Bio / Info
Emily Rebecca Kinney is an American actress and singer best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC's horror drama television series The Walking Dead. Emily was born in Wayne, Nebraska to Vaughn and Jean Kinney. In 2006, she graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre. Kinney then moved to New York City, where she pursued a Broadway and acting career. She worked in coffee shops where she began to meet people from the acting and music industries. She began her professional acting career at age 23, when she was cast in the play Spring Awakening as Anna, a smart and carefree resident in a tough city. The following year she costarred as Jean Fordham in the play August: Osage County. She was then cast as Emily on Showtime's The Big C. Later, Kinney appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She made her film debut with Aunt Tigress playing Aunt Gina. Kinney continued acting in a variety of recurring guest and cameo roles in various films and television shows.
In 2011, Emily was cast as the recurring character Beth Greene on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama. Although she was actually 25 at the start of production, she played 16-year-old Beth, the younger sister of Maggie in Season 2. After two years on the program, Kinney received a promotion to series regular. Beth is one of a small group who survive a zombie apocalypse and must constantly battle evil in the form of flesh-eating zombies, as well as certain humans who are even more dangerous and diabolical than the zombies themselves. The Walking Dead has the highest total viewership of any series in cable television history.
Emily also contributed to The Walking Dead Soundtrack, in which she collaborated with Lauren Cohan on the single, "The Parting Glass". Kinney departed the series in 2014. For her acting on the series, she was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television in 2015. Emily returned to the Law & Order franchise in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the role of Haley Cole. She also made guest appearances on several television shows, including a starring role in the sixteenth episode of ABC's Forever titled "Memories of Murder" and a co-starring spot in the eighteenth episode of The CW's The Flash. She also landed reoccurring television roles on Cinemax's The Knick and Showtime's critically acclaimed Masters of Sex.
She released her second extended play recording, Expired Love in 2013. It was re-released in 2014 with two additional tracks. Emily's new single, Rockstar, was released December 9, 2014. After her departure from The Walking Dead, she starred in Train's music video "Bulletproof Picasso."