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Emma Bunton

Facts about Emma Bunton

Date of Birth:21 January 1976
Birthplace:Barnet, Hertfordshire
First Name:Emma
Middle Name:Lee
Last Name:Bunton
Height:5' 2" (157 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Aquarius
Claim to Fame:Baby Spice
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Rock
Alternative Names:Baby Spice, Em
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Biography for Emma Bunton

Emma Lee Bunton (born 21 Jan. 1976 (44 years ago)) is an English pop singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. Bunton is best known for being a member of the successful '90s girl group, the Spice Girls, in which she was known as "Baby Spice" as she was the youngest member and often wore revealing "babydoll" dresses.

Early life

Bunton was born in Finchley, raised a Catholic, and grew up in Woodside Park, both in the London borough of Barnet. Her parents, Pauline, a karate instructor, and Trevor, a milkman, split up when she was eleven; she stayed with her mother. She has a younger brother, Paul James. Bunton started off at Underhill primary school, in Barnet. Then Bunton went to the Sylvia Young Theatre School in Marylebone; in 1993 (27 years ago) she appeared in the ITV1 police series The Bill and also auditioned (although unsuccessfully) for the role of Bianca (played by Patsy Palmer) in the BBC soap EastEnders; she had previously appeared briefly in the soap in 1992 (28 years ago), as a mugger who attacked the character Jules Tavernier, played by Tommy Eytle.

Spice Girls (1994-2008)

She joined the Spice Girls (then still called Touch) in 1994 (26 years ago) after the original fifth Touch member, Michelle Stephenson left the group. The group became one of the most successful musical acts of the 1990s, selling 35 million albums with studio releases Spice in 1996 (24 years ago), Spiceworld in 1997 (23 years ago), and Forever in 2000 (20 years ago). Emma was called Baby Spice because she was the youngest of the group, wore her long blonde hair in pigtails, wore babydoll dresses, had an innocent smile, and had a girly girl personality. When the group appeared on the Oct. 5, 1997 (23 years ago), episode in the BBC TV programme The O-Zone, she revealed that she had just had her ears pierced for the very first time. Their debut single "Wannabe" became the first of a string of number ones in the United Kingdom (nine in total) and reached the top position in thirty seven countries around the globe. As a songwriter, Bunton - as part of the Spice Girls - set the record for the shortest time to achieve 6 #1 UK singles, taking 1 year 5 months from Wannabe's first week at #1 to the ascent of Too Much. This outpaced Lennon/McCartney, who took 1 year 6 months (From Me to You through I Feel Fine). In 1999 (21 years ago) she presented her own music show Emma on VH1. She had also recorded the song "(Hey You) Free Up Your Mind" for the anime movie Pokemon: The First Movie. The Spice Girls stopped recording in 2000; many rumours circulated about a reunion for the group's tenth anniversary but nothing materialised until Jun. 2007 (13 years ago) when they reformed for The Return of the Spice Girls tour and Greatest Hits CD.

Solo career (2001-2007)

Her debut solo album entitled A Girl Like Me spawned the UK number-one hit "What Took You So Long?" as well as the top five hits "What I Am" (a cover of a 1988 (32 years ago) song earlier recorded by Edie Brickell & New Bohemians) and "Take My Breath Away" (which has nothing to do with Berlin's 1986 (34 years ago) hit), and the top twenty hit "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight". The album sold approximately 125,000 copies in the UK. Due to the disappointing sales of the project, Bunton parted with Virgin in 2002 (18 years ago).

Bunton's second album Free Me was released in 2003 (17 years ago) by 19 Entertainment through Universal Music. It was commercially successful and had four singles, "Free Me", "Maybe", "I'll Be There" and "Crickets Sing For Anamaria". After success in the American dance charts the album was also released in North America. The American edition included bonus remixes and a different cover to the UK edition.

In Nov. 2006 (14 years ago), Bunton released the official charity single for the BBC Children in Need appeal, recording a cover of Petula Clark's '60s classic "Downtown". It peaked at number three on the UK Singles Chart and was followed by her third studio album, Life in Mono, released on 4 December. The album entered the UK Albums Chart at number sixty-five, selling approximately 13,000 copies in its first week. To date, it has sold around 48.000 copies in the UK. The second single from it was "All I Need to Know", released on 12 Feb. 2007 (13 years ago), intended for the Valentine's Day market. Bunton shot the video around Old Street in East London, in the week before Christmas 2006 (14 years ago). Entering the UK Singles Chart at number sixty, "All I Need to Know" became Bunton's lowest-charting single of her solo career.

Spice Girls reunion (2007-2009)

On 28 Jun. 2007 (13 years ago), it was announced that Bunton would be reuniting with the Spice Girls for a world tour and Greatest Hits collection release. It's been confirmed Bunton will be working with Timbaland on his new album.

TV, movie and radio

In Oct. 2006 (14 years ago), Bunton appeared as one of the celebrity contestants in the autumn 2006 (14 years ago) series of the popular BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing and was partnered with professional dancer Darren Bennett. Despite being the bookies' favourite, she finished in third place, and was the final female contestant to be eliminated.

She has also appeared in other roles in recent years, most notably in the fifth and final season of Absolutely Fabulous playing herself in two episodes. She has also guest-presented the TV programmes, T4 and hosted her own show Emma for VH1 in 1999 (21 years ago). In Aug. 2006 (14 years ago), former Spice Girls' manager Simon Fuller announced that he was planning a TV sitcom based around Bunton.

In 2005 (15 years ago), Bunton filmed guest roles in two Bollywood films: Pyaar Mein Twist and Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets.

Bunton has been seen in a high-profile TV commercial for the supermarket chain Tesco. She also had a cameo role on the Australian soap opera Neighbours as herself on the episode titled "What's a Spice Girl Like You...?", aired on Mar. 19, 2007 (13 years ago) in Australia, and on May 25, 2007 (13 years ago) in the UK. Bunton returned to US screens with a nationwide commercial for Prego in May2007.

In Jul. 2008 (12 years ago), Bunton stood in as co-presenter alongside Richard Madeley on the UK TV show Richard & Judy while Judy Finnigan was recovering from a knee operation.

She is planning on making a return to acting as stated on her blog.

Bunton was also co-hosting ITV's For one night only on sep. 28, 2008 (12 years ago).

In Oct. 2008 (12 years ago), Bunton appeared on the UK series of The X Factor to assist judge Dannii Minogue (55 walls) in choosing the three best over-25s acts to take to the live X Factor finals.

In dec. 2008 (12 years ago) Bunton debuted as a member of the panel on Loose Women on ITV.

In Feb. and again between May and Jun. 2009 (11 years ago) she starred as guest presenter on Heart London's Heart Breakfast alongside Jamie Theakston and Harriet Scott. Bunton will be hosting her own radio show on Heart; she will be hosting the Saturday afternoon slot 4pm - 7pm starting on Saturday 13th June. Emma Joins Heart


  • Spiceworld The Movie
  • Pyaar Mein Twist
  • Chocolate: Deep Dark Secrets

TV-shows (series)

  • The Bill
  • EastEnders
  • The Norm Show
  • Absolutely Fabulous
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • The X Factor
  • Eurovision: Your Country Needs You
  • Let's Dance for Comic Relief


  • Albums:
  • A Girl Like Me
  • Free Me
  • Life In Mono
  • Singles:
  • "What I Am" (Tin Tin Out feat. Emma Bunton)
  • "What Took You So Long?"
  • "Take My Breath Away"
  • "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight"
  • "A Girl Like Me"
  • "Free Me"
  • "Maybe"
  • "I'll Be There"
  • "Crickets Sing for Anamaria"
  • "Downtown"
  • "All I Need to Know"


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