Emma Rigby
General Information
Gender: Female
Birthday: September 26, 1989
Age: 27
Hometown: St Helens, Merseyside, England, UK
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 popular soap Brookside as Elena Jones. 


In 2005, Rigby got the role as Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks at the age of 15. She was given praise and recognition for her anorexia storyline, in which she was nominated for various awards.

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 Emma turned from acting to modelling shooting a campaign with Rory Lewis Photographer 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 psycho-sexual 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. 2011 also saw Rigby make her film debut in British horror Demons Never Die, and in September of the same year she had a minor role in the first episode of C4 comedy Fresh Meat as Rachel.

In December 2011, it was announced that Rigby would be starring in brand new six-part drama series Prisoners' Wives along with Jonas Armstrong. The show's first episode aired on 31 January 2012 with Rigby playing 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 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 were running a successful credit card scam.

In March 2015, Rigby worked alongside James Franco in the movie adaption of his book Actors Anonymous. It expected to be 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 June 18th. 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 is due to be released in early 2017.


Year TV Show/Movie Medium Role
2003 Born and Bred TV Series Lisa Gunstone
2009 Hollyoaks Later TV Series Hannah Ashworth
2009 A Kingdom Without a King Short Alicia Waterstone
2007 - 2010 Hollyoaks TV Series Hannah Ashworth
2010 Talk Short Eloise
2011 Becoming Human TV Series Brandy Mulligan
2011 Fresh Meat TV Series Rachel
2011 Demons Never Die Samantha
2011 Analogue Love Short Maggie
2011 Prisoners Wives TV Series Gemma
2012 Pramface TV Series Carrie Ann
2013 Ripper Street TV Series Lucy Eames
2013 Girl on a Bicycle Gail
2013 The Job Lot TV Series Chloe Granger
2013 The Counsellor Tony's Girlfriend
2013 The Physician Rebecca
2014 Endless Love Jenny
2013 - 2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland TV Series The Red Queen / Anastasia
2014 Plastic Frankie
2016 Death in Paradise TV Series Laura Hagen
2016 Mother, May I Sleep with Danger? TV Movie Vampire
2016 A Cinderella Christmas TV Movie Angie Wells
2017 American Violence Olivia Rose
2017 omg hi TV Series Brooklyn
2017 Actors Anonymous Bree
2017 Inspector George Gently TV Series Betty Platt
2017 Fabio D'Andrea: The Sleeping Beauty Short The Princess
2017 Hollywood Dirt Summer
2018 Endeavour TV Series Carol Thursday
2018 Bulletproof TV Series Sophie
2018 The Festival Smurf Girl
2018 My Butterfly Short Trix Smith
A Guide to Second Date Sex (post-production) Tufts