Emma Swan

Played by Jennifer Morrison
Character Biography

Season 3

Magic came to Storybrooke, and with it a whole new set of dangers, but Emma Swan, “The Savior,” is ready to defend the people she cares about. For a time, Emma and Mary Margaret were trapped in what was left of The Enchanted Forest, but with the help of Mulan and Aurora, they returned to Storybrooke. Unfortunately, so did Regina’s mother, Cora. After Cora was stopped, Emma resumed her post as the town Sheriff and tried to get back to her life with Henry, but the arrival of her former flame and Henry’s father, Neal, complicated things. But just as Emma figured out that she was still in love with Neal, he was shot and lost into a void and Henry was kidnapped and taken to Neverland. Now Emma sets off with a ragtag group on the most personal and dangerous adventure yet: to save Henry.


Season 2

Admittedly, Emma Swan may seem like a rather unlikely savior. Raised in foster-care, she has struggled most of her life just trying to track down who she is herself, let alone rescue anyone else. However, her strong moral compass and uncanny ability to know when others are lying lead her to always try to do what is right. When her son Henry, who she gave up for adoption as an infant, arrived and brought her to the town of Storybrooke, there was no way she was going to abandon him again. Although absent for most of his life, she is fiercely protective of Henry, and would go to the end of the earth to care for him. And while she might not have believed her son about magic at first, she certainly does now. Fighting a dragon will do that. Now, finally reunited with the parents she has spent her whole life searching for, Emma is finding it harder than she thought to let her emotions out after a lifetime of keeping them bundled away. Still, so long as she lets her heart be her guide, she will never lose her way.


Season 1

Emma Swan is a 28 year-old bail bondswoman from Boston who is strong and self-reliant, though still somehow not quite at home in her own skin. Abandoned at birth, Emma grew up in the foster care system. She has learned to rely only on herself, never letting anyone else get close enough to let her down. She takes a special pleasure in out-maneuvering skips on the job, and seems to prefer hauling them in by their ears. When Emma was 18 years old she got pregnant and, knowing she was in no position to raise a child and wanting to give him the best chance possible, decided to give him up for adoption. But when Henry, her now 10 year-old biological son, runs away from home and hunts her down in Boston, Emma agrees to drive him back home to Storybrooke, Maine.

During the ride, Henry tells her a seemingly outrageous story: everyone in Storybrooke is a fairy tale character trapped in time by the Evil Queen with no memory of who they truly are.  He believes Emma is the long-lost daughter of Snow White & Prince Charming and that it is her destiny to free the enchanted inhabitants of Storybrooke. Of course, Emma doesn’t buy it. She’s a skeptic with an uncanny knack—call it a "superpower”—for knowing when people are lying.  But, man, Henry sure does seem to believe what he’s saying. When Emma returns Henry to Regina, Regina tells Emma it’s time for her to leave town and stay out of Henry’s life. Emma knows she doesn’t quite belong in Storybrooke, but something about Regina raises her hackles...and from the moment she decides to stay, strange and mysterious things begin to happen.


Jennifer Morrison on playing Emma Swan:

"Emma Swan is a deeply damaged woman, and a deeply conflicted woman. She is a survivor, and used to being a loner, and therefore a sucker for the underdog. Against her better judgement, she will compromise herself to fight for what is right and to help those in need. She is strong and aggressive, but her brokenness and her emotions are not buried far beneath her tough exterior. He first reaction to most things is anger, but she has spent her life trying to manage her temper. She is both rash and calculated, and is forced to deal with her instincts to protect her child, a child she believes she is not capable of mothering. In the simplest form, Emma is a list of contrasting qualities: She is hard and soft; she is intense and easy going; she is strong and vulnerable; she is safe and dangerous; she is logical and impulsive. It is exciting to play a character that is so deeply conflicted and fiercely compelled to fight for what she believes is right."

Characters: Emma Swan | The Evil Queen | Snow White | Prince Charming | Rumple | Captain Hook | Belle | Henry | Robin Hood | Zelena 

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Actor Biography

Jennifer Morrison currently has her plate full with numerous film projects. She recently completed production on the independent films The List, directed by Harris Goldberg and co-starring Patrick Fugit, and Event 15, a thriller directed by Matthew Thompson and co-starring James Frain and Josh Steward. She was also recently seen in the independent film adaptation of Neil LaBute’s Some Girl(s), with Adam Brody, Emily Watson and Kristen Bell, and Knife Fight, directed by Bill Guttentag and produced by Guerrino De Luca, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Morrison’s other film credits include Warrior, directed by Gavin O’Conner and starring opposite Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton, J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek, where she played Winona Kirk, Captain James Kirk’s mother, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, opposite Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Dreamworks’ Surviving Christmas, alongside Ben Affleck and Christina Applegate, and the independent film Flourish, in which she starred and which she produced.

On television Morrison is best known for her work as Dr. Allison Cameron on Fox’s critically acclaimed drama, House. The show was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2009 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 2009, 2008, 2007 and 2006, and a 2008 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series - Drama. Morrison was nominated for a 2008 WIN Award for Outstanding Actress Drama Series for the show. She also appeared on the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother as Zoey, the newest love interested to Ted, played by Josh Radnor.

Now residing in Los Angeles, Morrison hails from Chicago, where she studied with the celebrated Steppenwolf Theatre Company and earned a degree in theater from Loyola University.


Cast: Jennifer Morrison | Lana Parrilla | Ginnifer Goodwin | Josh Dallas | Robert Carlyle | Colin O'Donoghue | Emilie de Ravin | Jared Gilmore | Sean Maguire | Rebecca Mader

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