Alison’s nomination has made history (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV)
This Morning star Alison Hammond has reflected on her National Television Awards nomination, musing a win would be a win ‘for everyone of colour’.
The star, who has become a TV icon since her appearance on Big Brother in 2002, will go up against Ant and Dec (who have won the award 19 years in a row), Bradley Walsh, Piers Morgan and fellow This Morning presenter Holly Willoughby for the best TV presenter gong.
And should she come away with the award next month, she’ll be the first Black presenter to win the coveted accolade. In fact, Alison is the first Black person of either gender to have received a nomination in the best presenter category.
Speaking about her well-earned nomination, she told the Mirror: ‘I think if I did win it, I would win it for everyone of colour.
‘I never ever dared to dream this big, this was never even on my radar to be in this category. I might have to make my dreams a little bit bigger now.’
Asked whether the nomination might lead to more diversity at award shows, she went on: ‘I really, really hope so, I do feel change is happening, however, it is slow … I think it’s absolutely wonderful and about time.
‘I’ve definitely seen a shift this year, since 2020. It’s so lovely to see people who look like me working alongside me on the telly. It’s a nice feeling.’
Despite this, Alison’s experience will be tinged with sadness, as she won’t have her beloved mum – who died of cancer in 2020 – at her side.
The much-loved star thinks her mum would’ve been so ‘proud’ of her career success and said: ‘Mum would’ve been absolutely over the moon. She would’ve been so proud.’
It’ll still be a family affair with Alison to be joined at the ceremony by her 16-year-old son Aiden.
She shared: ‘He was just so, so happy. I said to him “listen, I’m not going to win the actual trophy because Ant and Dec always win it but it’s like I’ve won anyway just being in that category. It’s unbelievable.”‘
Competition for the award is already heating up, with former Good Morning Britain host Piers sharing his fighting words on social media in an attempt to grab votes from favourites Ant and Dec.
Credit: Original article published here.