Early life, family, educational background
American actress Mary Elizabeth ‘Emmy’ Clarke was born on 25 September 1991, in Mineola, Long Island, New York USA, but in her first year, her family moved to Houston, Texas. When Emmy was six, they moved to Working, Surrey, England, where she attended The American International School, known as TASIS England.
At 11, her family moved back to the US, this time to New York, where Emmy followed the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, and studied ballet for ten years. She began studying at Fordham University in 2009, and in 2014 graduated with a BA in Communication and Media Studies. She has an older brother, Patrick and a younger sister, Bridget. Emmy currently resides in Fairfield County, Connecticut.
In 2003 at the young age of 12, Emmy appeared as Aimee in her first acting role, in the television film “My House in Umbria.” The film had a stellar cast including Dame Maggie Smith, Timothy Spall, Ronnie Barker and Chris Cooper which contributed to the movie’s massive success, and it was especially praised by critics – it earned a Primetime Emmy Award and two Golden Globe nominations.
Emmy was given the 2004 Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special Supporting Young Actress. As from “Monk”’s first episode of season three, “Mr Monk and the Red Herring,” Emmy received a recurring role in the television series as Juliette (Julie) Teeger, the daughter of Natalie Teeger, Adrian Monk’s second assistant. The comedy-drama television series follows the phobic, compulsive, but gifted private investigator, Adrian Monk, and aired from 2002 to 2009, with Emmy in 24 episodes between 2004 and 2009.
Tony Shalhoub (Monk) won a Golden Globe Award in 2003 for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy, and the series was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards, including Tony’s win. Emmy portrayed Grace Arbus in “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus,” a biographical drama movie, as the daughter of Diane Arbus, a famous American photographer. The film was released on 10 November 2006, and starred Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman as the title character.
In 2010, Emmy appeared in the short film, “Capture the Flag,” and in the critically acclaimed television drama movie, “The Line,” as Jessie Donovan. In 2014, she played Brie in the comedy-drama movie, “Apartment Troubles,” which was a commercial flop.
After graduating from Fordham University in 2014, she decided to leave acting and pursue a new career within the advertising industry.
Her first job was as a marketer for the mobile photo-sharing PeepApp. She gradually worked her way up and became a social director and media planner for Good Apple Digital, a boutique media agency based in Silicon Valley.
She is good friends with Traylor Howard, the actress who played Natalie Teeger in “Monk.” She remains very quiet and private about her personal life, so not much is known about her family or any romantic relationships. She is, however, very active on her social media accounts.
From her online presence, it can be seen that she likes animals, dogs in particular as she has one of her own, whom she takes with her everywhere she goes.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
During summer she sails Optimists on Long Island Sound.
She has green eyes and naturally brown hair, but she often dyes it blonde. She is 5ft 7in (1.7m) tall and weighs around 114lbs (52kgs).
Net worth and salary
She has an estimated net worth of $2 million, as of early 2020.