Emily Bett Rickards is a Canadian professional actress known for portraying the character of ‘Felicity Smoak’ in the American superhero television series ‘Arrow’, based on the DC comics character ‘Green Arrow’. She has also appeared in three spin-off shows by Greg Berlanti, ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, ‘Vixen’, and ‘The Flash’, all based on superhero characters from DC. She appeared in one episode of the CBS superhero action-adventure television series ‘Supergirl’, based on the DC Comics character ‘Supergirl’. Interested in acting from a young age, she began her career by participating in musical theatre and dance programs. She went to on attend classes at a film school before embarking on an acting career. Besides TV shows, she has also made an appearance in Nickelback’s 2009 music video of ‘Never Gonna Be Alone’. Rickards is yet to make her mark in the film industry with a lead role; however, she has already appeared in several minor roles in films like ‘Cowgirls 'n Angels: Dakota's Summer’, ‘Brooklyn’, and ‘Funny Story’.
Emily Bett Rickards started her acting career with theatre productions and later completed her Acting Essentials Program from the Vancouver Film School. She appeared in the 2009 music video ‘Never Gonna Be Alone’ by the Canadian rock band ‘Nickelback’. She appeared in a short film titled ‘Bacon and Eggs’ in 2012 and later that year, appeared in a Direct-to-video film ‘Flicka: Country Pride’ as ‘Mary Malone’. In the short film ‘Random Acts of Romance,’ she appeared alongside Amanda Tapping, Robert Moloney, and Laura Bertram.
In 2012, she was also signed for the role of ‘Felicity Smoak / Overwatch’, in the American superhero television series ‘Arrow’. Her character was of a computer nerd who fights alongside the protagonist of the show to save the Star City. The character and the series were based on the DC comics and featured a touch of improvisation from the creator of the show Greg Berlanti. She was initially part of the show for just one season but before it was aired, the producer and her co-star spoke highly of her to the Warner Brothers team. She was eventually given a regular role and the makers of the show gave her character more prominence.
Rickards reprised the same role in the spinoff shows which were collectively named as the ‘Arrowverse’. The first show was ‘The Flash’ in which she first appeared in 2014 and since then has made eight appearances. She then appeared in ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ in the 2016-17 season in four episodes. She also appeared in the series ‘Supergirl’ in the episode ‘Crisis on Earth X, Part 1’.
In addition, Rickards appeared in the recurring role of ‘Felicity Smoak’ in two web series, ‘Arrow: Blood Rush’ in 2013, and later in ‘Vixen’ (voice role 2015-16 season). She portrayed ‘Genevieve Kreme’ in the web series ‘Paranormal Solutions Inc.’ in 2016.
Rickards hasn’t yet managed to get a lead role in a film but has appeared in a few films in supporting roles. In the 2014 family drama film ‘Cowgirls 'n Angels: Dakota's Summer’, she portrayed the character of ‘Kristen Rose’ and appeared alongside Haley Ramm. Then she appeared in the film, ‘Brooklyn’ (2015), portraying the character of ‘Patty McGuire’. Later in 2018, she is all set to appear in the movie ‘Slumber.’
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Emily Bett Rickards was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on July 24, 1991, to Dr. Diane Greig, a dream psychotherapist by profession. She took interest in acting from her childhood and later appeared in theatre productions. She enrolled at the Vancouver Film School for her Acting Essentials Program and later went to Alida Vocal Studio in Vancouver.