Emma Dumont

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Emma Dumont
Born Emma Noelle Roberts
(1994-11-15) November 15, 1994 (age 22)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actress, model, dancer
Years active 2009–present

Emma Dumont (born Emma Noelle Roberts, November 15, 1994) is an American actress, model, and dancer. She is best known for her roles as Melanie Segal in the ABC Family series, Bunheads and as Emma Karn on the NBC series, Aquarius opposite David Duchovny.

Personal life[edit]

Dumont was born in Seattle, Washington. She attended Washington Middle School and later James A. Garfield High School before homeschooling in order to pursue modeling and acting. She also attended Orange County High School of the Arts in the Music and Theater Conservatory in Santa Ana, California.[1]

She began her ballet training at age 3 and has studied at Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Cornish College of the Arts and Spectrum Dance Theatre School (The Academy - pre-professional program) with summers at American Ballet Theatre, Joffrey Ballet School and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, Russia.

She began performing in community theater at age 6 with performances at Seattle Public Theatre and Seattle Musical Theatre among others.[2] Her musical theater training includes four summers at 5th Avenue Theatre. Dumont also is a skilled violist and violinist having played violin from age 4. She has played with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and most recently the Glendale Youth Orchestra.[3]

She also participates in FIRST Robotics on a team sponsored by NASA/JPL and Walt Disney Imagineering.[4][5]

At age 15 Dumont became an avid roller derby skater and participated in the Los Angeles Derby Dolls training programs. Dumont, roller derby and LADD skaters were featured in a 2013 episode of the ABC Family show Bunheads.[6]

Dumont is a member of Mensa with plans to continue studies in mechanical engineering.[7]


Dumont's first film role was in True Adolescents in 2007 at age 12 (released 2009) alongside Melissa Leo and Mark Duplass. She later appeared in the movie Dear Lemon Lima in 2008 (released 2009). Both of these movies filmed in Dumont's hometown of Seattle.

In January 2010, Dumont won the V magazine V A Model search contest, appearing in the March 2010 issue and receiving a Ford Models contract.[8][9] She worked fashion week in New York City that same year. Dumont has subsequently modeled in Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, China and Tokyo and has appeared in many magazines and runway shows including American Elle, Elle Japon, V Magazine, Cosmopolitan HK, Spur and Figaro.

In 2011 Dumont was cast in a lead role in Academy Award winner Stephen Gaghan's NBC pilot METRO alongside Noah Emmerich and Jimmy Smits. In October 2011 Dumont was cast in the ABC Family original series, Bunheads, starring Sutton Foster and Kelly Bishop. Throughout 2012 and early 2013, she portrayed lead character Melanie Segal, who attends the dance academy run by the lead's mother-in-law in the TV series.[10][11]

Also in 2012, she appeared in the independent film Nobody Walks alongside Dylan McDermott, John Krasinski, Jane Levy, Olivia Thirlby, and Rosemarie DeWitt.[12]

In 2011 Dumont was introduced to robotics through the FIRST Tech Challenge and the Girl Scout sponsored Team 25. In 2012 she switched to the FIRST Robotics Competition and became Team Captain, Driver and Mechanical Engineer of a First Robotics Competition team based in Burbank, CA in 2013.[13] Emma became a FIRST Dean's List Finalist at the Los Angeles Regional Competition.[14] Dumont spoke at the 2013 FIRST World Championship at a VIP Dinner on April 26, 2013.[15] In Fall 2013, Dumont became an FRC team mentor and she continues to mentor high school students in STEM/robotics to present.

In 2014 Dumont filmed two television pilots for NBC in series regular roles - Salvation (opposite Ashley Judd) and Aquarius. Aquarius ran for two seasons on NBC.

In March 2017, Dumont was cast in Fox's pilot for an X-Men television series, The Gifted.[16] which was picked up to series in May 2017.[17]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2009 True Adolescents Cara Film; credited as Emma Noelle Roberts
2009 Dear Lemon Lima Kellie Film; credited as Emma Noelle Roberts
2011 Metro Jennifer Mullins Unsold television pilot
2012–2013 Bunheads Melanie Segal Main role
2012 Nobody Walks Yma Film
2014 Mind Games Sophie Episode "Pet Rock"
2014 Starving in Suburbia Kayden Television movie
2014 Inherent Vice Zinnia Film
2014 Salvation Natalie Thompson Unsold television pilot
2015–2016 Aquarius Emma Karn Main role
2016 The Fosters Sasha Episode: "Girl Code"
2017 The Magicians The White Lady Episode: "The Flying Forest"
2017 Pretty Little Liars Katherine Daly Episodes: "Playtime", "Hold Your Piece"
TBA The Gifted Lorna Dane/Polaris Upcoming television series; main role


  1. ^ Emma Dumont [EmmaDumont] (May 21, 2012). "Secret #Bunheads info-both @KaitlynJenkins8 and I attended Orange County High School of the Arts in the Music and Theater Conservatory!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 9, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  2. ^ "Emma Dumont." Pop Tower.
  3. ^ Emma Dumont [EmmaDumont] (March 6, 2013). "So..I'm cool because one of my viola's has 5 string and plugs into an amp! And this is my kitty Lucy #RockStarKitty" (Tweet). Retrieved May 9, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  4. ^ Emma Dumont [EmmaDumont] (June 19, 2012). "@tauCorpFilms Sweet! Let's do it. My robotics team can construct almost anything if we need them. Fun!" (Tweet). Retrieved May 9, 2017 – via Twitter. 
  5. ^ Emma Dumont Official Facebook Page
  6. ^ Bunheads: Melanie's New Adventure! (ABC Family Youtube)
  7. ^ Brittany Frederick (April 23, 2014). "Emma Dumont Shares Her Perspective On Lifetime's 'Thinspiration'". Starpulse. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ Damien Neva (January 15, 2010). "Emma Dumont | V A Model Winner". Ford Models. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 
  9. ^ Catherine Blair Pfander (2010). "All the world's a stage". V Magazine (64): 244–245. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  10. ^ Mandy Bierly (April 25, 2012). "'Bunheads': First look at Kelly Bishop in Amy Sherman-Palladino's new Sutton Foster series -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly. 
  11. ^ Bunheads:Dance of the Week: Makin' Whoopee (ABC Family YouTube)
  12. ^ "Nobody Walks (2012)." Filmofilia. http://www.filmofilia.com/movie/nobody-walks/
  13. ^ Emma Dumont's announcement for FIRST California
  14. ^ Emma Dumont becomes Dean's list finalist 2013 at the Lost Angeles Regional
  15. ^ FIRST Press Release
  16. ^ Lesley Goldberg (March 2, 2017). "Amy Acker Set as Female Lead in Fox's Marvel Drama (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2017. Also joining the cast are Bunheads grad Emma Dumont and Percy Hynes White (Between). 
  17. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (May 9, 2017). "Fox Greenlights Marvel Action Series 'The Gifted' From Bryan Singer & Matt Nix — Watch First Teaser". Variety. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 

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