Holly Willoughby stuns in a khaki coat as she takes time off This Morning for ‘secret project’

HOLLY Willoughby rocked the perfect spring coat as she went for a stroll during her mysterious week off from This Morning.

Holly has remained tight-lipped on the reasons behind her week-long absence, but seemed to enjoy the sunny weather during her solo stroll.

The TV presenter cut a fashionable figure in the multi-shade khaki long coat with big buttons down the front.

She finished off the chic look with black sneakers and matching leggings, while she wore her trademark blonde hair down.

At one point, Holly had her hair up in a cute ponytail as she chatted away on her mobile phone.

The mum-of-three carried a grey Coach handbag worth £350, and wore orange rimmed sunglasses, which matched her phone case.

Rochelle Humes has been standing in for Holly, 40, this week alongside Phillip Schofield as the mum-of-three works on secret projects.

Singer Rochelle confirmed that Holly would be back on the sofa next Monday but didn't reveal why the regular host was missing.

Viewers were left disappointed when Holly announced she would not be appearing on the show from Monday to Thursday this week.

While it's not entirely sure why, the star speculated she was working on another exciting project during her absence.

It comes as fans theorised that Holly took a week off in order to kick start her acting career after her cryptic Instagram post.

In the snap, she is smiling coyly at the camera, with six-year-old son Chester laying on her back, his face cropped from view.

In the caption alongside, she wrote: "Vitamin D, caffeine and a side order of distraction from Chester ☀️☕️🐒…

"Working on something else next week which I can’t wait to share with you all…. Thank you to the lovely Rochelle Humes for keeping my side of the sofa warm."

The mysterious picture post prompted many to speculate Holly has bagged her first acting role – this being a plum spot in ITV drama Midsomer Murders.

The presenter "squealed with joy" when she was offered a role live on This Morning last month.

Now one follower has commented: "Thinking it could be Midsomer TV drama. I remember them asking you to join them on the drama and they would see what they could arrange.

Previously Holly, 40, was thrilled when she interviewed Midsomer Murders stars Neil Dudgeon and Nick Hendrix on This Morning and they poached her for a job.

The TV star screamed "are you serious?" as Neil and Nick begged her to say yes.

Even her This Morning co-host Phillip was in on the secret, and said: "I've been waiting all morning for this to happen!"

Phil, 58, teased they had a surprise coming up, but Neil – who plays DCI John Barnaby – stepped in and said: "We’ve all had a big talk about who we want to appear on Midsomer, and we decided we want Holly Willoughby to appear in an episode of Midsomer Murders very soon.

"I’ve been speaking to people upstairs and they’ve been speaking to your people.

"Holly please, I am emboldened here to offer you a role in Midsomer Murders."

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