Berrington at the 2015 MCM London Comic Con
|Alma mater||King's College London|
Berrington's parents were social workers who subsequently started a training business for the public sector. She has three siblings: Amy, a professor in the United States; Tom, who works for IMG in Abu Dhabi; and Katie, who writes for Vogue. Berrington attended Cheney School and later studied development geography at King's College London, writing her dissertation on "the economic collapse of Argentina and the resulting rise of cooperativism".
Berrington was involved in youth drama but pursued a career in politics, working at the House of Commons for Labour Party MP Siobhain McDonagh of the London constituency of Mitcham and Morden. She found politics "terrifying, very masculine and not particularly encouraging to young blonde women" and thought "this is a tough industry, can an acting career be any more intimidating?" In 2009 she won a place studying in acting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, graduating in 2012.
In 2013 she starred as Jane Shore in the period drama The White Queen and in 2014 she starred as Stacey in the BBC sitcom Outnumbered and as Simone Al-Harazi in the thriller series 24: Live Another Day. Her character on 24 had been planned to appear in two episodes, but that was expanded to seven. Her first major supporting film role came in the 2014 comedy film The Inbetweeners 2. In 2015 she began playing Niska in Channel 4 series Humans.
|2013||The Look of Love||Clare||Uncredited|
|2014||The Inbetweeners 2||Katie Evans|
|The Last Showing||Allie|
|2017||The Hippopotamus||Jane Swann|
|2013||The White Queen||Jane Shore||Recurring role (3 episodes)|
|2014||Outnumbered||Stacey||Guest role (3 episodes)|
|24: Live Another Day||Simone Al-Harazi||Guest role (7 episodes)|
|2015||Sons of Liberty||Margaret Kemble Gage||TV miniseries|
|2015–2018||Humans||Niska||Main role (24 episodes)|
|2017||The Miniaturist||The Miniaturist||Minor role (2 episodes)|
- "From The White Queen to a red-headed spy: Emily Berrington films chase scenes for 24: Live Another Day in London". Daily Mail. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "Five minutes with Emily Berrington". Vogue. 7 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "The (new) White Queen! Emily Berrington turns heads in elegant lace dress for 24: Live Another Day UK premiere with Kiefer Sutherland". Daily Mail. 6 May 2014. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
- "Actress Emily Berrington on politics, primetime & everything Inbetween". Daily Mail. 12 July 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
- Smith, Tim. "Emily Berrington + Kara Tointon". BBC Radio Oxford. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Acting stardom for former Geography student". Retrieved 15 May 2014.