Trained at the Anna Scher Drama School in Islington, London.
Was 8 months pregnant with her daughter Nylah when she took maternity leave from filming EastEnders (1985).
Has a younger sister, Emilia Jane Empson (b. 1983), who works as a shoe designer.
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.
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).