Emily Woof

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Emily Woof
Born Newcastle upon Tyne
Alma mater Oxford University
Occupation Actor and author
Parent(s) Dr Robert Woof

Emily Woof 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.

Her father was Wordsworth Trust Director Dr. Robert Woof.


Raised in Newcastle upon Tyne in the 70s and 80s, 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 drams (Killer Net) and comedy (The Ronni Ancona Show).[4]


For theatre she has written the Sex, Sex II, Sex III, and Revolver.[citation needed] For radio, 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" published by Faber, March 2015

She has two children and lives in North London.[6]


Year Film Role Notes
1997 The Full Monty Mandy Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
The Woodlanders Grace Melbury
1998 Velvet Goldmine Shannon
1999 This Year's Love Alice
Passion Karen Holten Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
2000 Going Going Anna
Pandaemonium Dorothy Wordsworth
2002 Silent Cry Rachel Stewart
2003 Wondrous Oblivion Ruth Wiseman Nominated – London Film Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year
2004 School for Seduction Kelly
2005 The League of Gentlemen's Apocalypse Lindsay
2007 Meeting Helen Helen


Inspector George Gently Tina Hall


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