Orewa-raised Emily Robins began acting and singing as a child. Later she juggled high school with acting on Shortland Street. Playing spoilt rich girl Claire Solomon, her character survived strip clubs and morphine, before being murdered by the Ferndale Strangler. Robins then headed for Australia to star in two seasons of The Elephant Princess, playing a musically-talented teen who learns she is princess of a magical kingdom.

She's the best screen sis I've ever had. She couldn't be further from her character. She is incredibly sweet, but plays her part with such spirit. Paolo Rotondo, on acting with Robins on Shortland Street