This Morning fans' bizarre theory on why Holly Willoughby isn't presenting the show this week

HOLLY Willoughby fans are convinced the This Morning presenter has taken an unexpected week off work to launch her acting career.

The ITV host revealed Saturdays singer Rochelle Humes would be "keeping the sofa warm" in her absence in a cryptic post.

Yet Holly, who spent the past fortnight off-screen during her regular Easter half-term break, remained coy on her new project.

In her Instagram image 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 @rochellehumes for keeping my side of the sofa warm… x"

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.

Another then quizzed: "Could it be Midsomer?"

One then suggested: "I think Holly is working on her Midsomer script," as the presenter was posing with a fountain pen and notebook.

A follower then surmised: "checking your script out for Midsomer Murders maybe?"

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 Schofield 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."

The TV presenter was offered a role in the popular detective drama after she revealed Midsomer Murders was her favourite show and she loved watching it on Sunday nights.

And she quickly begged to be killed off by eating poisoned chocolate.

She said: "I’ve seen every episode since it started way back when.

"I mean, you’re going to have to kill me off really quickly as I’m terrible at acting … can I die by eating chocolate?

"Because I saw an episode where somebody died by eating chocolate and I was like, 'that’s the way to go.'"

She added: "That is so exciting. I want to come up there now, this afternoon!"

And Neil replied: "Well please say yes Holly. Please come, I don't know when this will be but it will be soon."

It remains to be seen whether Holly's fans have her next career move spot on, but she is sure to spill the beans on her return to This Morning next week.

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