Emma Caulfield

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Emma Caulfield

Caulfield at a 2004 Buffy the Vampire Slayer convention in Tampa
BornEmma Chukker
(1973-04-08) April 8, 1973 (age 39)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Cornelius Grobbelaar (2006-present; filed for divorce)
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Emma Caulfield

Caulfield at a 2004 Buffy the Vampire Slayer convention in Tampa
BornEmma Chukker
(1973-04-08) April 8, 1973 (age 39)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Years active1994–present
Spouse(s)Cornelius Grobbelaar (2006-present; filed for divorce)

Emma Caulfield (born Emma Chukker; April 8, 1973) is an American actress best known for her role as ex-demon Anya Jenkins on the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as Susan Keats, a love interest of Brandon Walsh's on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210.


Early life

Emma Caulfield was born Emma Chukker in San Diego, California. Her stage name is a reference to Holden Caulfield, the protagonist of J. D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.[1] Her mother worked as a professional singer.[2] Emma began her acting career at a young age. In high school while she studied drama, she took parts in plays at the local La Jolla Playhouse and the Old Globe Theatre. She additionally traveled to The American School In England (TASIS) in London, England, to study drama the summer before her senior year. Her talent for acting was recognized by her fellow thespians, who awarded her the distinguished Excellence in Theatre Arts award at her high school.

After graduating from the La Jolla Country Day School, she attended San Francisco State University to study psychology, but left halfway through her freshman year. Her passion for acting continued to drive her, moving her to Los Angeles at 19.


Caulfield's first notable role was as Brandon Walsh's girlfriend, Susan Keats, on Beverly Hills, 90210 in 1995. She appeared for thirty episodes in the series before departing in 1996. In 1998, Emma starred in her most famous role to date, as Anya Jenkins on the WB's hit show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Originally, her character was only to appear for several episodes. However, audiences responded well to Anya, resulting in Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon's decision to add her to the cast.

In 2003, Emma landed her first lead role in the horror movie Darkness Falls, which debuted at number one in the U.S. box office. In 2004, she appeared on Monk as Meredith Preminger in the episode "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf". Caulfield also starred in the satire Bandwagon, playing a fictionalized and unflattering version of herself as a superficial, arrogant actress whose career is imploding. The movie was written and directed by close friend and fellow actress Karri Bowman. It screened at various festivals, although it has not been picked up for distribution. Several members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer cast and crew have cameos in the film.

She passed up the opportunity to audition for the roles of Six and Starbuck on Battlestar Galactica, a decision she later regretted.[3]

Caulfield is also the co-author of the webcomic Contropussy.[4]

Caulfield starred in the independent feature film TiMER, released May 2009.

In 2010, Caulfield posted her 2004 independent movie Bandwagon, which was never publicly released, online in ten parts turning it into a webseries. She starred as the lead role in the FunnyOrDie short film, Don't Panic, It's Organic. In 2011, a season 2 of Bandwagon began.

In 2012, Caulfield received critical acclaim for her guest appearance on the ABC fantasy series Once Upon a Time, as the Blind Witch from the fairy tale Hansel & Gretel.[5] She guest starred in the second season of the Jane Espenson scripted romantic comedy web series, Husbands.[6]

Personal life

On August 23, 2006, Caulfield married Cornelius Grobbelaar.[7] She filed for divorce from Grobbelaar on May 13, 2010 citing irreconcilable differences.[8]


2003Darkness FallsCaitlin Greene
2004Bandwagon[citation needed]Emma Caulfield
2007Hollow[citation needed]SarahShort film
2009Why Am I Doing This?[citation needed]Amber
TiMEROona O'Leary
2010Confined[citation needed]Victoria Peyton
Removal[citation needed]JenniferAlternative title: Shadow Play
awaiting release
1994Burke's LawBethEpisode: "Who Killed the Beauty Queen?"
Saved by the Bell: The New ClassNurse BradyEpisode: "Bloody Money"
RenegadeCindy MoranEpisode: "Teen Angel"
1995Weird SciencePhoebe HaleEpisode: "What Genie?"
1995, 1997Silk StalkingsRay Washburn
Kate Donner
Episodes: "Champagne on Ice", "Guilt by Association"
1995–1996Beverly Hills, 90210Susan Keats30 episodes
1996–1997General HospitalLorraine Miller
1998Nash BridgesReporterEpisode: "Live Shot"
1998–2003Buffy the Vampire SlayerAnyanka 'Anya' JenkinsRecurring seasons 3-4; Main Cast seasons 5-7
85 episodes
Golden Satellite Award (nominated)
Cinescape Genre Face of the Future Award (won)
2003The Reality of Love[citation needed]Charlie NortonTV Movie
2004I Want to Marry Ryan BanksCharlie NortonABC Family TV-Movie
MonkMeredith PremingerEpisode: "Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf"
2006In Her Mother's Footsteps[citation needed]Kate NolanLMN TV-Movie
2006, 2007Robot ChickenNancy/Timmy's Mom
Professor McGonagal/Mother
White Witch/Wife
Voice Roles, Episode: "Massage Chair"
Episode: "Password: Swordfish"
Episode: "Robot Chicken's Half-Assed Christmas Special"
2007A Valentine Carol[citation needed]Ally SimmsLifetime Television TV-Movie
2009Private PracticeLeanneEpisode: "Wait and See"
2010–2011GiganticSashaRecurring cast
2010–2011Life UnexpectedEmma BradshawSeason two, recurring cast[9]
2011Prime SuspectMontanaEpisode: "Gone to Pieces"[10]
2011LeverageMeredithEpisode: "The Lonely Hearts Job"
2012Once Upon a TimeBlind WitchEpisode: "True North"[5]

Awards and nominations

Beverly Hills Film Festival

Satellite Awards

Saturn Awards

Sydney Film Festival


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