Emma Cunniffe

Emma Cunniffe (born 3 July 1973) is an English film, stage and television actress.

Emma Cunniffe
Born (1973-07-03) 3 July 1973
Chester, England

Her television credits include Hetty Wainthrop Investigates (Chrissy in 'Safe as Houses', 1996), The Lakes (BBC 1997, 1999), "Biddy" in a TV adaptation of Great Expectations, All the King's Men, Clash of the Santas, alongside Robson Green and Mark Benton, Clocking Off (BBC), and Flesh and Blood with Christopher Eccleston.[1] She played DS Tina Murray in New Tricks (S3:E4 Diamond Geezers, 2006.). She also appeared in the sixth series Doctor Who episode "Night Terrors", alongside the Eleventh Doctor played by Matt Smith. She appeared in the BBC documentary The Genius of Mozart as Constanze, Wolfgang's wife. In 2009, she played Carol Boynton in the ITV adaptation of Appointment with Death, in series 11 of Agatha Christie's Poirot. In mid-2014, she played DS Hawthorn in Coronation Street, investigating the circumstances of the attack on and subsequent death of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan) and on 5 January 2015, she played Kenzie Calhoun's mother, Ailsa in Waterloo Road

On stage, she won the UK Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for her performance in The Master Builder in 2000.[2] Her other stage work includes Tales from Hollywood, Losing Louis at the Trafalgar Studios in London and in 2006 Women Beware Women for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.[1] She was nominated for "what's on stage" award in 2011 for her role as Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible at Open Air Theatre, Regent's Park.

In 2015 she appeared as Mabel Grayson in the BBC TV series Father Brown episode 3.9 "The Truth in the Wine". The same year, she appeared as the eponymous monarch in the RSC's production of Helen Edmundson's Queen Anne.[3] In September 2019, she appeared in two episodes of Doctors as Dr Janet Fielding.

Selected theatre performances


  1. "Emma Cunniffe". Drama Faces. BBC. Archived from the original on 23 June 2006.
  2. "UK Theatre Awards Previous Winners". 1999. UK Theatre Association. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 December 2015. Retrieved 30 November 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "I've been lucky'". Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2019. UPDATED January 13, 2013
  5. Billington, Michael (1 December 2015). "Queen Anne review – pain and passion of a monarch's fight to rule with grace". The Guardian.

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