Amanda Holden emotional as she gushes over grown up daughter in new snaps

Britain's Got Talent judge Amanda Holden has gushed over her daughter Hollie as she begins high school.

Posting a then-and-now picture onto Instagram on Thursday, the 52 year old lovingly wrote as the caption: "Wow. Those years just flew past. Year 7 already. Our little #HRH all grown up. We couldn't be prouder of her. Smart, sassy and funny. The most loving girl. Let's do this Hollie."

In this school-starting collage, the younger and grown-up version of Hollie stands beside the family's beloved pet pooch Rudie on both occasions.

commented: "She's so grown up!", while Pussycat Dolls singer Ashley Roberts also shared: "Omg she’s all grown up!!!"

"OMG where does the time go?!!", "Good luck to Hollie" and "She is gorgeous! You have a beautiful family!" read three fan responses.

This comes soon after Amanda swept Hollie and her oldest sister Lexi off to the mediterranean while filming series of Amanda & Alan's Italian Job with Alan Carr for the BBC.

Snapped in a strapless summery dress checking out menus with her loved ones during some downtime, she wrote: "A big GRAZIE to the newly refurbished @laserena_fortedeimarmi for hosting a wonderful few days for my girls and my sister whilst @chattyman and I filmed series 2 of #Italianjob".

Plenty of Instagram space was dedicated to this particular trip, with the former Wild At Heart actress also showing off her sizzling sun-lounging skills in a two-piece orange bikini.

Away from proud-as-punch mum moments, Amanda is still reportedly "embarrassed" by her Neil Morrissey affair scandal from over two decades ago – she was married to new Strictly Come Dancing contestant Les Dennis at the time.

Last month, a source told OK! that Les', 69, upcoming ballroom adventure threatens to tarnish his ex-wife's glossy image.

"She’s embarrassed that people are highly likely to be talking about her and Les again if he graces our screens on Strictly," they said. "She also fears that the scandal of her affair will be dredged up once more.

"She didn’t behave well in that situation or come off positively, so it’s not something she wants dug back up. She never really talks about her marriage to Les in public, or mentions him, and would rather it wasn’t talked about socially."

And yet, BBC bosses are apparently "thrilled" to have the Family Fortunes host onboard.

"The viewers will love Les. He might be about to turn 70 but he’s a showman and he’ll be great entertainment for those watching at home," suggested a second source, before adding how there's "genuine excitement" over him taking part this year.

The OK! source went on to claim: "Amanda has built up such a career in the past two decades since her marriage breakup that many people had forgotten she and Les were even together.

"Now Les is set to be on primetime TV, winning over fans; she’s going to be left cringing as her past is laid bare for the world to see. Les is so likeable, people will view him as the nice guy on Strictly – and that may put Amanda at risk of being seen in a less favourable light."

23 years on from the affair becoming public knowledge, the pair's relationship now seems amiable.

Les himself insisted: "Maybe with time, she has been able to look back and see things differently. We’re not in touch but I am happy that she’s happy. I can watch Britain’s Got Talent without getting angry. To be honest, it’s like watching a different person, someone I’ve never met."

He is now happily married to life coach Claire Nicholson and they have a daughter Eleanor, 15, and son, Thomas, 12.

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