Verity Rushworth

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Verity Rushworth
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Rushworth after a performance of the musical Hairspray, April 2009
Born Verity Charlotte Rushworth
(1985-08-15) 15 August 1985 (age 32)
Bradford, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present
Known for Role of Donna Windsor
Notable work Donna Windsor in Emmerdale
Television Emmerdale (1998–2014)
Spouse(s) Dominic Michael Shaw (m.2013)
Children Ameile Iris Shaw

Verity Charlotte Rushworth-Shaw (born 15 August 1985 in Bradford, West Yorkshire) is an English actress. She is best known for playing the role of Donna Windsor in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale from 1998 to 2014.

Life and career[edit]

Rushworth attended St. Mary's Catholic High School, Menston.[1][2] She trained at the SLP College, Leeds.[citation needed]

In 1997, Rushworth had small roles in ITV television programmes such as Heartbeat. In 1998, at the age of 12, she went on to play her most notable role of Donna Windsor in the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, having taken over the role from Sophie Jeffery who played the part from 1993 to 1997. In an interview, Rushworth stated that Sammy Winward is her closest friend from the show.[3]

In December 2006, Rushworth appeared in an Emmerdale edition of All Star Family Fortunes, with other members of the Windsor family.

In January 2007, Rushworth was a contestant on the celebrity singing contest, Soapstar Superstar, in which she came 9th. While on the show, she performed the following songs:

In September 2007, she appeared on Ghosthunting With The Dingles with other members of her Emmerdale on-screen family.

After appearing on Emmerdale for over 10 years, Rushworth filmed her final scenes at the end of 2008 which were later aired in January 2009.

From 2 February 2009, she made her West End debut by playing the role of Penny Pingleton in the hit musical Hairspray, taking over the role from Elinor Collett.[4] The show continued until March 2010.

On 5 June 2010, Rushworth appeared on the BBC One programme Hole in the Wall.

In October 2010, Rushworth took on the role of Sophie in Dougal Irvine's production of Departure Lounge at the Waterloo East Theatre with Steven Webb, Chris Fountain, Jack Shalloo and Liam Tamne.

In January 2011, Rushworth took over the role of Maria in the UK tour of The Sound Of Music from Connie Fisher and also played the lead role of Penny Lane in the UK Tour of Carnaby Street - The Musical.[when?]

She has expressed a wish and interest to appear in Fair City.[5]

Rushworth played the role of Velma in Chicago at Curve Theatre, Leicester from November 2013 to January 2014 [6]

On 6 January 2014, it was announced that Rushworth would be returning to Emmerdale to reprise the role of Donna Windsor-Dingle after a five-year-absence. Rushworth began filming in February, and returned on screen on 19 March 2014. It was announced that she will be back as Donna for 5 months and departed on 15 August 2014.[7]

On the new tour of the Breakfast at Tiffany's (musical), which is planned from 2 May to 11 June 2016, she will share the role of Holly Golightly with Pixie Lott.[8]

Rushworth gave birth to her first child, a daughter called Ameile Iris on 8 August 2016.

Rushworth began playing the role of Lauren in the West End production of Kinky Boots from 10 July 2017.




  1. ^ "The West End Girl: Meet Leeds' own Verity Rushworth INTERVIEW". 
  2. ^ "Rawdon's Verity comes home in musical classic". Wharfedale Observer. 
  3. ^ Derbyshire Council (Verity Rushworth interview) Archived 9 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Archived 22 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ Daniels, Colin (26 March 2011). "Verity Rushworth: 'I'd love Fair City role'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 26 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 October 2013. Retrieved 16 October 2013. 
  7. ^ Brown, David (8 January 2014). "Emmerdale: Verity Rushworth to return as Marlon's ex-wife Donna". Radio Times. Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  8. ^ "Verity Rushworth To Star In Richard Greenberg's Adaption Of Breakfast At Tiffany's". November 10, 2015. Retrieved November 11, 2015. 
  9. ^ Mark Shenton (2012-05-10). "The Stage / Reviews / Merrily We Roll Along". Retrieved 2013-11-20. 
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