TV viewers in the 1990s remember her as Anya Jenkins, the beautiful demon turned mortal in Warner Bros.’ hit TV series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and as Susan Keats, Brandon Walsh’s love interest in the teen drama series “Beverly Hills, 90210.”
Born as Emma M. Chukker on April 8,1973 in San Diego, California, Emma Caulfield was bitten by the acting bug while in La Jolla Country Day School where she studied drama and participated in plays at the Old Globe Theater and La Jolla Playhouse. In the summer of her junior year, she went overseas to pick up her drama studies at the American School in Switzerland based in England. Her acting talent was recognized by her fellow thespians by awarding her the distinguished “Excellence in Theater Arts” in high school. Emma Caulfield went to San Francisco State University to take up a course on psychology, but before the school year was over, her love for acting drove her to move to Los Angeles when she was 19 to pursue her passion.
In 1995, Emma Caulfield landed her first notable role in the teen drama “Beverly Hills, 90210 where she appeared in 30 episodes. Her biggest break came towards the end of 1998 in “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” initially appearing as guest demon of the week. When she was later called back to the set because the plot called for it, “Buffy” creator Joss Whedon was impressed by her talent and asked her to appear in the episodes the following season saying that Emma’s singing and dancing talents in the musical “Once More With Feeling” particularly impressed him. The decision to add Emma as a regular member of the cast was well worth it because her funny side lent humor and lightness to the show, which continued to run up to mid-2003.
That same year, Emma Caulfield clinched her first leading role as a small town school teacher with a bombshell body in the thriller “Darkness Falls,” which became the number one box office hit in U.S. movie houses. In 2004, she portrayed Meredith Preminger in the “Monk” episode “Mr. Monk and the Girl Who Cried Wolf.” Emma, who ranked 86th in the list of 100 sexiest women in 2002 and 98th in 2003, admits that she is a big fan of science fiction movies. That is why she regretted very much her decision to pass up the opportunity to audition for the roles of Starbuck and Six in the movie “Battlestar Galactica.”
An animal lover whose most prized possessions are her two Abyssinian cats, Emma Caulfield supported the presidential candidacy of Ron Paul in 2008.