Emma Roberts Biography

Emma Roberts is an American actor and singer known for playing lead roles in a number of television series and Hollywood movies. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts related to her life.

Emma Roberts
Quick Facts

Birthday: February 10, 1991

Nationality: American

Famous: Actresses American Women

Age: 28 Years, 28 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Born in: Rhinebeck, New York, United States

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'2" (157 cm), 5'2" Females


father: Eric Roberts

mother: Kelly Cunningham

siblings: Grace Nickels, Keaton Simons, Morgan Simons

U.S. State: New Yorkers

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Emma Roberts is an American actor and singer known for playing lead roles in a number of television series and Hollywood movies. She comes from a family of distinguished actors. Her father, Eric Roberts, is an Oscar-nominated actor, while her aunt, Julia Roberts, is an Oscar-winner. She started acting at the age of nine with a role in the movie 'Blow', but got recognition after being cast as Addie Singer on the Nickelodeon television series 'Unfabulous'. She has a studio album to her credit, named 'Unfabulous and More', but has put her singing career on hold to focus on acting. While 'Unfabulous' was a children's show, later in her career she did lead roles in the horror series 'American Horror Story' and 'Scream Queens'. Among her movies, she is best known for acting in 'Aquamarine', 'Nancy Drew', 'The Art of Getting By', 'We're the Millers', 'Palo Alto' and 'Nerve'. She has been in an on-and-off relationship with her 'Adult World' co-star Evan Peters for a long time. She is also the brand ambassador for Neutrogena.

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Emma Roberts
Childhood & Early Life
  • Emma Rose Roberts was born on February 10, 1991, in Rhinebeck, New York, to Kelly Cunningham and Eric Roberts. Her parents separated after her birth over accusations of domestic violence.
  • Her mother later married musician Kelly Nickels. She has a half-sister named Grace from her mother's side. Her father also remarried. She has two siblings from her step-mother Eliza Simons' first marriage.
  • Her family from her father's side has been in the entertainment field for a long time. Her grandmother, Betty Lou Bredemus, served as an acting coach, while her father and her aunts, Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan, are actors.
  • Her mother initially did not want an acting career for her. However, spending a lot of time on her aunt Julia's film sets made her interested in acting.
  • She studied at Archer School for Girls in Los Angeles, California, and got admitted to Sarah Lawrence College in September 2011. However, she left within a few months to focus on her movie projects.
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  • In 2001, Emma Roberts started her acting career with the film 'Blow'. She played the role of Kristina Jung, the daughter of a cocaine smuggler played by Johnny Depp.
  • In the next few years, she did a role in a short film, appeared as an extra in one of her aunt's movies and worked on two family films. Even though the two films, 'Grand Champion' and 'Spymate', were shot in 2002 and 2003, they were not released until 2004 and 2006 respectively.
  • Being cast as the lead character in the Nickelodeon series 'Unfabulous' in 2004 was her big break. Emma's performance in the show earned her a number of award nominations.
  • In 2005, Nickelodeon also launched her music career with the album 'Unfabulous and More'. Roberts contributed to the lyrics of a few songs and appeared on the music videos of her songs. The album reached top 46 spot on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
  • In 2006, she was cast in the movie 'Aquamarine' alongside Sara Paxton and singer JoJo. In the movie, she also sung a cover version of Weezer’s single 'Island in the Sun'.
  • Emma Roberts played the titular character in the 2007 movie 'Nancy Drew'. While the film did not receive much praise from critics, it did well in the box office.
  • In 2008, she bagged another leading role in the movie 'Wild Child' and appeared in the independent film 'Lymelife'. The same year she did her first voiceover for the character Wilma in the animated film 'The Flight Before Christmas'.
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  • The next couple of years, she did a few comedy movies like 'Hotel for Dogs' and 'It's Kind of a Funny Story'. In 2010, she appeared in the teen action drama film 'Twelve' and starred alongside her aunt, Julia Roberts, in the romantic comedy 'Valentine's Day'. Around this time, she also did a supporting role in the movie 'Virginia', which released two and half years later.
  • She worked with Freddie Highmore in the 2011 romantic comedy 'The Art of Getting By'. That year, she was also cast in her first horror movie 'Scream 4'. Later, she would work on the horror television series 'American Horror Story' and 'Scream Queens' for two seasons each.
  • 2013 was an important year for Emma Roberts; she worked with Evan Peters in the movie 'Adult World' and appeared alongside Jennifer Aniston in the comedy film 'We're the Millers'. The same year, her performance in the movie 'Palo Alto', based on James Franco's short story collection of the same name, received positive reviews from film critics.
  • In recent years, she has worked in the 2016 movie 'Nerve' with Dave Franco. She is also part of the upcoming American biographical crime-drama 'Billionaire Boys Club'.
Major Works
  • Emma Roberts' role in the television series 'Unfabulous' made her a teen idol at the age of 13. In 2005, she received nomination for a Teen Choice Award and two Young Artist Awards for her performance in the series. The show became one of Nickelodeon's most-watched programs and was renewed for two more seasons.
  • Her movie 'Palo Alto' has received generally favorable reviews from critics. Her "standout" performance in the movie was particularly praised by film critics Tom Shone of 'The Guardian' and Ian Freer of 'Empire'.
  • The movie 'We're the Millers' was a commercial success and grossed over $269 million. It also received favorable reviews from critics.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Emma Roberts charmed the audience from the very beginning with 'Unfabulous' and 'Aquamarine'. She received the Young Artist Awards in 2006 and the ShoWest Female Star of Tomorrow award the next year.
  • In 2014, she received the Shining Star Award in the Maui Film Festival. The same year, she won Teen Choice Award in the category. Choice Movie Actress: Comedy, for the film 'We're the Millers'.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • In April 2011, Emma Roberts started dating Chord Overstreet. However, they split up twice within four months before calling it quits.
  • She started dating Evan Peters in 2012. Unfortunately, the next year, their relationship took an ugly turn when she was arrested for injuring Peters during a heated argument. They eventually worked on their problems and got engaged in March 2014. However, they broke up in May 2016, only to get back together in January 2017.
  • She reportedly dated Christopher Hines in mid-2016. Their relationship ended as she got back with her boyfriend Peters.
  • After her parents separated, her aunt Julia not only bought her mother a house, but also sided with her in the custody battle over her. Her father got so furious that he hardly ever visited his daughter.
  • 'Blow', the first movie she worked on, was an R rated film. As a result, her mother had decided not to let her see the movie until she is 18. However, the director Ted Demme created a version for her with her scenes so that she could watch it.

1. Blow (2001)

  (Crime, Biography, Drama)

2. It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

3. We're the Millers (2013)

  (Crime, Comedy)

4. Lymelife (2008)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

5. Nerve (2016)

  (Thriller, Adventure, Crime, Mystery)

6. The Art of Getting By (2011)

  (Drama, Romance)

7. Celeste & Jesse Forever (2012)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

8. The Winning Season (2009)

  (Comedy, Sport)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2014 Best Kiss We're the Millers (2013)

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