Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC’s hit television series The Walking Dead. Kinney’s musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening.
In 2011 she released her debut EP, Blue Toothbrush, and started working on The Walking Dead where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits’s “Hold On”, and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song “The Parting Glass” with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears onThe Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1. Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, and The Big C.
In 2014, Kinney released her second EP Expired Love (Thirty Tigers), which featured seven original songs written by Kinney, with production by Caleb Shreve and Conrad Korsch (bassist, Rod Stewart), and mixes by Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, One Republic, Toad the Wet Sprocket). The EP reached #43 on the iTunes Pop Chart and #3 on the Amazon Singer-Songwriter Chart.
2015 has seen a busy performance schedule including a 31-date tour in support of Kinney’s first full-length album This Is War, scheduled for release October 2nd. The May/June tour concluded with a sold-out show at Los Angeles’ Troubador. Kinney has recently been featured in Rolling Stone, Refinery29, People, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Relix Magazine, American Songwriter, Fuse, as well as presented for iHeartRadio Festival and the ACCA Awards. She currently has a recurring role on this season of Masters of Sex.