Emma Ishta

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Emma Ishta
Emma Ishta Douglas-Powell

(1990-11-16) 16 November 1990 (age 28)
ResidenceNew York City, U.S.
  • Model
  • actress
Years active2003–present
Daniel McCabe (m. 2012)
Modeling information

Emma Ishta Douglas-Powell[3] (born 16 November 1990)[4][5] is an Australian model and actress. She is most known for portraying Kirsten Clark on the Freeform drama series Stitchers.

Early life[edit]

Ishta was born in Brookfield, Queensland, Australia. She has a younger brother, Thomas Douglas-Powell, who is a professional volleyball player.[6]

Ishta was educated at St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School in Corinda, Brisbane, Queensland. She was later accepted into the music program at Queensland University of Technology but deferred her studies to pursue modeling.[7]


Ishta began modeling around age 13.[8] She began working with IMG Models when she was 15 and relocated to New York in 2009.[9]

In 2014, Ishta began to venture into acting and landed guest roles on Black Box, Power, and Manhattan Love Story. She starred in her first film, I Smile Back, in 2015.

In May 2014, it was announced that Ishta had been cast in the lead role of Kirsten Clark in the American TV series Stitchers.[10][11] The Freeform series premiered on 2 June 2015.[12] In September 2017, it was announced that the series had been cancelled after three seasons.[13]

Personal life[edit]

On September 8, 2012, Ishta married New York native and playwright Daniel James McCabe.[14] They both starred in his play The Flood, which premiered at the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival and won the Award for Excellence in Playwriting.[15][16] Through this marriage, she has one stepdaughter. On June 16, 2016, the couple welcomed their first child together, a son.[17]


Television and film roles
Year Title Character Notes
2014 Black Box Cara Episode: "Kodachrome"
2014 Power Bella Episode: "This Is Real"
2014 Manhattan Love Story Catharine Episode: Pilot
2015 I Smile Back Katrina Film
2015–17 Stitchers Kirsten Clark Lead role; 31 episodes
2018 The Good Cop Belinda Mannix
2019 Crown Vic Ally Film


  1. ^ http://www.imgmodels.com/emmaishta/sydney/women
  2. ^ https://models.com/models/emma-ishta
  3. ^ https://www.facebook.com/StAidans/posts/1098248643535680M/
  4. ^ Ritesh Rajan [@teshrajan] (16 November 2015). "Happy #birthday to our number 1 #cheetomonster @emmaishta #stitchers #orangefingers 😎 ift.tt/1H57gnf" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 January 2017 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ Donguines, Arvin (29 March 2016). "'Stitchers' Season 2 Spoilers: Series Star Emma Ishta Shares on Kirsten-Camille Dynamics and Episode 2 Details". The Christian Post. Retrieved 7 January 2017. "I think you'll see that Kirsten and Camille's relationship grows and develops in a really nice way," the 25-year-old was quoted as saying.
  6. ^ "Team Roster – Australia". fivb.org. Retrieved 3 January 2016.
  7. ^ "Emma Ishta not just an extremely pretty face either". The Courier Mail. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  8. ^ "Emma Ishta not just an extremely pretty face either". The Courier Mail. 21 August 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  9. ^ "Emma Ishta, IMG". The Formula. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  10. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (19 May 2014). "ABC Family's Paranormal Drama 'Stitchers' Casts Its Leads (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 25 October 2015.
  11. ^ "Kirsten Clark played by Emma Ishta". ABC Family. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  12. ^ McNamara, Kristin (2 June 2015). "Meet Emma Ishta, Star of ABC Family's 'Stitchers'". cambio.com. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  13. ^ Nemetz, Dave (15 September 2017). "Stitchers Cancelled at Freeform". TVLine. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  14. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BYyWXVygVRF/
  15. ^ "The Flood Play". Retrieved 29 August 2015.
  16. ^ "Daniel James McCabe". Glasschord. Retrieved 23 July 2015.
  17. ^ https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZ5Ifrgo_r/

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