Emma Maembong is a well known national arts artist. Her last name (Maembong) was obtained by combining her father's name, Ismail, with her grandfather's name, Embong.
Maembong only attends school until Form 2. When she was criticised, Emma says that she choose acting because she has a brother who cannot walk. However, it did not affect her studies although she admits that she didn't take her [Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia]] (SPM) because she wants to follow her father's footsteps.
Maembong started her career when director Erma Fatima took her under her guidance. Her debut in the acting world was in a TV series Kau Yang Terindah directed by Fatima. The drama series attracted millions of viewers in Malaysia and instantly elevated her name and her appearance was widely covered by the media. Her fans created a fan club just for her called Emavengers.
After her first drama series ended, she acted in Cinta Itu Milikku which aired on TV3.