Emily Bett Rickards is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Felicity Smoak on The CW series Arrow, her first television credit. She has also reprised the role in the Arrowverse shows The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and voiced the character on the animated web series Vixen.
Years active: 2009–present
Born age: July 24, 1991, 32 years old and 4 months, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Sun Sign: Leo
Hair Color: Blonde
Eye Color: Blue
Height: 5 ft 5 in – 167.64 cm
Measurements: 33-25-34 in – 84-63.5-87 cm
Bra size: 32B US – 70B EU
Early life and career
Rickards mother is Dr. Diane Greig, a dream psychotherapist in Vancouver.
At a young age, she was introduced to musical theatre and dance. Graduating early from high school, she attended the Vancouver Film School, completing their acting essentials program. Following completion, she attended an open call audition, gaining an agent. She studied at the Alida Vocal Studio in Vancouver. Rickards made her first professional appearance in 2009, starring in the video for the Nickelback single “Never Gonna Be Alone“.
Rickards was nominated for multiple Teen Choice and Leo Awards for the role, and in 2016, her character was placed at number 15 in a list of 50 favorite female characters, in a poll conducted by The Hollywood Reporter.
She also played the role in the spin-off series known collectively as the Arrowverse: The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, as well as providing the voice for the animated show Vixen. In 2013, she also portrayed Felicity in the web-based series, Blood Rush.
In March 2014, Rickards was cast in the sequel to Cowgirls ‘n Angels, entitled Cowgirls ‘n Angels: Dakota’s Summer, as Kristen Rose, the sister of the film’s protagonist, Dakota, portrayed by Haley Ramm. The film premiered at the 2014 Dallas International Film Festival.
In 2015, she had a supporting role in the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn. In 2016, she appeareed in Slumber in 2016, starring Darby Stanchfield and Meaghan Rath. Filming took place in Los Angeles in May 2016. She also appeared in Axis. The film won the prize for outstanding achievement, feature film at the 2017 Newport Beach Film Festival. She also appeared in the super-hero themed short film Sidekick, directed by Arrowverse alum Jeff Cassidy.
In 2017, she appeared in the comedy, Funny Story. It was runner-up at the Slamdance Film Festival in January 2018, in the festival’s ‘Beyond’ programme. It won the Stolman audience award for best American indie at the 2018 Sonoma International Film Festival; the audience award for best narrative feature at the Vero Beach Wine and Film Festival; best feature at the Santorini Film Festival; and the grand jury prize at the Barcelona Film Festival. At the Southampton International Film Festival, Rickards was nominated for leading actress in a feature.
In May 2019, she appeared in the indie film, We Need to Talk, co-starring James Maslow, and written and directed by Todd Wolfe. It was an official selection at the FirstGlance Film Festival in Philadelphia, in November 2020 and Rickards was named best actress in a feature.
Stage and other work
In early 2016, she appeared in the Canadian web-series Paranormal Solutions, which was launched online in April of the same year. In June, she appeared in an episode of the fifth season of IFC comedy Comedy Bang! Bang!.
In May 2018, appeared in Reborning for Reality Curve Theatre Group, at the Annex Theatre in Vancouver. The production premiered on June 20, 2018. In April 2019, she reprised her role in Reality Curve’s Off-Broadway production at New York’s SoHo Playhouse, in July and August of the same year.
In September 2018, she narrated an audiobook of The Wicked Ones, originally published as part of the Ghosts of the Shadow Market anthology.
In 2016, Rickards launched a T-shirt campaign in support of the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) through the crowd funding merchandise site Represent.com, with all proceeds going to the charity.
During season four of Arrow, her character was paralyzed from the waist down following a shooting incident, later regaining the ability to walk through the use of a prototype microchip. Rickards filmed a PSA in conjunction with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation advocating for advancements in the treatment of spinal injuries.
In February 2019, the Vancouver Film School announced the “Emily Bett Rickards Acting Scholarship”, a partnership between the school and Rickards, to fund a full scholarship for the school’s acting programs, as well as partial funding of $250,000 for other students. She will select the scholarship recipients.
In 2012, she acted in the film Random Acts of Romance.
First TV Show
In 2012, she started appearing in The CW’s TV series Arrow for her role as Felicity Smoak. She had a recurring role in season 1 and was a part of the main cast from season 2.
Emily Bett Rickards Favorite Things
Singers – Bruno Mars, Mayer Hawthorne
Emily Bett Rickards Facts
Whenever she feels hungry at 3 pm, she generally has apples and almond butter.
Emily had also appeared in the web-based series “Soldiers of the Apocalypse” in 2013 for her role as Forty. She was a part of the main cast and did 8 episodes.
She desires to have a body like Shakira.
In 2008, she was featured in the music video of “Never Gonna Be Alone” by Nickelback.
She has appeared in the TV movie “Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story” in 2013.
She was originally signed for just 1 episode in Arrow. But, based on the fan’s positive reactions and her chemistry with Canadian Stephen Amell, she was signed for a recurring role in season 1 and regular in season 2.
In February 2019, she teamed up with Vancouver Film School for the “Emily Bett Rickards Acting Scholarship”, which provides full scholarship to the school’s acting programmes.
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