Emer Gwynne Morganna Kenny (born 10 October 1989) is a British actress and screenwriter.

Emer Kenny
Emer Gwynne Morganna Kenny

(1989-10-10) 10 October 1989 (age 30)
OccupationActress, screenwriter
Years active2007–present
Rick Edwards (m. 2016)


Kenny made her professional debut in the 2007 BBC television drama Coming Down the Mountain[1] and in 2009 she made her film debut in Phil Claydon's Lesbian Vampire Killers.[2] She has also played the role of Kate in an improvisational BBC production called Freefall written and directed by Dominic Savage,[3] which was screened in 2009. In January 2010 Kenny began her role in the EastEnders spin-off EastEnders: E20 as Zsa Zsa Carter as well as in EastEnders itself.[4] Kenny was cast in the role of Zsa Zsa after writing the second episode of EastEnders: E20.[5] A second series of EastEnders: E20 was announced in April 2010, with Kenny returning as a writer,[6] though it was announced the following month that Zsa Zsa would be written out of EastEnders so Kenny could pursue further acting roles.[7] She made her last appearance on 30 September 2010.

In 2010 Kenny was painted by Rolf Harris as Titania from Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream for an edition of BBC TV's Arena ("Rolf Harris Paints His Dream").[8]

Kenny wrote a further episode of EastEnders: E20 for series three in 2011 and was selected as the youngest ever writer for the BBC Writers Academy where she trained to write for programmes such as EastEnders, Casualty, Holby City, and Doctors.[9] Her first EastEnders episode as a writer was broadcast on 8 May 2012.[10]

She joined the cast of E4's Beaver Falls for its second series playing the character Hope. The second series began airing in early August 2012 with the final episode of the series airing in early September 2012. It was announced on 22 September 2012 that the drama would not be recommissioned.[11]

In 2011 she was cast as Danielle Reeves in the BBC Three dramedy Pramface alongside her Beaver Falls co-star Scarlett Alice Johnson.[12] Pramface piloted in late February 2012[13] and was met with good reception, so much so the second series was commissioned by the BBC before the first series had even aired.[14] She reprised her role for the second series which began airing in the new year of 2013 and was broadcast a second time on BBC One throughout the summer of 2013.[15] She reprised her role again for a third series which commenced airing in late February 2014.[16]

She played the role of Rachel alongside Matthew Crosby, Ben Clark and Tom Parry in the first series of BBC Three's sitcom Badults which aired in the summer of 2013. A second series was commissioned but it was announced that Kenny would not feature in it.[17]

In 2016 Emer Kenny worked as a scriptwriter on Irish soap Red Rock for a few episodes.

In 2017 she joined the cast of the BBC TV series Father Brown as Penelope "Bunty" Windermere, the wayward niece of Lady Felicia.

Personal lifeEdit

Kenny was born in the North London Borough of Haringey[18] She is of Welsh and Irish heritage.[19]

Kenny married television presenter Rick Edwards in 2016.[20]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Coming Down the Mountain[21] Gail
2009 Freefall[22] Kate
2010 EastEnders[23] Zsa Zsa Carter 56 episodes
EastEnders: E20[24] Series 1, 12 episodes
Series 2, episode 1
2011 Eric and Ernie Joan Bartlett[25] TV movie
2012–2014 Pramface Danielle Reeves
2012 Beaver Falls Hope Series 2
2013 Badults Rachel Series 1
2014 Siblings Izzy Series 1, episode 4
2017–present Father Brown The Honourable Penelope (Bunty) Windermere Series 5-present regular


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Lesbian Vampire Killers[26] Rebecca Directed by: Phil Claydon


Year Title Episode(s) Notes
2010 EastEnders: E20[27] 2010–11
2012–14 EastEnders
  • Episode 4423 (8 May 2012)[10]
  • Episode 4724 (7 October 2013)[28]
  • Episode 4883 (3 July 2014)[29]
2012 Doctors "A Lighter Note" (10 October 2012)
2012 Holby City "After the Party" (27 November 2012)


  1. ^ "Coming Down The Mountain" (Press release). BBC. 26 February 2007. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Lesbian Vampire Killers". Lesbianvampirekillersmovie.co.uk. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Stellar cast in Freefall for BBC Two" (Press release). BBC. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  4. ^ Green, Kris (25 November 2009). "'EastEnders' announces 'E20' cast". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  5. ^ "Meet the E20 cast!". BBC Online. 25 November 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2009.
  6. ^ Green, Kris (8 April 2010). "BBC hands 'EastEnders: E20' second run". Digital Spy. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  7. ^ Green, Kris (11 May 2010). "Exclusive: Leon, Zsa Zsa to leave 'EastEnders'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  8. ^ Presented by Rolf Harris; Directed by Vikram Jayanti (30 December 2010). "Rolf Harris Paints His Dream". Arena. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  9. ^ "Emer Kenny". EastEnders: E20. BBC Online. Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  10. ^ a b Director: Richard Lynn; Executive Producer: Bryan Kirkwood; Writer: Emer Kenny (8 May 2012). "Episode dated 08/05/2012". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  11. ^ Munn, Patrick (22 September 2012). "E4 Cancels Dramedy Series 'Beaver Falls'". TVWise. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  12. ^ "Not your usual BBC3 comedy!". Daily Mirror. 23 February 2012. Retrieved 9 March 2012.
  13. ^ Pramface pilot air date
  14. ^ Digital Spy, New Show 'Pramface' renewed by BBC Three
  15. ^ Pramface Series 2 broadcasts
  16. ^ Pramface Series 3 broadcasts
  17. ^ Chortle, Katherine Ryan joins Badults as a love interest in Pappy's sitcom
  18. ^ "Emer Gwynne Morgana KENNY". findmypast.co.uk. Retrieved 7 July 2014.
  19. ^ "Hot Spring". 26 March 2009.
  20. ^ "Ex-EastEnders star Emer Kenny marries presenter Rick Edwards". 1 June 2016. Retrieved 26 September 2017.
  21. ^ "Coming Down the Mountain (2007)". Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  22. ^ "Freefall (2009)". Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  23. ^ "EastEnders (2010)". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  24. ^ "EastEnders: E20 (2010)". Retrieved 22 February 2010.
  25. ^ Wife of Eric Morecambe.
  26. ^ "Lesbian Vampire Killers (2009)". Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  27. ^ "EastEnders: E20 (2010.2)". Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  28. ^ Director: Sophie Lifschutz; Executive Producer: Lorraine Newman; Writer: Emer Kenny (7 October 2013). "Episode dated 07/10/2013". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.
  29. ^ Director: Gill Wilkinson; Executive Producer: Dominic Treadwell-Collins; Writer: Emer Kenny (3 July 2014). "Episode dated 03/07/2014". EastEnders. BBC. BBC One.

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