Has a younger sister, Emilia Jane Empson (b. 1983), who works as a shoe designer.
Was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Nylah when she took maternity leave from filming EastEnders (1985).
Gave birth to her 1st child at age 36, a daughter Nylah in March 2014. Child's father is her husband.
Both she and Diane Parish have played Leah Russell in different productions of "Beautiful Thing"; Parish in the 1994 West End production and Empson in the 1996 film version (Beautiful Thing (1996)). Parish and Empson play sisters on the soap opera EastEnders (1985).
Returned to work 2 months after giving birth to her daughter Nylah in order to film a guest reappearance on EastEnders (1985). She returned full-time 5 months later.