Emma Jayne Atkins was born 31 March 1975 in Lancaster and is an English actress best known for the role of Charity Tate in the ITV1 Soap Opera Emmerdale from 2000 to 2005 and from 2009 to the present, which was her first role on British Television.
Emma is best known for playing the role of Charity Tate on the ITV Soap Opera Emmerdale from 2000 to 2005 which was her first appearance on British Television. Since leaving Emmerdale, she has appeared in episodes of the BBC series Dalziel and Pascoe, Mayo, I’m with Stupid, New Street Law, Doctors and Casualty.
Emma has been up for numerous awards at the British Soap Awards. She is nominated for Best Actress at the 2010 British Soap Awards
Atkins is an experienced Voice-over artiste as well as a Television and Stage actress. She is a former student at Our Lady’s R.C. High School in Lancaster, before becoming a student at Salford University. Atkins made an appearance in Heartbeat.
On 18 March 2009, it was revealed that Atkins would be returning to Emmerdale and reprising her role of Charity, and made her reappearance on 1 October 2009.
In 2005, Emma appeared in a revival of Two by Jim Cartwright at Octagon Theatre, as the “special guest star” in a touring run of The Play What I Wrote and in the Summer of 2006, she appeared in an open air run of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Stafford Castle to much acclaim and over Christmas of the same year, the Pantomime Dick Whittington at Stafford Gatehouse. Her role as Joan Sims in the West End show ‘Stop Messing About’ drew critical acclaim.