Emily Beecham

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Emily Beecham
Born 1984 (age 31–32)
Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Emily Beecham (born May 1984) is an English-American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles in the television series The Street and The Village. In 2011, she received Best Actress award at the London Independent Film Festival.[1]

Early life[edit]

Beecham was born in Manchester, Greater Manchester, the daughter of an English pilot and his American wife, who was from Arizona. She is a citizen of both countries. In 2003, she enrolled at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), graduating in 2006.


In her final year at LAMDA, Beecham started accepting professional acting opportunities, with her first appearance occurring in thriller Bon Voyage and in the supernatural TV series Afterlife. The following month saw the premiere of her first feature film, Bon Voyage, receiving positive notices following its October debut on ITV. It won the Golden Nymph award at the June 2007 Monte Carlo Television Festival.

In mid-2007, she was chosen by director Jan Dunn for the leading role in her independent film The Calling. The film received mixed reviews, one of which commented that "newcomer Emily Beecham plays a young woman determined to take the veil and holds her own well against such stalwarts as Brenda Blethyn and Susannah York".[2] In highlighting the impression made by Beecham, film columnist Hannah McGill, who served as the Edinburgh Festival's artistic director from 2006 to 2010, decided that she should be one of the recipients of the coveted Skillset Trailblazer Award. That same year, Beecham gave her first professional stage performance in Ian McHugh's debut play, How to Curse, at the Bush Theatre in Shepherd's Bush, London, directed by the theatre's artistic director Josie Rourke.

Beecham has appeared in numerous television series, including Miss Marple, Tess of The D'Urbervilles, and The Street. She was listed by Nylon magazine's "Young Hollywood" issue as one of 55 "Faces of the Future", with the photograph captioned "Young Hollywood London".[3] John Rankin, Esquire magazine's veteran glamour photographer, was quoted as stating that she has "that something special, that thing you just feel about someone... she's one of the most exciting actresses out there".

In 2013, Beecham starred as Caro Allingham in The Village. She currently stars as The Widow in the AMC martial arts action drama series Into the Badlands.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 Bon Voyage Rachel Aldred Television film
2007 28 Weeks Later Karen
2007 Rise of the Footsoldier Kelly
2007 Agatha Christie's Marple Elvira Blake Television film
2009 The Calling Joanna
2010 Basement Pru
2010 Pulse Stella Hamilton Television film
2013 The Thirteenth Tale Isabelle Angelfield Television film
2016 Hail, Caesar! Diedre


Year Title Role Notes
2006 Afterlife Sash 1 episode
2007 The Innocence Project Rachel 1 episode
2007 Party Animals Vienna Lurie 1 episode
2007 New Tricks Laura Small 1 episode
2007 The Bill Angela Myatt 1 episode
2008 Lewis Nell Buckley 1 episode
2008 Tess of the D'Urbervilles Retty Priddle 2 episodes
2009 Unforgiven Lucy Belcome 3 episodes
2009 The Street Gemma 2 episodes
2009 Merlin Emmyria 1 episode
2010 Silent Witness Anna Flannery 2 episodes
2011 The Runaway Caroline Dixon 2 episodes
2012 Case Sensitive Mary Trelease 2 episodes
2012 Damages Rutger's Daughter 1 episode
2012 The Fear Janey Beckett 3 episodes
2013 Blandings Miss Younghusband 1 episode
2013 The Village Caro Allingham 6 episodes
2014 The Musketeers Adele Besset 1 episode
2015–present Into the Badlands The Widow 6 episodes


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