Emma worked as an actress after graduating from LAMDA in 1990, winning the BBC Radio Carleton Hobbs Award. She joined the BBC Radio Repertory Company, working in drama, comedy, light entertainment, live shows and educational programmes. Her TV credits include work for the BBC, ITV, Granada, YTV, Darlow Smithson, Pearson Television and Company Pictures. Theatre credits, among many, are: RSC, Royal National Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe, West Yorkshire Playhouse. She has toured extensively throughout the UK, and across the world.