Emily Bett Rickards

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Emily Bett Rickards
Emily Bett Rickards PaleyFest 2015 (cropped).jpg
Rickards at the 2015 PaleyFest
Born Emily Bett Rickards[1]
(1991-07-24) July 24, 1991 (age 25)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 2012–present

Emily Bett Rickards (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 and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life[edit]

Rickards was born and raised in British Columbia. 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.[2]


Rickards appeared in the video of the Nickelback single "Never Gonna Be Alone" in 2008 and, after some minor roles, was cast as Felicity Smoak in the TV series Arrow in 2012.[3] Originally signed as a one-episode guest star,[4] positive reaction from her co-star[5] and from Warner Brothers producer Peter Roth[6][7] 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.[4][8][9] The following year she landed the role of Lauren Phillips in the television movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.[10]

In 2015, she had a supporting role in the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn.[11]

In 2016, Rickards was cast in the movie Slumber, alongside Darby Stanchfield and Meaghan Rath.[12] In the same year she was also cast in Aisha Tyler's directorial debut, Axis, which raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign.[13]

Rickards also co-starred, alongside Josh Dallas and Tom Cavanagh in the super-hero themed short film Sidekick, directed by Arrowverse alum Jeff Cassidy.[14]


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
2017 Slumber dagger Stevens In 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
2014–16 Flash, TheThe Flash Felicity Smoak / Overwatch 6 episodes
2016–17 Legends of Tomorrow 3 episodes
2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Becky Simmons Episode: "Joe Jonas Wears a Maroon and Gold Letterman Jacket With White Sneakers"
2016 Superhero Fight Club 2.0 Felicity Smoak / Overwatch Short promo video

Web series[edit]

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

Music video[edit]

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

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2014 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
Teen Choice Award Female Breakout Star Nominated
2015 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Award Choice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-Fi Nominated
MTV Fandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) Won
Leo Award Best Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series
The Flash
2016 MTV Fandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell)
Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
2017 Leo Award Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Action TV Actress Pending


  1. ^ a b Emily Bett Rickards in TVSA
  2. ^ "Testimonials". Alida Vocal Studio. Retrieved June 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shiri Appleby Poised To Recur On NBC's 'Chicago Fire' & More TV Castings". Deadline.com. Retrieved June 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "10 Minutes with 'Arrow' Star Emily Bett Rickards". Entertainment Tonight. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Arrow:Stephen Amell and Greg Berlanti. Larry King Now" "Ora", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  6. ^ "Peter Roth and Greg Berlanti in Conversation. Paley Fest Media Convention." "youtube", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  7. ^ "Arrow at Paleyfest" "Deadline Hollywood", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  8. ^ "'Arrow' Locks In A Fan Favorite" "Entertainment Tonight", Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  9. ^ "Paleyfest 2013" "Entertainment Weekly", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  10. ^ "Lifetime To Do Chris Porco Movie With Matt Barr, Eric McCormack & Lolita Davidovich". Deadline.com. Retrieved January 17, 2014. 
  11. ^ "'Arrow' star Emily Bett Rickards joins Saoirse Ronon in 'Brooklyn'" "upandcoming.net", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  12. ^ "Darby Stanchfield, Emily Bett Rickards and Meaghan Rath cast in sci-fi thriller 'Slumbler'" "Variety", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  13. ^ "Aisha Tyler to make feature directing debut on Kiickstarter-funded Axis." "Variety", Retrieved January 16, 2017.
  14. ^ "Sidekick: Emily Bett Rickards and Tom Cavanagh team for superhero short film" "Entertainment Weekly", Retrieved January 16, 2017.

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