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Emma Ishta
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Emma Ishta
Other Name:
Emma Ishta McCabe Emma Ishta Douglas-Powell
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Birth date:
November 16, 1990
Years Active:
Actress, model

Emma Ishta is an Australian actress and model. She currently portrays the lead role of Kirsten Clark on ABC Family's Stitchers, a Caltech student recruited to the secret Stitchers program at the start of the series in A Stitch In Time .

Early life and career

Emma Ishta's passion for performance art developed at an early age with the support of her family.  She began modeling at thirteen, and continued on after high school, working for many different companies and publications including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, V Magazine, DKNY and D&G.

Upon moving to New York, Emma began the transition to actress by booking guest star roles on the shows Power (Starz), Black Box (ABC), and Manhattan Love Story (ABC). She played Katrina Blackman in the film I Smiled Back, due out in 2016.

She most recently spent the summer rehearsing and starring in the play, The Flood, which ran at the NYC Fringe Festival before she landed the lead role in ABC Family's first original procedural, Stitchers.


Film and Television
Year Title Character Notes
2014 Black Box Cara Episode: "Kodachrome"
2014 Power Bella Episode: "This Is Real"
2014 Manhattan Love Story Catharine Episode: Pilot
2015 I Smile Back Katrina Film
2015-present Stitchers Kirsten Clark Lead role, 21 episodes



  • Emma was educated at St. Aidan's AGS in Corinda, Brisbane, Queensland.
  • She began modelling at the age of 13.
  • She is married to New York native and playwright Daniel James McCabe. Through this marriage, she has a stepdaughter.
  • On February 14th, 2016, Emma Ishta announced via Instagram that she was pregnant. [1]
  • On July 13th, 2016, it was revealed she had given birth to a son one month prior (late June 2016)[2]


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