluminous dress featured a velvet trim and intricate lace floral details at the front, with the bodice perfectly cinching her in at the waist

NTAs host Joel Dommett has tipped Alison Hammond though to finally end the duo’s 20-year winning streak by taking home the Best Presenter gong.

The comedian, 37, describes the This Morning host, 47, as a ‘force of nature’ and says if anyone can beat the Geordies, it’s her.

But Joel is keen to stress that Ant and Dec, who have bowed out of tonight’s ceremony after testing positive for Covid, are still very much at the peak of their powers and another victory would be deserved.

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline ahead of Thursday’s ceremony, Joel said: ‘Alison is very popular… it could be the year for Alison to break Ant and Dec’s streak.

‘For me it’s a win, win situation and I’m sure it is for them as well.

‘Ant and Dec are still so good. If everyone was just voting for them because they’ve won it for 20 years they may as well just win another I would understand, but people don’t vote for them for that. Viewers vote for them because they’re so good still.’

Completing the look: Holly swept her blonde locks up into an elegant up ‘do, finishing things off with pretty drop earrings and a dewy make-up palette

On Alison’s hopes, he added: ‘But If it was to go to anyone else then I would be happy for it to go to Alison – she’s a wonderful force of nature, very infectious, and she’s always been that way.

‘Since I met her 10 years ago, she’s always been like that.

‘She has been on TV for so long and has become this main presenter the last couple of years, but she was on Big Brother, I’m A Celeb, she’s had a hell of a career.’

Elsewhere, Alison’s ITV show This Morning will compete with The Chase, The Repair Shop and Loose Women for the Daytime Award. 

Neighbours is set to go head-to-head with UK soaps, EastEnders, Coronation Street and Emmerdale for Serial Drama award.

The Australian show has been nominated for one final final gong at the upcoming ceremony, after its 37 year TV reign ended with an emotional finale in July.

Tom Parker – who died aged 33 in March following a battle with brain cancer – receives a posthumous nomination for his moving documentary, Inside My Head.  

Big bash: This year’s NTAs are broadcasting live from a brand new venue of Wembley’s OVO Arena with Joel Dommett hosting

This year’s NTA shortlist features more streamers than ever before, reflecting the changing broadcasting landscape.

The likes of Heartstopper, After Life, Sex Education, Bridgerton and Clarkson’s Farm prove the sheer breadth of programming that the digital providers now offer.

Four productions that set pulses racing for very different reasons compete for the New Drama award. Heartstopper became an instant coming-of-age classic, while This is Going to Hurt provided a visceral look at life on the NHS frontline.

Time, meanwhile, took us behind bars to show us the brutal realities of prison, and Trigger Point proved to be an incendiary Sunday-night hit.

The Talent Show contenders each gave us showstopping moments, with Krystal Versace becoming the youngest ever winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, while Rose Ayling-Ellis gave us a glimpse into her world with a silent Strictly Come Dancing routine.

The private lives of well-known faces were revealed in the candid Authored Documentary category.

Inaugural winner Kate Garraway gave an update on her husband’s treatment in Caring for Derek, and Katie Price shared her son’s next chapter in What Harvey Did Next.

Plus, Julia Bradbury charted her medical journey in Breast Cancer & Me, Paddy and Christine McGuinness shed light on disability in Our Family and Autism, while The Wanted’s Tom receives a nomination for his moving cancer study.

Prize giving: Sir Lenny Henry is to be presented with the coveted gold Special Recognition Award at the annual ceremony on Thursday night

Elsewhere, comic Axel Blake wowed crowds on Britain’s Got Talent and Natalie Imbruglia kept us guessing as the triumphing costumed performer on The Masked Singer.

There were head-turning entrances and exits in the Drama Performance category, with Vicky McClure fraying nerves in the debut of Trigger Point, while Cillian Murphy (Peaky Blinders) and Nicola Walker (The Split) both said goodbye to beloved roles.

Plus, Jonathan Bailey took centre stage in the second season of racy period phenomenon Bridgerton.

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award continues to honour those who keep the spirit of consummate showman Brucie alive.

Two Ant & Dec favourites – Saturday Night Takeaway and I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! – are in contention, with competition coming from often-surreal but always-hilarious Taskmaster and A-lister magnet The Graham Norton Show.

In Comedy the heartbreaking final series of Ricky Gervais’ After Life takes on the finely tuned farce of Not Going Out.

Also in contention for the coveted award are Sex Education and Derry Girls, which delivered a fittingly emotional finale that left viewers wanting more.

THE FULL 2022 NATIONAL TELEVISION AWARDS NOMINEES

NEW DRAMA 

Heartstopper

This Is Going To Hurt

Time

Trigger Point 

 

TALENT SHOW 

Britain’s Got Talent

RuPaul’s Drag Race UK

Strictly Come Dancing

The Masked Singer 

 

AUTHORED DOCUMENTARY 

Julia Bradbury: Breast Cancer and Me 

Kate Garraway: Caring for Derek

Katie Price: What Harvey Did Next

Paddy and Christine McGuinness: Our Family and Autism

Tom Parker: Inside My Head 

 

RETURNING DRAMA 

Bridgerton

Call the Midwife

Peaky Blinders

The Split 

 

TV PRESENTER

Alison Hammond

Ant & Dec

Bradley Walsh

Graham Norton 

 

FACTUAL ENTERTAINMENT

Clarkson’s Farm

Gogglebox

Paul O’Grady: For the Love of Dogs

The Great British Bake Off 

 

DRAMA PERFORMANCE 

Cillian Murphy, Thomas Shelby, Peaky Blinders

Jonathan Bailey, Anthony Bridgerton, Bridgerton

Nicola Walker, Hannah, The Split

Vicky McClure, Lana Washington, Trigger Point 

 

THE BRUCE FOSRYTH ENTERTAINMENT AWARD 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway 

I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 

Taskmaster

The Graham Norton Show

SERIAL DRAMA

Coronation Street

EastEnders

Emmerdale

Neighbours 

 

EXPERT

 Jay Blades

Kaleb Cooper

Martin Lewis

Sir David Attenborough

 

SERIAL DRAMA PERFORMANCE 

Mark Charnock, Marlon Dingle, Emmerdale

Paige Sandhu, Meena Jutla, Emmerdale

Rose Ayling-Ellis, Frankie Lewis, EastEnders

 

QUIZ GAME SHOW 

Beat the Chasers

In for a Penny

Michael McIntyre’s The Wheel

The 1% Club

 

RISING STAR 

Charithra Chandran, Edwina Sharma, Bridgerton

Joe Locke, Charlie Spring, Heartstopper

Kit Connor, Nick Nelson, Heartstopper

Paddy Bever, Max Turner, Coronation Street 

 

DAYTIME 

Loose Women

The Chase

The Repair Shop

This Morning

 

COMEDY

After Life

Derry Girls

Not Going Out

Sex Education

 

TALENT SHOW JUDGE

Anton Du Beke

David Walliams

Mo Gilligan

RuPaul

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