Richard Abidin Breen, better known as Abz Love, is an English-turkish rapper, songwriter, DJ, producer and TV personality. Love has sold over 20 million records as a member and the lead singer of Simon Cowell's boy band Five. In 2003, Love released his debut solo album Abstract Theory, which earned him a further three top ten hits. After years out of the spotlight, Love returned to screens on ITV2's The Big Reunion in 2012. In 2013 he appeared on All Star Mr & Mrs and became the runner-up for Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother 12. In 2015, Love starred in BBC Two's documentary series Country Strife: Abz on the Farm, followed by a Christmas special titled Country Strife: Abz on the Christmas Farm. In January 2016, Abz released his first solo single in over a decade, a comedy track called "Cockadoodledoo" with the hope of raising money for his farming project. On 29 June 1979 Love was born in London to Turkish father Turan Sanveren and Irish mother Kathleen Breen. Love was raised on a council estate in Hackney, East London until he left home at 16 to join boyband Five.
He won a scholarship to attend the Italia Conti Stage School where he studied acting and dance. One day his teacher suggested he audition for a boy band, being put together by Simon Cowell. After performing in front of Cowell and a panel of managers, Love was chosen from over 3,000 auditionees to be in the band Five, which went on to have massive international success winning a Brit Award for Best Pop Act 2000, an MTV award and ASCAP awards for songwriting. Love and fellow 5ive members Jason "J" Brown and Sean Conlon were involved in writing many of the band's greatest hits such as "Everybody Get Up", "Keep On Movin'" and "If Ya Gettin' Down". Five were a successful British boy band in the'90s consisting of members Richard Abidin Love, Jason Brown, Sean Conlon, Ritchie Neville, Scott Robinson. Formed in 1997 by father/son management team Bob Herbert and Chris Herbert for Safe management ltd; the band went on to be signed by A&R Simon Cowell. Based on current BPI certifications 5ive have sold an over 1.6 million albums and 2 million singles in the UK alone.
The band split up on 27 September 2001 when new father Robinson convinced the other members to take a break. Love has since stated on ITV's The Big Reunion that he "did not want the band to split and wanted to continue", saying "It felt like they were taking something away from me". After Five split, Love was signed to Sony BMG by Simon Cowell as a solo artist and became the only band member to release a solo album. Abstract Theory had three Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart with "What You Got", "Stop Sign" and "Miss Perfect". Plans for "7 Ways" as the fourth single were aborted despite a music video shot for it; the solo album stalled at number 29 in the UK Albums Chart, leading him to be dropped by Sony in December 2003. On 18 October 2012, it was revealed via Twitter that Five would be taking part in an ITV2 documentary series called The Big Reunion, which featured Atomic Kitten, Blue, 911, Honeyz, B*witched and Liberty X and followed their journey as they prepared for a comeback show at Hammersmith Apollo.
The Big Reunion aired in January 2013 and was an unexpected hit for ITV2, with each episode averaging 1 million viewers. The show revealed what had happened to the bands after finding fame, with 5ive's stories, both as a band and as individuals featured on the show. Viewers fell in love with Love's quirky sense of humour and ruthlessly hilarious honesty. In episode 4 he gave the audience a tour of his vegetable garden and showed off his'curly carrots' which subsequently trended at No. 8 on Twitter. Love's eccentric choices of headwear garnered him attention from fans, with his favourite'rainbow unicorn hat' selling out within days on eBay. Love entered the Celebrity Big Brother house on 22 August 2013; when asked by CBB presenter Emma Willis why he was doing the show he responded, "I need a home cos I'm living with my aunty Wendy". While Love has never confirmed how much he was paid to do the show, it has been speculated that he was offered a £100,000 fee. Whilst in the house, he struggled to integrate with his fellow housemates.
Love made headlines around the world when he confessed in the diary room that he suffers from Aspergers syndrome, a neurological condition that can cause the sufferer social anxiety and affect speech and communication. Despite his shaky start, Love hit it off with former Saved by the Bell star Dustin Diamond, The Only Way Is Essex reality star Mario Falcone and, although they were from different worlds, he grew fond of housemate reality star Charlotte Crosby. During their time in the house, American reality star Courtney Stodden developed a crush on the ex-Five star telling housemate Lauren Harries "Abz is lovely, he's so nice to be around. He's so funny. I'm like obsessed with him now." When asked by Vanessa Feltz why he didn't show an interest in Courtney's "obvious" assets, Love insisted "I honour my girlfriend."Despite his quietness viewers fell in love with him anyway, marvelling at his quirky and creative ways to pass the time and retain his sanity such as pillow stacking, spider watching, bug saving, swan apple carving and face painting.
As the house numbers got smaller Love grew in confidence and was announced as the favourite to win the show. On 13 September, Love was announced behind Charlotte Crosby. In August 2014 Love announced via Twitter that he had left Five, stating: "As of today I am no longer a member of 5ive, thank you to all the fans who supported. I lo
Kerry Jayne Elizabeth Kay is an English singer and media personality. She was a member of girl group Atomic Kitten from 1998 until her first departure in 2001 and again from 2012 until her second departure in 2017, her television work is predominantly in light reality shows. Katona was the winner of the third series of I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! in 2004, making her the first queen of the jungle, runner-up of Celebrity Big Brother 8 in 2011. On 21 November 2012, Katona confirmed she had rejoined replacing Jenny Frost. Katona was born in Cheshire. Katona's maternal grandfather is Hungarian; as a child she was placed in care and brought up by four sets of foster parents and attended eight different schools. She left school at sixteen to become a lap dancer joined a dance troupe that toured Europe. In 1999, 18-year-old Katona rose to fame as a member of Atomic Kitten, an all-female pop trio created by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark frontman Andy McCluskey; the other original members were Liz McClarnon.
Their debut single, "Right Now", was released in late November 1999 and reached #10 on the UK Singles Chart. Their second single, "See Ya", followed in March 2000 and was an bigger success, reaching #6. Following this initial success, Atomic Kitten performed an Asian tour and scored their first #1 hit there with "Cradle"; the album, Right Now, was first released in Japan on 16 March 2000, subsequently released in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2000 following the release of two further singles, "I Want Your Love" and "Follow Me", with a modified track list. In 2000, the group recorded a cover version of "The Locomotion" for the movie Thomas and the Magic Railroad. Right Now was unsuccessful upon its first release, peaking at only #39 in the UK album chart. There were no plans to focus on the global market and Atomic Kitten's record label, Innocent Records, was considering dropping them because of their limited success. However, the record company were persuaded to allow the group to release one more single from the album.
That single, "Whole Again", became their first #1 hit in the United Kingdom and stayed at the top for 4 consecutive weeks. Due to this success, "Whole Again" was released globally and reached #1 in 18 other countries, including 6 weeks in Germany and New Zealand; the song and video for "Whole Again" featured Kerry Katona but she left the group several days before the single's release because she was pregnant. Former Precious singer Jenny Frost replaced Katona in the single was re-recorded. After marrying Brian McFadden and taking his surname, Katona moved into television work, appearing on and presenting a mix of light-entertainment programmes such as Britain's Sexiest... Loose Women, elimiDATE, she appeared on Lily Savage's Blankety Blank in 2001. In February 2004, she won the third series of the British reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!. That July, she and McFadden appeared as judges on the RTÉ talent show You're a Star, used to select the Republic of Ireland's Eurovision Song Contest entry.
On separating from McFadden in September 2004 she reverted to her maiden name. In July 2005 Katona starred in My Fair Kerry on ITV, where she was taught airs and graces to transform herself from ladette to lady, she starred in an Irish drama called Showbands that year. Between 2007 and 2009, Katona was the subject of three MTV reality shows: Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, Kerry Katona: Whole Again, Kerry Katona: What's the Problem? From a peak audience of 500,000 for Kerry Katona: Crazy in Love, viewership for Kerry Katona: What's the Problem?, a series about Katona's bipolar disorder, slumped to just 19,000 and MTV dropped her in August 2009. In late 2009, Katona attempted to become a contestant on Celebrity Big Brother 2010 but was rejected by the show's executives after she failed the required psychological tests. Katona's latest reality show Kerry Coming Clean aired on 24 June 2010. Katona was a contestant on Dancing on Ice Series 6 with English ice skater Daniel Whiston, they were eliminated in week 5 in a skate-off against partner Isabelle Gauthier.
Katona was the first housemate to enter the Big Brother House for the 2011 series of Celebrity Big Brother alongside Amy Childs and Tara Reid and others. She was voted the runner-up in the final after Paddy Doherty on 8 September 2011. In March 2012, Hamilton confirmed that the group were reuniting for a summer tour, including a performance at Diamond Jubilee Concert. Hamilton stated that the group were in talks to star in their own reality TV show regarding the comeback, following on the success of the 2011 Steps reunion and reality show. Hamilton stated that she hoped former member, Kerry Katona, who quit the trio in 2001 before they found chart success, would join them on stage for a performance; the reunion was dismissed by all three members due to the fight between Katona and Frost. In June 2012 Katona performed at Birmingham's Gay Pride singing some of her Atomic Kitten hits including Whole Again and Right Now, it was the first time in over 11 years. However, it was announced on 18 October that the original members of Atomic Kitten would reunite for an ITV2 series along with other pop groups of their era, including B*Witched, Liberty X and 911.
In 2019, Katona appeared in the sixth series of E4 reality series Celebs Go Dating. Represented by publicist Max Clifford, with whom she parted by mutual agreement in October 2008, Katona has had endorsement deals with Iceland and Asda supermarkets. On 17 August 2009, Iceland released Katona from her £290,000 co
Joe Harry Lycett is a British comedian. He has appeared on TV shows including Live at the Apollo, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI, as the announcer on Saturday BBC One show Epic Win, as the presenter on BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee. Lycett was the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year, the runner-up in the 2009 Laughing Horse New Act of the Year, a finalist in the 2011 BBC New Comedy Awards. In 2012, his debut stand-up show Some Lycett Hot was nominated for the Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. Lycett has appeared on television on Live At The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, Celebrity Juice, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Specks, Would I Lie to You?, Insert Name Here and Virtually Famous, was a regular panellist on the E4 show Dirty Digest. He has co-written narration on ITV2 shows The Magaluf Weekender and Ibiza Weekender. Lycett featured on Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled Christmas Special with Jason Manford, Rev Richard Coles and Jo Joyner.
Lycett starred as one of the contestants in the fourth series of Taskmaster. Lycett has made several guest appearances on Sunday Brunch in the absence of one of the regular hosts. In 2002 Lycett appeared in series 2 of Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps when he played Bungle in the episode where Jonny Keogh hired the character from Rainbow and a bouncy castle with his £1,000 scratch card winnings. On the radio he has been a guest on Scott Mills, Greg James and Nick Grimshaw's programmes on BBC Radio 1 and on Richard Bacon's programme on BBC Radio 5 Live. In August 2011 he wrote and performed the short story Spooky and the Van, broadcast in the Afternoon Reading slot on BBC Radio 4. In August 2013 he made his debut on Just a Minute on BBC Radio 4. In September 2016 he took over from Miles Jupp as the host of It's Not What You Know on BBC Radio 4. Lycett was known as "the resident news hound" on Josh Widdicombe's XFM radio show, broadcast on Saturday mornings. In addition to his appearances on various radio stations, Lycett has featured as a guest on numerous podcasts, including My Dad Wrote a Porno, SoundCheck Podcast, The Comedian's Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith.
And the Richard Herring Leicester Square Theatre Podcast. On 12 February 2019 Joe Lycett took over as the new presenter on the fifth series of BBC Two's The Great British Sewing Bee. Lycett was born in Birmingham, his parents are Helen Lycett. He attended King Edward VI Five Ways Secondary School, studied Drama and English at the University of Manchester, was awarded the 2009 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year. Lycett, known to be queer refers to his bisexuality and pansexuality as part of his stand-up routines. Official website Joe Lycett on IMDb
Nicola Rachel-Beth Grahame is an English television personality, writer and fashion designer. Grahame rose to public prominence after appearing on Big Brother 7, went on to star in her own reality television series, Princess Nikki. In 2006, she won a National Television Award for Most Popular TV Contender. In 2010, she finished as runner-up in Ultimate Big Brother. In 2016, Grahame appeared in the fourth season of Big Brother Canada, she finished in sixth place, being evicted on Day 63. Throughout her reality television career, Grahame’s outbursts and tantrums have attracted significant media attention, divided viewer opinion. Grahame has released two books, Dying To Be Thin, Fragile; the autobiographical books are based on her experiences with anorexia nervosa throughout her life. Grahame has described her early childhood as the "happiest ever", however a series of upsets followed, when at the age of eight, her parents divorced and her grandfather, to whom she was close, died from cancer. Grahame was raised by her mother, after her parents' separation.
Grahame—who has been described as a "daddy's girl"—was hurt by the split. Grahame attended London. Grahame’s developed an eating disorder that resulted in her parents having her admitted to the children's eating disorders unit at the Maudsley psychiatric hospital in London, she was kept in for six weeks and released. However, she resumed undereating, several months was rushed to an emergency unit at Hillingdon Hospital, where she was force-fed through a nasal tube, she was transferred to Collingham Gardens child and family psychiatric unit in west London, where her weight was increased and after eight months she was allowed home. For 18 months, Grahame remained at home and attended Northwood secondary school in Hillingdon, west London, before her weight started dropping once again, she was readmitted to Collingham Gardens for six months and to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London where she was placed on a psychiatric and eating disorders ward. Grahame refused to accept treatment willingly and has commented: "I was on a mission to starve myself to death...
I was obsessed." This culminated in several suicide bids. At the age of 12 she stole a packet of paracetamol from the hospital's supplies and swallowed 22 pills. Shortly after, her weight dropped so low that she fell into a coma and at one stage doctors predicted that she was minutes from death. Grahame was force-fed via a tube, stitched inside her stomach, but when she regained consciousness she continuously tried to remove the feeding apparatus, she claims. Grahame was admitted to Rhodes Farm, an eating disorders clinic in Mill Hill, North London, after six months she began showing signs of improvement, she commented: "I woke up one morning and thought,'What are you doing to yourself?'" At the age of 16 she was released from the clinic. She relapsed again, this time aged 18, spent time in an adult eating disorder ward. In the process of overcoming her eating disorder, she developed obsessive-compulsive disorder. In October 2011, Grahame confirmed she had relapsed and was suffering from anorexia again, stating she had checked into her 11th institution and weighed just 35 kg.
In March 2014, Grahame said that she was moving to France as she begrudged being recognised in public. However, in January 2015, Grahame stated to Closer magazine that she had moved abroad the previous year to beat her anorexia. Before Grahame rose to fame on Big Brother, she had appeared as an extra in the BBC soap opera EastEnders, played a footballer's wife in Sky One's Dream Team. In 2003, she was a contestant on the ITV dating show Blind Date. In addition, who has an NVQ in beauty therapy took part in the 2004 Miss Hertfordshire pageant, where she came fourth. In May 2006, Grahame registered as one of the contestants on the seventh series of the Channel 4 reality television show Big Brother, where she entered the house wearing a pink playboy bunny outfit. While participating on the show, she became known for her histrionics and becoming romantically linked to the eventual winner of the series, Pete Bennett. During her Big Brother tenure, tabloid newspapers reported that Grahame had battled with the eating disorder anorexia for the majority of her adolescence, had attempted suicide by taking an overdose of paracetamol several times.
The programme's decision to include a contestant with prior mental health issues was criticised in the media, with experts suggesting that she should not have been allowed to take part. Grahame was nominated for eviction four times during her initial stay in the Big Brother house and was evicted on Day 58, with 37.2% of the public vote. Less than four weeks after her exit, she was voted back into the'House Next Door' by 63% of the voting public, along with three other ex-housemates, she was chosen to return to the main house by the surviving contestants and despite the fact that she had been evicted, she was reinstated as an eligible housemate and was once again given the opportunity to receive the £100,000 prize handed out to the winner. An ICSTIS regulator commented that the majority of complaining viewers believed that they were misled by the makers of Big Brother, as they were under the impression that they had voted to evict the ex-housemate permanently. In the wake of this, ICSTIS launched an inquiry which could have resulted in Channel 4 refunding an estimated £3 million to people who to
Katherine Ryan is a Canadian comedian, writer and actress, based in England. She has appeared on British panel shows including Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, A League of Their Own, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Would I Lie to You?, QI, Just a Minute and Have I Got News for You. In 2015, she replaced Steve Jones as the presenter of Hair on BBC Two; as an actress, she has appeared in the BBC Two sitcom Episodes. As a stand-up comedian, Ryan has appeared on the BBC's Live at the Apollo, both as a featured act and as a lead act. For her work, Ryan won the Nivea Funny Women Award, was runner-up in the Amused Moose Laugh-Off competition in 2008. In February 2017, Netflix released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, which features one of her live stand-up performances on a recent UK tour. Ryan's father, Finbar, is a draftsman and owner of an engineering company, who emigrated from Ireland to Canada, her mother owns an IT consulting company. Ryan and her two younger sisters were raised in Sarnia, Ontario; the three siblings spent time in Ireland visiting their paternal grandparents.
Her parents split up when she was 15. When she was 18 years old, she decided to leave home and chose to study city planning at the University of Toronto. While attending university, she worked at Hooters and began training other waitresses, she was fired from Hooters for writing on her breasts "club sandwiches not seals". In her spare time she undertook open mic nights as an alternative form of personal entertainment and by graduation had developed a basic comedic routine. After graduation, Ryan continued working for Hooters as a corporate trainer, travelling around Canada to train other waitresses, helping to open the only UK branch in Nottingham, her partner at the time wanted to explore London, so she agreed to do so for an initial month from summer 2007, moving there permanently from January 2008. Ryan first appeared on television as herself on Channel 4's 8 Out of 10 Cats in 2012, she had appeared in the cast of Channel 4's Campus. On 23 February 2013, she appeared as a celebrity contestant on BBC One's Let's Dance for Comic Relief as Nicki Minaj dancing to "Starships".
Ryan reached the final, finished in fourth place. Ryan was featured on the Whitney Cummings Just for Laughs 2013 Gala, taped before a live audience on 28 July 2013, she has since taken new routines to the Edinburgh Festival. In 2015, Ryan replaced Steve Jones as the presenter of Hair on BBC Two. In 2015, Ryan became a panellist for Tinie Tempah's team on Sky 1's music/comedy panel show Bring the Noise and on the ITV2 show, Safeword. In 2016, Ryan appeared on series 2 of Taskmaster, she beat Joe Wilkinson, Richard Osman and Jon Richardson, to win the entire series. She went on a comedy tour in 2016, called Kathbum. In February 2017, Netflix released Katherine Ryan: In Trouble, featuring one of her stand-up comedy live performances on a recent UK tour, she joined Jimmy Carr in 2017, to host four series of the reboot of Your Face or Mine? In 2018, Ryan joined The Fix as a team captain. Ryan wrote a weekly column in the British entertainment magazine NME. On 6 June 2014, YouTube comedy duo Jack and Dean released a music video for their song "Consent", featuring Ryan in an acting role.
In 2016, Ryan provided the voice of the stuck up white, odd-eyed cat and leader of The Sunshine Circle for Cats Ranceford in Disney XD and Teletoon's animated television series Counterfeit Cat. Ryan has a daughter named Violet, with a former boyfriend, she and her daughter live in London. Ryan has been open about the cosmetic surgery she has had, saying "if everyone was transparent there would be a lot less fuss." She had a breast augmentation in her early 20s and a second augmentation after a relationship ended. She has faced two bouts of skin cancer. On season 1 episode 6 of Comedy Central's Roast Battle, Ryan announced that she was dating one of the contestants, fellow comedian Alex Edelman. In British tabloid The Sun she said "I don't see him but he's my boyfriend. We've been on-and-off for three years, so he's in some of my stories and he's not, but he's the best one I've dated."Prior to that, Ryan is known to have dated athlete and broadcaster David Hellard from the Bad Boy Running podcast.
Ryan can speak fluent French. Official website Katherine Ryan on IMDb
Ashleigh and Pudsey
Ashleigh and Pudsey was a British dog trick act, comprising trainer Ashleigh Jade Butler and Pudsey, a male Border Collie, Bichon Frise, Chinese Crested powderpuff cross. They achieved prominence as contestants in the sixth series of the television talent show Britain's Got Talent, which they won on 12 May 2012, becoming the first dog trick act to win the competition. On 21 July 2017, Butler announced. Following his death, Butler said that her other trained dog, would take over future events but would "never become Pudsey”. Ashleigh and Pudsey were part of the sixth series of Britain's Got Talent, their audition was held in Cardiff and aired on 7 April 2012. They danced to The Flintstones soundtrack. Although in 2012, four judges were introduced on the panel, on the day of recording Amanda Holden was not able to attend, therefore they performed to the remaining three. With a standing ovation from the audience and all three judges, they were put through to the next round. Simon Cowell said "Pudsey is one of the best dancing dogs I've seen".
They participated in the first semi-final on 6 May 2012, performing to George. They were voted through to the final by the public; the final was held on 12 May 2012. The routine involved Pudsey walking across the judging panel and climbing onto Ashleigh's back; that evening and Pudsey won the 2012 series of Britain's Got Talent, beating classical duo Jonathan and Charlotte. On 2 June 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at Epsom Downs Racecourse in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations. In September 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey were guest judges on ITV2's Top Dog Model; as part of the prize for winning Britain's Got Talent and Pudsey performed at the 84th Royal Variety Performance on 19 November 2012 in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II, which aired on ITV on 3 December. In December 2012, Pudsey played the role of Duchess in David Walliams' TV adaptation of his children's book Mr Stink. On Boxing Day 2012, Ashleigh and Pudsey were judges on ITV talent show That Dog Can Dance!
Hosted by Christine Bleakley. In early 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey were co-presenters on the CBBC programme Who Let the Dogs Out and About? which toured the UK throughout the summer of 2012. Since Autumn of 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey have become presenters of the main show, Who Let the Dogs Out?. In April 2015, Ashleigh and Pudsey were guest presenters at the 10th Young Scot Awards. In July 2016, Ashleigh took part in a celebrity episode of First Dates on Channel 4. In January 2013, it was announced; the film, released in the UK on 18 July 2014, follows Pudsey and three siblings Molly and Tommy as they move to the village of Chuffington-on-Sea with their mother Gail and set out to save the village from their landlord Mr Thorne and his cat Faustus. Pudsey is voiced by comedian David Walliams. From December 2012 to January 2013, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Dick Whittington opposite Stephen Mulhern; the deal is believed to have been worth around £150,000. From December 2013 to January 2014, Ashleigh and Pudsey performed in Dick Whittington opposite Jodie Prenger at the Opera House, Manchester.
From December 2014 to January 2015, Ashleigh and Pudsey starred in Dick Whittington at the Bristol Hippodrome. They played the roles of Dorothy and Toto in the Easter pantomime of The Wizard of Oz at the Playhouse, Whitley Bay on 9 and 10 April 2015. Guest appearancesDaybreak – Guests Lorraine – Guests This Morning – Guests Alan Carr: Chatty Man – Guests Good Morning America – Guests T4 on the Beach – Guests The Tonight Show with Jay Leno – Performers America's Got Talent – Performers Red or Black? – Performers The Alan Titchmarsh Show – Guests Loose Women – Guests Children in Need – Performer Royal Variety Performance – Performers Pet School – Guests Super Famous Animals – Contributors The National Television Awards – Award presenters and performers Celebrity Juice – Guest panellists The British Animal Honours – Award presenters The British Soap Awards – Award presenters Britain's Got Talent – Guest performers Sam & Mark's Big Friday Wind-Up – Guests Britain's Got More Talent – Guests Good Morning Britain – Guests Weekend – Guests Celebrity Squares – Guest The Gadget Show – Guests Phillip's 24 Hour Marathon for Text Santa – Guests Pointless Celebrities – Contestants Reality Bites – Guest, Ashleigh only Crufts 2015 – Contestants in Dog agility Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway –'Who Shot Simon Cowell?'
Sketch The Saturday Show – Guests Celebrity First Dates – Participant, Ashleigh only Ultimate Brain On 11 October 2012, Pudsey's "official" autobiography, Pudsey: My autobidography, was published by the Sphere imprint of publisher Little, Brown. The book formed part of a £100,000 publishing deal with Ashleigh Butler. Since June 2012
Emma Lee Bunton is an English singer, songwriter and radio and television presenter. She is a member of the girl group the Spice Girls formed in the 1990s, in which Bunton was nicknamed Baby Spice. In 2013, she began as a radio presenter on the Heart Breakfast Show in London with Jamie Theakston and presenting her own show on Sunday evenings, she left the breakfast show in 2018. Bunton's debut solo album, A Girl Like Me, was released in April 2001 by Virgin Records; the album peaked at number four on the UK Albums Chart. It was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry for sales in excess of 100,000 copies becoming the 147th best-selling album in the UK for 2001; the album spawned the UK and New Zealand number-one single "What Took You So Long?", as well as the top five singles "What I Am" and "Take My Breath Away" and the top 20 single "We're Not Gonna Sleep Tonight". Bunton's second studio album, Free Me, was released in February 2004 through 19 Entertainment. Four singles were taken from it: "Free Me", "Maybe", "I'll Be There" and "Crickets Sing for Anamaria".
The album was released in the United States, some of the singles impacting upon the US dance charts. After the release of her third studio album, Life in Mono, Bunton reunited with the Spice Girls in 2007 for an international tour and greatest hits album. From 2003 to 2012 Bunton had a recurring role on the BBC comedy series Absolutely Fabulous, she performed at the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony on 12 August 2012 with The Spice Girls. This would be the last time. Since 2018, Bunton has reunited as the Spice Girls with Geri Halliwell, Melanie C and Mel B. Bunton's television appearances include being a judge on the ITV celebrity skating show Dancing on Ice and entertainment series Your Face Sounds Familiar. In addition, she voices the character Muhimu in the UK version of the episode “The Mbali Fields Migration” of Disney Junior's series The Lion Guard. Bunton released her first single in 12 years, "Baby Please Don't Stop" in February 2019, in preparation for her fourth studio album My Happy Place.
Emma Lee Bunton was born in North London. Her parents, Pauline, a karate instructor, Trevor Bunton, a milkman, split up when she was 11, after which she stayed with her mother, she has Paul James. As stated in a TV interview with Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford on This Morning during August 2016, Bunton's maternal family originate in County Wexford, Ireland. Bunton went to St Theresa's Roman Catholic Primary School in Finchley, she enrolled in the Sylvia Young Theatre School. At the SYTS, she became friendly with Keeley Hawes. Bunton appeared in the BBC soap opera EastEnders in 1992 as a mugger. In 1993, Bunton appeared in the ITV police drama, The Bill, made a brief appearance as a prostitute in the BBC drama series To Play the King. Bunton appeared in a public information film for the British government concerning fire safety. In 1994, Melanie C, Mel B, Geri Halliwell, Victoria Beckham responded to an advertisement in The Stage magazine. Around 400 women who answered the ad went to Dance Works studios.
Halliwell, Chisholm and Brown were chosen as the members of the group, along with Michelle Stephenson, who due to her lack of commitment was replaced with Abigail Kis but for only a short while was replaced with Bunton. The group felt insecure about the lack of a contract and were frustrated by the direction in which Heart Management was steering them. In October 1994, armed with a catalogue of demos and dance routines, the group began touring management agencies, they persuaded Bob Herbert to set up a showcase performance for the group in front of industry writers, producers and A&R men in December 1994 at the Nomis Studios in Shepherd's Bush where they received an "overwhelmingly positive" reaction. Due to the large interest in the group, the Herberts set about creating a binding contract for the group. Encouraged by the reaction they had received at the Nomis showcase, all five members delayed signing contracts on the legal advice from, amongst others, Adams' father Anthony Adams. In March 1995, because of the group's frustration at their management's unwillingness to listen to their visions and ideas, they parted with Heart Management.
The group began a relationship with Simon Fuller of 19 Entertainment and signed with him in March 1995. During the summer of that year the group toured record labels in London and Los Angeles with Fuller and signed a deal with Virgin Records in September 1995. From this point on, up to the summer of 1996, the group continued to write and record tracks for their debut album while extensively touring the west coast of the United States, where they had signed a publishing deal with Windswept Pacific. On 8 July 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut single "Wannabe" in the United Kingdom. In the weeks leading up to the release, the video for "Wannabe", got a trial airing on The Box music channel; the song proved reaching number 1 in 35 countries. And becoming the biggest-selling single by an all-female group of all time, it was followed by nine further number-one singles from their albums Spice and Forever. Each member of the group received a nickname from the media. Bunton was named "Baby Spice".
Other successful releases followed, including "Say You'll Be There" and "2 Become 1" from Spice, "Spice Up Your Life", "Too Much" and "Viva Forever" from Spiceworld. In 1999, she presented Emma on VH1, she recorded " Free Up Your Mind" for the film Pokémon: The First Movie. In 2000, after the release of their third albu