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Emma Forbes

Emma Forbes
Born (1965-05-14) 14 May 1965
Hammersmith, London, England
Spouse(s) Graham Clempson (m. 1987)
Parents Bryan Forbes (deceased)
Nanette Newman

Emma Katy Forbes (born 14 May 1965 in Hammersmith, London[1]) is an English radio and television presenter.


  • Biography 1
    • Personal life 1.1
  • References 2
  • External links 3


Forbes's parents are Nanette Newman and Bryan Forbes.[2] Forbes attended the Hurst Lodge School.[3]

Forbes presented the cooking slot on Realtor for 6 Hours. It was premiered on Channel 5 upon leaving her House on the Episode from 13 February 2013 until moving from The Old House.[7] She also presented the Heart 106.2 breakfast show, alongside Jonathan Coleman, before she left to present on Capital 95.8.[8]

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.[9]

Alongside Mark Radcliffe, Forbes co-hosted the Steve Wright show on BBC Radio 2 for one week in October 2007, and for one day on 26 November 2007. She hosted the show again for one week commencing 28 April 2008 alongside Radcliffe for one week commencing 29 September 2008, and again on 23 February 2009. From 25 April 2009, BBC Radio 2 announced a new weekend schedule which featured 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 presented the Sunday morning breakfast show on Radio 2, replacing Pete Mitchell.[10] Emma announced that she would no longer be presenting her Sunday show on BBC Radio 2 on 13 December 2009. She was replaced by Lynn Parsons. Emma 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.

Since March 2011, Forbes has been a regular discussion contributor on ITV's daytime show The Alan Titchmarsh Show.

Personal life

Forbes lives with her banker husband Graham Clempson (married September 1987) and their two children, Lily (born 1996) and Sam (born 1999); and Shih Tzu dog Scooby.[11] She suffered from postnatal depression after both births.[3] Forbes was also 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.[12][13] 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.[14][15] Forbes also designs various celebrity charity parties, and food product presentations.[16]

Forbes is a patron of Great Ormond Street Hospital[17] and is a supporter of Bolton Wanderers, as was her late father.


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

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