22 March 1965 |
|Other names||Jill Wray|
Emma Wray (born Gillian Elizabeth Wray, 22 March 1965 in Birkenhead) is an English former actress. She attended the Merseyside Council funded "Glenda Jackson Theatre" whilst still at Park High School, Birkenhead, and went on to study Theatre Arts at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama from 1983–6, and was given her first leading TV role two months after receiving her BA.
She is best known for starring as 'Brenda Wilson' in the Granada Television sitcom Watching between 1987 and 1993, for which she also sang the theme tune What Does He See In Me? She also played a major role in Yorkshire Television's Stay Lucky with Dennis Waterman, Jan Francis, Ian McNeice, Susan George and Niall Toibin throughout the same period, along with lead roles in many TV series such as Boon and Minder, and TV films including Defrosting the Fridge. After several years away from television, she returned to primetime TV in 1996 with the lead role in the drama comedy True Love, co-starring Philip Glenister, and created by Men Behaving Badly writer Simon Nye. Nye adapted the drama into a series My Wonderful Life, that co-starred Elizabeth Berrington and Tony Robinson, which ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999.
Wray gave up television work in 2001, in order to travel. She has been asked to return to TV work and is currently considering it.
- Watching as Brenda (1987-1993)
- Minder as Tracy (1989)
- Defrosting the Fridge as Minty Goodenough (1989)
- Boon as Pandora (1990)
- Stay Lucky as Pippa (1990-1993)
- The Big Game as Julie (1995)
- True Love (1996)
- My Wonderful Life as Donna (1996-1999)
- Brockway, Sally (1 May 1999). "Emma Wray - My brush with death travelling the world". thefreelibrary.com. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
- "Simon Nye - Writer". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 24 March 2013.
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