Pop princess and TV personality who worked as an advertising model before becoming part of the Spice Girls phenomenon.
Along with her hugely successful pop career, Emma Bunton is also a radio and television presenter and a media personality adored by millions.
Early TV Appearances
She went to St. Theresa’s Primary School in Finchley, then to Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone and later appeared briefly in the BBC series EastEnders in 1992 as a mugger. In 1993, she appeared in the ITV1 police series, The Bill, and also made a brief appearance as a prostitute in the BBC drama series To Play the King.
Emma Bunton joined the Spice Girls (then called Touch) in 1993 after Michelle Stephenson left. Bunton was called Baby Spice because she was the youngest, had long blonde pigtails, wore babydoll dresses and had a girly girl personality.
Emma’s debut solo album A Girl Like Me, released in the United Kingdom on 16 April 2001 by Virgin Records. The album debuted and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart, with 21,500 copies sold in its first week. The singles “What Took You So Long?”, “Take My Breath Away”, and “We’re Not Gonna Sleep Tonight” helped the album stay on the UK Albums Chart for several weeks. In 2001, A Girl Like Me was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies, ultimately becoming the 147th best-selling album in the UK for 2001.
Emma’s second album, Free Me, was released in 2003 through 19 Entertainment/Universal Records. Four singles were taken from it: “Free Me”, “Maybe”, “I’ll Be There” and “Crickets Sing For Anamaria”. After success in the American dance charts the album was sold in North America.
In July 2008, Bunton stood in as co-presenter alongside Richard Madeley on the UK television show Richard & Judy while Judy Finnigan was recovering from a knee operation.
Bunton appeared on the UK series of The X Factor to assist judge Dannii Minogue in choosing the three best over-25s acts to take through to the live shows. In December 2008, Emma Bunton debuted as a member of the panel on Loose Women on ITV.
In February, and again between May and June 2009, she starred as guest presenter on Heart London’s Heart Breakfast alongside Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott. Emma Bunton began hosting her own pre-recorded Saturday drive time radio show on Heart in the Saturday afternoon slot 4–7 pm starting on Saturday 13 June 2009.