Emma Kearney

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Emma Kearney
Born 1981 (age 33–34)
Portglenone, County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001–present

Emma Kearney (born 1981) is an Irish television and theatre actress.[1] She is best known for her roles in British television series such as her recurring role as Rita Brannigan in soap opera Emmerdale and the sitcom The Gemma Factor.



Emma has made guest appearances on many British television series. Her first role was in Channel 4 soap opera Hollyoaks in 2003. In 2006, Emma landed a recurring role as Rita Brannigan on Emmerdale as Paddy's love interest. In 2010, she had a lead role in BBC Three sitcom The Gemma Factor. Emma also appeared on the made-for-television films Omagh and The Baby War. On Thursday 9 December 2010 she appeared as a midwife on the live episode of ITV1 soap opera Coronation Street, which was her second appearance on the show, and her first being back in 2004. Emma's other acting credits include Where the Heart Is, Shameless, Spooks: Code 9, and Doctors.


Emma trained at Manchester Metropolitan Capitol School of Theatre[2] and has appeared in several theatre productions throughout her acting career. Between 2001 and 2003 she starred in productions at the Capitol Theatre in Manchester including Love's Labour's Lost, The Cherry Orchard, The Good Person of Sezcuan, Raspberry, The Provok'd Wife, The Taming of the Shrew,The Cassalis Engagement, Head Rot Holiday, and Dancing at Lughnasa. In 2003, she appeared in Translations at the Library Theatre. She appeared in three plays in 2006, the first was Separate Tables at the Royal Exchange Theatre, and the others, The Mortal Ash, and Midden at the Oldham Coliseum Theatre. In 2009, she appeared in the touring play Pack of Lies at the Devonshire Park Theatre.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Hollyoaks Nurse
2004 Donovan Dental Receptionist
Omagh TV Recptionist TV movie
Coronation Street Midwife
Outlaws Prostitute 1 episode: Damaged Goods
The Courtroom Sarah Wright 1 episode: Balloon Rage
I Deal Jackie
2005 The Baby War Receptionist TV movie
Ideal Jackie 1 episode: The Party
Where the Heart Is Jennifer 1 episode: Stamp of Approval
Northern Lights Kim Ashby
Nice House, Shame About the Garden Herself/Landscape Team
2006 Shameless Reporter 1 episode: #3.1
Goldplated Hospital Manager 2 episodes: The Funeral, Lauren's Affair
2007 Emmerdale Rita Branning recurring role
Torn Up Tales Bev
2008 Spooks: Code 9 Police Officer Interviewee
Wired Linda Greeves
2010 The Gemma Factor Janet Grantham main character
Doctors Pat Jameson 1 episode: Best Laid Plans
Coronation Street Midwife live episode dated Thursday 9 December 2010
2012 Mr. Bhatti on Chutti Alice First role in Bollywood movie


  1. ^ "Emma Kearney filmography". uk.castingcallpro.com. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Square Peg Productions". squarepegproductions.co.uk. Retrieved 16 November 2010. 
  3. ^ (23 March 2009)"Pack of Lies". celebritygreen.blogspot.com. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 

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