Emily Bett Rickards

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Emily Bett Rickards
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Rickards at the 2017 Heroes & Villains Fan Fest
Born (1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 26)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2009–present

Emily Bett Rickards[1] (born July 24, 1991) is a Canadian actress, known for portraying Felicity Smoak on The CW television series Arrow as well as its spinoff series The Flash, Vixen, Legends of Tomorrow and related show Supergirl.

Early life[edit]

Rickards was born and raised in British Columbia. Her mother is Dr. Diane Greig, a dream psychotherapist in Vancouver, BC.[2][3][4]

Beginning on her career path at a young age, she introduced herself to musical theatre and dance, with the hope of later introducing herself to more serious acting. She graduated from high school early and attended the Vancouver Film School, completing the Acting Essentials Program. After completing the program, she attended an open call audition, which gained her an agent.[1] She studied at the Alida Vocal Studio in Vancouver.[5]


Rickards made her first professional appearance in 2009, starring in the video for the Nickelback single "Never Gonna Be Alone". In early 2012 she filmed a minor role in the film Random Acts of Romance, starring Amanda Tapping[6] and in May filmed a minor role in Flicka: Country Pride, which starred her future Arrow castmate Kacey Rohl.[7] Her breakthrough role came in the same year with her first television casting, as Felicity Smoak in the TV series Arrow.[8] Originally signed as a one-episode guest star,[9] positive reaction from her co-star Stephen Amell[10] and from Warner Brothers producer Peter Roth[11][12] before the show aired, led to her being signed on as a recurring star for the rest of show's first season. The success of the character, coupled with positive fan response, led to her being made a series regular from the second season onwards.[9][13][14] Rickards went on to portray the character in the spin-off shows to the series (collectively known as the Arrowverse) The Flash,[15] Legends of Tomorrow[16] and Supergirl,[17] as well as providing the voice for the character on animated show Vixen.[18] In 2013, she portrayed Felicity in web-based promotional tie-in series Blood Rush, sponsored by Bose, which also featured the characters of Roy Harper (Colton Haynes) and Quentin Lance (Paul Blackthorne), .[19] In 2016, Rickards portrayal of the character was placed at number 15 in a list of 50 Favourite Female Characters, in a poll of Hollywood professionals conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.[20]

In late 2012 she was cast in the Lifetime television movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story,[21] which was filmed in early 2013. A fictionalized account of the murder and attempted murder of Peter and Joan Porco, respectively, Rickards played the role of Lauren Philips, a fictionalized love-interest of the killer, Chris Porco.

In March 2014, Rickards was cast in the sequel to Cowgirls 'n Angels, entitled Cowgirls 'n Angels: Dakota's Summer, as Kristen Rose, the sister of the film's protagonist, Dakota, portrayed by Haley Ramm. The film premiered at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival.[22]

2015 saw Rickards in a supporting role in the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn.[23] Rickards auditioned for the role with director John Crowley via a Skype call from her agents office. Her scenes were filmed in Montreal, and speaking about the filming experience she noted "Everyone was so artistic and so meticulous about being respectful of the era and the story, that I’m not surprised with the turnout of how beautiful and well crafted the film is".[24]

In early 2016, Rickards filmed the role of narrator Genevieve Creme for the Canadian web-series Paramormal Solutions, which was launced online in April of the same year.[25] In June, she appeared in an episode of the fifth season of IFC comedy Comedy Bang! Bang!.[26] 2016 also saw her cast in the movie Slumber, alongside Darby Stanchfield and Meaghan Rath. Filming took place in Los Angeles in May 2016.[27] The film is set to be released in 2018.[28] In the same year she was cast in Aisha Tyler's feature film directorial debut, Axis, which raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign[29]

Rickards co-starred, alongside Josh Dallas and Tom Cavanagh in the 2016 super-hero themed short film Sidekick, directed by Arrowverse alum Jeff Cassidy.[30] Cassidy was keen for Rickards to take the role of Emma/The Princess, but was initially concerned she looked too young for the role of "rundown, blue collar, life’s been beaten out of her, mother". However, following consultation with make-up artist Tina Teoli, he was convinced that they could age her appropriately for the role.[31]

In 2017 she starred alongside Jana Winternitz and Matthew Glave in the Michael Gallagher directed comedy film Funny Story.[32] filmed over fifteen days[33] in Los Angeles, and on location at Topanga Canyon and Big Sur.[34]The film premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2018.[35] Speaking about casting the role, director Gallagher stated: "We needed an actress who could speak volumes without saying a word. The kind of actor whose heart shines through their eyes. Emily Bett Rickards has these qualities."[36] Rickards performance as Kim received particular praise from festival critics.[37][38][39] The film went on to win the Stolman Audience Award for Best American Indie at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival[40] and the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature at the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival.[41]

In May 2018 Rickards announced she would be playing the lead role in a production of Zayd Dohrn's Reborning for Reality Curve Theatre Group, at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver.[42] The production premiered on June 20, 2018.[43]


Rickards at the 2013 Comic-Con
Films/television series that have not yet been released Denotes films/television series that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Bacon and Eggs Dite Short film
2012 Flicka: Country Pride Mary Malone Direct-to-video
2012 Random Acts of Romance Young wife
2014 Cowgirls 'n Angels: Dakota's Summer Kristen Rose
2015 Normal Doors Meg Short film
2015 Brooklyn Patty McGuire
2016 Sidekick Emma / The Princess Short film
2017 Axis Caitlin Voice role
2018 Funny Story Kim
2018 Slumber dagger Stevens aka The Clinic (post-production)


Year Title Role Notes
2012–present Arrow Felicity Smoak / Overwatch Recurring role (season 1); main role (season 2–present)
2013 Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story Lauren Phillps Television film
2014–present Flash, TheThe Flash Felicity Smoak Recurring role, 8 episodes
2016–2017 Legends of Tomorrow Felicity Smoak Recurring role, 4 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Becky Simmons 1 episode
2016 Superhero Fight Club 2.0 Felicity Smoak Short promo video
2016 Whose Line Is It Anyway? Herself Episode: "Emily Bett Rickards"
2017 Supergirl Felicity Smoak Episode: "Crisis on Earth X, Part 1"


Year Title Role Notes
2013 Soldiers of the Apocalypse Fourty Main role, 8 episodes
2013 Arrow: Blood Rush Felicity Smoak Main role, 6 episodes
2015 Very Mallory Herself (voice) Episode: "Emily Bett Rickards"
2015–2016 Vixen Felicity Smoak Voice role, 2 episodes
2016 Paranormal Solutions Inc. Genevieve Kreme 8 episodes

Music video[edit]

Year Song title Artist
2009 "Never Gonna Be Alone" Nickelback


Year Title Role Venue Refs
2018 Reborning Kelly Annex Theatre, Vancouver [42]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Category Result Refs
2014 Arrow Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated [44]
Teen Choice Awards Female Breakout Star Nominated [45]
2015 Arrow Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [46]
MTV Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) Won [47]
The Flash Leo Awards Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
2016 Arrow Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated [48]
MTV Fandom Awards Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) Won [49]
2017 Arrow Leo Awards Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Action Nominated [50]
2018 Arrow Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress Action Pending [51]


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