Emma Jayne Atkins
31 March 1975
|Emmerdale (2000–2005, 2009–)|
Atkins is best known for playing the role of Charity Dingle on the ITV1 Soap Opera Emmerdale from the year 2000. This role was her first appearance on British television. After first leaving Emmerdale, Atkins appeared in episodes of the BBC series Dalziel and Pascoe, Mayo, I'm with Stupid, New Street Law, Doctors and Casualty.
Atkins is an experienced Voice-over artiste as well as a television and stage actress. Atkins made an appearance in Heartbeat, in the episode 'Only Make Believe' aired on 6 January 2008 playing Lesley Ashton, a mentally ill woman obsessed with PC Don Wetherby.
On 18 March 2009, it was revealed that Atkins would be returning to Emmerdale, reprising her role of Charity, and she made her reappearance on 1 October 2009. She took a brief break in 2015 when she gave birth to her son, but returned shortly after.
Emma has been nominated for numerous awards for her work on Emmerdale. She was nominated for Best Actress in 2010 and 2018 at the British Soap Awards. On 10 September 2018 Emma Atkins won Best Soap Actress at the TV Choice Awards for her portrayal of Charity Dingle. She was also nominated for several Inside Soap Awards,. The recent flashback episode to Charity's past was also nominated for Best Showstopper. On 22 October 2018, she was named as the Inside Soap Awards Best Actress, and she was announced as 'Best Actress' at the 2018 Daily Star Soap Awards on 26 December 2018.
On 7 January 2019 it was announced that Emma Atkins had been shortlisted for the National Television Awards in the category of Serial Drama Performance. The ceremony took place on the 22 January 2019.
Atkins has most recently been heard playing the role of "Amy" in Murder in the Afternoon - The Longest Journey, an Afternoon Play by Peter Whally broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
In 2005, Atkins appeared in a revival of Two by Jim Cartwright at Octagon Theatre, as the "special guest star" in a touring run of The Play What I Wrote and in the summer of 2006, Atkins appeared in an open air run of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Stafford Castle to much acclaim and over Christmas of the same year, the pantomime Dick Whittington at Stafford Gatehouse. Her role as Joan Sims in the West End show 'Stop Messing About' drew critical acclaim.
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