20 September 1968
|Other names||Philippa Clare Ryan Hamilton James|
|Education||Westgate School, Peter Symonds College|
|Alma mater||University of Birmingham|
|Occupation||Television & radio presenter, producer, author|
|Charlie Hamilton James (2004-present)|
Forrester was educated at Westgate School, a co-educational comprehensive school in Winchester, Hampshire, and at Peter Symonds College in the same city. She holds a degree in English from the University of Birmingham, where she appeared on the internal Students Guild television station.
Forrester first worked as a children's presenter for BFBS television in 1986, and was often seen reading out birthday cards onscreen. She became a presenter on Children's BBC from the late 1980s, becoming a more regular fixture alongside Toby Anstis from July 1990 until 1994. She then went on to host many programmes including Tomorrow's World, Barking Mad, The Heaven and Earth Show and Robot Wars series 1-3 and 5 and 6, before being replaced by Jayne Middlemiss in series 7.
She also co-presented the BBC's coverage of the solar eclipse of August 1999. At the end of the same year she was also part of the corporation's team covering the turn of the new millennium, and was duped into appearing on the spoof documentary Brass Eyes 2001 paedophilia special, in which she wore a large pair of gloves, and explained how a paedophile could use them to touch children through a screen, such as a television screen.
In September 2013, she made a TV comeback co-presenting the BBC show Harvest, which followed the progress of Britain's vegetable, cereal and fruit harvests.
Forrester's first collaboration with her husband was My Halcyon River. Following its success, in 2003 they set up a production company, Halcyon Media, which specialises in wildlife productions. In 2007, they co-produced An Otter in the Family, a short documentary series about the adoption of an otter cub called Grace and their attempts to raise her as a wild animal in order to be released into the wild.
Forrester and her husband also produced the four-part Halcyon River Diaries, the first episode of which was broadcast in May 2010 on BBC1. The series follows the wildlife found near their home. An additional episode was shown at Christmas 2010.
She is an avid environmentalist, and became a vegetarian after eating a vegetarian sausage on Robot Wars. She took a part-time degree in Ecology and Conservation at Birkbeck, University of London while presenting Tomorrow's World.
She has been vice president of St Tiggywinkles wildlife hospital and Patron of the Seahorse Trust with Nick Baker, Vice President of the Avon Wildlife Trust with Simon King, and is a brand ambassador for Anglian Windows.