Hamilton-raised actor and violinist Emily Campbell completed a double degree in theatre and music in 2012. She went on to act in 2018 feature Vermillion as Zoe, the daughter who is set to marry, and comedy web series Flatmate Wanted. The Eurasian actor was a regular stage performer — she starred in Auckland Theatre Company's When Sun & Moon Collide (2017). In April 2020, she won a scholarship to study at the Atlantic Acting School, founded by American playwright David Mamet and actor William H Macy. Campbell had planned to visit the New York institution in 2021, but died of acute respiratory failure on 11 September 2020.
With talent to burn she spent the last five years since leaving TAP, living her best life — performing in a number of shows (acting and playing her violin beautifully), acting on-screen (particularly in Vermillion playing Jennifer Ward-Lealand's daughter), creating and directing work with fellow classmates, writing and singing music, travelling the world and visiting a number of TAP grads in various corners of the globe. Auckland acting school The Actors' Program (TAP), in a Facebook post on Emily Campbell's death, 15 September 2020