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Emma Rigby is the British actress who portrays the Red Queen on ABC's Once Upon a Time in Wonderland.


Emma Catherine Rigby[1] was born on September 26, 1989 in St Helens, Merseyside in England.[1] Her parents are Carole and Steven Rigby, and she has one sister named Charlotte.[1] While attending the Catholic affiliated De La Salle School, she landed her first television roles. Debuting on the British Channel 4 soap opera Brookside, she continued acting in the same genre on Hollyoaks as troubled teenager Hannah Ashworth.[2] The latter brought her numerous accolades, including Best Actress at the British Soap Awards 2008, but two years later, Emma decided to move onto more diverse ventures. She went on to land a lead role in 2011 British horror flick Demons Never Die, produced by The Wire's Idris Elba, as well as parts in Channel 4 comedy Fresh Meat and the 2012 BBC Three series Pramface. She starred opposite Jonas Armstrong in the 2012 drama series Prisoners' Wives as expectant mother Gemma whose husband is arrested for murder.[2] Her other works in film include the The Physician with Ben Kingsley, based on the novel of the same name, and the 2014 crime-comedy Plastic.


  • Starting taking dance lessons at age four and acting lessons at age nine.[1]
  • Appeared in The Union's 2013 music video for their song Tonight I'm Alive.[1]
  • Emma's cast mates of Hollyoaks jokingly dubbed her "Dame Rigby" for her serious personality.[2]
  • Initially auditioned on Once Upon a Time in Wonderland for the role of Alice.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 A Kingdom Without a King Alicia Waterstone Short film
2010 Talk Eloise Short film
2011 Fresh Meat Samantha Movie
2013 The Counselor Tony's Girlfriend Movie
2013 The Physician Rebecca Movie
2014 Endless Love Jenny Movie
2014 Plastic Frankie Movie
Year Title Role Notes
2002-2003 Brookside Elena Jones
2003 Born and Bred Lisa Gunstone 1 episode
2005-2010 Hollyoaks Hannah Ashworth 398 episodes
British Soap Award for Best Actress (2008)[4]
2009 Hollyoaks Later Hannah Ashworth 5 episodes
2011 Becoming Human Brandy Mulligan Webisode series - 4 episodes
2011 Fresh Meat Rachel 1 episode
2012 Prisoners' Wives Gemma 6 episodes
2012 Pramface Carrie Ann 1 episode
2013 Ripper Street Lucy Eames 1 episode
2013 The Job Lot Chloe Granger 1 episode
2013-2014 Once Upon a Time in Wonderland Red Queen Starring


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