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Emma Caulfield is the American actress who portrays the Blind Witch on ABC's Once Upon a Time.

Biography

Emma Chukker, professionally known as Emma Caulfield, was born on April 8, 1973 in San Diego, California[1] to professional singer mother Denise and father Rodney Chukker. She has one sister, Samantha.[2]

She began studying drama in high school at the La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre, which is where she won the distinguished honor of Excellence in Theatre Arts. After college, she picked up her drama studies once again at The American School in Switzerland in London.[3] Although Emma has only worked in the business for a little over nine years, the actress has already accumulated a long and impressive list of credits. After guest-starring on such television series as Burke’s Law, Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Renegade, the actress was cast as Brandon’s journalist girlfriend Susan Keats during the 1995-1996 season of Beverly Hills, 90210. She went on to portray Lorraine Miller for a year on the popular ABC television daytime drama General Hospital.[4]

After General Hospital, Emma decided to take a respite from acting to focus on her education in psychology at San Francisco State University and the University of California at Los Angeles. It was not long after, though, that she was lured back in front of the cameras for a television spot on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[4] The actress made her debut on Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the third-season episode The Wish as demon Anyanka turned human Anya Emerson.[4] It was originally a minor role, but the character of Anya became so popular that show creator Joss Whedon promoted her to a series regular for five seasons.[2]

Other television work includes a guest spot on Monk and recurring voice work on Seth Green’s animated cult hit Robot Chicken. In 2003, she starred as Caitlin Green in the Revolution Studios thriller, Darkness Falls, which opened as the number one film at the box office.[3] In 2009, she appeared as female lead in the independent romantic film TiMER. Through 2010 to 2011, Emma was part of the recurring cast for both Gigantic and Life Unexpected. Since then, her television guest roles have continued onto Prime Suspect, Leverage and Royal Pains. She is an accomplished writer as producer of satricial mock-documentary web series Bandwagon: The Series alongside creators Camilla Rantsen and Karri Bowman. In it, Emma portrays a fictionalized version of herself. The idea for the web series was shot as a film in 2004, but though well received in the film circuit, it was not picked up for distribution. While Emma was working Life Unexpected, she and other producers gathered together to discuss bringing the series to the web. In casting, several of Emma's former co-stars and crew members from Buffy the Vampire Slayer made cameos in Bandwagon: The Series.[5] The original Bandwagon film is viewable on YouTube as well as the twelve part webseries.[6] To add to her writing credits, Emma co-produced a comic book entitled Contropussy about a mild-mannered cat whose adventurism leads her to explore the city by night.[7]

On March 24, 2016, Emma confirmed she was expecting her first child with husband Mark Leslie Ford.[8] On July 10, 2016, she gave birth to a daughter, Knightley Lake Ford.[9]

Trivia

Filmography

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Chance Movie (Deleted scenes)
2003 Darkness Falls Caitlin Greene Movie
2004 Bandwagon

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Emma Caulfield Movie
2007 Hollow Sarah Short film
2009 Why Am I Doing This? Amber Movie
2009 TiMER Oona O'Leary Movie
2010 Confined Victoria Peyton Movie
2010 Removal Jennifer Kershe Movie
2013 Back in the Day Molly Movie
2013 Telling of the Shoes Alexandra Movie
Television
Year Title Role Notes
1994 Burke's Law Beth 1 episode
1994 Saved by the Bell: The New Class Nurse Brady 1 episode
1994 Renegade Cindy Moran 1 episode
1995 Weird Science Phoebe Hale 1 episode
1995-1997 Silk Stalkings Ray Washburn / Kate Donner 2 episodes
1995–1996 Beverly Hills, 90210 Susan Keats 30 episodes
1996–1997 General Hospital Lorraine Miller 39 episodes
1998 Nash Bridges Reporter 1 episode
1998–2003 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Anyanka "Anya" Jenkins 85 episodes

Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award

2003 The Reality of Love Charlie Norton TV movie
2004 I Want to Marry Ryan Banks Charlie Norton TV movie
2004 Monk Meredith Preminger 1 episode
2006 In Her Mother's Footsteps Kate Nolan TV movie
2007 A Valentine Carol Ally Simms TV movie
2009 Private Practice Leanne 1 episode
2010–2011 Gigantic Sasha 15 episodes
2010–2011 Life Unexpected Emma Bradshaw 11 episodes
2011 Pretty the Series Emma 1 episode
2011 Prime Suspect Montana 1 episode
2011 Leverage Meredith 1 episode
2012–Present Once Upon a Time The Blind Witch 7 episodes
2012 Leap Year Smiley 1 episode
2012 Husbands Stadium Interviewer 2 episodes
2012 Royal Pains Winnie 2 episodes
Voice
Year Title Role Notes
2006-2007 Robot Chicken Nancy / Timmy's Mom
Professor McGonagal / Mother
White Witch / Wife
3 episodes (Voice credit)
Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2010-2011 Bandwagon: The Series Emma Caulfield Web series - 12 episodes

Appearances

Note: "Archive" denotes archive footage.

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