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Emma Rose Kenney (born September 14, 1999) is an American actress, best known for her portrayal of Deborah "Debbie" Gallagher on Shameless, a role she has held since 2011. Kenney played Harris Conner in the revival of the '80s/'90s family sitcom Roseanne.[1] a role she reprises in The Conners.

Emma Kenney
Emma Rose Kenney

(1999-09-14) September 14, 1999 (age 19)
Years active2009–present
Notable work
The Conners
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)


Early lifeEdit

Kenney was born on September 14, 1999 in Manhattan, New York, one of two children born to Gillian Kenney, a criminal defense lawyer, and Kevin Kenney, a sports writer who formerly wrote for the New York Post and now works for Fox Sports.[2][3][4][5]


Kenney's most notable role to date is that of Debbie Gallagher, the on-air daughter of William H. Macy in the comedic drama Shameless. Kenney won the role at just 12 years old, whilst a seventh-grade student at Park Middle School in Scotch Plains, New Jersey.[6] Outside of Shameless, Kenney made several appearances in short films and made-for-television films and, in 2009, at just 9 years old, she was the youngest filmmaker to be a finalist at the New Jersey International Film Festival at Rutgers University.[7]

In September 2017, it was announced that Kenney would appear in the 10th season of Roseanne, which serves as a revival of the series which premiered on ABC on March 27, 2018. She portrays Harris Conner Healy, the granddaughter of the sitcom's titular character.[1] Kenney appears alongside many of the show's original cast members, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, and Sara Gilbert, with Gilbert portraying her TV mother, Darlene Conner Healy.[8] On May 29, 2018, in the wake of controversial remarks made by Barr on Twitter regarding Valerie Jarrett (an advisor of former president Barack Obama), ABC cancelled the revival after one season after Barr tweeted a racist joke all over social media.[9][10][11]

ABC announced a spin-off show to Roseanne called The Conners which would not include Roseanne Barr, but would retain the remaining main cast, including Kenney. The Conners premiered on October 16, 2018.



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Lyre Liar Daughter Short film
2008 Bittersweet Emma
2009 A (Not So) Civil Union Young Jo Short film
2009 Three Little Puppets Nicole Short film
2013 Epic Marigold girl (voice)
2017 My Love Affair with Marriage Sarma (voice)
TBA Robert the Bruce Briana Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
2009 Green Apples Abigail Television film
2009 Day Camp Rosie Rivette Television film
2011 Boardwalk Empire Aylesh Rohan Episode: "Peg of Old"
2011–present Shameless Debbie Gallagher 103 episodes
2018 Roseanne Harris Conner-Healy 9 episodes
2018–present The Conners Harris Conner-Healy 11 episodes


  1. ^ a b "'Shameless' Star Emma Kenney Cast in 'Roseanne', Revival". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  2. ^ lazy day q&a IGo Live. Emma Rose Kenney. 12:44 - 12:55 minute mark, "Oh, Emma Rose Kenney, that's me." September 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Visit an Animal Sanctuary in California with Shameless Star Emma Kenney ⋆ South Side Fans". South Side Fans. 2017-07-26. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  4. ^ "'Shameless' Star Emma Kenney Juggles Acting and Middle School". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  5. ^ "Sweet success: Seventh grader lands role on HBO series | The Fanscotian". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  6. ^ "Sweet success: Seventh grader lands role on HBO series". The Fanscotian. 2011-12-12. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  7. ^ "9-year-old filmmaker invited to play N.J. film festival at Rutgers". Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  8. ^ "Roseanne sets return date for ABC with most of original cast | The Disney Blog". The Disney Blog. 2017-12-19. Retrieved 2018-03-21.
  9. ^ Pallotta, Frank; Stelter, Brian (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels 'Roseanne' after star's Twitter comments". CNN Money. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  10. ^ Park, Andrea (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels "Roseanne" after Barr's tweet". CBS News. CBS Interactive. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  11. ^ Chandelis R. Duster (May 29, 2018). "ABC cancels "Roseanne" after show's star compared Obama adviser to 'ape'". NBC News. NBCUniversal Media, LLC. Retrieved May 29, 2018.

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