Emma Barton
Barton in 2016
Emma Louise Barton

(1977-07-26) 26 July 1977 (age 43)
Years active2001–present
Known forRole of Honey Mitchell in EastEnders

Emma Louise Barton (born 26 July 1977)[1] is an English actress. She played Honey Mitchell in EastEnders from November 2005 to September 2008, and on a temporary basis during 2014. Barton returned full-time in late 2015.[2] Before her role in EastEnders, Barton appeared in Spooks and on stage in plays including Grease.[3] In 2019, Barton competed in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, paired with professional Anton du Beke.

Early life

Barton attended Horndean Community School[4] in Hampshire from 1989 to 1993, and then trained at the Guildford School of Acting, graduating in 1998.


Barton's character was one of several written out by executive producer Diederick Santer in 2008. On 6 September 2015 it was announced that Honey would return later in the year.[2]

On 14 November 2008, Barton sang live for Children in Need in the BBC studios in London. She starred in the title role of Snow White in the Marlowe Theatre's Canterbury pantomime from December 2008 – January 2009 alongside Stephen Mulhern. From March to November 2009 she was touring the UK in the stage production of Chicago, alongside Jimmy Osmond and Twinnie Lee Moore, playing Roxie Hart.

In June 2009, Barton opened two BreastHealth UK[5] clinics in the Birmingham area.[6][7]

In December 2009, Barton played the part of Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk at Devonshire Park Theatre in Eastbourne. In May 2014, Barton became an Ambassador for Locksheath Pumas Rugby Club in Fareham, Hampshire. Also in May 2014, Barton reprised her role as Honey in EastEnders for a short stint. In June 2014 she was a contestant in Celebrity Masterchef.

During 2014, Barton played Dolly in the National Theatre's touring production of One Man, Two Guvnors.[8]

During the 2016–17 Christmas pantomime season Barton played the role of Tinkerbell in the Crawley Hawth Theatre pantomime production of Peter Pan alongside Shaun Williamson as Captain Hook and Richard David-Caine and Joseph Elliott (from CBeebies Swashbuckle) as pirates on Captain Hook's ship.

Strictly Come Dancing

From September 2019 Barton competed in the seventeenth series of Strictly Come Dancing, paired with professional Anton du Beke.

5Score awarded by guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro

Personal life

From 2002 to 2005, Barton was married to lawyer Nigel Stoat.[9]

In January 2019, it was announced that she would be running the London Marathon with some of her EastEnders co-stars for a Dementia campaign in honour of Barbara Windsor.[10]


  1. ^ "Who's Who | | What's on TV – Top TV listings guide, plus soaps, news, prizes and previews". Whatsontv.co.uk. Archived from the original on 21 November 2008. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b Radio Times, 6 September 2015. Retrieved 6 September 2015.
  3. ^ Singh, Anita (31 July 2019). "Strictly Come Dancing contestant Emma Barton says she has 'too much' dance experience after starring in Chicago". The Telegraph. Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Horndean pupils delighted by video message from Strictly Come Dancing contestant – Eastenders' Emma Barton". www.portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ User, Super. "Welcome to BreastHealth UK – The cancer screening specialists". www.breasthealthuk.com.
  6. ^ Dayani, Alison (8 June 2009). "EastEnders star Emma Barton promotes breast cancer clinics".
  7. ^ Emma Barton launches new BreastHealth UK clinic
  8. ^ "Emma Barton: "You've got to take risks with your choices"". www.portsmouth.co.uk. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  9. ^ https://www.express.co.uk/celebrity-news/1202277/emma-barton-husband-divorce-boyfriend-latest-strictly-come-dancing-eastenders
  10. ^ "EastEnders stars to run marathon for Dame Barbara Windsor". BBC News. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 8 January 2019.