Emma Barton Biography
Emma Barton born Emma Louise Barton, is an English actress. She was born 26 July 1977 in Portsmouth, England. Barton attended Horndean Community School in Hampshire from 1989 to 1993, and then trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 1998.
Barton played Honey Mitchell in EastEnders from November 2005 to September 2008, and on a temporary basis during 2014. Barton returned full-time in late 2015. Before her role in EastEnders, Barton appeared in Spooks and on stage in plays including Grease, Loveshack and Thoroughly Modern Millie.
She starred in the title role of Snow White in the Marlowe Theatre’s Canterbury pantomime from December 2008-January 2009 alongside Stephen Mulhern. From March to November 2009 she was touring the UK in the stage production of Chicago, alongside Jimmy Osmond and Twinnie Lee Moore, playing Roxie Hart.
In December 2009, Barton played the part of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne and in late 2009 she toured with the mudical Chicago, taking the lead role of Roxie Hart. During 2014, Barton played Dolly in the National Theatre’s touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors.
During the 2016-7 Christmas pantomime season Barton played the role of Tinkerbell in the Crawley Hawth Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan alongside Shaun Williamson as Captain Hook and Richard David-Caine and Joseph Elliott as pirates on Captain Hook’s ship.
Emma Barton Age
She was born 26 July 1977 in Portsmouth, England.
Emma Barton Husband
Emma Barton has been dating Stephen Mulhern since 2008.
Emma Barton Height
She stands at 1.76 m (5 ft 9 in).
Emma Barton Interview
Since its debut at The National Theatre in 2011, the highly acclaimed One Man, Two Guvnors has scored international success. Adapted by Richard Bean from Carlo Goldoni’s 1743 Comedy Play, Servant of Two Masters, the show develops upon various genres of comedy ranging from slapstick to satire. Due to the great response the show has received in previous years – having been described by one reviewer as “comic perfection” as well as “a glorious celebration of British Comedy” – the production opened for its third tour in May 2014 and is soon to be heading to the Norwich Theatre Royal.
Among its significant cast is Emma Barton, playing the fervent and fun feminist, Dolly, who acts as the love interest for protagonist, Francis Henshall. In hope of digging deeper to uncover the show’s success, I spoke to Barton about the process of bringing such a classic piece of theatre alive, and the trials of grappling with such a well-loved comedy.
When asked how she became involved in the world of acting, Barton says, “I was interested in acting from an early age. From about 7 years old I participated in school plays, and from there on I knew that all I wanted to do was to act.”
Following her role as Honey Mitchell in Eastenders which dealt with difficult subjects, such as raising a child with Down’s Syndrome, a show as One Man, Two Guvnors provides a significant contrast in content and tone.
“You have to constantly adapt to various roles as an actor. It’s a continual learning process; both roles have been challenging in different ways. I found my role as Honey Mitchell deeply rewarding due to the fact that the issues I was dealing with allowed me to grow as a person.
“My role as Dolly provides me with a more instant satisfaction – as a stage performance, you have the immediate reception of the audience, and this drives a different sense of reward, that you are generating this laughter and joy through the presentation of your character.”
Barton describes her role in One Man, Two Guvnors as a “dream role”. She says, “It was after seeing the show in London a couple of years ago that I first fell in love with the production. I was so taken by the performance that I couldn’t resist going back to see it the following day!”
Barton’s first dabble in comedy was when she starred alongside Ray Cooney in Over The Moon at the Old Vic, “Ray was a great teacher. In many ways, comedy is more difficult than drama in the sense that you need to know how to work with your audience; you can so easily overdo it. In Over The Moon I played a ditsy blonde, but went a bit over the top with the caricature. Ray told me that honesty is the key in comedy, and that’s when it all started to come together.”
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Speaking of her love for comedy, and particularly in the context of One Man, Two Guvnors, Barton concluded, “I’ve always loved the carry on films, so performing in such a brilliant piece of comedic theatre has been a fantastic experience. It’s two and a half hours of pure entertainment, covering every style of comedy. It’s an experience I wouldn’t change one bit”