Emily O'Brien

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Emily O'Brien
* Emily O'Brien * 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards.jpg
O'Brien at the 2008 Daytime Emmy Awards
Emily O'Brien

(1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 37)
Years active2003–present
Emily O'Brien, right, with people from the 2015 film Pernicious.

Emily Roya O'Brien (born 28 May 1985[1]) is an English three-time Daytime Emmy-nominated actress and writer who is known for her five-year series regular role of Jana Hawkes Fisher on The Young and the Restless from 2006–2011. She also portrayed Julia in the 2014 film Pernicious and provided the voices of Camille and Samira in League Of Legends, and Y'shtola in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Emily also voiced Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series and Special Agent Iman Avesta in the 2017 video game Batman: The Enemy Within. In 2018, she became part of the main cast of the animated film Dagon Troll World Chronicles. She also voiced Amelie and young Bridget Strand in the 2019 game Death Stranding. In 2020, O'Brien joined the cast of Days of Our Lives and currently portrays the character Gwen Rizczech, the daughter of Jack Deveraux (Matthew Ashford) on the daytime drama.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Emily O'Brien was in plays at Carlsbad High School, where she graduated in 2003, and at MiraCosta College, where she completed a theater major in 2005. In 2005, she graduated with a degree in theater from Mira Costa College.

She was named a finalist in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s Irene Ryan Acting Competition in 2005, where she was pitted against several hundred students from colleges and universities across the country. She attended Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England and wrote, produced and directed her first project Beatrice in 2011 which won best film at BIFF.

She portrayed Jana Hawkes Fisher in The Young and the Restless. O'Brien was nominated for three Daytime Emmy Awards for her performance in The Young and the Restless. She portrayed the role again in November 2008, when a parody of the show was the theme of the 1st showcase on The Price Is Right. O'Brien portrayed the role initially on a recurring status from 11 May to 5 September 2006,[3] and then on contract from 10 October 2006 to 20 February 2007,[4] when the character disappeared from the canvas temporarily until her return on 15 June 2007.[5] O'Brien earned two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Younger Actress in 2008 and 2009.[6][7] In March 2011, news broke that O'Brien had been let go from The Young and the Restless,[8] with her final airdate on 6 May 2011. Prior to her dismissal, O'Brien was pre-nominated for another Daytime Emmy in the same category.[9]

O’Brien is in much demand as a voice actor, and provided the voices of Y'Shtola in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Camille in League Of Legends, Faris Scherwiz in World of Final Fantasy, and Veruca Salt in Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.[10]

Emily then portrayed Julia in the 2014 supernatural horror film Pernicious, directed by James Cullen Bressack.[11]

She also voiced Gamora in the Telltale video game, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series.[12] She has received wide recognition for her portrayal of Special Agent Iman Avesta in Batman: The Enemy Within, a fan of Batman.[13] O'Brien is partially deaf, and teared up having to voice a scene where the character could be rendered deaf by the Riddler. While the game itself was moderately received, her performance was generally praised by critics.

In 2018, she briefly played Jillian Marshall in the Focus on the Family radio program Adventures in Odyssey. That same year, she provided the voice of Renee Chandler in the CW Seed animated series Constantine: City of Demons.[14] She also appeared as the suspicious Portia in the thriller Dangerous Matrimony, then signed on to play the voice of Ruth the human mother and wife of the Ambassador of Earth in the upcoming dark fantasy motion comic Dagon Troll World Chronicles that is set to be released in 2021. She reprised the role of Gamora in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.

O'Brien appeared in Hideo Kojima's 2019 game Death Stranding[15] as the voices of Bridget and the young Amelie Strand, characters using the likeness of Lindsay Wagner. She has several projects in hand that are currently in post-production, like Vampire Dad, Iris, and Beautifully Flawed.

In May 2020, it was announced that O'Brien had joined the cast of Days of Our Lives in the role of Gwen Rizczech. She made her first appearance on 1 June of the same year.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Her mother is Persian and her father is British. Emily's parents, Flora and Michael, say, “Acting is the only thing she wanted to do.” She has a sister named Natalie. O'Brien speaks Persian fluently and has studied French and Spanish. She was born and raised in England and is capable of multiple British dialects plus various other European accents. She also sings professionally and is currently the national narrator for the eBay and PayPal campaign. O'Brien describes herself as a feminist.[13]


Film performances
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Champagne Society Short film
2004 Rock & Roll Eulogy
2005 South of Hell Mabel
2006 Séance Girl
2006 Coma Nurse Video short
2010 New Glasses Short film
2011 Matchup His Sweetheart Short film
2011 Beatrice Beatrice Short film; also writer and producer
2012 SuperWannabeHeroes Super Sally Short film
2014 Edgar Allan Poe's the Cask Short film
2014 Pernicious Julia
2014 The Janus Project Preview Lexi Short film
2014 On the Run Amy Short film
2016 Restoration Rebecca Jordan
2016 Honey Jar: Chase for the Gold Ann Jordan
2016 The Bad Batch Dream Girl
2017 The Bigfoot Project Jamie Kerrigan
2017 Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Veruca Salt (voice) Direct-to-video
2018 Get Married or Die Sandi
2018 Too Close The Girl Short film
2018 Vampire Dad Natasha
2018 Dangerous Matrimony Portia
2018 Constantine: City of Demons – The Movie Renee Chandler (voice)
2019 Iris Iris Short film
2019 Dagon Troll World Chronicles Ruth
2019 The Cloud Margerie
2021 Mortal Kombat Legends: Battle of the Realms Jade, Lin Kang (voices) Direct-to-video
Television performances
Year Title Role Notes
2006 What About Brian Girl at Club Episode: "Two in Twenty-Four"
2006–2011 The Young and the Restless Jana Hawkes Series regular
2016 Rock in a Hard Place Young Debbie Unknown episodes
2017 One Day at a Time VO Operator Episode: "Hold, Please"
2018–2019 Constantine: City of Demons Renee Chandler (voice) 2 episodes; web series
2019–2021 Love, Death & Robots Eve, The Woman (voices) 2 episodes
2019 Beautifully Flawed Susan TV Movie
2020–present Days of Our Lives Gwen Rizczech Regular role
Video game performances
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Y'shtola English dub
2014 Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Eryn
2015 The Order: 1886 Additional Voices
2016 World of Final Fantasy Faris Scherwiz English dub
2016 League Of Legends Camille, Samira[17]
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Gamora
2017–2018 Batman: The Enemy Within Iman Avesta / Bartender / Agency Female #3
2017 Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul The Witch
2017 Dishonored: Death of the Outsider Rats Whisperers
2018 God of War Additional Voices
2018 Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Additional Voices
2018 Thief of Thieves Taraneh Jamshidi
2019 The Elder Scrolls Online Khamira / Additional Voices
2019 Days Gone Additional Voices
2019 Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order Gamora
2019 Indivisible Mary
2019 Death Stranding Amelie, young Bridget Lindsay Wagner as model
2019 Apex Legends Additional Voices
2020 Tell Me Why Mary-Ann Ronan
2021 Nier Reincarnation Mama [18]
2022 Saints Row Boss Voice #6


  • 2009: She is featured as the test subject in a TED talk about recreating human faces in digital, photo-realistic quality.[19]
  • 2016: She voiced Scout Three in Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience.[20]
  • 2018: She briefly played Jillian Marshall on Adventures in Odyssey.


  • ACTF Irene Ryans Theater festival Finalist and 2006 Nominee (2005)
  • CHS Film Festival: Best Actress of 2003 Best Film (Pleasant Dreams) of 2003 (2003)
  • DTASC Shakespeare Festival : 3rd place award for Othello (2003)
  • BEST FEST San Diego Film Festival (2003) 3rd place award for Pleasant Dreams
  • Team Power Award Don't Drink the Water from the city of Carlsbad (2002)
  • Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2008 Nominee)
  • Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2009 Nominee)
  • Daytime Emmy Award Nomination: Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series (2011 Nominee)


  1. ^ Waldo, Garren. "Soap Opera Veteran Emily O'Brien Celebrates Her Birthday". soaphub.com. Soap Hub. Retrieved 8 March 2022.
  2. ^ Thomas, Michael. "Emily O'Brien's First Days of Our Lives Airdate Revealed!".
  3. ^ "The Young and the Restless: Ep. #8386". TV.com.
  4. ^ "The Young and the Restless: Ep. #8583". TV.com.
  5. ^ "The Young and the Restless: Ep. #8664". TV.com.
  6. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (30 April 2008). "2008 Daytime Emmys - Nominations". SoapCentral. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  7. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (14 May 2009). "AMC tops all Emmy tallies, DAYS has a big showing". SoapCentral. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  8. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (22 March 2011). "Emily O'Brien let go from Y&R". SoapCentral. Retrieved 19 August 2012.
  9. ^ Kroll, Dan J. (26 February 2010). "2010 Daytime Emmys - Pre-Nominations Announced". SoapCentral. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  10. ^ "Faris Scherwiz Voice - Final Fantasy franchise". behindthevoiceactors.com. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  11. ^ "Production: Pernicious" (PDF). Film in Thailand. Thailand Film Office.
  12. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (10 March 2017). "Nolan North is Rocket in Telltale's Guardians of the Galaxy game".
  13. ^ a b "Catching Up With Emily O'Brien". 3 July 2017.
  14. ^ Wickline, Dan (March 24, 2018). "Constantine: City of Demons Recap and Review". Bleeding Cool. Archived from the original on March 24, 2018. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  15. ^ Bell, Brian (22 February 2018). "Troy Baker, Emily O'Brien Join Cast of Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding". Paste. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Exclusive! Emily O'Brien to DAYS". Soap Opera Digest. United States: American Media, Inc. 27 May 2020. Retrieved 27 May 2020.
  17. ^ @emilyXObrien (16 March 2017). "Only in this world can I have blade legs" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  18. ^ "Emily OBrien (visual voices guide)". Behind The Voice Actors. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  19. ^ Debevec, Paul. "Animating a photo-real digital face". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  20. ^ "ILMxLAB's Mark Miller on Rogue One: Recon and Putting Fans in X-wings". StarWars.com. 15 November 2016.

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