|Born||1975 (age 43–44)|
Brought up in Irlam, near Manchester, Lowndes attended Irlam Primary School and Urmston Grammar School, where she was Head Girl. She studied English at the University of York before training at RADA, graduating in 2000. Her training was partly funded by the Salford Sports and Arts Trust, established by Albert Finney and Harold Riley to assist the city's young talent.
Lowndes is the eldest of three siblings born to Eric and Suzanne Lowndes. She has a younger brother, footballer Nathan Lowndes, and a sister, Katie Lowndes. Lowndes lives in London with her partner Jason Merrells and their daughter.
Lowndes' television credits include Waking the Dead, Burn It, Afterlife, Doctors, Vera, Silent Witness, "Heartbeat" and Moving On. She also played Mary Rivers in the 2006 BBC adaptation of Jane Eyre and Bella Gregson in Cranford.
Lowndes has appeared in the films All or Nothing (2002), This Little Life (2003), Mother's Milk (2011) and Frozen (2005). She has lent her voice to the radio dramas Whitby Pier, Aperture and Hanging, and played Sarah Badger in the 2001 The Tomorrow People audio drama, The New Gods.
Her theatre work includes Whose Life Is It Anyway?, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice, The Seagull, Port and Cold Meat Party. She has also appeared in productions of Thérèse Raquin, Measure for Measure, Topless Mum and Three More Sleepless Nights. She joined the cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, London from 24 May 2017, playing the role of Ginny Potter.
Lowndes won Best Actress in a Leading Role at the 2003 Manchester Evening News Theatre Awards for productions of Port and The Seagull at the Royal Exchange Theatre. Her role in The Seagull also earned her a nomination at the 2003 Ian Charleson Awards.
|2002||Lenny Blue||DC Kerry Allen||Television film|
- A Girl's Best Friend (2002)
|Period crime drama|
|2003||Burn It||Jane||Drama series|
|2004||Von Trapped||Leisl 'Lee' Moogan||Television film|
|2005||The Walk||Gillian||Television film|
|Waking the Dead||Young Grace Foley
- Straw Dog (parts one and two) (2005)
|2006||Jane Eyre||Mary Rivers
- Episode 1.4 (2006)
- A Name Written in Water (2006)
- June 1842 (2007)
- August 1842 (2007)
- November 1842 (2007)
- April 1843 (2007)
- Attack of the Centorts: Part 1 (2008)
- Attack of the Centorts: Part 2 (2008)
|The Royal||Penny Darnby
- Blood's Thicker Than Water (2008)
|Period medical drama|
- Missing Persons (2008)
|Period crime drama|
- The Rain Has Stopped (2009)
- August 1844 (2009)
- October to December 1844 (2009)
- Episode 1.5 (2009)
|Sci-fi crime drama|
- Episode 2.4 (2010)
- Episode 2.5 (2010)
|2011||Silent Witness||Claire Lockford
- First Casualty: Part 1 (2011)
- First Casualty: Part 2 (2011)
|2014||Downton Abbey||Mrs Margie Drewe (Series 5)||Period drama|
|2015||The Musketeers||Emilie (episode 2.4 "Emilie")||Drama series|
|2002||All or Nothing||Party Girl|
|2003||This Little Life||Nurse Anne|
Selected theatre performances
- Rachel in Port by Simon Stephens . World premiere directed by Marianne Elliott at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Lowndes won a MEN Award for her performance. (2002)
- Nina in The Seagull by Anton Chekov. Directed by Greg Hersov at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. Lowndes won a MEN Award for her performance. (2003)
- Nancy in Cold Meat Party by Brad Fraser. World premiere directed by Braham Murray at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2003)
- Little Voice in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice by Jim Cartwright. Directed by Sarah Frankcom at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2004)
- May in The Accrington Pals by Peter Whelan. Directed by James Dacre at the Royal Exchange, Manchester. (2013).
- Donohue, Simon (29 January 2004). "Why posh is not my voice choice". City Life. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- Talk of the Town: Watch this Face: Emma Lowndes The Independent. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
- Masterpiece Theatre | Jane Eyre | Who's Who Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
- National Theatre: Company Members: Emma Lowndes National Theatre. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
- Emma Lowndes | London Theatre Database Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
- Longman, Will (30 March 2017). "Who are the new Harry Potter and the Cursed Child cast?". Retrieved 31 March 2017.
- Donohue, Simon (3 December 2003). "Comedy is king at M.E.N. Awards". City Life. Retrieved 18 August 2009.