Emma Kenney Net Worth

Net Worth $ 4,000,000
Real name Emma Rose Kenney
Source of Wealth Acting
Profession Actress
Spouse/Partner /
Date of Birth Sep 14, 1999
Zodiac Virgo
Age 23
Gender Female
Height 170 cm / 5 ft 6 inch
Nationality American


Emma Kenney is an American actress, most famous for portraying Deborah ‘Debbie’ Gallagher in the CBS TV show ‘Shameless.’

Emma’s estimated net worth as of 2023 is $4 million, with a fair portion coming from working on ‘Shameless’ for 11 seasons.

Early life

Emma Kenney was born on September 14, 1999, in New York. Her mother, Gillian Kenney, is a criminal defense lawyer, and her father, Kevin Kenney, is a sports writer.

She lived in a middle-class household and went to school at Park Middle School, where she studied when she landed her breakthrough role as ‘Debbie’ in the famous TV show ‘Shameless’ at age 10.


Kenney was interested in several different hobbies before taking acting classes. When she turned 5, she quit soccer and ice skating and enrolled in improvisation classes.[1]

Before getting this role, Emma acted in several commercials, but nothing too big. When she turned seven, she signed a contract with a manager and, not too late after, landed the role, which skyrocketed her career.[2]

According to several interviews, both her mother and Emma gave, she waited anxiously for the audition news, not expecting to get the role. Reportedly, she had to fly out to L.A. for her final audition before ultimately receiving the call where she was asked to give out information on her sizing for the costumes, meaning she got cast as ‘Debbie.’


When Emma was filming ‘Shameless,’ she was still in school and underage, along with her on-screen brother Carl, played by Ethan Cutkosky. As a result, the show hired an on-set tutor so the two underage actors wouldn’t fall back on their academic success.

In 2008, she got cast in ‘Bittersweet’ to portray the role of her namesake Emma.

While Kenney was still working on season three of ‘Shameless,’ she was cast for a role in HBO’s ‘Broadwalk Empire’ in 2011.


In 2013, she voiced a character in ‘Epic,’ and continued working solely on ‘Shameless’ until 2018. In 2018, Emma started working on a reboot of ‘Roseanne,’ but the show got canceled after a single season.


From 2018 until today, she worked on a ‘Roseanne’ spin-off - ‘The Conners.’ In 2019, she played the role of Briana in ‘Robert the Bruce,’ followed by Kenney’s voicing the character of Sarma in ‘My Love Affair With Marriage.’ In 2022, Emma worked on ‘Murder at Yellowstone City’ in the role of Rebecca Davies.[3]


Personal life

Kenney has been open about her struggles with mental health and has spoken about her experience with depression and anxiety.

In addition, Kenney spoke up on an episode of the podcast ‘Call Her Daddy’ with Alexandra Cooper, where she mentioned that working with her on-screen sister Fiona, played by Emmy Rossum, caused major anxiety for her.

As she stated, it often happened for Emmy to come on set having a bad day, which nearly always led to the whole cast having a bad day. Many die-hard ‘Shameless’ fans were surprised by these comments since it seemed as if the two actresses had a special bond. Emmy Rossum has not made any related statements on the topic.


Beyond that, her personal life is not widely reported in the media.


Emma Kenney is an American actress, most famous for playing the role of Debbie Gallagher in ‘Shameless,’ as well as being a part of ‘Roseanne’ and ‘The Conners.’

Her extensive work has helped her accumulate a net worth estimated at $4 million as of 2023.


  1. 'Shameless' star Emma Kenney juggles acting and Middle School (no date). Available at: https://www.backstage.com/magazine/article/shameless-star-emma-kenney-juggles-acting-middle-school-52523/ (Accessed: January 25, 2023).

  2. Sweet success: Seventh grader lands role on HBO Series (no date) The Fanscotian. Available at: https://thefanscotian.com/3871/archived/sweet-success-seventh-grader-lands-role-on-hbo-series/ (Accessed: January 25, 2023).

  3. IMDb (no date) Emma Kenney, IMDb. IMDb.com. Available at: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm3160752/ (Accessed: January 25, 2023).

  4. Saletta, E. (2022) Emma Kenney felt 'anxiety to shoot scenes with Emmy Rossum on Shameless, TheThings. Available at: https://www.thethings.com/emma-kenney-felt-anxiety-shooting-scenes-with-emmy-rossum-on-shameless/ (Accessed: January 25, 2023).