Who is Emma Walton Hamilton?
Emma Katherine Walton was born on November 27, 1962 in London, England. She is an actress, author and theater director and heavily involved in children’s literature projects in the UK. She is also known as the daughter of star actress and singer Julie Andrews, who rose to fame in the 1960s and 1970s with numerous successful film projects that have continued into recent years.
Emma Walton Hamilton Net Worth
As of mid 2020, Emma Walton Hamilton’s net worth is estimated to be over $1 million earned through success in her various endeavors.
Aside from acting, the royalties she has earned from her books have consistently helped her in financial gains.
Early life, family and education
Growing up in London, Emma got used to living with parents who were both pursuing careers in the entertainment industry at a young age. Her mother is an internationally renowned actress, known for many Hollywood hits, while her father Tony Walton worked behind the scenes as a costume and set designer for several UK projects. She performed like royalty, with some of her relatives and family friends, including Vic Oliver, Carol Burnett, and Svetlana Beriosova.
With her mother’s career, she spent time in both London and Los Angeles, as well as visiting New York where her father often worked part of the very vibrant theater scene there. During this time, she attended UCLA Lab School, an elementary school affiliated with the University of California, Los Angeles. Her parents, who often spent time away from each other due to work, eventually divorced when she was five years later. She remained close to both of them, although her mother later remarried to film director Blake Edwards, with whom Emma also spent a lot of time growing up.
Emma began an acting career in the 1980s, following in her mother’s footsteps. Her first appearance was in a small role in “Curse of the Pink Panther”, a comedy film that failed to do well at the box office as it received generally negative reviews. In 1984, she had a small role in “Micki + Maude”, playing the role of a nurse, in the film starring Ann Reinking and Amy Irving as the titular characters. Her work continued over the next several years as she mostly took on unnamed characters or minor roles, including in “Blind Date” and “A Fine Mess”.
Her last project was the movie “Switch”, in which she played the role of an unnamed protester. The film is based on the play “Goodbye Charlie”, and starred Ellen Barkin alongside Jimmy Smits. After deciding to move away from mainstream film work, she focused on theater and founded New York’s Bay Street Theater along with actress Sybil Christopher, who served as one of its artistic directors. The aim of the theater was to bring more awareness and opportunities to a younger audience, and is still active.
In the 2000s, Emma was only discovering writing and focusing on books for children, a project she would have loved to work on with her mother.
The two created the character and the books”Dumpy the dump truck‘, and she has written 13 books about the character, the drafts of which were mainly created by her father, who remained close to her mother despite their divorce. She has also written many other books, often with contributions from her mother.
She also wrote “The Great American Mousical”, “The Very Fairy Princess”, and “Thanks to You: Wisdom From Mother and Child”, and created two novels aimed at high school students starring “Bonnie Boadicea”. In addition to her writing, she has also lent her voice to several audiobooks, including “All Kinds of Kisses,” “Me… Jane,” and “School of Fear.”
In 2010, she garnered widespread attention for her narration of her mother’s compilation “Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs and Lullabies,” which won her a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album.
In 2012, Hamilton helped on the project “Over the Moon: The Broadway Lullaby Project”, a collaboration with Jodi Glucksman and Kate Dawson, who contributed both content and her voice to the book and accompanying CD. She also tried writing for adults, mainly self-help books. One of her most popular is “Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids to Read for Fun and Empowerment,” which, as the name implies, helps parents strategize and lead kids to a lifestyle that involves reading.
She won several awards for the book, including the best book of the year award given by “Foreword Magazine”.
One of her latest projects is the television series “Julie’s green room”, a project she also worked on with her mother and aimed at preschoolers, which was released through Netflix in 2017. The show featured numerous original puppets created by The Jim Henson Company of “Muppets” fame. She still appears on television, but mainly as a guest personality thanks to her work as an author and collaborations with her mother. She is a frequent guest on the show “Rachael Ray”, a talk show that airs in the US and Canada.
Emma married Stephen Hamilton in 1991 after being in a relationship for a few years, after which she adopted his last name in her professional name; they have two children together. The pair often collaborate on business endeavors. Because of her mother’s fame, she is often asked what it’s like to be the daughter of a famous Hollywood star, but of course she can’t compare. She does say she couldn’t find anyone as good as her mother. In recent months, she has been promoting online libraries and audiobooks, some of them as well told by her mother.