The daughter of jazz drummer Syd Halliday, Jilly began her career as a professional dancer. Having appeared in West End musicals – and sung in a girl band – she moved into journalism, writing reviews and articles for top London newspapers. From there she dived into the world of television and has been presenting on QVC since 1994. Jilly also regularly presents for many corporate magazine programmes and appears in training films for blue chip companies, as well as working as a voiceover artist.
I like Italian, so I’d say pasta.
The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. I still have my old copy from when I was little and can’t wait to introduce my children to it.
Do you have any children?
Yes. I have a boy, Taylor, and a little girl, Cassidy.
Do you have any pets?
We’ve got a rabbit called Dude!
What do you enjoy doing?
Days out with the kids – we all like theme parks – and going on holiday. I also love theatre and film.
When are you most happy?
When I’m with my family. I love relaxing at home on a Sunday, reading the papers and watching TV with the kids.
What’s the scariest thing you’ve ever done?
I think I’d have to say jumping out of a helicopter for a TV commercial years ago. Or maybe when I got a job ice skating with two actors in Smurf costumes… The only problem was that I couldn’t skate! Luckily the Smurfs were very understanding and helped me along.
What’s been your silliest moment at QVC?
I’d only just started presenting – I think it was only my second show – and I had to make scrambled eggs. I’d never made them before and they ended up frying in the bottom of the pan… I couldn’t stop laughing and neither could the rest of the crew. I’m pleased to say I’m a better cook these days!
What 3 things would you take with you to a desert island?
A hairbrush, a cappuccino and my mobile phone.
Tell us a joke
Q: What do you call a dog with no ears? A: Anything – he won’t hear you!