Emma Rigby
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General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: September 26, 1989
Age: 31
Birthplace: St Helens, Merseyside, England, UK
Other Information
Height: 5'6"
Occupation(s): Actress
Talents: Dancing
Family & Friends
Family: Carole (mother)
unnamed father
Charlotte (older sister)
Series Information
Character: The Red Queen / Anastasia
First appearance: Down the Rabbit Hole
Last appearance: And They Lived...

Emma Catherine Rigby is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Hannah Ashworth in long-running soap opera Hollyoaks, Gemma Roscoe in BBC One drama series Prisoners' Wives and as the Red Queen in American fantasy-drama Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

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Early Life

Rigby was born in St Helens, Merseyside to her mother Carole and Steven Rigby. She has an older sister called Charlotte.


Rigby's first acting role was Lisa Gunstone in Born and Bred. Before getting the role as Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks, she had a few minor roles and appeared in another popular soap, Brookside, as Elena Jones.


In 2005, at the age of 15, Rigby was cast as Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks. She received praise and recognition for her character's anorexia storyline, in which she was nominated for various awards including the British Soap Award for Best Actress in 2008.

In November 2008, Rigby announced she was leaving Hollyoaks to pursue other projects, and would remain on-screen until June 2009. However, after meetings with soap bosses, it was later confirmed that Rigby had extended her contract for an additional six months and would remain on-screen until February 2010. Her final episode was broadcast on 11 February 2010.

2010 – present

For a brief time, Rigby also worked as a model, shooting a campaign with the photographer Rory Lewis in late February 2010. From 2009–2011 she starred in several short films, including the award-winning Talk.

In July 2010, Rigby made her debut in the West End thriller musical Wolfboy. She had a non-singing part, playing the role of nurse Cherry. She received positive feedback from critics.

In 2011, Rigby starred as Brandy Mulligan in online series Becoming Human. The same year, she appeared in the horror film Demons Never Die, and in September she had a minor role in the first episode of the C4 comedy Fresh Meat as Rachel.

In December 2011, it was announced that Rigby would be starring in the brand new six-part drama series Prisoners' Wives, along with Jonas Armstrong. The show's first episode aired on 31 January 2012. Rigby played Gemma Roscoe, a young pregnant girl whose life falls apart when her husband is arrested for murder. In March 2012, she had a guest role in Pramface as Mike's blind date Carrie-Ann. In June 2012, it was announced that she had scored the female lead in The Physician alongside Ben Kingsley. The film was released in late 2013. Also in 2013, she made her US film debut with a minor role in the Ridley Scott film The Counsellor.

In 2013, Rigby appeared in episode four of Ripper Street as Lucy Eames, and in episode one of The Job Lot. In April 2013 it was announced that Rigby was cast in a lead role as the Red Queen in the U.S. television series Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.

In 2014 she starred in the remake of Endless Love and also played the female lead in the British crime film Plastic which is based on a true story, about a group of English university students running a successful credit card scam. In March 2015, Rigby worked alongside James Franco in the movie adaptation of his book Actors Anonymous. It was released in 2017.

2016 saw Rigby make a return to British television after a three-year absence with a guest appearance on Death in Paradise. Also in 2016 she had a minor role in US thriller television remake of Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? which premiered on Lifetime on 18 June. In the summer of 2016, Rigby signed on for her first female lead in a US film, starring as Angie in romantic comedy A Cinderella Christmas. It was filmed during that summer and released in December of the same year. She also shot American crime thriller drama American Violence, playing Olivia Rose, which was released in early 2017.

In February 2017, it was announced that Rigby would be starring as the female lead in Hollywood Dirt which is due to be released on Passionflix in September 2017.

In May 2017, Rigby appeared in the first episode of the final series of Inspector George Gently as Betty Platt.

In September 2017, Rigby joined the cast of comedy film The Festival. She played Smurf Girl and the film was released in 2018. Also in 2018 she guest starred in the first two episodes of Sky One's Bulletproof.

In October 2018, it was announced that Rigby would join the cast of the West End production of Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution. Rigby played Romaine Vole in the play, and made her first appearance in the role at London's County Hall on 20 November 2018 and her final appearance on 26 May 2019.

In 2019, Rigby appeared in A Guide to Second Date Sex as Tufts. In April 2020, it was announced that she would be a part of the cast of BBC Three's tv film Make Me Famous.


Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 A Kingdom without a King Alicia Waterstone Short
2010 Talk Eloise Short
2011 Analogue Love Maggie Short
Demons Never Die Samantha Rearden
2013 The Physician Rebecca
The Counsellor Tony's Girlfriend
2014 Endless Love Jenny
Plastic Frankie
2017 American Violence Olivia Rose
Actors Anonymous Bree
Hollywood Dirt Summer Jenkins Passionflix
2018 The Festival Smurf Girl
2019 The Protector Camille
2019 A Guide To Second Date Sex Tufts
Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2003 Brookside Elena Jones 3 episodes
2003 Born and Bred Lisa Gunstone 1 episode
2005 – 2010 Hollyoaks Hannah Ashworth Regular role, 3 October 2005 – 12 February 2010
2009 Hollyoaks Later Hannah Ashworth 5 episodes
2011 Becoming Human Brandy Mulligan 5 episodes
Fresh Meat Rachel 1 episode
2012 Prisoners' Wives Gemma Roscoe 6 episodes
Pramface Carrie-Ann 1 episode
2013 Ripper Street Lucy Eames 4 episode
The Job Lot Chloe 1 episode
2013 – 2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Red Queen/Anastasia Main role
2016 Death in Paradise Laura Hagen Episode 5.1
Mother May I Sleep With Danger? Nightwalker Television movie
A Cinderella Christmas Angie Wells Television movie
2017 Inspector George Gently Betty Platt Episode 8.1
2018 Endeavour Carol Thursday Guest Appearance, Series 5, Episode 2: "Cartouche"
2018 Bulletproof Sophie
2020 Make Me Famous Michelle Television film


Year Title Role Notes
2010 Wolfboy Cherry Non-singing role
2018 Ladies Day Shelly
2018 - 2019 Witness for the Prosecution Romaine Vole
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