Aug. 15th, 1985
Wayne, Nebraska, USA
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Emily Rebecca Kinney (born August 15, 1985) is an American actress and recording artist. She is best known for her role as Beth Greene in the AMC television series The Walking Dead.
Born in Wayne, Nebraska. In 2006, she studied and graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University. She then moved to New York City, where she pursued a Broadway and acting career.
She started her career at the age of 23, where she participated in the play Spring Awakening, where she played the role of Anna, a smart and carefree resident in a strict city. The following year, she participated in August: Osage County, where she played the role of Jean Fordham. It was announced that Kinney was cast a role on Showtime's The Big C, playing the role of Emily. Later, Kinney appeared on NBC's Law & Order: Criminal Intent, where she played the guest role of Jeannie Richmonds. Kinney made her film debut with Aunt Tigress, where she played the role of Aunt Gina. Kinney continued her acting as a variety of recurring, guest and cameo roles on a majority of films and television shows.
Kinney was cast as a recurring character on AMC's The Walking Dead, where she played Beth Greene, the suicidal 18-year-old sister of Maggie Greene. Kinney's outstanding performance led to her promotion to series regular, along with Chad Coleman and Sonequa Martin-Green. She then released her first extended play The Blue Toothbrush. Kinney participated in The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1, in which she collaborated with Lauren Cohan on the single, "The Parting Glass".
Kinney returned to the Law & Order franchise in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, in the role of Haley Cole. She released her second extended play recording, Expired Love. In an interview with AMC, Kinney talks about the story of the album: 'Expired Love' is about my story. But I do think that with my acting career, my style seeps into my career a lot. My songs are similar to Tom Waits' in that they’re little stories.
Sometimes I write songs based on one word or feeling that keeps popping up for me. And I do feel like, because I’ve never played a character for so long, that it can’t help but seep its way into things. It’s like, maybe this is why a particular idea keeps coming up for me, because this is something that we keep dealing with on the show!"
Kinney maintained a blog about her experiences in Hollywood, in which she stated that she is a vegetarian. She discontinued the blog in late 2012.
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