Alison Hammond’s BAFTAs gig is reminding everyone about her incredible career path: ‘Adore this journey’

Alison Hammond with her hands on her waist as she smiles on the BAFTA red carpet

In an entertainment industry overrun by nepo babies, BAFTA presenter Alison Hammond is a refreshing reminder that you can reach fame’s dizzying heights simply by breaking a table.

Last night (19 February), Hammond became the first Black woman to co-host the BAFTAs main event, taking to the stage alongside movie royalty Richard E Grant. 

In a room full of the biggest and best that the acting world has to offer, from Cate Blanchett to Viola Davis, you might expect both hosts to be Hollywood veterans themselves. But while Hammond is a household name now, her celebrity beginnings were humble, to say the least.

Following her successful BAFTA gig, fans are reminiscing about she got her first taste of fame when entering the Big Brother house more than two decades ago, and created one of the third season’s most unforgettable moments.

Clambering on top of a wooden table in the back garden, Hammond jumped up and down in an attempt to catch a glimpse of the outside world. But the table buckled under her.

Giggling like a naughty school child, she scampered off, saying: “Let’s go tell Big Brother. Oh, I’m in so much trouble!”

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Despite being the second housemate to be evicted from the series, Hammond’s furniture-destroying antics set her on the path to becoming one of Britain’s most-loved TV personalities.

Sharing their love for Alison’s brilliantly bonkers career trajectory, one fan wrote: “If you’d have told me in 2002 that Alison Hammond, the woman who jumped on a table until it broke and was evicted second from Big Brother, would end up on the world’s stage hosting one of the most-respected award ceremonies, I would’ve absolutely believed you. DESERVED.”

After leaving the Big Brother house, Hammond was swiftly signed up as a guest panellist on ITV’s Loose Women, before becoming a showbiz reporter, and a presenter on This Morning.

With every celebrity mishap, Hammond cemented herself further as the nation’s sweetheart and, if we’re honest, a bit of gay icon.

That time she forced Beyoncé to play Connect Four? Legendary. Her drunken date with Hugh Jackman, and her “marriage” to Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson? Pure celebrity chaos. 

And let’s not forget the moment she pushed an unsuspecting extra into the Royal Albert Dock, in Liverpool.

As Hammond proved once again last night, she is truly one of the UK’s most unrelenting joys. 

“Alison Hammond should have her own chat show,” wrote TV critic Scott Bryan on Twitter, as she handled backstage celebrity interviews like a pro.

Where next for Hammond? From Big Brother to Bake Off or Strictly Come Dancing host, some are predicting. Or perhaps the face of a rebooted Friday Night Project, on Channel 4.

Wherever she ends up, British TV viewers can rest assured that they are never more than a few channels away from Hammond’s signature cackle.

Her co-host said it best: “Alison Hammond, you are unstoppable.”

Richard E Grant and Alison Hammond on stage hosting the BAFTAs.
Richard Grant called his BAFTA co-host Alison Hammond unstoppable. (Getty/ Stuart Wilson/BAFTA)