Emma Williams (actress)

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Emma Williams is an English actress of stage, screen, TV and radio. She has been nominated for an Olivier Award.[1]



Williams made her professional stage debut in 2002, aged 18, playing leading lady Truly Scrumptious in the original cast of the West End production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium, winning the Arts Correspondent Award for Best Newcomer.[2]

Williams was signed to play Maria von Trapp under a 6-month contract. However, the winner of the BBC reality TV show How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? would still get a 6-month contract and perform 4 of the shows a week. On the 22 September 2006, Williams, in a joint statement with Andrew Lloyd Webber, pulled out of The Sound of Music, by mutual agreement.[3]

In 2008, Williams appeared in Zorro, a new musical with the book by Helen Edmundson, lyrics by Stephen Clark and music by the Gipsy Kings and John Cameron, at the Garrick Theatre. For this performance she was nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Actress in a Musical.[4]


Williams has featured on the Original Cast recordings of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,[5] Tomorrow Morning,[6] Zorro [7] and Love Story.[8] She also features on the Original London Cast Recording of Bat Boy[9] which features 'Mine All Mine', written specifically for the UK production. Williams can also be heard singing several guest tracks on the 'Momentous Musicals' album of 2012[10] and the original London cast album of A Spoonful of Sherman.[11]

Concerts and Radio[edit]

Williams appeared as a guest vocalist on Michael Ball's 'Past and Present' Concert Tour, which was filmed for DVD at the Royal Albert Hall.[12] She appeared as a guest artist on 'Friday Night is Music Night' for BBC Radio 2 in 2009, singing 'Time to Say Goodbye' and 'Somewhere Over the Rainbow'.[13]


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Preceded by
Sally Ann Howes
Actress to portray Truly Scrumptious
Succeeded by
Caroline Sheen