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DiedFebruary 10, 1863, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
  • Emma Rigby began showing interest in ballet and dancing from a young age, leading her towards acting. By six, she was already participating in various dance competitions.
  • At 15, Emma landed the role of Hannah Ashworth in the British soap opera “Hollyoaks,” marking her major acting debut and earning her significant recognition.
  • After “Hollyoaks,” Emma expanded her career into films, taking roles in projects like “American Violence” and “The Counselor.”
  • Known for maintaining a private personal life, Emma has had brief relationships with public figures, including Matthew Mill and Aston Merrygold, but is single as of 2024.
  • Despite her early success, Emma continues to challenge herself in the acting world, not showing any signs of stopping and maintaining a scandal-free career.

Who is Emma Rigby?

Born under the air sign of Libra on 26 September 1989, in St Helens, Merseyside, England, Emma Rigby is a 35-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 a 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 shown 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. She recalled that it was the only time she had sat still, mesmerized. When she got back home, she just couldn’t stop dancing. 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.

Full NameEmma Catherine Rigby
Known ForPortraying Hannah Ashworth in “Hollyoaks”, Red Queen in “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland”
OccupationActress, Model
EducationLeft De La Salle High School in 2006 to focus on her acting career. Received 9 A/A* at GCSEs.
Net Worth$1 million (as of February 2024)
SiblingsCharlotte Rigby (Older Sister)
ParentsSteven Rigby (Father), Carole Rigby (Mother)
Date of BirthSeptember 26, 1989
Zodiac SignLibra
Place of BirthSt Helens, Merseyside, England, UK
EthnicityMixed (Iberian, Celtic, and European)
Hair ColorBlond
Eye ColorBlue
Bra Size32E
Height5 ft 5 in or 165 cm
Weight54 kg or 119 pounds
Measurements37-25-35 in or 94-63.5-89 cm
AwardsBest Actress at the British Soap Awards in 2008
HobbiesDancing, Acting

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

Following her stint on “Hollyoaks,” Emma swiftly transitioned into the role of Eloise in “Talk,” showcasing her versatility. Just a year later, in 2011, she captivated audiences as Brandy Mulligan in “Becoming Human,” solidifying her status as a rising star. This breakthrough performance garnered widespread acclaim, propelling her into further significant roles in projects like “Demons Never Die,” “Prisoners Wives,” “Pramface,” and “Girl on a Bicycle.” Emma’s talent continued to shine, earning her recognition and admiration across the industry.

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 is 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 2024, Emma is single.

Body Measurements: How Tall is Emma Rigby?

Emma Rigby is 5ft 5in (165cm) tall, and weighs approximately 120lbs (54kgs), with her eye-catching vital statistics of 37-25-35. With blond 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, and 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 2024, 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

Emma seems unfazed by the need to maintain a constant presence on social media platforms. Despite the current trend, she remains notably absent from Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, signaling her detachment from the digital realm.

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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

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