Emma Forbes

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Emma Forbes
Emma Katy Forbes

(1965-05-14) 14 May 1965 (age 54)
OccupationRadio and television presenter
Years active1971–present
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 pm to 8 pm 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. 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.[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 started a shop in Belgravia, London.[10][11][12][13] Forbes is a party organiser.[14] Forbes is also 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 at the 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 at the 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.
  12. ^ INDEPENDENT TALENT GROUP LTD : Formerly ICM London Archived 29 April 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  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 Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "News and features". Retrieved 30 May 2018.

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