Evening Soaps seemed to come alive when Emma Rigby, known for her character Hannah Ashworth in Hollyoaks graced our screens and gave us a better outlook on the Bristol front (Though Hollyoaks is filmed nowhere near Bristol). Here we have some rare pics of the girl herself who is a self-confessed “Book Snuggler” to a wild night in with a partner. Enjoy.
Emma Catherine Rigby
26 September 1989 (age 22)
St Helens, Merseyside, England
Emma is an English actress, best known for her role in Hollyoaks as Hannah Ashworth.
In July 2010 Emma joined West End production Wolfboy with a non-singing part. In 2010 she got the role of Samantha in Suicide Kids, the name later to changed to Demons Never Die and was released in October 2011. In December 2011 it was announced that Emma would be starring in BBC Drama Prisoners’ Wives, which is due to air in February 2012.
In 2007, at the age of 17, Rigby was nominated for Best Actress in the British Soap Awards, (being 1 year too old to qualify for consideration for Best Dramatic Performance For A Young Actor/Actress) but did not make it to the final 4. She was also nominated for Most Popular Actress at the National Television Awards. A year later, she won The British Soap Award for Best Actress and was nominated for Best Dramatic Performance but lost out to Jo Joyner.
Rigby’s portrayal of Hannah Ashworth’s battle with anorexia attracted praise. The Daily Mail TV critic, Jaci Stephen, wrote on 24 November 2007 that the Hollyoaks storyline had “taught her more than any drama or documentary on anorexia has ever done”. Stephen also admitted some of Hannah’s scenes had moved her to tears.
Rigby won best storyline for Hannah’s eating disorder at the annual Hollyoaks awards. She was up against John Paul and Craig’s affair, The ‘Who pushed Clare?’ storyline, and Kris and Jess’s relationship.
At the All About Soap Bubble awards in April 2008, Rigby won an award for the ‘I’m a Survivor – Bravest soul in soap’ category.
Although it was previously announced she was due to leave Hollyoaks in June 2009, Rigby renewed her contract an extra six months. Her final episode was aired on 12 February 2010.