Emma trained at Valerie Jackson’s Stage 84, The Yorkshire School of Performing Arts, of which she is now a patron. She is also a member of The Theatrical Guild charity.
Emma is currently playing Paula in An Officer and a Gentleman UK Tour, Helen Walsingham in Half a Sixpence at the Noël Coward Theatre, and Alice Fitzwarren in Dick Whittington at the London Palladium, where she made her West End debut aged 18 as Truly Scrumptious opposite Michael Ball in the original cast of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, winning the Arts Correspondents’ Award for Best Newcomer.
Other West End credits include Maureen in Mrs Henderson Presents at the Noël Coward Theatre, Luisa in Zorro at the Garrick Theatre, Jenny in Love Story at the Duchess Theatre, Susan in Desperately Seeking Susan at the Novello Theatre and Shelley Parker in Bat Boy at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Other credits include Betty Haynes in White Christmas at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Rebecca / Angela in Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens at the Criterion, Annie Oakley in Annie Get Your Gun UK Tour, Christine Keeler in A Model Girl at the Greenwich Theatre, Kat in Tomorrow Morning at the New End Theatre, Fran Kubelik in Promises, Promises at the Sheffield Crucible and Ellie Brookes in Sex, Chips & Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Manchester Royal Exchange. Emma has received four Olivier Award nominations for Half a Sixpence, Mrs Henderson Presents, Love Story and Zorro.
Her concert performances include Betty in Sunset Boulevard with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC Radio 2, A Spoonful of Sherman at St James Studio, Johanna in Sweeney Todd with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, Michael Ball’s guest vocalist on his Past & Present Tour and she is a regular on BBC Radio 2 Friday Night is Music Night.
Emma made her television debut aged 14 in Heartbeat and has since appeared in Where the Heart Is, Silent Witness, Casualty, Doctors, Four Fathers, Marple: The Body in the Library and Bleak House. Her film debut was in 2001 playing Kirsty in Steve Coogan’s The Parole Office and she later appeared in First Night with Richard E. Grant and Sarah Brightman.