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Emma Watkins reveals her exciting new children's role after leaving The Wiggles


Emma Watkins has revealed she will be back entertaining children, after her shock departure from The Wiggles.  

The 32-year-old, who performed as the Yellow Wiggle, is launching a new children’s character, Emma Memma.

The character, who will wear an orange dress, will appear in animations, as well as live shows. 

Moving on: Emma Watkins (pictured) has revealed she will be back entertaining children, after her shock departure from The Wiggles

Moving on: Emma Watkins (pictured) has revealed she will be back entertaining children, after her shock departure from The Wiggles

Most importantly to Emma, who has a partnership with Expression Australia, a charity for the deaf and hard of hearing, the character will use sign language. 

‘I just cannot contain my excitement,’ Emma told The Herald Sun of the new character.   

‘I would really love to create a brand new show where this particular character uses sign language as part of their communication options,’ she went on. 

Coming up: The 32-year-old, who performed as the Yellow Wiggle, is launching a new children's character, Emma Memma. The character will appear in animations and live shows

Coming up: The 32-year-old, who performed as the Yellow Wiggle, is launching a new children’s character, Emma Memma. The character will appear in animations and live shows

‘While she might also be dancing and moving and using gestures and singing, sign language is a huge part of the way she communicates with other people, particularly those who might only use sign language for example.’   

Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band.   

She said her exit was so she could devote more time to her passions – including completing her PhD at Macquarie University.  

Exit: Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band. Pictured with The Wiggles

Exit: Emma made the surprise announcement in October last year that she was was quitting The Wiggles after 11 years in the band. Pictured with The Wiggles

The performer revealed the Covid-19 lockdown made her reassess her priorities and realise how much she missed being at home.  

‘After 11 years of performing with The Wiggles, and nine of those as the Yellow Wiggle, the time has come for me to pass the yellow skivvy on,’ she said.  

‘Like many people around the world, the pandemic has given me time to reflect on what is important in life.

Married: Emma walked down the aisle with fiancé Oliver Brian (right) earlier this month.

 Married: Emma walked down the aisle with fiancé Oliver Brian (right) earlier this month.

‘For me, that means spending more time at home, something that I didn’t realise I was missing out on being away eight months of the year on tour, but something that I have really cherished over the last 18 months.’

She continued: ‘I am also really looking forward to devoting more time and energy on completing my PhD that incorporates my ongoing passion for sign language, dance and film editing, and to having more time to work with the deaf community.’

Emma is passionate about sign language and raising awareness of Australia’s deaf community after growing up with her best friend having two deaf brothers.

Sweet: The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside attended by 80 friends and family on May 1

Sweet: The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside attended by 80 friends and family on May 1

Her PhD, which she has been researching for several years, focuses on the affective, artistic integrations of sign language, dance and film editing.

Emma walked down the aisle with fiancé Oliver Brian, 31, earlier this month. 

The couple married in an intimate ceremony in the Victorian countryside attended by 80 friends and family on May 1, with Emma sharing images to Instagram. 

In her interview with Vogue Australia, Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding – inspired by the Jane Austen novel. 

Theme: In her interview with Vogue Australia, Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding - inspired by the Jane Austen novel

 Theme: In her interview with Vogue Australia, Emma explained there was something of a Pride and Prejudice theme to the wedding – inspired by the Jane Austen novel

Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance. 

She confirmed her relationship with Oliver in an interview with The Daily Telegraph’s Stellar Magazine in December 2019.    

‘Yes, I’m in love and I feel very excited to tell you,’ she told the publication, describing their relationship as ‘new’ at the time.

Cute: Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance

 Cute: Emma announced her engagement to Oliver in April last year, 15 months after going public with their romance



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