Barclay in 2012
24 October 1984 |
Emily Barclay was born in Plymouth to a General practitioner and a landscape designer, and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, where she went to an all-girls school and attended Saturday morning drama classes. At the age of nine, Barclay played Hamlet in a school production and decided to become an actress. At the age of 13, she got herself an agent, and supported herself between TV movies by working in a video store.
Diana Rowan (the same casting agent who discovered Anna Paquin, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) discovered Barclay in a school play and cast her as Celia in 2004's In My Father's Den, that rose the actress to prominence. For that film, Barclay won Most Promising Newcomer at the 2005 British Independent Film Awards. She followed by moving to Australia – while continuing part-time with her degree in English and gender studies at the University of Auckland – for a role in the critically acclaimed 2006 black comedy Suburban Mayhem directed by Paul Goldman, for which she collected an AFI Award for Best Actress. Barclay's performance also lead to an invitation to her first stage performance, on Neil Armfield's 2009 production of Gethsemane in Sydney. Armfield later indicated Barclay to Lee Lewis, who cast her in the play That Face. In 2011, she performed in another Belvoir production, The Seagull, and acted opposite Geoffrey Rush in the Melbourne Theatre Company's The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2012, Barclay performed opposite Hollywood actors Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin in This Is Our Youth, returned to Belvoir with Strange Interlude and debuted at London's Young Vic performing on Three Sisters.
Barclay is currently represented by United Agents.
She has cited her favourite actor as being Ewen Leslie.
The actress has had an active involvement in animal rights, working with the organisation Save Animals From Exploitation in anti-cruelty campaigns, including having posters put in her room in In My Fathers Den; she is a vegan.
In 2006, Barclay became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal protection institute. "I'm not against people who eat meat but I'd like them to know what happens in factory farms where highly intelligent animals live horrific lives."
|Year||Title||Role||Notes and awards|
|1998||Shortland Street||Kelly McKinley|
|1999||A Twist in the Tale||Alison Bradley|
|2001||Mercy Peak||Hayley Borden|
|2006||The Silence||Evelyn Hutchison||Nominated – 2007 Logie Award: Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
|2001||No One Can Hear You||Amy Burchall||Nominated – 2001 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards: Best Juvenile Performer|
|2004||In My Father's Den||Celia Steimer||2005 New Zealand Screen Awards: Best Actress
2005 British Independent Film Awards: Most Promising Newcomer
|2006||Suburban Mayhem||Katrina||2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Lead Actress
2006 Inside Film Awards: Best Actress
|2009||Piece of My Heart||Flora||2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards: Best Performance by an Actress – General Television|
|2010||Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole||Gylfie||Voice only|
|2011||The Seagull||Masha||Nominated – 2012 Sydney Theatre Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production|
|The Importance of Being Earnest||Cecily|
|2012||This Is Our Youth||Jessica|
- Kiwi actor a star attraction via Sydney Morning Herald 11 June 2006
- Bad-girl Barclay press.co.nz 10 April 2007
- Actress Emily Barclay supports vegetarian SAFE stall Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) press release 8 Nov 2004
- "Voiceless, the animal protection institute".
- Emily Barclay takes top Inside Film award news.com.au 17 Nov 2006
- Emily Barclay at the Internet Movie Database
- Filmography at Karen Kay Management
- Emily Barclay in the SAFE 2007 Calendar