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Born in Essex to a hairdresser and a second-hand car salesman, it was obvious to no-one that Emma would go on to have a career in film and TV. There would be a lot of Southend high street photobooth pictures like this before then.

Emma wanted to be a famous painter (or die trying) but getting a First in Visual & Performing Arts at Brighton University (when it was still called a poly) prompted her to volunteer at the Edinburgh Festival… and she ended up stage managing a production of MACBETH performed entirely on tiny Inchcolm Island in the Firth of Forth, a 30 minute ferry ride from Edinburgh, civilization and any kind of electricity generator. She learned a lot about tide times and at what point sleep deprivation causes you to hallucinate.

Moving to London, she was exploited as an unpaid intern at a company producing terrible training films, but it came to a grisly end when she told an actor (who happened to be wearing a radio mic) that her boss was a lizard… and he was wearing cans and heard it all in perfect stereo.

She escaped to Europe as a runner on The Pet Shop Boys’ PERFORMANCE tour… then returned and talked a comedy exec into trying her out for reading work… which led to a script editor role on EASTENDERS; a Development Exec job at BBC Drama; and Head of Development roles at two indies.

Everything was going too well, so she threw it all in to become a writer. A commissioner told her she would never make it… but Emma ignored them, and the excellent training ground of DOCTORS and CASUALTY gave way to Emma’s first original piece, the spec stage play AIRSICK, which was produced by The Bush Theatre. The Guardian’s Michael Billington said “Promising enough to make you hope for a recurring Frost.”

Emma became a lead writer on seasons III-V of C4’s multi-award-winning dramedy SHAMELESS, and her episode starring Anne Reid was nominated at the 2009 BAFTA TV awards. She was equally proud of having penned a line so filthy in an earlier episode that the crew weren’t sure they could film it.

Emma’s original film BBC4 film CONSUMING PASSION starring Olivia Colman attracted critical acclaim with Caitlin Moran writing “Consuming Passion pops with focus and energy”, and The Times gave it 5 stars, “Frost's script was wickedly clever”.

Film commissions followed from Universal Studios, Sony, Working Title, BBC Films and Origin Pictures. Screen International named her a 'Star of Tomorrow' on their movie talent list. She graduated the WGA’s prestigious showrunner training programme but made time to remain a trustee for children’s educational arts charity Anno's Africa, working with AIDS orphans and vulnerable children in Cape Town and the Nairobi slums. Emma produced comedy fundraising galas in London for a decade and flew to Africa to teach the children theatre design and mask making.

Back to writing, she adapted Daphne du Maurier’s JAMAICA INN for BBC1. Radio 4 Front Row called it “terrific” “the adaptor is to be congratulated”. She worked on Julia Davis’s award-winning comedy NIGHTY NIGHT; wrote on Sky Atlantic’s THE TUNNEL; and season 1 of Amazon’s Philip K. Dick adaptation, THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE.

Now working as a showrunner, her 10 hour BBC1/Starz co-production THE WHITE QUEEN, starring Rebecca Ferguson, was nominated in 2013 for 3 Golden Globe Awards, including Best TV Movie or Miniseries, and 4 Emmys, including Outstanding Miniseries. The relationship with Starz (and Albrecht) continued with her critically acclaimed follow up, THE WHITE PRINCESS starring Jodie Comer. Finally, and now working in partnership with real-life partner Matthew Graham, they completed the trilogy with 2 seasons of THE SPANISH PRINCESS starring Charlotte Hope.

Emma & Matthew have other shows in development together, including one with Amblin/HBO Max. She continues to be busy in film, adapting books for Focus Features; 51 Entertainment; Bruna Papandrea’s Made-Up Stories; and penning the screenplay for Ron Howard movie ZELDA to star Jennifer Lawrence. She and Matthew co-wrote a marriage and murder thriller together and didn’t kill each other; and she has just adapted a whodunnit for Netflix.

Her proudest claim to fame remains that she was once made Sheriff of Hillsboro, New Mexico.