Emily Kinney

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Emily Kinney
Emily Kinney 2014 Comic Con (cropped).jpg
Born Emily Rebecca Kinney
(1985-08-15) August 15, 1985 (age 29)[1]
Wayne, Nebraska, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Musician, model, Singer-songwriter, actress
Years active 2006–present
Known for Role as Beth Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead
Musical career
Genres Pop
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Labels Scrumptious, Em-K, Thirty Tigers

Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Beth Greene in the AMC television series The Walking Dead and for playing Emily on The Big C.

Early life[edit]

Emily Rebecca Kinney was born in Wayne, Nebraska on August 15, 1985.[1] In 2006, she graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University.[2] She then moved to New York City, where she pursued a Broadway and acting career.


Kinney performing at Rockwood Music Hall in NYC on 13 February 2014

Kinney started her career at the age of 23, when she participated in the play Spring Awakening, in which she played the role of Anna, a smart and carefree resident in a strict city. The following year, she participated in August: Osage County, where she played the role of Jean Fordham.[3] It was announced that Kinney was cast a role on Showtime's The Big C, playing the role of Emily. Later, Kinney appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she played the guest role of Jeannie Richmonds. Kinney made her film debut with Aunt Tigress, where she played the role of Aunt Gina. Kinney continued her acting as a variety of recurring, guest and cameo roles on a majority of films and television shows.[2]

Kinney was cast as a recurring character on AMC's The Walking Dead in 2011, where she played Beth Greene, the 16-year-old sister of Maggie Greene in Season 2, being 25 years old at the time. After being on the show for two years, she received a promotion to series regular, along with Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green.[4] She then released her first extended play The Blue Toothbrush. Kinney participated in The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1, in which she collaborated with Lauren Cohan on the single, "The Parting Glass". For her performance, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2015.[5]

Kinney returned to the Law & Order franchise in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the role of Haley Cole.[2] She released her second extended play recording, Expired Love in 2013. It was re-released in 2014 with two additional tracks. In an interview with AMC, Kinney talks about the story of the album: 'Expired Love' is about my story. But I do think that with my acting career, my style seeps into my career a lot. My songs are similar to Tom Waits' in that they’re little stories. Sometimes I write songs based on one word or feeling that keeps popping up for me. And I do feel like, because I’ve never played a character for so long, that it can’t help but seep its way into things. It’s like, maybe this is why a particular idea keeps coming up for me, because this is something that we keep dealing with on the show!"[6]

Kinney's new single, Rockstar, was released December 9, 2014.[7] Her new studio album 'This Is War', will be released in 2015. Kinney will make a guest appearance in the sixteenth episode of ABC's Forever titled "Memories of Murder"[8] as well as the eighteenth episode of The CW's The Flash titled "All-Star Team-Up".[9]

Personal life[edit]

Kinney maintained a blog about her experiences in Hollywood,[10] in which she stated that she is a vegetarian.[11] She discontinued the blog in late 2012.[10]




Kinney speaking at the 2014 San Diego Comic Con International for The Walking Dead panel
List of film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Aunt Tigress Gina Film debut
2009 It's Complicated Waitress Cameo appearance
2013 Concussion The Girl Character secondary
2015 Stages Herself Documentary
List of television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Hot for Teacher Tamara Bailey TV short
2007 The Gamekillers The Swarm TV special
2008 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Jeannie Richmonds Episode: Contract
2009 The Unusuals Amanda Maint Episode: The Apology Line
2010 The Good Wife Milla Burchfield Episode: Bad Girls
2011 The Big C Emily Recurring role, 3 episodes:
"Musical Chairs" (season 2: episode 2)
"Sexual Healing" (season 2: episode 3)
"Boo!" (season 2: episode 4)
2011–15 The Walking Dead Beth Greene Season 2-3 (recurring; 24 episodes)
Season 4-5 (series regular; 13 episodes)
Nominated - Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television
2012 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Haley Cole Episode: Hunting Ground
2014 The Following Mallory Hodge Episode: Teacher's Pet
2015 Forever Jennifer Schroeder Episode: Memories of Murder
2015 The Flash Brie Larvan / Bug-Eyed Bandit Episode: All-Star Team Up
2015 The Knick Unknown Season 2


Studio albums
  • Expired Love (2014)
  • This Is War (2015)
  • The Blue Toothbrush (2011)
  • Expired Love (2013)
  • Rockstar (2014)
  • This Is War Tour (2015)

Songs and music videos[edit]

Song Year Artist Director Reference(s)
"Blue Toothbrush" 2010 Emily Kinney Jorge A. Garza [13]
"Expired Lover" 2012 Peter E. Price [14]
"Kids" 2013 David Feldman [15]
"Be Good" 2014 Greg Payton [16]
"Rockstar" Jay Sansone [17]

Guest Appearance

Song Year Artist Director Reference(s)
"Bulletproof Picasso" 2015 Train Scantron Films & Mel Soria [18]


  1. ^ a b "Emily Kinney Biography". TV Guide. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 27 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c Korbelik, Jeff (8 February 2011). "NWU graduate enjoying TV, stage and music success". Lincoln Journal Star. Retrieved 13 February 2011. 
  3. ^ "Laurence Lau and Emily Kinney". Playbill. 
  4. ^ Slezak, Michael (3 April 2013). "The Walking Dead’s Season 4 Cast — Tyreese, Sasha, Beth Upgraded To Series Regulars". TVLine. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  5. ^ http://www.hitfix.com/in-contention/captain-america-the-walking-dead-lead-2015-saturn-awards-nominations
  6. ^ Rosenberg, Eli (9 March 2013). "Q&A – Emily Kinney (Beth Greene)". AMC. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  7. ^ http://insidetv.ew.com/2014/12/09/emily-kinney-walking-dead-rockstar-music-video/
  8. ^ "The Walking Dead's Emily Kinney Signs On For ABC's Forever". 
  9. ^ "‘Walking Dead’ Star Emily Kinney to Menace ‘The Flash’". 
  10. ^ a b Hansen, BreAna (9 February 2013). "An Interview with The Walking Dead’s Emily Kinney". The Daily Quirk. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  11. ^ "Backstage Resources - Call Sheet Database for Agents, Casting Directors & More". Retrieved 13 October 2014. 
  12. ^ a b "Emily Kinney Theatre Credits". Broadwayworld. Retrieved 2014-10-07. 
  13. ^ ""Blue Toothbrush" by Emily Kinney: Project 30 in 30". Google. YouTube. November 13, 2010. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Emily Kinney – Expired Lover". Google. YouTube. 
  15. ^ "Emily Kinney – Kids". Google. YouTube. November 25, 2013. Retrieved March 18, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Emily Kinney – Be Good". Google. YouTube. 
  17. ^ "Emily Kinney – Rockstar". Google. YouTube. 
  18. ^ "Train – Bulletproof Picasso". Google. YouTube. 

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