Ah, fair Emma, the ruin of many a poor boy.
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|Played by:||Emerald O'Hanrahan|
|Born:||07 August 1984|
|Lives at:||Ambridge View|
|Works at:||Brookfield Farm (as a cleaner)|
Emma leaves a trail of destruction in her wake, but the power of love triumphed and she and Ed were eventually reconciled. With a cosy nest, custody of little George, and a baby that she and Ed could unequivocally call their own, was Emma in danger of sorting her life out...?
Keira can't help it, Georgie. She's only little.Emma Grundy
- Likes - Talking about Keira's progress, strawberries
- Dislikes - Being reminded of the past
- Highs - The births of George and Keira
- Lows - Thinking she'd lost both Grundy boys forever
Emerald always knew she wanted to be an actor: “Apparently I announced it to my parents when I was three!”.
Growing up in Cambridge she had lots of opportunities as a child to get involved in local theatre. Her first role was Susan in The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when she was ten. She went on to play Juliet in a tour of Romeo and Juliet around East Anglia, and to perform on the Cambridge Arts Theatre stage as Miranda in The Tempest before going to drama school.
That was Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where in her final year she had the chance to play Juliet again. She found this a wonderful challenge and very interesting to look at the character after learning so much over the course. She also took part in lots of other productions over the three years she was there, including Oh! What A Lovely War, Days Of Significance, On The Razzle, and a tour of the west country with Cider With Rosie.
Emerald graduated in July 2009. She was lucky enough to go straight into work with the BBC Radio Drama Company for five months, having won the Carleton Hobbs competition at drama school. She loved her time on the Radio Rep, working on lots of different projects at once - playing a Plantagenet queen one week and a twenty-first century teenager the next!
She'd always harboured a secret hope that working for the BBC would lead to The Archers, having been a lifelong fan, and became increasingly despondent as the months went past without a call from Ambridge. She is thrilled that the call finally came!
Other career highlights
Winning the Carleton Hobbs was a huge highlight for me. I'd always wanted to get into radio drama and it was a fantastic opportunity. When I got the call saying I'd won a contract, I recognised the London number and was shaking so much I hung up instead of answering!
I also really loved playing Hannah in Days Of Significance by Roy Williams at drama school. It was directed by Katie Read, and we worked on it in the days while we were performing Romeo and Juliet at night. It was only shown internally to the staff and some students but it was such a wonderful play; so different from anything I'd tackled before, and the six of us in the cast had the best time working on it.
My first day in studio! When I walked into the green room and saw all these actors I thought I didn't know anybody. Then they started to talk and I realised I knew them all! It was very surreal.
they started to talk and I realised I knew them all!Emerald O'Hanrahan
It was great doing a scene with Barry, who plays Ed. I'd been really worried about him not accepting a new wife. But he was very welcoming and kind and we had really good fun.
Emerald on playing Emma Grundy
Emma's definitely one of life’s - and love's - victims. She's incredibly pessimistic, and is always half distracted waiting for the next disaster to fall from the sky. You've got to love her though!
- Actor - Meryl Streep
- Book - The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It's the most beautifully written book, and practically the only one that's ever made me really sob.
- Film - Up. The first ten minutes of that film are the most extraordinary and heartbreaking I've ever seen. The Big Lebowski - just genius.
List of current characters and actors
- Abbie Tucker
- Adam Macy Played by Andrew Wincott
- Alan Franks Played by John Telfer
- Alice Carter Played by Hollie Chapman
- Alistair Lloyd Played by Michael Lumsden
- Amy Franks Played by Jennifer Daley
- Andrew Eagleton Played by John Flitcroft
- Annabelle Schrivener Played by Julia Hills
- Anthea Jennings Played by Joanna Brookes
- Becky Holden Silent character
- Ben Archer Played by Thomas Lester
- Bert Fry Played by Eric Allan
- Bert Horrobin Played by Martyn Read
- Bethany Tucker
- Brenda Tucker Played by Amy Shindler
- Brian Aldridge Played by Charles Collingwood
- Caroline Sterling Played by Sara Coward
- Celia Redwood Played by Anita Dobson
- Charlie Morgan Played by Ben Caplan
- Christine Barford Played by Lesley Saweard
- Christopher Carter Played by Will Sanderson-Thwaite
- Clarrie Grundy Played by Heather Bell
- Clive Horrobin Played by Alex Jones
- Coriander Snell Played by Alexandra Lilley
- Dan Hebden Lloyd Played by Will Howard
- Darrell Makepeace Played by Dan Hagley
- David Archer Played by Timothy Bentinck
- Debbie Aldridge Played by Tamsin Greig
- Derek Fletcher Silent character
- Donna Horrobin Played by Alison Belbin
- Ed Grundy Played by Barry Farrimond
- Eddie Grundy Played by Trevor Harrison
- Edgar Titcombe Silent character
- Elizabeth Pargetter Played by Alison Dowling
- Ellen Rogers Played by Rosemary Leach
- Elona Makepeace Played by Eri Shuka
- Emma Grundy Played by Emerald O'Hanrahan
- Fallon Rogers Played by Joanna Van Kampen
- Freda Fry Silent character
- Freddie Pargetter Played by Jack Firth
- George Grundy Played by Rui Thacker
- Grace Morgan Played by Jenny Johns
- Graham Ryder Played by Malcolm McKee
- Harrison Burns
- Hayley Tucker Played by Lorraine Coady
- Hazel Woolley Played by Annette Badland
- Heather Pritchard Played by Joyce Gibbs
- Helen Archer Played by Louiza Patikas