Emer Heatley


Emer Heatley

Emer Heatley

Independent Artist

Emer is an actor and writer based in Bath, UK. She is interested in merging the mundane and the magical, with work that lifts recognisable experiences onto a fantastical plane, often influenced by or incorporating pre-existing texts.

As a writer Emer has collaborated on works which have toured to Electric Picnic and Life Festival, as well as several specially commissioned pieces for Body & Soul. Emer’s contemporary adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s children’s classic The Secret Garden was selected for the Irish Student Drama Festival in Galway. The rights to the script were then purchased by Dublin Academy of Dramatic Art for a performance at The Civic Theatre, Tallaght in May 2017. Following this she developed Shelf for Scene & Heard Festival at Smock Alley Theatre. Whilst training at BOVTS she co-wrote The Two of Us, which was developed with the support of the John Thaw Initiative, and performed in 2019 at The Actors Centre in London.

In 2019 Emer graduated from Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, where she was presented the Doris Dibden Award for Exceptional Flair in Performance in her final year. Emer also holds a First Class BA Hons degree in English Literature and Drama Studies from Trinity College, Dublin. 

Emer is currently shooting a supporting role in a new original drama series for the BBC. Other upcoming 2021 projects include I Feel You Apart From Me, an aural storytelling show inspired by Penelope’s story from The Odyssey, which she is developing alongside her company, Lark.

Jonathan Oldfield and Emer Heatley’s graduate show is beyond funny. It felt organic, as if each performance would be different – what could be better?… These two performers are graduates to watch. — Theatre Reviews UK (The Two of Us)


1. Emer Heatley in Shelf by Emer Heatley & Will Penswick. Photo credit: Cillian Byrne (2018)

2. Emer Heatley in Let The Right One In, directed by Marcus Romer. Photo credit: Mark Dawson (2019)