Emma Lowndes (born 1975) is an English actress who played Sally in Survivors and is also known for portraying Bella Gregson in Cranford and Mary Rivers in Jane Eyre.
Raised in Irlam, Salford, Lowndes attended Irlam Primary School and Urmston Grammar, 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. She has a younger brother, footballer Nathan Lowndes, and a sister, Katie.
Lowndes' television credits include Waking the Dead, Burn It, Afterlife, Doctors 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) 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.