Pierson has appeared in many television programmes, including Days Like These, Beast, I Saw You, Charles II: The Power and The Passion, The Worst Week of My Life, Bloodlines,Coupling and Time Gentlemen Please. Her more recent projects include the film Lives of the Saints and the BBC Three comedy Dead Boss.
- 2 Work and profile
- 3 Personal life
- 4 Filmography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The daughter of a nurse and a Royal Navy submariner, Pierson was born Emma Jane Pierson on 30 April 1981 in Plymouth, Devon. Her father, Charles, was stationed at Faslane Naval Base on the Clyde where Emma spent the first four years of her life.
When she was in her teens, Pierson lived with her parents and three siblings in North Bradley, near Trowbridge, Wiltshire, and began taking acting lessons while attending St. Laurence School in nearby Bradford on Avon.
After leaving Grange Hill, Pierson took on the role of Jackie Burgett in Days Like These, a British show set in Luton and adapted from the US comedy That '70s Show. However, Days Like These proved unsuccessful and the series was cancelled after only ten of its thirteen episodes were aired.
Pierson has continued to appear in comedy series, including various episodes of the Channel 4 sketch show Armstrong and Miller, Beast with Alexander Armstrong and The Worst Week of My Life with Ben Miller. In 2002, following the departure from the series of Julia Sawalha, Pierson played new character student barmaid Connie in the second series of sitcom Time Gentlemen Please, written by Al Murray and Richard Herring, and appeared in an episode of the sitcom Coupling.
Pierson’s career has also included roles in comedy dramas such as Bedtime and Legend of the Tamworth Two. Also Emma in 2010 is starring in the Radio 4 comedy series "House on Fire".
Pierson has also appeared many dramas, including Stranded, the Hallmark channel's version of Swiss Family Robinson, BBC political drama The Project, Charles II and an as yet unreleased low-budget British movie, The Engagement, from the director of Sirens, John Duigan.
In 2005, Pierson played the role of policewoman Justine Hopkin in the two-part ITV drama, Bloodlines. She has since acted in many more dramas, such as Riot at the Rite, a period drama about Russian dancer Nijinsky, and Hotel Babylon, a BBC series based on the book of the same name by Imogen Edwards-Jones and portraying life behind the scenes in a London hotel.
British indie movie The Lives of the Saints, which was co-directed by Chris Cottam and photographer Rankin and in which Emma played a character called Tina, was released in 2006. This was Pierson’s first major movie role, after brief roles in Virtual Sexuality and Guest House Paradiso early in her career.
Pierson's hobbies include rock climbing, scuba diving, and photography. She also enjoys travelling to other countries and taught English as a foreign language in Sri Lanka during the winter of 2003-2004.
|2010||Barbie in A Mermaid Tale||Kayla|
|2006||The Lives of the Saints||Tina|
|2005||Riot at the Rite||Romola|
|2004||The Legend of the Tamworth Two||Jenny West|
|2003||Uncle Douglas||Sarah Tomkinson|
aka: Les Années Tony Blair
|2002||I Saw You||Zoë|
|1999||Guest House Paradiso||Saucy Wood Nymph|
|2013||Up the Women||(Regular cast)||Eva|
|2013||Love Matters||"Officially Special"||Cox|
|2013||Death in Paradise||(Season 2, Episode 3)||Dr. Anna Jones|
|2012||Dead Boss||(Episodes 1, 3)||Mrs Bridges|
|2010||Money||(Both Episodes)||Selina Street|
|2008||Little Dorrit||(Various)||Fanny Dorrit|
|2007||Who Gets the Dog||(One Episode Only)||Tara|
|2007||Talk to Me||(Various)||Ally|
|2006-9 ||Hotel Babylon||(Regular Cast)||Anna Thornton-Wilton|
|2005||The Brief||"Forever on the Mind"||Kelly Byrne|
|2005||Twisted Tales||"The Irredeemable Brain of Dr. Heinrich Hunsecker"||Jane|
|2004||The Last Chancers||(Regular Cast)||Kirby|
|2004||The Worst Week of My Life||(Regular Cast)||Sophie Cook|
|2003||Charles II: The Power and The Passion||(One Episode Only)||Nell Gwynn|
|2003||My Hero||"Big"||Dr. Chelsea|
|2003||A Touch of Frost||"Held in Trust"||Alice Thompson|
|2002||Time Gentlemen Please||Season 2||Connie|
|2002||Coupling||"The Girl with One Heart"||Jennifer|
|2001||Absolutely Fabulous||"Small Opening"||Kasha|
|2001||Armstrong and Miller
aka: The Armstrong and Miller Show
|1999||Grange Hill||?||Becky Radcliffe|
|1999||Days Like These||1-13||Jackie Burget|
|2003||Thea Gilmore||"Juliet"||Girl In A Cage|
|2011||Dark Souls||Anastacia of Astora/Dusk of Oolacile||Voice|