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Who is Emma Rigby and what happened to Hannah in Hollyoaks?

The Make Me Famous star has enjoyed huge successes since Hollyoaks

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Emma Rigby has been accused of breaking social distancing rules by attending a high society Halloween party.

The bash took place in London, while the capital was in Tier Two, meaning households were not allowed to mix indoors.

Soap fans will remember  her as the troubled Hannah in Hollyoaks.

While, more recently the actress starred in dark BBC drama Make Me Famous.

But who is Emma Rigby and what happened at this party?

Here’s everything you need to know…

Emma Rigby (Credit: Splash News)
Emma Rigby played Hannah in Hollyoaks (Credit: Splash News)

What happened to Hannah in Hollyoaks?

Hannah left Hollyoaks to start a new life for herself in 2010.

At the time, she had recently been discharged from hospital where she was being treated for an eating disorder.

When she finally returned home, she told her family that she wanted to leave the village so that she could become more independent.

To begin with, they’re extremely hesitant, fearing she’s not ready.

But they then come to terms with her decision and support her.

What happened to Hannah in Hollyoaks?
Emma left Hollyoaks in 2010 (Credit: Channel 4)

Fans were disappointed when she didn’t return in 2012 to attend her brother Rhy’s funeral.

However, it was revealed by other characters that she couldn’t as she was suffering from shingles as a result of stress.

Explaining her decision to her local paper the St Helen’s Star at the time, Emma said: “I have been on the show since I was 15 and have had a fantastic time.

“I am very grateful for the opportunities and story lines, but I feel the time is right to move on.

“There’s a danger of becoming complacent, which I don’t ever want to be.”

Emma Rigby (Credit: Splash News)
Emma moved to the US after quitting Hollyoaks (Credit: Splash News)

What has Emma Rigby done since?

Emma’s first big role after leaving Hollyoaks was Brandy Mulligan in Becoming Human in 2011.

She also played Rachel in comedy series Fresh Meat, Gemma in Prisoners’ Wives and the Red Queen in Once Upon A Time in Wonderland.

More recently, she played Sophie in Bulletproof, Carol in Endeavour and Olivia Rose in American Violence.

Emma Rigby recently starred as Michelle in Reggie Yates’ BBC drama Make Me Famous.

During an interview with the BBC, she explained why she wanted to be in the show.

She said: “When I read the script I really connected with it, as I know what it’s like to feel so exposed from a young age.

“I started on Hollyoaks when I was only 14 years old, was there for a long period of time and on screen every day – I know how it can make you feel vulnerable.”

Emma added: “I’ve watched a lot of the other BBC Three standalone dramas like Murdered By My Boyfriend and Murdered By My Father and I thought they were incredible, so I knew the story would be in safe hands.

“This is the work I want to be doing.”

Emma Rigby Prisoners Wifes (Credit: BBC)
Emma starred as Gemma in Prisoners’ Wives (Credit: BBC)

Where is Emma Rigby now?

Emma Rigby hit the news for all the wrong reasons on November 3 2020.

According to The Daily Mail, the former Hollyoaks star was pictured at a Halloween party taking place at a multi-million-pound apartment, overlooking Tower Bridge.

Hosted by erotica and fine art magazine Treats, the bash flouted coronavirus measures.

At this time, Londoners could not legally mix with other households indoors.

Pictures from the event show large crowds partying in the property, a few hours after Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown.

Stills show Emma dressed in a sheer costume, which matches the outfit she posted on her public Instagram.

EastEnders actor Sid Owen was also among the guests.

A source told MailOnline: “When people found out they were very annoyed, especially with lots of people strictly obeying coronavirus rules at the moment.”

Who is Emma Rigby dating?

Emma has previously dated JLS star Aston Merrygold and footballer Matthew Mills.

However, she is thought to currently be single.

In 2016, the actress explained that she prioritises her career over her love life.

She told the Mail Online: “For me, [acting] is my first love and really have to give everything.

“It’s about hard work and determination.”

“There’s so much that I want to do and achieve and I feel like you have to be selfish and really commit to it.”

Make Me Famous is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.

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