Emily Jean Perkins is an actress from Canada who has garnered fame for portraying roles like Crystal Braywood in the CTV and The Comedy Network sitcom ‘Hiccups’, young Beverly Marsh in the miniseries ‘Stephen King's It’, and Brigitte Fitzgerald in the horror film ‘Ginger Snaps’. Originally from British Columbia, Perkins began acting when she was quite young. At the age of 11, she made her screen debut in an episode of CBC’s family adventure series ‘Danger Bay’. Her big screen debut came in 1996 when she played Karen “Shy Girl” Daniels in the sci-fi action drama ‘Past Perfect’. She delivered a breakthrough performance as Marie Sullivan in the CBC series ‘Mom P.I.’ Over the course of her career, she has worked in a variety of films and TV shows. She portrayed the memorable recurring character, Superfan Becky, in several episodes of The CW fantasy action drama series ‘Supernatural’. Perkins received the Best Actress accolade at Málaga International Week of Fantastic Cinema for ‘Ginger Snaps’. She also won the Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Actress for ‘Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed’. She was inducted into the Fangoria Hall of Fame as well. She won the YTV Achievement Award for acting in 1990.
Emily Perkins was 11 years old when she had her screen debut in the 18th episode of the fifth season of CBC’s ‘Danger Bay’. That year, she also starred in the telefilm ‘Anything to Survive’ and lent her voice to Katy Caboose in the animated television short ‘Little Golden Book Land’. She worked in the 1990 telefilm ‘It’ alongside Richard Thomas, Tim Reid, and Annette O'Toole, portraying the younger version of Beverly Marsh. The series is the earliest adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name.
Perkins was cast as Marie Sullivan, one of the two children of the recently-widowed Sally Sullivan (Rosemary Dunsmore), in the CBC Television comedy-drama series ‘Mom P.I.’ (1990-91). In 1996, she appeared on the big screen for the first time in the science fiction action drama ‘Past Perfect’. She starred in the 1996 miniseries ‘In Cold Blood’, which was based on Truman Capote's book of the same name.
In 1998, she made a guest appearance in the season one episode, ‘The Most Dangerous Time’, of CBC Television’s drama series ‘Da Vinci’s Inquest’. She came back in 2001 to portray the recurring character Sue Lewis, a prostitute. Appearing in 34 episodes, Perkins won a Leo Award for Best Supporting Performance for the role in 2003.
In 2000, she portrayed Brigitte Fitzgerald in ‘Ginger Snaps’, the first film in the Ginger Snaps trilogy. The other two films are ‘Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed’ and ‘Ginger Snaps Back: The Beginning’. The small-budget horror films were not commercial successes when they were released. However, they received critical praise and have come to be viewed as cult classics.
She portrayed supporting characters in ‘She’s the Man’ (2006) and ‘Another Cinderella Story’ (2008) and had a minor role in the 2007 coming-of-age drama film ‘Juno’. In 2010, she played a goth girl in the direct-to-video film ‘Blood: A Butcher’s Tale’. Perkins’ internationally best-known performance was as Becky Rosen in The CW series ‘Supernatural’. She made her first appearance in the show in the season five premiere episode, ‘Sympathy for the Devil’, which originally aired in 2009. An ardent fan of the ‘Supernatural’ book series, she meets the brothers and realises, much to her satisfaction, that everything described in the books is “real”. She develops an especially obsessive interest in Sam Winchester (Jared Padalecki), which is further explored in later episodes. Perkins last appeared on the long-running show in 2011.
In CTV and The Comedy Network’s sitcom ‘Hiccups’ (2010-11), she was cast as the spoiled sarcastic rich girl Crystal Braywood. Although Crystal is employed as the receptionist for the publisher and businesswoman Joyce Haddison (Laura Soltis), she is extremely dissatisfied with her job. In 2014, Perkins appeared in three episodes of the first season of Hallmark and Super channel’s western drama ‘When Calls the Heart’. Her most recent cinematic role was in the 2014 sci-fi horror mystery ‘Extraterrestrial’.
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Family & Personal Life
Born on May 4, 1977, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Emily Perkins is the middle of three daughters. She has a degree from the University of British Columbia. She has also attended a drama school in Vancouver, where she met her long-time friend, actress Laura Harris.
She met Belgian-Canadian academic Ernest Mathijs in 2005 at a film festival. Mathijs, a film professor at the University of British Columbia, was there to research for a book on various cult films, including Perkins’ own ‘Ginger Snaps’ trilogy. They married sometime later. She is the caretaker of two of her cousins whose parents are not directly involved in their lives. As of September 2005, she was teaching acting at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. It was reported in February 2007 that she had returned to Vancouver to raise her child.