Emma Lee Bunton (born January 21, 1976) is an English singer, songwriter, actress, and television presenter. She is best known as a member of the girl group, the Spice Girls, as "Baby Spice".
Emma Lee Bunton was born on January 21, 1976 in Finchley, London, England, to Pauline and Trevor Bunton. Her parents were split up when she was 11, and she stayed with her mother. She has a younger brother named Paul James.
1994–2000: Spice Girls
In 1994, Melanie Chisholm, Melanie Brown, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham responded to an advertisement in The Stage magazine. All four were originally chosen as the members of the group, along with Michelle Stephenson, but was finally replaced with Emma Bunton. In October 1994, the group began touring management agencies. In March 1995 they parted with Heart Management, and signed with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment. During the summer of that year the group toured record labels in London and Los Angeles with Fuller and finally signed a deal with Virgin Records in September 1995. On 8 July 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in the United Kingdom. The song reached number 1 in 35 countries, becoming the biggest-selling single by an all-female group of all time. In 1999, she recorded "(Hey You) Free Up Your Mind" for the film Pokémon: The First Movie. In 2000, after the release of their third album, Forever, charted at number two in the UK.
2001–2002: A Girl Like Me
Emma Bunton's first solo album, A Girl Like Me, was released in the United Kingdom on April 16, 2001. It debuted and peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart, with 21,500 copies sold in its first week. On September 7, 2001, A Girl Like Me was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for sales in excess of 100,000 copies, becoming the 147th best-selling album in the United Kingdom for 2001.
2003–2006: Free Me
Losing her contract with Virgin due to poor sales, Bunton signed a new deal with 19 Recordings, run by former Spice Girls' manager Simon Fuller, to release her second album, Free Me. It debuted at number seven on the UK Albums Chart and being certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI).
2006–2008: Life in Mono and Spice Girls reunion
In October 2006, Bunton was a contestant in the BBC programme Strictly Come Dancing, partnered by Darren Bennett. She finished third place in the semi-final. In November 2006 her third studio album, Life in Mono, was released.
In 2007, the Spice Girls re-grouped and announced plans to tour as a quintet for the last time for a The Return of the Spice Girls. The group released their first-ever compilation album, a collection of their Greatest Hits and went on tour in December 2007.
2010–2017: Spice Girls musical and Boy Band
Judy Craymer teamed up with the Spice Girls and Simon Fuller and began to develop a Spice Girls musical entitled Viva Forever. They did not star in the show themselves, but had an influence in the production and show's cast. On June 26, 2012, all five Spice Girls were in attendance at a press conference in London to promote the launch of Viva Forever: The Musical. After poor reviews from critics and "a loss of £5 million", the show has its final performance on 29 June 2013.
From June-August 2017, Emma was the judge on ABC's reality singing competition show Boy Band for the first season. Along with Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter and record producer Timbaland, they decide which two boys will be up for elimination in each episode until the top eight will be voted by American audiences to become the final five-piece boy band.
2018–present: My Happy Place
In November 2018, Emma signed a record deal with BMG Rights Management and was preparing a new album. On February 27, 2019, she released the first single of the new album called "Baby Please Don't Stop". In April 2019, she released her fourth album, My Happy Place.
|1992||EastEnders||Mugger girl||Episode: "18 August 1992"|
|1993||The Bill||Janice||Episode: "Missionary Work"|
|1993||To Play the King||Prostitute||Episode: "28 November 1993"|
|1993||Thatcherworld||Josie Jenkins||Unsold BBC pilot|
|2003||Absolutely Fabulous||Herself||Episodes: "Cleanin'" and "Huntin', Shootin', Fishin'"|
|2005||Emma Goes to Bollywood||Herself||Television documentary|
|2005||I Love the '90s: Part Deux||Presenter|
|2005||Comic Relief Sketch Special||Herself||Television special|
|2006||Neighbours||Herself||Episode: "What's a Spice Girl Like You...?"|
|2006||Strictly Come Dancing||Contestant||Series 4 – third place|
|2007||Giving You Everything||Herself||Television documentary|
|2008||American Idol||Guest judge||Episode: "Live Shows: Top 8"|
|2008||Richard & Judy||Guest presenter||Episode: "24 July 2008"|
|The X Factor||Mentor assistant||Season 5, 11 and 13|
|2008||Loose Women||Guest presenter||Episodes: "1–5 December 2008"|
|2009||Ant & Dec's Christmas Show||Evil Stepmother||Television special|
|2009||Eurovision: Your Country Needs You||Judge||Episode: "24 January 2009"|
|2009||Let's Dance for Comic Relief||Judge||Episode: "21 February 2009"|
|2010||Don't Stop Believing||Presenter|
|2010||The Million Pound Drop Live||Celebrity contestant||Season 3, episode 3|
|2010||GMTV with Lorraine||Relief presenter|
|2010–11||Dancing on Ice||Judge / Mentor||Seasons 5–6|
|2012||Absolutely Fabulous: 20th anniversary||Herself||Episodes: "Job" and "Sport Relief Special"|
|2012||The Spice Girls Story: Viva Forever!||Herself||Television documentary|
|2013||Your Face Sounds Familiar||Judge / Mentor|
|2013||This Morning Summer||Presenter|
|2013||I Heart Glee||Presenter||Television special|
|2015||The Rocky Horror Show Live||Narrator||Television special|
|2016||Too Much TV||Presenter|
|2016||Drunk History||Maid Marian / Catherine Parr||Episodes: "One" and "Nine"|
|2016||Murder in Successville||Sidekick||Episode: "Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes"|
|2016||Josh||Herself||Episode: "Share & Share Alike"|
|2016–present||The Lion Guard||Muhimu||Voice; Guest role (UK dub) Episode: "The Mbali Fields Migration"|
|2017||Not Going Out||Herself||Episode: "Hot Tub"|
|2017||Tim Vine Travels in Time||Anne Boleyn||Television special|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars||Judge||Season 3, episode: "Handmaids to Kitty Girls"|
|2018||The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition||Host||Season 4|
|1997||Spice World||Baby Spice|
|2001||Yes You Can||Pop Angel||Short film|
|2005||Pyaar Mein Twist||Kylie Milligan|
|2008||The Queen: A Life in Film||Herself||Documentary|
|2012||Keith Lemon: The Film||Herself|
|2015||Cómo Sobrevivir a una Despedida||Herself|
|2016||Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie||Herself|
Main article: Emma Bunton discography
- Live in Concert (2001)
- Free Me Tour (2004)
Awards and nominations
|1999||Kids' Choice Awards||Favorite Movie Actress||Spice World||Nominated|
|Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Actress: Comedy|
|2001||Smash Hits Poll Awards||Best Female Solo Artist||Herself|
|2004||Meteor Awards||Best Female Singer|
|Popjustice £20 Music Prize||Best Song||"Maybe"|
|2008||Foxy Bingo Awards||Celebrity Mum of the Year||Herself|
|2010||Glamour Awards||Radio Personality||The Saturday Show|
|Arqiva Commercial Radio Awards||Newcomer|
|2011||Glamour Awards||Radio Personality|
|2013||Glamour Awards||Heart Breakfast|
|Radio Academy Awards||Listeners Choice Award|
|Foxy Bingo Awards||Celebrity Mum of the Year||Herself||Won|
|2014||Radio Times||Best Strictly Come Dancing Contestant of All Time||Strictly Come Dancing|
|TRIC Awards||Radio Personality||Heart Breakfast|
|2016||Glamour Awards||Radio Personality|
|2018||Diversity Media Awards||Radio Programme/Station of the Year||Heart Radio||Pending|