Feeling a bit chilly, Amanda? Holden braves the cold in extreme plunging white dress to leave Heart radio after celebrating her 50th birthday outside
- Yellow weather warnings for snow and ice now remain in place across swathes of the UK until Saturday
- The mercury dropped to minus 15C in parts of central and northern Scotland in the early hours
- It is expected to be drier on Saturday night but wintry showers will hit again as it gets dark, ushering in more cold
Amanda Holden braved the cold when she was left the Heart Radio studios on Friday after celebrating her 50th birthday outside in a plunging white dress.
With a big smile, she walked out with a glass of bubbly in one hand and a bottle in the other on the day that the Thames froze over for the first time in 60 years.
The birthday girl didn’t bother with a coat and the Britain’s Got Talent star had started the day with her first glass of bubbly warming her up at 6.30am before her breakfast radio show.
Feeling a bit chilly, Amanda?: Holden braved the cold in an extreme plunging white dress to leave Heart radio after celebrating her 50th birthday outside on Friday
Bolly darling: She clutched champagne and a Van Cleefs And Arpels bag in hand
Amanda looked incredible in a white midi dress which had a plunging neckline and rose gold heels.
As she made her way to a waiting car, she was handed a bunch of heart shaped balloons and some stunning flowers to accompany her Van Cleefs And Arpels gift.
Earlier she had cut a glamorous figure as she took to Instagram to pose with her prosecco in hand and revealed how her friends had planned ’50 of my favourite things’.
Gifts: As she made her way to a waiting car, she was handed a bunch of heart shaped balloons and some stunning flowers
Living the life: Amanda appeared in her element as she strutted around with the bottle of bubbly in hand
That’s one way to keep warm! Amanda started her 50th birthday celebrations early on Friday as she knocked back a glass of prosecco at 6.30am
Posing on a deck chair in a tropical paradise, Amanda flaunted her tanned and toned legs in her ensemble.
She teamed the look with red heart sunglasses and pale pink and gold stilettos.
Amanda captioned the shot: ‘Celebrating my birthday early with my Heart FM family So grateful and overwhelmed at the thought and love they’ve put into it.
’50 of my favourite things! Prosecco at 6.30am’.
Brrrr: It was so cold on her big day that the River Thames in Teddington froze over today, left, and during a particularly cold winter in 1940, right
But while she may have convinced herself she was in a tropical location, temperatures in Ravensworth, North Yorkshire, dropped to minus 15.3C overnight on Thursday, having hit a record low for England in February at minus 13.1C on Wednesday night.
The cold snap looks set to continue as bookies slashed the odds on Valentine’s day being the coldest on record to 7/2.
Bottoms up! The BGT judge couldn’t resist enjoying a glass of bubbly as she marked turning the milestone with her Heart FM family, before presenting her breakfast radio show
Celebrations: Amanda captioned the shot: ‘Celebrating my birthday early with my Heart FM family So grateful and overwhelmed at the thought and love they’ve put into it’
Fifty and fabulous: The decadent cake was layered with photos of her family, BGT pictures and her in her underwear
Beauty: Amanda braved the cold in the figure-hugging midi dress
Gentleman: Jamie sweetly held the door open for Amanda
Having fun: The pair certainly looked like they were having a blast as they grinned for the camera
Amanda also shared a snap of herself next to a beautiful bouquet of roses, eucalyptus and stocks.
The television personality doesn’t turn 50 until Monday, but Heart FM’s Ashley Roberts and Jamie Theakston couldn’t resist hosting an early birthday celebration for her.
When Ashley surprised the radio host with flowers and bubbly, Amanda told her listeners: ‘oh I feel like I should wait until at least 7am’.
Amanda tucked into her favourite foods as she was presented with special birthday breakfast made up of all her favourite foods including a roast dinner complete with mashed swede, cheese and coleslaw sandwiches, omelette, salmon en croute, toast and marmite, chocolate digestives and sweets. She also enjoyed her favourite cocktail – a margarita.
Happy girl: Amanda beamed as she left the studios with a huge bouquet of flowers and red heart balloons
Touched: The BGT judge looked thrilled by her colleagues efforts to make her birthday special
Flowers: Amanda also shared a snap of herself next to a beautiful bouquet of roses, eucalyptus and stocks
With lockdown preventing the team from treating Amanda to a nice relaxing massage, they surprised her with a massage chair instead, to which the host joked: ‘Oh my goodness, this is what every lady needs. Oh it’s very vibrate-y – welcome to Valentine’s Day!’
The team arranged for happy birthday messages with a baby photo of Amanda to be displayed on billboards across the UK.
Living it up: Amanda cut a glamorous figure as she took to Instagram to pose with her prosecco in hand and revealed how her friends had planned ’50 of my favourite things’
Amanda told Jamie: ‘Oh my god. It’s me having a wee in the sea. And I have to say, I’m the kind of girl that will always have a wee in a bush. I don’t care where I wee Jamie. Oh my goodness, my Papa took that photo. I’d say that was Hayling Island and I was about two.’
A whole host of celebrities sent in birthday messages, including Piers Morgan, Alesha Dixon, Kylie Minogue and Amanda’s two daughters Hollie, 9, and Lexi, 15.
They said: ‘Hi mummy, it’s Hollie and Lexi here. We want to wish you a happy 50th birthday! We love you and Heart Breakfast too. Bye.’
Back in 2018, Amanda was involved in a hilarious age spat with Simon Cowell, after he jokingly threw her a 50th birthday party.
Stunning: Posing on a deck chair in a tropical paradise, Amanda flaunted her tanned and toned legs in a white midi dress which featured a plunging neckline
Glam: She teamed the look with red heart sunglasses and pale pink and gold stilettos
Amanda was left red-faced when Simon claimed she was slightly older than her 47 years, dubbing that her ‘work age’ as he threw her the surprise bash.
Amanda immediately protested: ‘Oh my god, I’m only 47.’
But Simon immediately quipped: ‘I think we all know, in the entertainment business we have what we call the ‘work age’ and then we have the real age.’
Amanda furiously said that she ‘f*****g hated’ Simon, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, before eventually blowing out the candles on her lavish 50th birthday cake.
It’s been a busy year for Amanda even though she’s not been able to judge Britain’s Got Talent after the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Bosses of the show said that despite the efforts of the teams at ITV, Thames and head judge Simon’s Syco, they were forced to call plans off.
Funny: Back in 2018, Amanda was involved in a hilarious age spat with Simon Cowell , after he jokingly threw her a 50th birthday party (pictured)
They said: ‘With our absolute priority of safeguarding the well-being and health of every person involved in the programme from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to – unfortunately – move the record and broadcast of the 15th series of Britain’s Got Talent to 2022…
‘Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can’t currently go ahead as planned.’
However despite missing out on this major earner, Amanda has managed to have a strong 12 months in which she launched her album, Songs From My Heart.
Postponed: It’s been a busy year for Amanda even though she’s not been able to judge Britain’s Got Talent after the show was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic (pictured 202
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