At only thirteen years old, Emma Rayne Lyle is quickly becoming one of the most watched young actresses in the business today. In 2010, Lyle made her feature film debut at the Cannes Film Festival starring in a leading role opposite,
Oscar Nominee Michael Shannon and Linda Cardellini, as the neglected “Jackie” in the feature film, RETURN. She went on to quickly book several other indie and studio films- landing a supporting role opposite, Sarah Jessica Parker and
Greg Kinnear, as their daughter “Emily” in I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT for the
Weinstein Company and a leading role opposite, Oscar Winner Melissa Leo and Oscar
Nominee Jesse Eisenberg in the IFC feature film WHY STOP NOW. Lyle played the daughter of Leo and sister of Eisenberg who was coping with her father’s death, her mother’s drug addiction and her brother’s alcoholism through a dissociative condition.
Born in Tampa, Florida, Lyle and her family relocate frequently to rural areas due to her father’s work. Always an imaginative and gifted child, she discovered a love for acting at an early age. Lyle would pretend to be hurt and would run to family members in tears in order to get them to believe she was injured. Finally, her mother thought it would be best to find an outlet for her daughter’s love of acting. Her mother found a casting notice for a feature film and took Emma to the audition. Emma booked the lead and the rest is as they say… history. Emma booked three feature films, three commercials and two short films her first year of professional acting.
On the television front, Lyle was seen on CBS’s hit series “The Mentalist” [1 episode] as ‘Hailey,’ a girl kidnapped and hypnotized by Simon Baker’s nemesis Red John. She was also seen on NBC’s hit series “Law & Order: SVU” [Guest Star] as ‘Lily Whitley,’ a little girl kidnapped and held at gunpoint by her mother’s boyfriend.