Singer Jane McDonald will replace Phillip Schofield as the host of the British Soap Awards this weekend.

She is taking on the role after the former This Morning presenter stepped down from hosting the ceremony.

Mr Schofield quit ITV after it emerged he had an extramarital affair with a younger male colleague and had lied about it.

Here is what we know about the new host.

Who is Jane McDonald?

The Wakefield-born singer spent much of her early career performing in pubs and clubs and then landed work on cruise ships. She came to wider attention in 1998 when she appeared in the BBC show The Cruise.

That same year, Ms McDonald released a self-titled album that topped the UK album charts, remaining there for three weeks.

She has had four top-10 albums and has toured and performed at venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the London Palladium. She also took on the role of Grizabella in the musical Cats.

As well as her singing she has carved out a successful career as a presenter and co-hosted shows including the ITV show Loose Women between 2004 and 2014.

Other work has included her Channel 5 travel show Cruising with Jane McDonald, which earned her a British Academy Television Award.

She has also presented her own shows Jane & Friends, Holidaying with Jane McDonald, and Jane McDonald: My Yorkshire on Channel 5.

She will take his place on stage at The Lowry in Salford Quays on Saturday to honour the best in soap.

It will mark a huge change for the show as Mr Schofield has been a regular fixture since 2006. From 2006 to 2008 he co-hosted the awards with Fern Britton. Thereafter he took on solo presenting duties.

Why did Phillip Schofield stand down from presenting the British Soap Awards?

Schofield had previously confirmed he would host the awards when he left This Morning on 20 May.

However, he stepped down from the ceremony, his last public commitment, when he quit ITV.

In a statement to the Daily Mail last Friday, he admitted to having a relationship with a much younger man who worked with him on This Morning, and later lied about it.

He described the affair as “unwise but not illegal”.

In the statement he said: “I am resigning from ITV with immediate effect, expressing my immense gratitude to them for all the amazing opportunities that they have given me.

“I will reflect on my very bad judgement in both participating in the relationship and then lying about it.”

His This Morning co-host, Holly Willoughby, released a statement on Instagram saying it had been “very hurtful” to discover her former colleague Mr Schofield had lied to her about the affair.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 28: Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield pose with the award for Live Magazine Show for 'This Morning' in the winners room attends the National Television Awards 2020 at The O2 Arena on January 28, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby in happier times
(Photo: Gareth Cattermole/Getty)

His agent YMU Group also cut ties with him.

Since then the charity The Prince’s Trust, founded by the King, has dropped him as an ambassador stating that it was “no longer appropriate” for it to work with the presenter.

What has happened at ITV ?

On Wednesday, ITV instructed a barrister to carry out an external review of the facts following Mr Schofield’s departure from This Morning and subsequent press statements, according to a letter from chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall.

The letter was sent to Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer, DCMS chairwoman Dame Caroline Dinenage and Ofcom chief executive Dame Melanie Dawes in the wake of Schofield’s departure from ITV last week.

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