Reviews for Timon of Athens -
“… the suspicious philosopher Apemantus (whose warnings to Timon fall on deaf ears) is played by fine Canadian actor EmmaClaire Brightlyn; a gender shift which (like Brightlyn’s playing of an Athenian senator) is simultaneously modern and timeless.” Scottish Stage - Mark Brown
Review for Richard II -
" fierce-eyed Lady Bolingbroke (EmmaClaire Brightlyn) is ... a steely warrior driven by honour, not anger. Revealing a tender heart, she makes you wish there had once been a great queen of that name." The Guardian - Mark Fisher
I'm a stage and film actor, originally from Canada, now based in both Glasgow and Toronto, represented by Butler Ruston Bell.
I gained my Bachelor in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada in 2005, before working professionally in theatre and voice over in Western Canada for four years.
Coming from a proud Scottish family, I was excited to move to Glasgow in 2009 to do my MA at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama specializing in Classical and Contemporary Text performance.
In 2012, I played Abi, the female lead, in the award-winning film Notes. (See below for a full list of nominations and awards)
Most recently I was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for my performance in The Ugly Duckthing in Toronto as part of Solar Stage’s 2018/19 season. I have also landed the Canadian campaign as the voice of Lexus commercials across the country.
I've done exciting work both in the UK and North America so have a look at my Spotlight Profile for a complete list of productions and roles.
I also work as a freelance Fight Director.
Awards for Notes:-
Best Scottish Film - Bootleg Film Festival, Edinburgh
Audience Choice Award - Roughcuts Film Festival
Audience Choice Award - Palme-Dewar Short Film Competitiion (Aberfeldy Film Festival)
*nominated* - Best Comedy - Deep Fried Film Festival
*nominated* - Best Actress - We Like 'Em Short, Oregon, USA