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DiedFebruary 10, 1863, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States

Who is Emma Rigby?

Born under the air sign of Libra on 26 September 1989, in St Helens, Merseyside, England, Emma Rigby is a 29-year-old English actress and dancer. As a child, she developed an interest in ballet and dancing a general, which brought her closer to acting. By the age of six, she was already a prominent participant in various dance competitions, but by her teenage years, Emma realized that her true love was acting. Her dreams of greatness started becoming reality upon joining a private acting school, and being cast in leading roles in various plays. At the age of 15, she assumed the role of Hannah Ashworth in “Hollyoaks”, one of Britain’s most beloved soap operas in recent history, spending four years in the show, appearing in 196 episodes. Fans also know her as The Red Queen in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”. This young actress has had a scandal-free career, and hasn’t showed any signs of stopping.

Early Life and Education: A Future Star from Merseyside

This Merseyside beauty grew up in a loving family, alongside Carole Rigby and her husband Steven, and with her older sister named Charlotte. Interestingly, she has Iberian and Celtic roots, which is not something many people can say. Ever since she started walking, she developed a love for dance. All it took for her to become hooked on this form of art was her mother taking her to a concert. ‘My mum took me to the ballet at three, and that was the only time I sat still, with jaw open, mesmerised. She brought me home, and I wouldn’t stop dancing.’, Emma said of the experience. After an intense period of dance lessons and competitions, her sights were set on becoming a globally popular actress,  despite which she never disregarded her education. At her General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE) exams, which include a series of tests that verify that a student graduated from high school, she had nine As; she matriculated from De La Salle High School.

Career Beginnings: Born and Bred, Hollyoaks and Hollyoaks Later

Emma made her acting debut at the age of 13, appearing in an episode of the popular TV series “Born and Bred”. After years of classes and small-time plays, she finally got a taste of television and was determined that this was where she wanted to be. However, with the help of her parents, she came to the decision to forego professional acting until she completed her education. Thus, as an ambitious teenager, she returned in her big breakthrough, “Hollyoaks”, as Hannah Ashworth.

Emma Rigby

Critics were amazed by the way Emma took on this difficult role – Hannah was a character with a tragic background. Once a bright and cheerful girl, she started having self-esteem problems, eventually resulting in bouts of anorexia and bulimia. In each of the 196 episodes she appeared in, Emma was praised for her convincing performances, so it didn’t take long before she became a star in Britain. In 2009, she took on the role of Hannah again, this time in “Hollyoaks Later”, a series of unseen footage from “Hollyoaks”. Her stint on the show resulted in a number of awards, including for Best Actress at the British Soap Awards in 2008.

Life After Hollyoaks: Becoming Human, Once Upon a Time, Movies and More

Immediately after “Hollyoaks”, Emma appeared as Eloise in the short film entitled “Talk”, then a year later in 2011, we could see her as Brandy Mulligan in “Becoming Human”. This excellent performance made her even more popular, which lead to other important roles, such as those in “Demons Never Die”, “Prisoners Wives”, “Pramface” and “Girl on a Bicycle”.

The period of Emma’s career after Hollyoaks can be described as a focus on movies. Despite her role as Anastasia, The Red Queen in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”, she seemed hesitant when it came to taking on more recurring roles in TV shows. Her recent works include appearances in “American Violence”, “Actors Anonymous”, “Hollywood Dirt” and “The Festival”. Despite not reaching the same level of consistency she had in “Hollyoaks”, her will to experiment and expand her already extensive repertoire it very impressive. Critics cite “The Counselor” and “The Physician” as her two best appearances on the silver screen.

Personal Life: Does Emma Rigby Have a Boyfriend? Is She Married?

Emma is unmarried – there is not much information about her current relationship status, as she had always been a private person who valued a more discreet way of managing this part of her life. However, when she was seen together with professional soccer player Matthew Mill, Emma couldn’t avoid the rumors, but the two were together only briefly in 2009, during which she was seen cheering her beau from the stands at several games. In 2013, she was seen with singer and TV personality Aston Merrygold, but they separated after a little more than a year. As of July 2019, Emma is single.

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Body Measurements: How Tall is Emma Rigby?

Emma Rigby is 5ft 5in (165cm) tall, weighs approximately 120lbs (54kgs), with her eye-catching vital statistics of 37-25-35. With blonde hair and blue eyes, she is undeniably one of the most attractive celebrities in all of Britain. As for her other measurements – she wears size 6 dresses, size 7.5 footwear, while her cup size is 32E.

Net Worth: How Rich is Emma Rigby?

Have you ever wondered how affluent Emma really is? According to several credible sources, she has a net worth of approximately $2.5 million as of mid-2019, accumulated by starting her career at a very young age and never refusing to challenge herself in terms of acting. Her time in “Hollyoaks” gave her the platform she needed to become one of the best young actresses of the time.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their ratings and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Emma is at all preoccupied with maintaining her involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment, as she doesn’t have accounts on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

General Info

DiedFebruary 10, 1863, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Height1.65 m, 1.65 m
ProfessionActor, Model
NationalityAmerican, British


ParentsCarole Rigby, Steven Rigby
SiblingsCharlotte Rigby


AwardsThe British Soap Award for Best Actress
NominationsThe British Soap Award for Sexiest Female, The British Soap Award for Best Storyline, The British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance, The British Soap Award for Sexiest Female, The British Soap Award for Best Storyline, The British Soap Award for Best Dramatic Performance
MoviesAmerican Violence, Plastic, Endless Love, The Physician, The Counselor, Demons Never Die, Analogue Love, American Violence, Plastic, Endless Love, The Physician, The Counselor, Demons Never Die, Analogue Love
TV ShowsOnce Upon a Time in Wonderland, Hollyoaks Later, Prisoners' Wives, Hollyoaks, Becoming Human, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland, Hollyoaks Later, Prisoners' Wives, Hollyoaks, Becoming Human

Social profile links




Hollywood Dirt2017filmingSummer
omg hi2016TV Movie completedBrooklyn
Actors Anonymous2017Bree
American Violence2017Olivia Rose
A Cinderella Christmas2016TV MovieAngie Wells
Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?2016TV MovieVampire
Death in Paradise2016TV SeriesLaura Hagen
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland2013-2014TV SeriesThe Red Queen Anastasia
Endless Love2014Jenny
The Physician2013Rebecca
The Counselor2013Tony's Girlfriend
The Job Lot2013TV SeriesChloe Granger
Girl on a Bicycle2013Gail
Ripper Street2013TV SeriesLucy Eames
Pramface2012TV SeriesCarrie Ann
Prisoners Wives2012TV SeriesGemma
Analogue Love2011ShortMaggie
Demons Never Die2011Samantha
Fresh Meat2011TV SeriesRachel
Becoming Human2011TV SeriesBrandy Mulligan
Hollyoaks2007-2010TV SeriesHannah Ashworth
A Kingdom Without a King2009ShortAlicia Waterstone
Hollyoaks Later2009TV SeriesHannah Ashworth
Born and Bred2003TV SeriesLisa Gunstone


The Making of Plastic2014DocumentaryHerself
Sunday Brunch2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The British Soap Awards 20092009TV SpecialHerself - Audience Member
The British Soap Awards 2009: After Party2009TV SpecialHerself
Hole in the Wall2008TV SeriesHerself
The Race Against Cancer2008TV MovieHerself
Loose Women2008TV SeriesHerself
The British Soap Awards 2008: The Party2008TV SpecialHerself
Breakfast2008TV SeriesHerself
This Morning2008TV SeriesHerself
British AndyTV Movie documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

Hole in the Wall2008TV SeriesHerself


Won Awards

2008British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest ActressHollyoaks (1995)

Nominated Awards

2009British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsSexiest FemaleHollyoaks (1995)
2009TV Quick AwardTV Quick Awards, UKBest Soap ActressHollyoaks (1995)
2008British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest Dramatic PerformanceHollyoaks (1995)
2008British Soap AwardBritish Soap AwardsBest StorylineHollyoaks (1995)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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