From Hollyoaks to Hollywood: Emma Rigby's career goes stellar

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It's always heart-warming to see one of our homegrown talents making it big across the pond, so we loved seeing former Hollyoaks star Emma Rigby settling into life as a Hollywood actress.

Emma stepped out on the red carpet last night (Sunday 4th August) to promote her new US show Once Upon A Time In Wonderland, and looked absolutely stunning in an oxblood leather dress.

She plays the Red Queen in the upcoming drama series, which is an alternative take on the classic children’s story Alice In Wonderland.

Emma Rigby looked gorgeous in oxblood at last night's promotional event
Emma Rigby looked gorgeous in oxblood at last night's promotional event

It's a big change from Emma's former role in Hollyoaks, in which she played the troubled Hannah Ashworth and won critics' praise for her portrayal of teenage anorexia.

She took the Best Actress gong at the 2008 British Soap Awards for her character’s struggle with the eating disorder and was nominated a further three times.

Since leaving the soap in 2010, Emma has appeared in a number of shows this side of the Atlantic, including Prisoners’ Wives, Pramface and quirky E4 series Fresh Meat.

However, since making the move to the US, Emma seems to have changed her appearance, with her lips in particular looking bigger at this weekend’s event.

She drew attention to her plump pout with a soft pink gloss, then matched her eye makeup to her dress by wearing a smoky maroon shadow on her lids.

A touch of bronzer highlighted Emma’s enviable cheekbones and she topped the whole look off with a pair of metallic court shoes and a tiny clutch.

Take a look at the trailer for Once Upon A Time In Wonderland below.