Who is Hilary Whitehall? Age and career of Jack Whitehall's mum explored

Amber Peake September 15, 2021


As the fifth and final season of Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Dad premiered on Netflix yesterday (Tuesday, 14 September), some are curious to know more about comedian and actor Jack Whitehall’s mother. We take a look at her life away from her family as fans wonder about Hilary Whitehall’s age.

Who is Hilary Whitehall?

Hilary Amanda Jane Whitehall is best known as the mother of comedian and actor Jack Whitehall. While her son has become famous for his comedy and acting roles, he’s not the only showbiz member in the family.

Hilary pursued a career in the entertainment business and has more than 20 acting credits to her name, according to her IMDb profile. Some of her most notable features in TV and film include Executive Stress, Miranda and London’s Burning.

More recently Hilary, who may be familiar to some under the stage name Hilary Gish, has been seen alongside son Jack and husband Michael as she has appeared in their father and son travel series Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father.

As the fifth and final series was released on Netflix yesterday (Tuesday, 14 September), Hilary took to Instagram to confirm she would once again feature as part of the show:

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Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 5 | Official Trailer | Netflix

Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father Season 5 | Official Trailer | Netflix
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How old is Hilary?

Hilary Whitehall is 60 years old. She celebrated her latest birthday on Instagram in May as Leicester City reached the final in the FA Cup.

Sharing a video with her 101,000 followers, she said: “Thankfully, you only turn 60 once. And it’s very rare for our team to reach the final of the FA Cup.

“As it happens, these two events have fallen on the same day, which, if I’m honest, I could have done without because it’s either going to be the best birthday ever or the worst birthday ever.”

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Jack Whitehall’s parent’s age difference explored

Following the release of the fifth season of Jack Whitehall: Travels With My Father, fans are curious to know the age difference between Jack Whitehall’s parents.

His father, Michael Whitehall, was born on 12 April 1940 and is 81 years old. As Hilary is 60, this means the couple have an age difference of 21 years.

Hilary celebrated her other half’s birthday earlier this year with a sweet snap on Instagram. She wrote: “VERY late to the party on this one because @jackwhitehall kept mine and @fatherwhitehall noses to the grindstone yesterday.

“But the happiest of happiest birthdays to my young (at heart) husband and thank you for 35 (mostly) glorious years with only the odd bump in the road!! Love you with all my [love] Sorry I’m a day late!!”

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Amber is an entertainment journalist with a love for anything showbiz, celeb or reality TV. After graduating with a degree in Journalism at Brunel University she became a Showbiz Reporter at Express.co.uk. Having written for both HITC and The Focus, Amber is now a staff writer for The Focus covering the latest celeb and entertainment trends.