Emma is originally from Formby, a small coastal town just north of Liverpool, famous for the rare species of red squirrel that inhabit the woodlands there.
Emma trained in dance at the Formby School of Dance, gained a BA(Hons) in English Literature and Theatre Studies from the University of Leeds, and then went on to train as an actor at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Her work since graduating has taken Emma all over the world. She toured China and Australia with the National Theatre in their Tony and Olivier award winning production of ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’ and played the role of Maggie in the Scandinavian premiere of Anna Jordan's Bruntwood Prize winning play ‘Yen’ for Gothenburg English Studio Theatre.
Fans of ‘Emmerdale’ on ITV will recognise Emma from her recurring role as DC Terry. She has also appeared on British television in a variety of guest roles, including ‘Silent Witness’ (BBC), 'Coronation Street' (ITV) and ‘Downton Abbey’ (ITV).
Emma founded and runs Reduced Circumstances, a theatre company dedicated to developing and showcasing artists and their ideas. They have produced the world premieres of two plays: ‘Torn Out Pages’ (Edinburgh Festival) and ‘Call Me If You Feel Too Happy’ (Edinburgh Festival, Old Red Lion, UK and International Tour) as well as a revival of Sarah Kane’s play ‘Phaedra’s Love’ (Arcola Theatre). Further information about their work can be found at www.reducedcircumstances.co.uk.
Emma enjoys working with young performers as an acting coach. She teaches across London, most regularly at the Anna Fiorentini Theatre & Film School, as well as privately, giving students and professional actors 1:1 tuition on audition preparation.
In 2009, Emma directed 'Six Parties' by William Boyd for the National Theatre Connections Festival. Starring John Boyega, the play was performed at the Rose Theatre Kingston, before being selected as one of the winning productions to be performed at the National's Cottesloe Theatre.