Emily Woof

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Emily Woof
Born1967 (age 51–52)
Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England
Alma materOxford University
OccupationActress and author
Spouse(s)Hamish McColl
Parent(s)Dr Robert Woof

Emily Woof (born 1967) is an English actress and author, best known for film and TV roles including Nancy in Oliver Twist (1999 miniseries), The Full Monty, The Woodlanders, Velvet Goldmine, Wondrous Oblivion, Silent Cry and The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse.

Early life[edit]

Woof was brought up in Newcastle upon Tyne in the 1970s and '80s. Her father was Wordsworth Trust Director Dr. Robert Woof. Woof went on to study at Oxford University.[1]


Her first stage work was a trilogy of one-man plays: Sex, Sex 2, and Sex 3.[2] Sections of these plays were written to be performed on a trapeze, which Woof had trained to use in Bristol after completing her degree.[3]

Parts in The Full Monty (1997), Photographing Fairies (1997), Velvet Goldmine (1998) and The Woodlanders (1998) established Emily Woof as one of Britain's leading young actresses.[2]

She has also appeared in several television roles, ranging from period dramas (Middlemarch; Oliver Twist) to contemporary drama (Killer Net) and comedy (The Ronni Ancona Show).[4] In 2016, she appeared in Coronation Street as the detective investigating the murder of Callum Logan (Sean Ward).


Scan of ticket stub and performance info for Emily Woof's Edinburgh production of Revolver.

For theatre she has written Sex, Sex II, Sex III,[citation needed] and Revolver. For radio, she wrote Pianoman, Baby Love, and Home to The Black Sea. She has written and directed two short films, Between The Wars, and Meeting Helen.[citation needed]

Her first novel, The Whole Wide Beauty (ISBN 9780571253999), was published in May 2010 by Faber & Faber.[5] Her second novel The Lightning Tree was also published by Faber, in March 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Woof is married to fellow actor/writer Hamish McColl. The couple have two children and live in North London.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
The Full Monty Mandy Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Photographing Fairies Linda
The Woodlanders Grace Melbury
Velvet Goldmine Shannon
This Year's Love Alice
Fast Food Letitia
Passion Karen Holten
Pandaemonium Dorothy Wordsworth
Silent Cry Rachel Stewart
Wondrous Oblivion Ruth Wiseman
School for Seduction Kelly
The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Lindsay
Year Film Role Notes
Middlemarch Lydgate's Maid 3 episodes
Casualty WDC Dawn Morris Season 10, Episode 7 – "Turning Point"
New Voices Jane Episode: "Dance for a Stranger"
Killer Net Susie Miniseries – 4 episodes
Oliver Twist Nancy Miniseries – 3 episodes
Daylight Robbery Paula Sullivan 2 Miniseries – 8 episodes
Nova Lise Meitner Season 33, Episode 3 "Einstein's Big Idea"
Ian Fleming: Bondmaker Ann Fleming BBC docudrama
The True Voice of Rape N/A Short television film
Born Equal Sandra Television film
Midsomer Murders Janet Bailey Season 10, Episode 2 "The Animal Within"
Ronni Ancona & Co. Various roles Season 1, Episode 2
Agatha Christie's Marple Rowena Waddy Season 3, Episode 4 – "Nemesis"
Vera Janice Ronson Season 2, Episode 1 – "The Ghost Position
Jo Olivia Roquin Season 1, Episode 5 – "Place Vendôme"
The Smoke Nina 2 episodes
Inspector George Gently Tina Hall Season 7, Episode 1 – "Gently with the Women"
Additional credits
  • Going Going... as Anna (2000 short film – actor and writer)
  • Between the Wars (2002 short film – director)
  • Meeting Helen ... as Helen (2007 short film – actor, writer and director)


  1. ^ Woof, Emily (20 March 2010). "Once upon a life: Emily Woof". Retrieved 2 September 2017 – via The Guardian.
  2. ^ a b "Emily Woof – - guardian.co.uk Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Emily Woof on her life as a trapeze artist". Daily Mail. London. 1 May 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  4. ^ http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/page.asp?partid=69f[permanent dead link]>
  5. ^ "Faber & Faber : The Whole Wide Beauty [Emily Woof, 9780571253999]". Archived from the original on 28 July 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.
  6. ^ "One Minute With: Emily Woof – Features, Books – The Independent". London. 2 April 2010. Retrieved 8 September 2010.

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