Emma Rigby
Birth Date:
September 26, 1989
Birth Place:
St Helens, Merseyside, England, UK
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British actress Emma Rigby first came to fame for her portrayal of Hannah Ashworth (2005-2010) in the Channel 4 long running soap opera “Hollyoaks,” from which she netted  British Soap Opera Award. More recently, she starred as the Red Queen in American fantasy/drama “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland” (2013-2014). She has appeared in the films “The Counselor” (2013), “The Physician” (2013) and “Endless Love” (2014). Apart from acting, Rigby has also done some modeling work.

Rigby once dated footballer and current Bolton Wanderers defender Matt Mills.    


Childhood and Family:

Emma Rigby was born on September 26, 1989, in St Helens, Merseyside, England, as Emma Catherine Rigby. She got  9A/A* in her GCSE exam results.

Once Upon a Time in Wonderland


Emma Rigby kicked off her television career in 2003 when she landed a small role as Lisa Gunstone in an episode of the BBC One drama series “Born and Bred” called “The Magnificent Colin.”

Rigby's first big break arrived when she joined the cast of the long running soap opera “Hollyoaks” in the regular role of Hannah Ashworth. She was on the show from October 3, 2005 to her departure on February 12, 2010. The role brought the actress a British Soap Award for Best Actress in 2008 as well as nominations for Best Storyline and Best Dramatic Performance both also in 2008 and for Sexiest Female in 2009. She was also nominated for a TV Quick Award in 2009 in the category of  Best Soap Actress. Rigby reprised her role as Hannah on the spin off series “Hollyoaks Later” in 2009.

Rigby starred as Alicia Waterstone on the short film “A Kingdom Without a King,” which was written and directed by Richard Perry, and opposite Stefan D'Bart in a 10 minute length drama titled “Talk” (2010), by filmmaker Callie Lane. In 2011, she starred with Craig Roberts, Leila Mimmack and Josh Brown in the supernatural drama webisode series “Becoming Human,” a spin-off from the TV series “Being Human,” playing Brandy Mulligan, and made a guest appearance in “Fresh Meat,” as Rachel. The same year, she played the role of Samantha, one of a group of troubled teens, in the British slasher movie “Demons Never Die” and starred as Maggie in the short film “Analogue Love.”

In 2012, Rigby starred as Gemma Roscoe, an innocent, trusting and kind girl in the series one of “Prisoners Wives,” which premiered on BBC One on January 31, 2012. Later that same year, she appeared as Carrie Ann in an episode of the Chris Reddy created sitcom “Pramface” called “Man of the Moment.”

Following guest appearances in “Ripper Street” and “The Job Lot” in early 2013, Rigby starred as The Red Queen / Anastasia on the television fantasy/drama series “Once Upon a Time in Wonderland,” opposite Sophie Lowe, Michael Socha and Peter Gadiot, who plays Alice, Will Scarlet/Knave of Hearts and Cyrus, respectively. The show premiered on ABC on October 10, 2013.  On the big screen, Rigby had a small role as Tony's girlfriend on “The Counselor” (2013), a British/American thriller film directed by Ridley Scott, from the original film screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt. She starred as Rebecca in the German adventure movie “The Physician” (2013), which is an adaptation of Noah Gordon's novel of the same name.

Rigby co-starred with Alex Pettyfer, Gabriella Wilde, Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Rhys Wakefield and Dayo Okeniyi on the American romance/drama film “Endless Love,” a remake of Franco Zeffirelli's 1981 film of same name and second adaptation of Scott Spencer's novel. The film was released on February 14, 2014 in both The UK and the U.S.     

Rigby was cast as Frankie in the British action comedy/crime movie “Plastic” (2014), which was directed by Julian Gilbey and co-written by Will Gilbey and Chris Howard. Her co-stars in the film include Ed Speleers, Alfie Allen, Will Poulter and Sebastian de Souza.


British Soap: Best Actress, “Hollyoaks,” 2008 Show Less
SP_COP - April 03, 2013 -
British actress Emma Rigby (Hollyoaks) has joined ABC’s Once Upon A Time spinoff, which is now titled Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (previously Once: Wonderland). The presentation, from Once Upon A...