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Emily Bett Rickards’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

IntroCanadian actress
Is Actor 
From Canada 
Type Film, TV, Stage & Radio 
Genderfemale
Birth 24 July 1991, Vancouver
Age:29 years

Emily Bett Rickards (born July 24, 1991) is a Canadian actress, known for portraying Felicity Smoak on The CW television series Arrow as well as its spinoff series The Flash, Vixen and Legends of Tomorrow.

Early life

Rickards was born and raised in British Columbia. Beginning on her career path at a young age, she introduced herself to musical theatre and dance, with the hope of later introducing herself to more serious acting. She graduated from high school early and attended the Vancouver Film School, completing the Acting Essentials Program. After completing the program, she attended an open call audition, which gained her an agent. She studied at the Alida Vocal Studio in Vancouver.

Career

Rickards appeared in the video of the Nickelback single “Never Gonna Be Alone” in 2008 and, after some minor roles, was cast as Felicity Smoak in the TV series Arrow in 2012. Originally signed as a one-episode guest star, positive reaction from her co-star and from Warner Brothers producer Peter Roth before the show aired, led to her being signed on as a recurring star for the rest of show’s first season. The success of the character, coupled with positive fan response, led to her being made a series regular from the second season onwards. The following year she landed the role of Lauren Phillips in the television movie Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco Story.

In 2015, she had a supporting role in the Oscar nominated film Brooklyn.

In 2016, Rickards was cast in the movie Slumber, alongside Darby Stanchfield and Meaghan Rath. In the same year she was also cast in Aisha Tyler’s directorial debut, Axis, which raised funds through a Kickstarter campaign.

Rickards also co-starred, alongside Josh Dallas and Tom Cavanagh in the super-hero themed short film Sidekick, directed by Arrowverse alum Jeff Cassidy.

Filmography

Denotes films/television series that have not yet been released
Film performances
YearTitleRoleNotes
2012Bacon and EggsDiteShort film
2012Flicka: Country PrideMary MaloneDirect-to-video
2012Random Acts of RomanceYoung wife
2014Dakota’s SummerKristen Rose
2015Normal DoorsMegShort film
2015BrooklynPatty McGuire
2016SidekickEmma/The PrincessShort film
2017 AxisCaitlinVoice, In post-production
2017 SlumberStevensIn post-production
Television performances
YearTitleRoleNotes
2012–presentArrowFelicity Smoak/OverwatchRecurring role (season 1)
Main role (seasons 2–5)
2013Romeo Killer: The Chris Porco StoryLauren PhillpsTelevision film
2014–16Flash, TheThe FlashFelicity Smoak/OverwatchGuest-starring role, 6 episodes
2016Legends of TomorrowGuest-starring role, 2 episodes
2016Comedy Bang! Bang!Becky SimmonsEpisode: “Joe Jonas Wears a Maroon and Gold Letterman Jacket With White Sneakers”
2016Superhero Fight Club 2.0Felicity Smoak/OverwatchShort promo video
Web series performances
YearTitleRoleNotes
2013Soldiers of the ApocalypseFourtyMain role, 8 episodes
2013Arrow: Blood RushFelicity Smoak/OverwatchMain role, 6 episodes
2015Very MalloryHerselfVoice, Episode: “Emily Bett Rickards”
2015VixenFelicity Smoak/OverwatchVoice, 2 episodes
2016Paranormal Solutions Inc.Genevieve Kreme8 episodes
Music video appearances
YearSong titleArtist
2009“Never Gonna Be Alone”Nickelback

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryNominated workResult
2014Leo AwardBest Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series ArrowNominated
Teen Choice AwardFemale Breakout StarNominated
2015Leo AwardBest Lead Performance by a Female in a Dramatic SeriesNominated
Teen Choice AwardChoice TV Actress Fantasy/Sci-FiNominated
MTVFandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell)Won
Leo AwardBest Guest Performance by a Female in a Dramatic Series The FlashNominated
2016MTVFandom Awards: Ship Of The Year (with Stephen Amell) ArrowWon