The entertainment world is split into different sections, and for actors, the two biggest options are a career in television or film. There have been actors who have established themselves in film and television while some only have the bulk of their work in one of these genres. In the case of Emmy Clarke, her reputation as an actress is founded on her outstanding performance on the television show, Monk.
She joined the show while she was a child, playing the role of Julie Teeger in 24 episodes of the show from 2005 to 2009. Since then, her life and career in entertainment have taken a different form, and she has gone on to star in several TV shows and movies to date. That being said, below are six facts about the life and career of Emmy Clarke. Keep reading.
1. Her Real Name Is Not Emmy
A lot of entertainers are known to take on monikers that are not their real names; this practice dates back to as far as the period when Marilyn Monroe was very active in the industry. The way it works is that the entertainer may take on a name that speaks to the work they do in entertainment, especially when they feel their real names are not glamorous enough.
Although this practice has dwindled in modern times, people like Emmy Clarke still exist. The actress was born as Mary Elizabeth Clarke on the 25th of September, 1991, in Mineola, New York City. She co-opted the name “Emmy” from her first two initials, E.M. She is not the only child of her parents as the actress has an elder brother named Patrick and a younger sister called Bridget.
2. Her Family Moved Around A Lot During Her Childhood
Although she was born in Mineola, New York, a good part of her childhood was spent in different locations. When Clarke was one, her family moved to the US State of Texas, and by the time she was 6, they had moved again. This time, it was to Woking, in the United Kingdom. While she was in the UK she attended TASIS, an international American school, where most of the curriculum follows the American standard.
This means that even when she was out of her native country, her parents ensured that she never lost touch with America. Her family lived in the United Kingdom for five years before moving back to America. Upon their return, they settled in New York City, where Emmy eventually kicked off her acting career.
3. Emmy Clarke’s Career Began With A Bang
Two years after her family’s return to America, Emmy Clarke got her first role as an actress in the 2003 made-for-TV-film, My House in Umbria, where she played the role of Aimee. The movie, which was based on a 1991 novella of the same name by William Trevor, centers on an eccentric British romance novelist, Emily Delahunty (played by Maggi Smith), who lives in Umbria, Italy, where she operates a guest house for tourists.
After surviving a gruesome terrorist attack while on a train, Delahunty invites three of the other survivors to stay at her villa for recuperation. Amongst these three was Aimee (played by Emmy Clarke), a young American girl who stopped talking after her parents were both killed in the explosion. However, when Aimee’s distant uncle comes to pick her, Delahunty, who has developed a special attachment to her, strives to convince him that Umbria is Aimee’s rightful home.
For her incredible performance, Emmy Clarke was awarded the 2004 Young Artists award for Best Performance in TV Movie, Miniseries, or Special. The success of My House in Umbria endeared the young actress to moviegoers and also paved the way for her to land bigger roles on television subsequently.
4. She Grew Up On A Television Show
In 2004, after she won the award, Clarke started playing the role of Julie Teeger on the comedy-drama television show Monk. Her character is the daughter of Natalie Teeger, played by Traylor Howard, who is the personal assistant to the eccentric titular character, Monk. Emmy Clarke joined the show in its third season and remained a member of the cast till the end of the show in 2009. Her character is one of the minor ones in the show, which has recurring appearances that are important to the story.
Emmy Clarke was fourteen when she joined the show, and by the time she was leaving, she was eighteen. By the time the show was coming to an end, Clarke’s character was moving away from home to college. In real life, right after the show ended, Emmy Clarke was admitted into Fordham University, where she studied Communication and Media Studies. In 2014, she got a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
During her time on the show, the actress had the opportunity to work on another film. She played the role of Grace Arbus in the 2006 film Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus. In this film, she acted alongside Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr. Then, in 2010, she played the role of Jessie Donovan in The Line, which is another film that was made for television.
5. How Emmy Clarke Switched From Acting to Marketing
Emmy Clarke’s career as an actress is one that started while she was still a child, and it is quite common for actors, whose careers began in their childhood to decide to quit acting as they got older. Clarke is one of such people; her change in career started in 2013 when she took on the role of a Junior Marketing Associate at Menaji Worldwide LLC, a Skincare brand for men. She worked here for four years between May and August of 2013.
In 2014, right after school, she became a Marketing Specialist at Peep, a company that owns a mobile photo-sharing app. At Peep, she worked for 6 months before going to Good Apple. Good Apple is an ad agency for boutiques, which is located in New York. Her initial role at this company was as an Assistant Media Planner. She held this position for nine months before she was bumped up to the position of a Media Planner. However, after a year, she was made a media Supervisor. Clarke worked in one more position, but now, she holds the position of an Associate Media Director.
6. The Truths About Emmy Clarke’s Love Life
Emmy Clarke became popular as a child; the bulk of her fame and success had to be managed by her parents, who did a good job of finding a balance between her work as an actress, and her life as a regular child. One of the things they did was to limit the amount of exposure she had to the public.
Emmy Clarke is older now, and she has control over her life. However, she has managed to continue the tradition her parents began by keeping certain aspects of her life away from the eye of the public. One of the things she has under wraps is the true nature of her love life. The former child actor has not revealed the details of her love life. As a result, it is not certain if she is currently in a relationship or not, and if she is, the person she is dating remains unknown.