Emma Forbes

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Emma Forbes
Born Emma Katy Forbes
(1965-05-14) 14 May 1965 (age 52)
Hammersmith, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Radio and television presenter
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Graham Clempson (m. 1987)
Parent(s) Bryan Forbes (deceased)
Nanette Newman

Emma Katy Forbes (born 14 May 1965 in Hammersmith, London) is an English radio and television presenter.


Forbes's parents are Nanette Newman and Bryan Forbes.[1] She attended the Hurst Lodge School.[2]

Forbes presented the cooking slot on Going Live!, a position she won after bombarding the production office with ideas for 'makes'.[3][4] She was then selected as co-presenter for the replacement BBC children's show Live & Kicking with Andi Peters from 1993 through to 1996[5] and also presented ITV's teenage problem show Speakeasy.

From 1994 to 1997 she hosted a Meridian Television revival of the panel show What's My Line?. (Her mother had been a regular panellist on the 1970s BBC version of the show.) She has voiced Mummy Hippo in the children's animated series, Peppa Pig. She also presented the Heart 106.2 breakfast show, alongside Jonathan Coleman, before she left to present on Capital 95.8.[6]

Forbes was the face of a long-running television advert campaign for Head & Shoulders shampoo in the mid-to-late 1990s. In 1996, she was voted number 64 in the FHM 100 Sexiest Women Poll, and is still represented by Storm Models.[7]

Alongside Mark Radcliffe, Forbes has co-hosted the Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2. Also on BBC Radio 2 Emma presented a Saturday show from 6-8pm alongside comedian Alan Carr called Going Out with Alan Carr, and a Sunday morning breakfast show, replacing Pete Mitchell.[8] On 13 December 2009, Emma announced that she would no longer be presenting her Sunday show on BBC Radio 2, but she continued to co-present Going Out With Alan Carr on Saturday evenings until April 2010, when she suddenly left the programme. It was later announced that she left because she wanted more days off than her bosses liked and had missed the show a few times up to that point being replaced by guest co-hosts. She later revealed that she didn't really like working on Saturday nights and would rather have her feet up on a sofa at that time of night.

From March 2011, Forbes was a regular discussion contributor on ITV's daytime show The Alan Titchmarsh Show, which ended in November 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Forbes lives with her banker husband Graham Clempson (married September 1987), their two children, Lily (born 1996) and Sam (born 1999) and their Shih Tzu dog Scooby.[9] She suffered from postnatal depression after both births.[2] Forbes was Richard Attenborough's god-daughter.

When she took a professional break to have her two children, Forbes and her journalist sister Sarah Standing created the boutique children's fantasy shop "Semmalina" in Belgravia, London.[10][11] Their other two resultant business ventures are "Star Bags" which creates the perfect 'goody bag' for children's parties; and "Star Grub" – boxes of children's party food to order.[12][13] Forbes also designs various celebrity charity parties, and food product presentations.[14]

Forbes is a patron of Great Ormond Street Hospital[15] and is a supporter of Bolton Wanderers, as was her late father.


  1. ^ "Director Bryan Forbes made CBE". BBC News. 12 June 2004. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Relative Values Emma Forbes and Sarah Standing". The Times. London. 1 December 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "Cult – Classic TV – Going Live (1987–1992)". BBC. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  4. ^ OFF THE TELLY: Children's/Live on Arrival Archived 15 April 2007 on Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "Live and Kicking". Paulmorris.co.uk. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  6. ^ Correspondents, Our (15 September 2003). "Once upon a time there was a pop princess". The Times. London. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  7. ^ Emma Forbes – Storm Models Archived 9 November 2006 on Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ Plunkett, John (27 May 2009). "Zoe Ball to host Saturday early breakfast show on Radio 2". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  9. ^ "Knit your own dog!". Daily Mail. London. 8 December 2006. 
  10. ^ "The ex-directory: Semmalina Clare Coulson visits a wonderland for little girls". The Daily Telegraph. London. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  11. ^ "Standing out". Allaboutyou.com. Retrieved 19 October 2010. 
  13. ^ "The 5-Minute Interview: Emma Forbes, TV presenter". The Independent. London. 3 November 2006. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  14. ^ ACS | The Voice of Local Shops
  15. ^ Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

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