Emma Appleton is an English actress and model that began her showbiz career in her teens and have since gone on to take on bigger roles. She notably appeared in Channel 4’s TV spy thriller series Traitors and as Princess Renfri in The Witcher, both in 2019.
Before she found fame, Appleton had lived most of her life in front of the camera. While most of her acting roles have been on TV series, the actress appears to be charting an impressive career in film as well.
In this article, we will be providing details about Netflix’s The Witcher Renfri actress Emma Appleton and answering questions about her. First, we give a summary of the biggest facts about her below.
10 Emma Appleton facts
- Emma Appleton is an actress who was born in December 1991. She will be 30 years old on 2021 birthday. She was born in the historic market town of Witney, Oxfordshire, England.
- She started modelling at the age of 16 and worked actively as a model for about 10 years between 2007 and 2016. Office Shoes, The Kooples, 500, Daks, Converse, Fred Perry, Toni & Guy, and Rimmel were some of the brands she modelled for.
- Emma Appleton made her acting debut in 2016 playing Pixie in a short drama romantic film titled Dreamlands. However, her TV debut was in 2017 when she appeared in The End of the F***ing World, followed by Grantchester, and Clique. In 2018, she played Germaine in two episodes of the Albert Einstein-themed television series Genius.
- She got her first lead role in a TV series as Feef Symonds on Traitors in 2019, appearing in all six episodes.
- Later in 2019, despite appearing in just two episodes of The Witcher as Princess Renfri, she became one of the most popular characters in the series.
- Her first major movie debut is as Thomasina in the 2020 sci-fi movie L.O.L.A. The movie is about two sisters who build a machine called L.O.L.A in 1940 that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future.
- In 2021, Appleton will play Hannah in the romantic drama movie The Last Letter from Your Lover.
- In 2014, the actress tweeted a screenshot of a message she claimed to have received from embattled photographer Terry Richardson where he appeared to be offering the model an opportunity to be in Vogue magazine in exchange for sex.
- Appleton was dating Jack Roth in 2017 but they seem to have broken up in 2019 because they have stopped appearing in public since then.
- The actress has two tattoos that are dedicated to her parents; one reads, “This too shall pass” and the other is a gun.
Early life and education
The superstar actress was born as Emma Jill Appleton in December 1991 and she will turn 30 on her birthday in 2021. She was born in the historic market town of Witney, Oxfordshire, England. Emma Appleton’s parents are English but not much else is known about them.
While there is no mention of anyone in the entertainment industry in her family, Appleton had picked up interest in acting while growing up in England. During her days at West Witney Primary School, Appleton took part in plays. This did not stop even when she started secondary school at Wood Green School.
She took acting classes during this time, which brushed her skill and further increased her desire to become an actress. However, she was unable to get into acting school formally, so she settled for the next best thing – modelling.
Emma Appleton professional career
As a teenager, Emma Appleton went into the modelling industry. With an impressive height of 5 feet 11 inches (or 180 cm), Appleton was able to get a lot of modelling gigs partly. Besides, she was attractive with a slender build that could pull off most dresses.
She worked as a model for about 10 years between 2007 and 2016 starting as a 16-year-old. Appleton modelled for Office Shoes, The Kooples, 500, Daks, Converse, Fred Perry, Toni & Guy, Rimmel, and more.
D1 Models, a London-based modelling agency currently manages the fashion aspect of her career. She has featured in magazines like Huf and Spindle as well.
Late in 2015, the model started making progress to becoming a top actress. Here is what her journey into the acting industry looks like.
In 2016, Emma Appleton played Pixie in a short drama romantic film titled Dreamlands. Her character is a promiscuous girl, who lived a party-filled life before Blondie arrives in her town and changes her life.
The next year, she appeared in three TV series. She appeared in one episode of The End of the F***ing World, a British dark comedy-drama television programme. Her character in the series is named Kelly. She also featured as Sally in one episode of Grantchester, a British ITV detective drama. She got screen time as Fay Brookstone on six episodes of British thriller television series Clique.
Also in 2017, Emma Appleton featured in another short film titled The Nun. Her character is Elena.
In 2018, she played Germaine in two episodes of the Albert Einstein-themed television series Genius. She next made a notable appearance as the lead actress in Traitors TV show.
Traitors is a British television drama miniseries broadcast by Channel 4 and Netflix in 2019. It follows the life of a young woman that the American Office of Strategic Services recruited to identify a Soviet spy in the Cabinet Office. The Traitors TV show is set in 1945 London at the end of World War Two.
Emma Appleton plays Feef Symonds – the main character on Traitors TV show. Feef Symonds is a young, naive and little analytical-intelligent upper-class civil servant in the Cabinet Office, recruited as an agent by the Office of Strategic Services.
Her co-stars in Traitors TV show include Luke Treadaway, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keeley Hawes, and others. After Netflix Traitors TV show, she made another key appearance in 2019 in The Witcher.
The Witcher Renfri
Emma Appleton played Princess Renfri in 2019 The Witcher Netflix series. While she is credited under the “notable guests” category, her character is one of the most popular on The Witcher TV series after Henry Cavill as Geralt.
According to Wikipedia, Renfri of Creyden or Princess Renfri character depicts an interesting arc – a princess-turned-bandit who leads a gang of brigands and has a bloody grudge against Stregobor (another powerful character).
In the first episode that featured Appleton as The Witcher Renfri, she meets Geralt and a steamy hot scene erupts between them. Is this why there is increased search interest in Emma Appleton nude? Find out towards the end of the article.
However, the scene serves to explain why Geralt refused the proposal from the Wizard Stregobor to kill Princess Renfri. He also refused the counter-offer that Renfri made to him.
Eventually, after he refused, he asked her to leave the town of Blaviken. When he realised that she would not leave, a fight ensued when he tried to stop her. Geralt eventually killed all Renfri men and then fatally wound her as well.
Appleton also appears in the last episode of The Witcher as Renfri, again with a cliffhanger ending to the show’s first season. Many viewers consider her fight scene with Henry Cavill’s Geralt character as the highlight of the show.
Emma Appleton Renfri
To get in shape for the role of Princess Renfri in The Witcher Netflix series, the actress revealed that she underwent training. “It was very physical and very demanding,” Appleton said. “But that’s why I love doing the job.”
She also mentioned that it was one of the toughest jobs that she has ever done. The training involved was tedious to make the acting and fight scenes as believable as possible. “It certainly wasn’t a nice cosy studio shoot,” she added.
However, it appears that the fame it brought her is worth all the work that she put in. Basking in the popularity of The Witcher in 2019, Emma said, “The show has a really big fanbase and is one of my biggest roles so far. It’s an excellent show to be a part of because everyone is talking about it.”
Latest Emma Appleton movies
After appearing as Zoe in another short film The Drink in 2019, Appleton recently played Thomasina in the 2020 sci-fi movie L.O.L.A. The movie is about two sisters who build a machine called L.O.L.A in 1940 that can intercept radio and TV broadcasts from the future.
Later in 2021, she will play Hannah in the romantic drama movie The Last Letter from Your Lover.
The actress currently lives in London and during an interview with Nuit Magazine on how she spends her time, she said: “I’m a simple creature when it comes to my time off – I love walking my dog, seeing friends for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Basically, any activity that involves food.”
Her parents live in Witney, Oxfordshire, England where the actress was born. She has a soft spot for her hometown and has a close relationship with her parents, who she said supported her acting career fully.
Additionally, she has several tattoos on different parts of her body in honour of her parents.
Her mother’s favourite saying, “This too shall pass”, is tattooed on her rib while another, a gun, is tattooed in memory of her father who bought her toy guns as a child to play with. Emma Appleton explains that she got a diamond tattoo on her wrist at the age of 17 and it reminds her of a special moment in her life.
Is Emma Appleton married? No, as of February 2021, she is not married. However, Appleton dated Jack Roth in 2017 and their relationship caused a lot of buzz in the media. The couple also appeared at various public events together.
It appears that she and Jack Roth broke up in 2019 because they have stopped appearing in public since then. Jack is best known for playing Max in Sky Living’s second series of Bedlam in 2012 and Dolge Orlick in BBC’s Great Expectations in 2011.
Emma Appleton and Terry Richardson controversy
In 2014, Emma Appleton tweeted a screenshot of a message she claimed to have received from embattled photographer Terry Richardson when she was only a model. In the message, Terry Richardson appeared to be offering the model an opportunity to be in Vogue magazine in exchange for sex.
She later deleted the tweet but not before it had gone viral. The photographer’s representative said the text was fake. Richardson also later denied the allegation in a press release claiming that he was a victim of an “emotionally-charged witch hunt”.
It was a little too late as Terry Richardson had already been under scrutiny for alleged inappropriate behaviour on set. Several other models had come forward to discuss their uncomfortable experiences working with him before Appleton’s accusation.
The US Vogue released a statement shortly after to make it clear that it would not be working with the photographer. The statement read in part: “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.”
While Terry Richardson is popular for shooting nude images including a famous ‘nearly nude’ photo of Miley Cyrus in 2013, he never shot an Emma Appleton nude photo.
Also, there were hot scenes from The Witcher TV show but Emma Appleton nude images emerged from scenes on Dreamlands and Traitors. She also modelled nude and semi-nude for several brands.
Unlike Henry Cavill net worth that is available on Forbes, Emma Appleton net worth isn’t. We found several blogs estimating her to be worth around $10 million to $15 million, but we cannot verify these figures.
Emma actress names
Emma Appleton is not to be mistaken with several of the other actresses with the first name ‘Emma’. Here are several other popular Emma actress names: Emma Thompson, Emma Watson and Emma Stone. They are all different people and are not related by blood.