Emily Carey

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Emily Carey
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Emily Joanna Carey

(2003-04-30) 30 April 2003 (age 19)
, Greater London, England
Years active2013–present

Emily Joanna Carey[1] (born 30 April 2003)[2] is an English actress. She[a] began her career as a child actress on stage and in the BBC One soap opera Casualty (2014–2017, 2021).[3][4][5] She went on to play young versions of characters, such as Alicent Hightower in the HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon (2022). She also appeared in BBC iPlayer teen series Get Even (2020).

Early life

Carey was born in the London Borough of Barnet. Her family is in the theatre industry. Carey was as young as three when she would help her grandmother, a former West End wardrobe mistress, pair socks backstage.[6] She was scouted by an agent when she was eight.[7] She was invited by Michael Xavier, whom she met through The Sound of Music, to take weekend acting classes at his MX Masterclass, of which she is now a patron.[8]


Carey began her career in 2013 in the West End production of Shrek The Musical at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane and as Marta von Trapp in the Olivier Award-nominated The Sound of Music at Regents Park Open Air Theatre.[9]

The following year, Carey joined the cast of Casualty as Grace Beauchamp, a role she would play until 2017 and reprise in 2021. She also appeared in the video for Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé's cover of "Baby, It's Cold Outside".[10] She played Mary Conan Doyle in the ITV drama Houdini & Doyle.[11][12] Carey was listed in a Huffington Post article as one of the top five child stars of 2016.[13]

Carey made her feature film debut as young Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) in the 2017 DC Universe film Wonder Woman.[14][15][16][17][18] This was followed by a role as young version of Alicia Vikander's Lara Croft in the 2018 Tomb Raider reboot film.[19] She signed with IMG Models in 2019.[20]

In 2020, Carey played Mika Cavanaugh in BBC iPlayer teen series Get Even, which was distributed internationally on Netflix, as well as the titular Anastasia in the film Anastasia: Once Upon a Time, also on Netflix.[21][22] She voiced Anne Frank and Mila in the animated films Where is Anne Frank and Monster Family 2 respectively.

In July 2021, it was announced Carey had been cast as young Alicent Hightower (later played by Olivia Cooke) in the 2022 HBO fantasy series House of the Dragon, a Game of Thrones prequel and adaptation of George R. R. Martin's companion book Fire and Blood.[23][24] She also portrayed Teen Wendy in the film adaption of Laurie Fox's novel The Lost Girls.[25]

Personal life

Carey identifies as queer[26] and uses "she/they" pronouns.[27] Carey helped The Children's Trust launch the #MyBrave campaign.[7][28]


Not yet released Denotes works that have not yet been released


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2017 Wonder Woman 12-year-old Diana [29]
2018 Tomb Raider 14-year-old Lara [30]
2020 Anastasia: Once Upon a Time Anastasia [31]
2021 Where Is Anne Frank Anne Frank Voice [32]
Monster Family 2 Mila Starr Voice
2022 The Lost Girls Teen Wendy Darling [33]
The Canterville Ghost Not yet released Virginia Otis Voice


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2014–2017, 2021 Casualty Grace Beauchamp 41 episodes [34][35][36]
2016 Houdini & Doyle Mary Conan Doyle 6 episodes [31]
2019 Turn Up Charlie Bea 1 episode [37]
2020 Get Even Mika Cavanaugh Main role [38]
2022 House of the Dragon Alicent Hightower 5 episodes [39][40]

Music videos

Year Title Artist Ref.
2014 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé [41]


Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2013 The Sound of Music Marta Von Trapp Regents Park Openair Theatre [42][43]
Shrek the Musical Young Shrek and Young Princess Fiona Theatre Royal Drury Lane
July 2012 – February 2013


  1. ^ Carey uses both she/her and they/them pronouns interchangeably; this article refers to her using the former for consistency and clarity.


  1. ^ "Search Results for Civil Births in Birth, Marriage, Death & Parish Records". Findmypast.co.uk. England & Wales Births 1837–2006. Retrieved 14 June 2019.
  2. ^ Carey, Emily (30 April 2019). "Thank you for all the lovely birthday messages!! I'm having the BEST day and it keeps getting better. So grateful for all the wonderful people in my life". Twitter. Archived from the original on 5 May 2019. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  3. ^ "Emily Carey's Imagination Took Her From the West End to a Leading Role on Netflix". Backstage.com. 31 July 2020. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  4. ^ Power, Vicki (30 August 2016). "Casualty star Amanda Mealing: It's such an amazing piece of television". Daily Express. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Casualty reveals first look at 30th anniversary stunt". Digital Spy. 15 August 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  6. ^ Engstrom, Alison (20 October 2020). "Emily Carey on championing other women, answering her calling of the arts and her dream project". Rose Ivy Journal. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Emily Carey". TresA. 12 January 2018. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Teachers". MX Masterclass. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Get Even's Emily Carey Talks About Her West End Background, Dream Roles, and Twisty Netflix Drama". Playbill. 21 August 2020. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Watch: Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé - 'Baby it's Cold Outside'". Smooth Radio. 24 November 2014. Retrieved 19 December 2019.
  11. ^ "Scoop: HOUDINI & DOYLE on FOX – Tonight, May 7, 2016". Broadway World. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  12. ^ Leeds, Sarene (18 November 2014). "Idina Menzel and Michael Bublé Sing 'Baby It's Cold Outside' in Sweet Video". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  13. ^ "Top Five Child Stars of 2016". HuffPost. 12 September 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  14. ^ "Emily Carey to Play Young Diana in Wonder Woman? – DC Comics Movie". Dccomicsmovie.com. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 27 September 2016.
  15. ^ "Interview with Emily Carey&". Childrensalon.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Movie Review – Wonder Woman (2017)". Flickeringmyth.com. 4 June 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  17. ^ "'Wonder Woman': Film Review". Hollywoodreporter.com. 29 May 2017. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  18. ^ Barker, Andrew (30 May 2017). "Film Review: 'Wonder Woman'". Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Emily Carey". Tresmagazine.com. 12 January 2018.
  20. ^ "Emily Carey on Instagram: "Excited to share that in addition to my wonderful agents and manager, I am now also signed to @imgmodels for modelling and endorsements!". Instagram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  21. ^ "Young 'Wonder Woman' Actress Emily Carey to Star as Young Anastasia". 19 June 2017.
  22. ^ McNary, Dave (20 June 2017). "Young Wonder Woman Emily Carey Set for 'Anastasia: Once Upon a Time'". Retrieved 21 June 2017.
  23. ^ "Milly Alcock & Emily Carey Join HBO's GOT Prequel House of the Dragon". ComingSoon.net. 6 July 2021.
  24. ^ Specter, Francesca (22 August 2022). "House of the Dragon's Emily Carey on feminism, friendship and how she overcame a mental health 'struggle' while filming". Glamour UK. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  25. ^ "The Lost Girls". The Film Catalogue.
  26. ^ "House of the Dragon stars confirm sexual chemistry between Rhaenyra and Alicent". The Independent. 24 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  27. ^ "House of the Dragon's Emily Carey on feminism, friendship and how she overcame a mental health 'struggle' while filming". Glamour UK. 22 August 2022. Retrieved 26 August 2022.
  28. ^ "Emily Carey's #MyBrave Challenge for The Children's Trust". Just Giving. Retrieved 2 September 2022.
  29. ^ "'Wonder Woman': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  30. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (14 March 2018). "Tomb Raider review: Alicia Vikander makes Lara Croft her own". The Independent. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  31. ^ a b McNary, Dave (20 June 2017). "Young Wonder Woman Emily Carey Set for 'Anastasia: Once Upon a Time'". Variety. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  32. ^ "Where is Anne Frank?". Curtisbrown.co.uk. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  33. ^ Kay, Jeremy. "Myriad completes UK shoot on TIFF sales title 'The Lost Girls' (exclusive)". Screen.
  34. ^ "This Life - Series 30, Episode 36 of 43". BBC Online. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  35. ^ "Casualty - Just Do It". BBC Media Centre. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  36. ^ "Casualty star Emily helps the hospice". Hastingsobserver.co.uk. 26 August 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  37. ^ "Turn Up Charlie Series 1, Episode 3". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  38. ^ "Curtis Brown". Curtisbrown.co.uk. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  39. ^ Petski, Denise (6 July 2021). "'House Of The Dragon': Milly Alcock & Emily Carey Join 'Game Of Thrones' Prequel Series".
  40. ^ Otterson, Joe (6 July 2021). "'Game of Thrones' Prequel 'House of the Dragon' Adds Milly Alcock, Emily Carey to Cast".
  41. ^ "Baby It's Cold Outside (Music Video)". Curtis Brown. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  42. ^ "Emily Carey – Our Heritage – Open Air Theatre". openairtheatreheritage.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  43. ^ "THE SOUND OF MUSIC". Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  44. ^ "Emily, a West End star aged just nine". Hastingsobserver.co.uk. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 5 May 2019.

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