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Emma Forbes
Born 14 May 1965 (1965-05-14) (age 44)
London, United Kingdom

Emma Katy Forbes (born 14 May 1965) is an English radio presenter and former television presenter.



The daughter of Nanette Newman and Bryan Forbes,[1] the family lived in a house next door to Elton John who is a friend. Forbes graduated from the Italia Conti Academy stage school, when it was run by actor Trevor Howard's sister.[2]

Forbes presented the cooking slot on Going Live!, 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 1993-1996.[5] She presented Talking Telephone Numbers with Phillip Schofield for ITV upon leaving Live & Kicking, until replaced by Claudia Winkleman.[6] She also presented the Heart 106.2 breakfast show, alongside Jonathan Coleman, before she left to present on Capital 95.8.[7]

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.)

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.[8]

Alongside Mark Radcliffe, Forbes co-hosted the Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2 for one week in October 2007, for one day on 26 November 2007, hosted the show again for one week commencing 28 April 2008 alongside Radcliffe for one week commencing 29 September 2008 and again 23 February 2009. From the 25th April 2009 BBC Radio 2 announced a new weekend schedule which features Emma presenting a Saturday show from 6-8pm alongside comedian Alan Carr called Going Out with Alan Carr. From Sunday 7 June 2009 she also began presenting the Sunday morning breakfast show on Radio 2, replacing Pete Mitchell.[9]. Emma announced that she would know longer be presenting her Sunday show on BBC Radio 2 on 13th December 2009. Emma will still co present Going Out With Alan Carr on BBC Radio 2

Personal life

Forbes lives with her husband Graham and their two children, Lily and Sam; and Shih Tzu dog Alfie.[10] She suffered from postnatal depression after both births.[2]

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.[11][12] 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.[13][14] Forbes also designs various celebrity charity parties, and food product presentations.[15]

Emma Forbes is also Richard Attenboroughs God-daughter

Forbes is a patron of Great Ormond Street Hospital.[16]


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