Emily Symons

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Emily Symons
Emily Symons (crop).jpg
Symons at the 2012 Logie Awards
Born (1969-08-10) 10 August 1969 (age 48)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation Actress
Years active 1988–present
Notable work Richmond Hill (1988)
Home and Away
(1989–92, 1995–99, 2001, 2010–)
Spouse(s) Nick Lipscombe (1992–94) (divorced)
Lorenzo Smith (2003–2005) (divorced)
Children 1

Emily Symons (born 10 August 1969) is an Australian-born actress, active on both Australian and British television. She is best known for playing conniving Anne Costello in the short-lived soap opera Richmond Hill in 1988 and when that series ended, from 1989, she started playing her most well-known role as Marilyn Chambers-Fisher in Home and Away. After almost ten years in that role, Symons moved to the UK and was immediately cast as Louise Appleton in British soap Emmerdale. She also took part in British show Dancing on Ice in 2007.

Biography and career[edit]

Emily Symons's mother remarried when she was just four years old and Symons did not see her biological, English father[1] again until ten years later. She left school before finishing her exams and launched herself into the acting world. For nearly a year, she worked in shops before getting a break in a post office training video.

Her first high-profile role was in Australian soap opera Richmond Hill. After Richmond Hill, Symons auditioned for another Australian drama, Home and Away, where she won the role of Marilyn Chambers whom she played from 1989 until 1992, reprising the role in 1995 until 1999 – with a brief appearance in 2001. She also hosted the Channel 7 music programme Video Smash Hits.

After starring in a string of pantomimes in England, Symons decided to move there. She played the role of barmaid Louise Appleton in the ITV1 soap opera Emmerdale from 2001–2008. She was also a contestant in the 2007 series of Dancing on Ice, but was voted out in the semi-final against Duncan James.

Symons has now returned to Australia permanently, and again resumed playing Home and Away's Marilyn Chambers from episode 5035 which aired 19 March 2010 in Australia.

Personal life[edit]

Symons was married to Lorenzo Smith, a son of Viscount Hambleden and descendent of English stationery tycoon W.H. Smith, for two years. Symons said in an interview that her need for children and the resultant cycles of IVF eventually 'killed' the marriage.[2]

She later dated her Emmerdale co-star Matt Healy, who played Matthew King. They broke up just before she took part in "Dancing on Ice"[3]

Symons gave birth to a baby boy, born on 3 August 2015, a week before her 46th birthday.[citation needed]


Year Title Role Notes
1988 Richmond Hill Anne Costello
1988 Computer Ghosts Anya Television film
2000 Live Talk Herself
2001–2008 Emmerdale Louise Appleton
1989–1992, 1995–1999, 2001, 2010–present Home and Away Marilyn Chambers Seasons 2–5 (main role - 1989–1992)
Seasons 8–12 (main role - 1995–1999)
Season 14 (guest role - 2001)
Season 23– (main role - 2010–present)


  1. ^ "Interview on Notnet.co.uk". Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "Sunday Mirror article". Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "News: latest stories, exclusives, opinion & analysis - Mirror Online". www.sundaymirror.co.uk. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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