Emma Catherwood is a Welsh actress and former model best known for her role as Jo in My Kingdom and for her role in Holby City. Catherwood studied the Meisner technique in London, and has degrees in English literature and Art History.
Catherwood began her career with Models 1, where she modelled for short time before quitting after a family crisis. Soon after, she made her first major television appearance in Little Bird for ITV, playing a downtrodden Mancunian mother of five. At the same time Catherwood made her feature film debut in Large for FilmFour. This led to a role starring opposite Richard Harris in My Kingdom'. Harris has been quote as saying "Emma is one of the best actresses I've worked with in my very long career". My Kingdom is based upon the Shakespeare play King Lear. It was one of the last projects made by Harris. Catherwood played Joe his daughter, an ex-heroin addict. In preparation for this role the young actress spent time in Liverpool, where she worked on the accent and visited recovery centres. Catherwood appeared as a young prostitute, Sandra, in the ITV series The Vice. Catherwood starred opposite Ken Stott and James Frain. For the thriller Spirit Trap Catherwood lost weight and cut a severe fringe to portray the drug abusing, narcissistic character of Adele. Catherwood also starred in another thriller as Mel in The Reeds, which is part of the After Dark Horrorfest.