Emma Appleton is a famous English model and actress, who has appeared in such series as “Traitors” and “Clique”. At the end of 2019 she shared the screen with Henry Cavill in the new Netflix fantasy series “The Witcher”, portraying Princess Renfri.
Early Life and Family
Emma Jill Appleton was born in December 1991, in Witney, Oxfordshire England. Little is known about her family except that she is of English descent. Emma shared she had very supportive parents, who spent a lot of time with her when she was a child, so she even has a couple of tattoos in honor of her mother and father.
Emma attended West Witney Primary School, and then matriculated from Wood Green School, yet hasn’t continued her education, as she is way too busy with her modelling and acting career.
Emma started her modelling career as a hairstyle model when she was 16 years old. In her own words, she was once asked to do hair modeling, and she enjoyed it so decided to apply for the local model agencies, and one of them said ‘Yes’ – it was a start. Emma successfully co-operated with such brands and companies as Goldwell, Rimmel and Fred Perry, and later worked with Converse, Office Shoes and Toni & Guy. Emma was also featured in two major articles of such magazines as Huf and Spindle.
She admits she sincerely enjoys the process of modelling, as it takes her out of her comfort zone every day, as in fact Emma is a ‘homebud’. However, she sees no other way to develop as a person. She also shared that some shootings may look weird from the side, but she found them exciting and energetic, for example, she once told she was asked to pose under a big shower with very loud music playing on the set, and asked to dance ‘like crazy’. Emma eagerly performed all the tasks, since ‘normal is boring’ for her.
Emma once complained she couldn’t plan anything in her life due to her tight schedule: ‘I don’t know my schedule for the next day till 5 pm. You cannot be a big planner with this job anyway’, she shared in her interview with Kaltblut in 2015. However, her workload has only grown with years, as she also became an actress.
Emma once shared in one of her interviews, that she considered modelling to be very close to acting, as in the end it’s about ‘embodying a character’. So when she got the chance, she didn’t miss it and debuted in her first short film “Dreamlands” in 2016, landing the role of a pixie.
The next year of 2017 brought her another opportunity to appear in a short movie, so she portrayed the character of Elena in “The Nun”. Emma appeared as Kelly in one episode of the series “ The End of the F***ing World”, then played Sally in an episode of the “Grantchester” series, and then landed the recurring role of Fay Brookstone in “Clique”, appearing in six episodes of the show.
In the “Genius” TV drama series Emma landed the role of Germaine, and appeared in the episodes: “Picasso: Chapter Two” and “Picasso: Chapter Three”. In 2019 Emma to moved to a new level in acting, cast in a major role in the “Traitors” series, portraying Fiona “Feef” Symonds, the freshly-recruited agent of OSS (Office of Strategic Services), sharing the screen with Keeley Hawes, Luke Treadaway and Michael Stuhlbarg, and the same year played Zoe in the short film “The Drink”.
Renfri in “The Witcher”
On 20 December 2019 the first episode of the new Netflix series “The Witcher” was launched online worldwide; Emma landed the role of Renfri, the princess of Creyden.
The episode was entitled “The End’s Beginning” and told the story of Renfri and her band, who were chased by Stregobor, the sorcerer specializing in illusions, and also medical research and mutations. Stregobor was convinced that Renfri was a mutant born in the time of “the Curse of the Black Sun”, so he was interested in killing her and performing an autopsy to investigate the mutations she allegedly had in her body structure.
The author of the book series about the witcher, Andrzej Sapkowski, wrote the character of Princess Renfri as the brutal version of Snow White. According to the plot of the first book about Geralt of Rivia, Renfri became a road robber and reached Mahakam, the land of dwarfs, to join the band of seven robbers, who were gnomes.
Even though Renfri spent her life in the streets and didn’t live in the castles, she still wore princess-like underwear made of batiste, which was a major reason for jokes in the books, but the series doesn’t mention it.
Personal Life, Ex-Boyfriend Jack Roth
Emma met her ex-partner, Jack Roth, at one of the movie events in Hollywood, and the couple dated from 2014 to 2019, posing together in a fashion photoshoot for Model Citizen Magazine in April 2018. Jack posted several photos of Emma and their dog on his Instagram account, but in March 2019 he revealed his new girlfriend, posting a romantic shot of him and a young lady, who Jack was blowing the soap bubbles from; neither has commented on their break-up.
Who is Jack Roth? Is He the Son of the Actor Tim Roth?
Jack Roth was born on 1 September 1984 into the family of the famous actor Tim Roth (real name Timothy Simon Smith) and his life partner Lori Baker. Jack is an actor, just like his celebrity father, and has appeared in such movies as “Telstar: The Joe Meek Story” (2008), “Brimstone” (2016) and “Bohemian Rhapsody” (2018), in which Jack landed the role of Tim Staffell, sharing the screen with Oscar-winning Rami Malek. Jack also stars in such series as “Medici: Masters of Florence” (2016 – present), “Britannia” (2017 – 2018) and “Midsomer Murders” (1997 – present).
Jack’s father, Tim Roth, is famous for starring in the movies directed by the legendary Quentin Tarantino, including “Four Rooms” (1995), “The Hateful Eight” (2015) and “Once Upon a Time …in Hollywood” (2019).
He also landed major roles in “Twin Peaks” (2017), “Lie to Me” (2009 – 20113) and “The Legend of 1900”. Tim was nominated for the Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role of Cunningham in “Rob Roy”.
Controversy with Terry Richardson
In 2014 Emma was offered a photoshoot by photographer Terry Richardson – the problem was that Terry allegedly offered her a photoshoot in New York for Vogue magazine, in exchange for having sex with him. Emma took a screenshot of their chat and posted in on her Twitter account, but then eventually deleted the post, the account itself and also her Instagram profile, without explaining any reason of her actions, making her fans and followers wonder what really happened to her. Terry Richardson later officially claimed he didn’t send any messages to Emma, but there were more women accusing him of sexual assault and misconduct.
Thus, Charlotte Waters, Jamie Peck, Rie Rasmussen, and many other models complained of Terry’s behavior during the photoshoots. In 2015 Emma started her Instagram account all over again, not mentioning anything about Terry, while the magazine’s spokesperson, Lachlan Cartwright, wrote on his Twitter that Terry couldn’t even offer a photoshoot for Vogue as he hadn’t worked with them since 2010: ‘The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue, and we have no plans to work with him in the future’.
Hobbies, Favorite Things and Interesting Facts
Emma’s fashion icon is David Bowie, sharing that she lived his progression, music and films, calling him ‘a chameleon soul’.
Emma likes spending time with her puppy, taking him for long calm walks around London parks. She also likes reading, watching movies and staying at home. To stay fit, she eats a lot of vegetables and tries to keep herself hydrated. As to her favorite music, Emma’s favorite artists are Joy Division and Led Zeppelin. She also shared she liked sad music as it made one feel a lot.
Appearance, Clothing Style
Emma has middle-length brown hair and hazel eyes; she wears straight bangs. She is 5ft 11ins (1.80m) tall and weighs around 123lbs (56kgs). Emma has a very unique clothing style; in February 2019 she impressed the audience appearing at the BFI (British Film Institute) Southbank event in a chic long black Gucci dress with three turquoise-blue satin bows on the front of it.
Emma likes wearing berets and jokes they always look like big croissants on her head. She has several tattoos on her body, the first tattoo when she was 17 years old was diamond tattooed on her wrist; Emma shared it didn’t mean anything in particular and was simply her instant desire at that moment.
On her ribs she also has a tattoo of the quote her mother liked to tell her: ‘This too shall pass’ (originally attributed to King Solomon, who had this adage engraved on his ring). There’s another tattoo of a little gun on her ribs, which is the symbol of Emma’s relationship with her father, as they played toy guns a lot when Emma was a small girl.
Net Worth and Salary
As of 2020, Emma’s net worth is estimated to be around $150,000. She has successfully performed in two now-popular series, “Traitors” and “The Wither”, so her salary per episode may rise.