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Emma Lung (born 14 January 1982) is an Australian actress.

Emma Lung
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Emma Lung in 2014
Born (1982-01-14) 14 January 1982 (age 37)
Sydney, Australia
Years active2002–present
Henry Zalapa (m. 2013)


Early life and educationEdit

Born in Sydney, Lung's father is half-Chinese; his father (Emma's paternal grandfather) was born in a province near Beijing.[1][2] Lung's mother is Scottish and French.[3]

Growing up in Sydney, Lung attended Newtown High School of the Performing Arts before being accepted into the Professional Performing Arts School in New York City and completed her dramatic studies there.


Lung played Carmelita in the short-lived Australian drama series The Cooks. She received her breakthrough role in the film Peaches starring alongside Jacqueline McKenzie and Hugo Weaving.[4] She starred in the movie 48 Shades alongside Victoria Thaine and Richard Wilson.[5] Lung starred in Christopher Smith's Triangle. She starred in the 2012 psychological thriller Crave alongside Josh Lawson, Edward Furlong, and Ron Perlman; the film was directed by Charles de Lauzirika.[6] She plays Lola, the scheming wife of second son Marou Montebello in ABC's 2012 series The Straits. Lung is currently playing Colette Riger, a teacher, in the television show Wonderland, aired on Channel 10 since 2013.


At the 2006 Australian Film Institute's Industry Awards, Lung won the award for Outstanding Achievement in Short Film Screen Craft for her acting work on the short film Stranded.

At the 2007 Logie awards, Lung won the Graham Kennedy Award For Most Outstanding New Talent.

At the 2008 Australian Film Institute's Industry Awards, Lung was nominated for Best Lead Actress for her performance in The Jammed.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Lung married Henry Zalapa in 2013. They their first child, son Marlowe James Zapala was born on Easter Sunday, 5 April 2015.


Year Movie Role Other notes
2012 Crave Virginia
2012 The Straits Lola
2009 The Boys Are Back Mia
2009 Crush Anna
2009 Triangle Heather
2007 Entourage Heather
2007 The Jammed Crystal Nominated for an AFI- Best Supporting Actress
2006 48 Shades Naomi
2006 Footy Legends Jasmyne
2005 Two Minutes to Midnight Claire
2005 House of Wax Jennifer Uncredited
2005 Stranded Claudia
2004 The Cooks Carmelita TV series
2004 Peaches Steph
2003 Temptation Carmelita TV movie preceding The Cooks
2003 Ned Cindy
2003 The Extreme Team Kelly U.S. title: The X-Team
2002 Garage Days Freddy's Babysitter


  1. ^ ""1/4中国血统"上海电视节夺魁-搜狐新闻". 2 April 2007. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Actress Emma Lung on Crying and Wanking". Billabout. 21 June 2011. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Peachy keen - Film - Entertainment". 12 June 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  4. ^ (12 June 2005). Peachy keen. The Age URL accessed 4–11-2006
  5. ^ (14 August 2006). Emma puts stamp on Aussie comedy. Sydney Morning Herald. URL accessed 8–14-06
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ The Jammed is this year's big AFI Awards surprise, The Herald Sun, 04/12/2008

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