Erin Cardillo is an American actress best known for her television roles as Esme Vanderheusen in Passions (2005-2008) and as Emma Tutweiller in The Suite Life on Deck, from 2008-2011.
Cardillo was born in White Plains, New York, but considers Greenwich, Connecticut - where she lived from age 9 through high school - her hometown. She attended Northwestern University and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Performance Studies. She spent her junior year abroad in London, where she cultivated her great love of Shakespeare.
After college Erin moved to New York City, where her leading role in the stage play Hunter for Hunter Green, by Sam Forman, landed her theatrical representation.
After booking a few guest-starring roles on television Erin decided to move to Los Angeles, where she continues to work in television as well as in feature films.
From 2005-2008 Erin had a role on the daytime soap opera Passions (1999), where she played Esme Vanderhausen, and was named Soap Opera's Digest's Most Entertaining Character of 2007. She was also called "pee-your-pants funny" by TV Guide.
From 2008-2011 Erin played Miss Emma Tutweiller on the highly popular Disney Channel series The Suite Life on Deck. In 2010 her starring role opposite John Heard and Brendan Sexton III in the feature The Truth (2010/I) received accolades from the Boston Examiner upon its premiere at the Boston Film Festival.
Since living in Los Angles, Erin has also worked as a writer and producer. In 2004 she wrote and produced a short film, The Murder of Donovan Slain (2004), and in 2007 she produced and starred in another short film, Superglue (2008).
Her first play, Mercy Park, was produced as part of The Blank Theater Company's Living Room Series in 2007. Also in 2007 she and writing partner Michael Weiner and developed a TV pilot with Storyline Entertainment.
In 2010 she finished her first feature, iLuv. Also in 2010 she was hired to do a rewrite job for Alcon Entertainment.
In addition, Erin is the Executive Director of Warner Loughlin Studios, a private professional acting studio in Hollywood, where she works as a Senior Instructor and runs the Staff Instructor Training Program.