Emily Horne (born 9 December 1978) is a British woman, best known for being a multiple bigamist after her well-publicised marriages to six men without informing them of her previous marriages and without ever legally divorcing any of them. Horne has been tried and sentenced twice for bigamy. She later changed her name by deed poll and is known as Maxine-Accastes Quiberberon.[1]

Emily Horne
Born (1978-12-09) 9 December 1978 (age 43)
York, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom


After finishing high school, Horne went on to studies in physics and electronics at Leeds Metropolitan University. She was accepted onto the course but never started it.[2]

Horne married her first husband, Paul Rigby, in December 1996 at the age of 18 while she was on leave from the Royal Irish Regiment,[3] then while living in Leeds in 1999 she married Sean Cunningham, without divorcing Rigby. In late 1999 she worked for a short time in Norway, leaving her second husband in the process, but when her Norwegian lover left her, she returned to the United Kingdom. She later worked as a glamour model and escort, as well as appearing in adult films.

Her third husband was Chris Barratt. She left Leeds for Ipswich in 2002, and married train guard James Matthews a matter of weeks later. After serving a short sentence for bigamy, she met Ashley Baker in Oldham in 2007, while she was working in a massage parlour, and they married only a few months later. In 2011 she was engaged to an IT worker, but instead travelled to the United States to marry her sixth husband, policeman Fred Miller, whom she had met on the internet.[4] Her seventh marriage was to Craig Hadwin, who she met online and tricked into a marriage ceremony in Scotland.[5]

At the time of her sentencing in 2009, Horne had married five times without dissolving her first and only legal marriage.[2] Horne never informed any of her new partners that she was already married. Horne's story was shown on episode "The Bigamist Bride: My Five Husbands" of the Channel 4 documentary series Cutting Edge.[6]

Cautions and verdictsEdit

In August 2004, Horne was cautioned by the police for two cases of bigamy.[7] Her first sentence for bigamy was handed down by Ipswich Crown Court around 2004, when she was sentenced to six months in prison.[2] In June 2009, she was charged again, this time at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester. The court passed sentence on 27 July 2009; she was given a ten-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, since the court learned that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and was under medication.[8]

In 2011, Horne was arrested and tried for trying to obtain prescription drugs by posing as her seventh husband. Found guilty, she was due to be sentenced on 20 January 2012, but the verdict was postponed pending psychiatric evaluation.[9] On 20 March 2012, she was handed a 12-month community order with supervision. The judge also imposed a 28-day electronically tagged curfew from 7pm to 7am.[5]


  1. ^ "Bigamist Emily Horne's fraud sentence delayed for reports". BBC News. 20 January 2012. Retrieved 8 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c The Daily Telegraph 23 June 2009, accessed 29 July 2009
  3. ^ "Husband Of Bigamist Demands Divorce". HuffPost UK. 3 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Serial bigamist Emily Horne snares her sixth husband!". Zee News. 9 May 2011. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ a b Guardian.co.uk March 21, 2012: Bigamist Emily Horne is spared jail after dressing as seventh 'husband' to obtain prescription, accessed 21 March 2012
  6. ^ The Bigamist Bride: My Five Husbands, accessed 22 October 2009.
  7. ^ Sunday Mirror, 8 February 2004, accessed 29 July 2009
  8. ^ The Times 28 July 2009, accessed 29 July 2009
  9. ^ BBC.co.uk Jan 20 2012: Bigamist Emily Horne's fraud sentence delayed for reports, accessed 10 March 2012