Emma was born in 1978 and grew up in Hampshire. She did a BTec in performing arts and later went to drama college in Guildford. She worked in a shoe shop and as a waitress while she was waiting for her big break.

Her first screen role was in an ad for sanitary products, but she’s also appeared on stage and had a major role in BBC drama Spooks. Emma is separated from her husband, City lawyer Nigel Stoat.