Emma Dumont

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Emma Dumont
Emma Dumont at New York Comic Con 2017.jpg
Dumont at the 2017 New York Comic Con
  • Actress
  • model
  • dancer
Years active2009–present

Emma Dumont is an American actress, model, and dancer. She is known for her roles as Melanie Segal in the ABC Family series Bunheads, as Emma Karn in the NBC series Aquarius, and as Lorna Dane/Polaris in the FOX series The Gifted.

Early life and education[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.

In 2011, she was a member of a FIRST Tech Challenge team located in Pasadena, California and in 2012 a FIRST Robotics Competition team based in Burbank, California in 2013.[3] Dumont became a FIRST Dean's List Finalist at the Los Angeles Regional Competition.[4] Dumont spoke at the 2013 FIRST World Championship at a VIP Dinner on April 26, 2013.[5]


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 movies were 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.[6][7] She worked fashion week in New York City that same year, and subsequently modeled in Hong Kong, New York, Los Angeles, Mainland China and Tokyo.[citation needed]

In 2011, she was cast in a lead role in 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 Melanie Segal, who attends the dance academy run by the lead's mother-in-law in the TV series.[8][9]

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

In 2013, Dumont became a FIRST Robotics Competition team mentor. In 2014, Dumont filmed two television pilots for NBC: Aquarius, which ran for two seasons, and Salvation (starring Ashley Judd), which was not picked up as a series. In March 2017, she was cast in Fox's pilot for an X-Men television series, The Gifted,[10] which was picked up to series in May 2017[11] and premiered the same year, in October.

She will portray the sister-in-law of J. Robert Oppenheimer in a biopic directed by Christopher Nolan.

Personal life[edit]

Dumont participated in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics on a team sponsored by NASA/JPL and Walt Disney Imagineering.[12][13]

At age fifteen she 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 Bunheads.[14]



Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2009 True Adolescents Cara Credited as Emma Noelle Roberts [15]
2009 Dear Lemon Lima Kellie [16]
2012 Nobody Walks Yma [17]
2014 Starving in Suburbia Kayden [18]
2014 Inherent Vice Zinnia [19]
2017 The Body Tree Sandra [20]
2019 What Lies Ahead Jessica [21]
2021 Wrong Turn Milla D'Angelo
2021 Licorice Pizza Brenda
2023 Oppenheimer Jackie Oppenheimer [22]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2011 Metro Jennifer Mullins Unsold television film [citation needed]
2012–13 Bunheads Melanie "Mel" Segal 18 episodes; main role [23]
2014 Mind Games Sofie 1 episode; "Pet Rock" [24]
2014 Salvation Natalie Thompson Television film [citation needed]
2015–16 Aquarius Emma Karn 24 episodes; main role [25]
2016 The Fosters Sasha 1 episode; "Girl Code" [26]
2017–18 T@gged Zoe Desaul 16 episodes; main role [27]
2017 The Magicians The White Lady 1 episode; "The Flying Forest" [citation needed]
2017 Pretty Little Liars Katherine Daly 1 episode; "Playtime" [28][29][30]
2017–19 The Gifted Lorna Dane/Polaris 24 episodes; main role [31]
2019 King of Bots 2 None/Herself 8 episodes; panelist
2019 All Rise Phoebe 1 episode



  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." Archived June 30, 2017, at the Wayback Machine Pop Tower.
  3. ^ "Emma Dumont's announcement for FIRST California". YouTube.com. February 21, 2013. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "Emma Dumont becomes Dean's list finalist 2013 at the Lost Angeles Regional". Chiefdelphi.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  5. ^ FIRST Press Release Archived April 28, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Damien Neva (January 15, 2010). "Emma Dumont | V A Model Winner". Ford Models. Archived from the original on September 19, 2014. Retrieved June 19, 2012.
  7. ^ Catherine Blair Pfander (2010). "All the world's a stage". V Magazine (64): 244–45. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 12, 2015.
  8. ^ Mandy Bierly (April 25, 2012). "'Bunheads': First look at Kelly Bishop in Amy Sherman-Palladino's new Sutton Foster series -- EXCLUSIVE". Entertainment Weekly.
  9. ^ "Bunheads:Dance of the Week: Makin' Whoopee (ABC Family)". YouTube.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  10. ^ 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).
  11. ^ Elizabeth Wagmeister (May 9, 2017). "Fox Greenlights Marvel Action Series 'The Gifted' From Bryan Singer & Matt Nix — Watch First Teaser". Variety. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Emma Dumont Official Facebook Page". Facebook.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  14. ^ "Bunheads: Melanie's New Adventure! (ABC Family Youtube)". YouTube.com. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  15. ^ Holden, Stephen (July 28, 2011). "Mark Duplass in Craig Johnson's 'True Adolescents' - Review". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  16. ^ "Dear Lemon Lima". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  17. ^ Holden, Stephen (October 18, 2012). "'Nobody Walks,' Directed by Ry Russo-Young". The New York Times. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  18. ^ "Thinspiration (Starving in Suburbia)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  19. ^ "Inherent Vice". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  20. ^ "The Body Tree". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  21. ^ McNary, Dave (August 23, 2016). "Rumer Willis, Emma Dumont Starring in Thriller 'What Lies Ahead'". Variety. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 10, 2022). "Oppenheimer: Harrison Gilbertson & Emma Dumont Board Christopher Nolan's Thriller For Universal". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  23. ^ "ABC Family - Bunheads - Bunheads Blogs Detail". May 4, 2012. Archived from the original on May 4, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  24. ^ "Mind Games: Pet Rock Cast & Crew". TV.com. Archived from the original on February 11, 2018. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  25. ^ Ausiello, Michael (June 20, 2014). "Game of Thrones Vet Cast as Charles Manson in NBC's Aquarius; FNL, Bunheads Alums Also Join Drama". TVLine. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
  26. ^ Heimbrod, Camille (August 13, 2016). "'The Fosters' Casts Emma Dumont In Guest-Starring Role; 3 Things To Know About Sasha Actress". International Business Times. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  27. ^ Jarvey, Natalie (September 13, 2016). "Verizon's Go90 Renews 'T@gged' for a Second Season (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 10, 2018.
  28. ^ Dumont, Emma [@emmadumont] (July 11, 2016). "One of those Mondays 🎬📽 #wb #setlife #prettylittleliars #pll #shhh". Retrieved December 23, 2016 – via Instagram.
  29. ^ Dumont, Emma. "Trailer sittin #happytuesday #selfie". Instagram. Retrieved December 23, 2016.[dead link]
  30. ^ Dumont, Emma [@emmadumont] (July 28, 2016). "Asylum chic vibes 👻📽🎬 #set #killinit". Retrieved December 23, 2016 – via Instagram.
  31. ^ Petski, Denise (March 2, 2017). "Amy Acker To Star In Fox Marvel Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 3, 2017. Retrieved March 3, 2017.

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