Ellie Henman

The Sun

Holly Willoughby and Philip Schofield’s secret toxic feud was blown wide open by The Sun’s Ellie Henman on May 11. The shocking story of how the previously inseparable duo’s relationship had deteriorated so badly they no longer spoke went on to spawn a slew of huge exclusives from Ellie and her colleagues at the paper – which eventually led to Phil’s departure from This Morning and an external investigation into bullying on ITV’s most famous daytime show. Ellie’s tenacious reporting into Holly and Phil became the biggest celebrity story of this year which was followed by every single British newspaper and their websites, along with every major television broadcaster and radio stations across the UK. Ellie managed to break a story countless others have tried and failed to do for years. Without her, none of the reports or investigations which have played out since would have ever come to light, let alone fruition.

Ellie is making her name for herself to be first with huge television exclusives – and on November 25 2022 broke David Walliams’ shock departure from Britain’s Got Talent. She told how the comedian jumped before he was pushed by ITV – after foul-mouthed comments he’d made about contestants were leaked into the public domain. Ellie went on to report on the fall-out of David’s departure, including a major backstage row with Alesha Dixon and Amanda Holden refusing to sign their contracts over a pay row with David’s replacement Bruno Tonioli.

The news of Freddie Flintoff’s horror Top Gear crash was broken by Ellie in The Sun on December 14 2022 plunging one of the BBC's most watched and commercially successful shows into crisis. Her accurate, detailed and consistent reportage on huge stories like this prove how accomplished and well connected she has become in the industry. Ellie’s extensive range of contacts meant The Sun could be first with the story, with details of the shocking incident followed up by news outlets nationally and internationally. Ellie’s explosive first story led to huge follow ups in The Sun, including details of Freddie’s seven-figure pay deal and the BBC’s decision to cancel Top Gear – the BBC’s biggest global money spinner which was watched by 350 million in 214 territories - confirmed by the BBC.