Emma Bunton was born on January 21, 1976 in Finchley, North London. She attended the Sylvia Young Drama School in London before becoming an associate of the all-girl, British pop group the Spice Girls. Emma was known as “Baby Spice,” named for her youthful age and girly style. Bunton’s solo album, A Girl Like Me, reached No. 4 on the U.K. Records Graph.
Brought up in a Catholic family, Bunton’s mom, Pauline, was a karate teacher, and her dad, Travor, was a milkman. When Bunton was 11, her parents divorced, and she lived together with her mother later. She’s a younger brother, P.J., with whom she’s close.
In a young age, Bunton modeled for products like Mothercare, Mentadent P toothpaste and Polly Pocket.
The song hit No. 1 in more than 30 states, and instituted the Spice Girls as a world-wide phenomenon.
In November 1996, the Spice Girls released their debut album, Spice in Europe, that was extremely successful. “Wannabe” soon became the best selling single by an all-female group.
After drifting apart in the late ’90s to pursue other endeavors, the Spice Girls reunited for a number of concerts in 2007 and 2008. In June 2012, the group reunited again, this time to declare the introduction of a brand new musical about the rise and fall of the Spice Girls. Viva Forever!, named following the group’s 1998 No. 1 single, is slated to open in London by the end of 2012.
In August 2012, the Spice Girls, including Bunton, performed in the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, which were held in London.