Where The Haberdashery Coffee House, Crouch End, north London
Now you’ve got two kids (Isabelle, three, and Ace, 10 months), is it more tea and cake than boozy nights out these days?
Very much so. Hangovers and kids don’t mix. If I go out, I have a couple of drinks and go home so I don’t feel rotten when the baby starts crying at 5am.
Did you feel pressure in the past to look perfect all the time?
I hate all that “circle of shame” stuff. We’ve all got cellulite! Women shouldn’t be having a pop at each other, we should have each other’s backs.
How’s Matt at dealing with the 5am nappy changes?
He’s great. He’s like a big kid so he’s always playing with them. We split everything and if I’m knackered he’s like: “No, you stay in bed, babe”.
We loved this year’s Celebrity Big Brother. Who’s your ultimate contestant?
Brian Dowling was always my ultimate housemate, and Mark Owen – I’m a sucker for anyone who has a genuine experience in there.
Who else would you like to see on there?
Richard and Judy. I’d like to see a couple go in. They’ve not done that on CBB yet. Joan Rivers or Boy George would be cracking, too.
Which celebrity has surprised you the most when you’ve met them?
John McCririck was so frustrating on screen, but he’s such a nice man. He calls me Pixie and when he comes on the show he says: “Listen here Pixie, you stop telling people I’m nice!”
Would you ever do a reality show?
I’d never go into the jungle – I couldn’t deal with bugs. And I don’t know how anyone does Dancing On Ice because that’s the scariest one of all – you could slice your fingers off or break a bone! But I would love to do Strictly. I really want to learn how to dance like that.
You’re presenting a new dating show – are you the new Cilla Black?
Ooh, I hope so! I love matchmaking, but I’ve never been very successful. I always think my friends will be so good together and then it doesn’t work out. Hopefully it’ll be easier with people I don’t know.
Are you glad you’re not still on the dating scene?
So glad. I went on a date when I’d just moved to London. We went to this bar and it didn’t have signs on the toilets. I went to the loo and heard someone come in and start weeing. I looked under the door and saw a load of men’s feet and urinals! I was so embarrassed I sat in the toilet until the pub closed. There was no second date.
How do you keep the romance alive with Matt?
We may function for these two little people but we still do things for us. We go to the cinema or get something to eat and you have to engage with each other. I’d hate to be one of those couples that sit in a restaurant in total silence. I catch myself doing it and I start panicking and saying: “Are we that couple now?” and Matt’s like: “Emma, just chill!”
● Watch Girlfri3nds, Wednesdays, 9pm, ITV2.
Unidentified stains on Emma’s skinny jeans 1 (“I thought it was Isa’s drool, but I think it’s Calpol”)
Massive chicken salads devoured by Emma 1
Cappuccinos drunk to get adequate foam moustaches 3
Times she apologised for “all the chewing” 4