played by Sean Berdy
Emmett is Daphne’s sweet but protective best friend. His mother Melody (Marlee Matlin), is best friends with Daphne’s mother, Regina. Emmett is deaf and attends the Carlton School for the Deaf along with Daphne. He has a passion for photography and can be often found taking pictures or riding his motorcycle.
Sean Berdy, who was born Deaf, was destined to perform and embraced his deafness as he followed his dream and passion for entertaining. His first stage as a young boy was his parents’ bed, where he put on shows for delighted family and friends alongside his younger brother, who would handle DJ and lighting needs for the events.
At a young age, Berdy also became fascinated by magic, honed his skills in the art, and won the top award for young magicians at the World Deaf Magicians Festival held in St. Petersburg, Russia.
Berdy got his first big break in acting when a casting call went out for a young deaf actor for “The Sandlot 2,” the comedic sequel to “The Sandlot.” His formal acting career launched, he went on to play roles in films including “The Bondage,” “The Deaf Family” and “The Legend of the Mountain Man.” In addition to films, he has been featured in numerous public service commercials.
In between filming engagements, Berdy has toured the country performing with highly acclaimed musical groups. His inspired dance rendition of Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel,” performed entirely in American Sign Language, proved to be a tremendous hit. He was named Mr. Deaf Teen America, a role which enabled him to make public appearances across the country for one year.
Berdy was nominated for Choice TV Breakout Star in the 2011 Teen Choice Awards for his role as Emmett on “Switched at Birth.” Most recently, Berdy worked with Twentieth Century-Fox's “Ice Age: Continental Drift” where he provided an on-camera American Sign Language performance that will play in a picture-in-picture window while the movie plays, which is an industry first.