Clara Amfo

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Clara Amfo
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Amfo at the 2019 Radio 1 Teen Awards
Born (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 37)
Alma materSt Mary's University College[2]
Years active2009–present
Known forPresenting on BBC Radio 1

Clara Amfo (born 22 May 1984) is a British media presenter and voice-over artist. She is known for presenting her shows on BBC Radio 1.[3] In 2020, she competed in the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing.

Early life and education[edit]

Amfo was born in Kingston upon Thames in London.[4] Her father was a microbiologist who emigrated from Ghana in the 1970s.[5] Amfo attended Burntwood School in Wandsworth, South London, and The Holy Cross School[6] in New Malden before studying media arts with professional and creative writing at St Mary's University College, Twickenham.[7]


Amfo started out as a marketing intern at Kiss FM.[8] Amfo hosted the British premiere of Red Riding Hood, Baby Driver, Tomb Raider, Kingsman and Marvel's Black Panther at Hammersmith Apollo and has reported from events in the UK, including Wireless, Global Gathering, SW4 and NASS festivals. In 2012 she was nominated for a Sony Radio Award in the Rising Star category.[9][10] In September 2013, Amfo joined BBC Radio 1Xtra as host of the weekend breakfast show. In 2013, she was hired as the host of MTV's weekly Official UK Top 40[11] and Top 20 Chart shows, as well as The Official Chart Update and Top 20.[12][13] On 26 September 2013, Amfo appeared on BBC Radio 1's Innuendo Bingo.[14]

In 2015, Amfo became the host of The Official Chart on BBC Radio 1. In February 2015 it was announced she would be taking over from Fearne Cotton as host of Radio 1's weekday mid-morning show – home of the Live Lounge – on 25 May 2015, and therefore be departing from 1Xtra's weekend breakfast show.[3] In July 2016, Amfo became the narrator of Coach Trip on E4. In February 2017, Amfo presented backstage at the BRIT Awards for ITV2. In December 2017, she presented The Year in Music 2017 with Claudia Winkleman on BBC Two. She also presented Top of the Pops for the first time, with Fearne Cotton on BBC One. In February 2018, Amfo returned to the BRIT Awards backstage on ITV2. In June 2020, Amfo was widely praised for making a speech on her mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1, about George Floyd's murder, racism and its effect on her own mental health.[15]

Amfo was a contestant on the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Aljaž Škorjanec. She was eliminated in week 6 of the competition; her elimination was described by judge Motsi Mabuse as the "toughest decision" of the series.[16] Later that year, Amfo co-hosted Fashioned with fashion historian Amber Butchart; the series explored how the history of fashion relates to relates to social movements such as feminism and civil rights.[17]

On 2 February 2021, the paint manufacturer Dulux announced Amfo as the ambassador for the Dulux Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground.[18]

On 20 April 2021, it was announced on Greg James' Radio 1 Breakfast Show that Amfo would be taking over Annie Mac's Future Sounds show on Radio 1 from 30 July 2021, following Mac's announcement she would be leaving the station. It was also announced that Rickie, Melvin and Charlie would take over Amfo's current Live Lounge show. [19][20]

In June 2021, Amfo appeared alongside her brother, Andy, on the third series of Celebrity Gogglebox.[21]

In December 2021, Amfo appeared on the revived series of The Weakest Link and won the competition in episode 1.

In 2022, she will be a guest judge on RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Versus the World.[22]


  1. ^ "Clara Amfo: 'I'm inspired by Oprah. She's my spirit guide'". 4 August 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  2. ^ "Who is replacing Ferne Cotton on Radio 1?". 22 May 2015. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  3. ^ a b Butterfly, Amelia (27 February 2015). "BBC Newsbeat". Clara Amfo announced as new Radio 1 Live Lounge presenter. BBC. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  4. ^ Bim Adewunmi, "Clara Amfo on taking over the Radio 1 chart show: ‘I'm smiling a lot’", The Guardian, 15 December 2014.
  5. ^ Barnett, Laura (4 August 2013). "Clara Amfo: 'I'm inspired by Oprah. She's my spirit guide'". The Observer. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  6. ^ "Schooldays". Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  7. ^ Ian Burrell, "Clara Amfo: Radio 1’s new chart host must placate pop's fan armies – the Swifties and Azaleans", The Independent, 15 December 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  8. ^ "1Xtra Weekend Breakfast Show now hosted by Clara Amfo", Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ Davies, Rebecca (31 March 2012). "Sony Radio Academy Awards nominations revealed, Moyles snubbed". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Radio presenter nominated for Sony award (From Watford Observer)".
  11. ^ Lolade Jinadu, "Clara Amfo lands 'iconic' radio role", The Voice, 15 December 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  12. ^ Hart, Tina. "Tim Westwood departs Radio 1 and 1Xtra as new Saturday night schedules revealed". Music Week. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  13. ^ Peter Yeung, "Who is Clara Amfo?", The Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Innuendo Bingo with Clara Amfo". YouTube, 26 September 2013.
  15. ^ Savage, Mark (2 June 2020). "Radio 1's Amfo makes emotional racism speech". BBC News. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  16. ^ "Strictly fans divided as Clara Amfo eliminated in 'toughest decision yet'". Daily Mirror. 29 November 2020. Retrieved 29 November 2020.
  17. ^ Wynn, Aiden (4 December 2020). "Clara Amfo's new podcast charts the history of fashion". Stylist. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  18. ^ "BBC Radio 1's Clara Amfo made ambassador at Dulux". 2 February 2021. Retrieved 2 February 2021.
  19. ^ BBC Radio 1's Breakfast Show with Greg James - 20 April 2021
  20. ^ "Clara Amfo to become new host of BBC Radio 1's Future Sounds" (Press release). Online: BBC. BBC Media Centre. 20 April 2021. Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  21. ^ "Gogglebox Welcomes Host Of Brilliant New Stars For Celebrity Series Including Clara Amfo". HuffPost UK. 25 May 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2021.
  22. ^ Brocklehurst, Harrison (12 January 2022). "Here's everything we know so far about RuPaul's Drag Race: UK Versus The World". The Tab. Retrieved 12 January 2022.

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Preceded by BBC Radio 1
chart show presenter

25 January 2015 – 5 July 2015
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