Clara Amfo

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Clara Amfo
Born (1984-05-22) 22 May 1984 (age 36)
Alma materSt Mary's University College, Twickenham[2]
OccupationRadio presenter · Television presenter
Years active2009–present
Known forPresenting on BBC Radio 1
TelevisionBRIT Awards (backstage coverage) · The BRITs Are Coming · Top of the Pops

Clara Amfo (born 22 May 1984) is a British radio and television presenter and voice-over artist. She currently presents the mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1, which she took over from Fearne Cotton on 25 May 2015.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Amfo was born in Kingston upon Thames, Greater 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 assorted 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 also announced that 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.[15]

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 candid, emotional speech, part way through her mid-morning show on BBC Radio 1, about George Floyd's death, racism and its effect on her own mental health.[16]

On 2 September 2020, it was announced that Amfo would be a contestant on the eighteenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. She was partnered with Aljaž Skorjanec.


  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. ^ 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". 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. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  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. ^ Butterfly, Amelia (27 February 2015). "BBC Newsbeat". Clara Amfo announced as new Radio 1 Live Lounge presenter. BBC. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  16. ^ Savage, Mark (2 June 2020). "Radio 1's Amfo makes emotional racism speech". BBC News. Retrieved 2 June 2020.

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Jameela Jamil
BBC Radio 1
chart show presenter

25 January 2015 – 5 July 2015
Succeeded by
Greg James