Emma Watson

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Not to be confused with Emily Watson.
Emma Watson
Emma Watson 2013.jpg
Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson
(1990-04-15) 15 April 1990 (age 24)
Paris, France
Nationality British[1]
Alma mater Brown University[2]
Occupation
  • Actress
  • model
Years active 1999–present

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[3] (born 15 April 1990)[4] is an English actress and model. She rose to prominence portraying Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in all eight Potter films beginning in 2001.[5] Over ten years' time, the franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, critical accolades, and more than £10 million—"enough money never to have to work again".[6] She kept at it, however; Watson's first work outside Potter included lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux and appearing in the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes. Since then, she has taken on starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made a brief appearance as an "exaggerated" version of herself in This Is the End,[7] and portrayed the title character's adopted daughter in Noah.[8] From 2011 to 2014 she split her time between working on film projects and going to university, graduating from Brown with a degree in English literature.[9]

Watson's modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme.[10][11] As a fashion consultant, she helped create a line of clothing for People Tree.[12]

She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning for British Artist of the Year.[13] That same year, Watson was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for "gender equality".[14]

Early life

Watson was born in Paris, the daughter of English lawyers Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson.[15][16][17] Watson lived in Paris until the age of five. Her parents separated when she was young; following their divorce, Watson moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father's house in London.[15][18] Watson has stated that she speaks some French, though "not as well" as she used to.[19]

After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, Watson attended the Dragon School in Oxford, remaining there until 2003.[15] From the age of six, she wanted to become an actress,[20] and trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing, and acting.[21] By the age of ten, she had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince,[22] but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. Following the Dragon School, Watson moved on to Headington School.[15] While on film sets, she and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day.[23] In June 2006, she took GCSE school examinations in ten subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades.[15][24]

Career

1999–2003: Beginnings and breakthrough

An image of hand and feet impressions in a tile of concrete.
Handprints, footprints and wand prints of (from left to right) Watson, Radcliffe, Grint, 2007

In 1999, casting began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the United States), the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of the schoolfriends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, respectively. Rowling supported Watson from her first screen test.[20]

The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Watson's debut screen performance. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001.[25][26] Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim; The Daily Telegraph called her performance "admirable",[27] and IGN said she "stole the show".[28] Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.[29]

A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. Reviewers praised the lead actors' performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films,[30] while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character.[31] Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for her performance.[32]

2004–2011: Continued success with Harry Potter and other roles

Watson at the premiere of Goblet of Fire in November 2005

In 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Watson was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character "charismatic" and "a fantastic role to play".[33] Although critics panned Radcliffe's performance, labelling him "wooden", they praised Watson; The New York Times lauded her performance, saying "Luckily Mr. Radcliffe's blandness is offset by Ms. Watson's spiky impatience. Harry may show off his expanding wizardly skills ... but Hermione ... earns the loudest applause with a decidedly unmagical punch to Draco Malfoy's deserving nose."[34] Although Prisoner of Azkaban proved to be the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film of the entire series, Watson's personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.[35][36][37]

With Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), both Watson and the Harry Potter film series reached new milestones. The film set records for a Harry Potter opening weekend, a non-May opening weekend in the US, and an opening weekend in the UK. Critics praised the increasing maturity of Watson and her teenage co-stars; The New York Times called her performance "touchingly earnest".[38] For Watson, much of the humour of the film sprang from the tension among the three lead characters as they matured. She said, "I loved all the arguing. ... I think it's much more realistic that they would argue and that there would be problems."[39] Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, Watson won a bronze Otto Award.[40][41][42] Later that year, Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue,[43] an appearance she reprised in August 2009.[44] In 2006, Watson played Hermione in The Queen's Handbag, a special mini-episode of Harry Potter in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday.[45]

Watson at the premiere of Half-Blood Prince in July 2009

The fifth film in the Harry Potter franchise, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, was released in 2007. A huge financial success, the film set a record worldwide opening-weekend gross of $332.7 million.[46] Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.[47] As the fame of the actress and the series continued, Watson and fellow Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint left imprints of their hands, feet and wands in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood on 9 July 2007.[48]

By July 2007, Watson's work in the Harry Potter series was said to have earned her more than £10 million, and she acknowledged she would never have to work for money again.[6] In March 2009, she was ranked 6th on the Forbes list of "Most Valuable Young Stars",[49] and in February 2010, she was named as Hollywood's highest paid female star, having earned an estimated £19 million in 2009.[50]

Despite the success of Order of the Phoenix, the future of the Harry Potter franchise became surrounded in doubt, as all three lead actors were hesitant to sign on to continue their roles for the final two episodes.[51] Radcliffe eventually signed for the final films on 2 March 2007,[51] but Watson was considerably more hesitant.[52] She explained that the decision was significant, as the films represented a further four-year commitment to the role, but eventually conceded that she "could never let [the role of] Hermione go",[53] signing for the role on 23 March 2007.[54]

Watson with Daniel Radcliffe (left) and Rupert Grint at the London premiere of Deathly Hallows – Part 2 in July 2011

Watson's first non-Potter role was the 2007 BBC film Ballet Shoes, an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Noel Streatfeild.[55][56] The film's director, Sandra Goldbacher, commented that Watson was "perfect" for the starring role of aspiring actress Pauline Fossil: "She has a piercing, delicate aura that makes you want to gaze and gaze at her."[57] Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2007 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers, to mixed reviews.[58][59][60]

Watson also lent her voice to the role of Princess Pea in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, a children's comedy starring Matthew Broderick, with Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) also starring in the film.[61] The Tale of Despereaux was released in December 2008 and grossed $87 million worldwide.[62]

Principal photography for the sixth film began in late 2007, with Watson's part being filmed from 18 December to 17 May 2008.[63][64] Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered on 15 July 2009,[65] having been delayed from November 2008.[66] With the lead actors now in their late teens, critics were increasingly willing to review them on the same level as the rest of the film's all-star cast, which the Los Angeles Times described as "a comprehensive guide to contemporary UK acting".[67] The Washington Post felt Watson to have given "[her] most charming performance to date",[68] while The Daily Telegraph described the lead actors as "newly liberated and energised, eager to give all they have to what's left of the series".[69] In December 2008, Watson stated she wanted to go to university after she completed the Potter series.[70]

Watson's filming for the final instalment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began on 18 February 2009[71] and ended on 12 June 2010.[72] For financial and scripting reasons, the original book was divided into two films which were shot consecutively.[73][74] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released in November 2010 while the second film was released in July 2011.

She also appeared in a music video for One Night Only, after meeting lead singer George Craig at the 2010 Winter/Summer Burberry advertising campaign. The video, "Say You Don't Want It", was screened on Channel 4 on 26 June 2010 and released on 16 August.[75] In her first post-Harry Potter film, Watson appeared in 2011's My Week with Marilyn as Lucy, a wardrobe assistant who has a few dates with the main character, Colin Clark.[76][77]

2012–present

Watson at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival

In May 2010, Watson was reported to be in talks to star in a film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[78] Filming began in summer 2011 and the film was released in September 2012.[79]

In The Bling Ring (2013), Watson stars as Nicki. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring robberies, with Watson playing a fictionalised version of Alexis Neiers—a television personality who was one of seven teenagers involved in the robberies. While the film mostly received mixed reviews, critics gave almost unanimous praise for Watson's portrayal of Nicki in the film. Watson also had a supporting role in the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End (2013), in which Seth Rogen, James Franco and many others played "exaggerated versions of themselves"[7] and Watson memorably dropped the "f-bomb".[80] She said she could not pass up the opportunity to make her first comedy and "work with some of the best comedians ... in the world right now".[81]

In June 2012, Watson was confirmed for the role of Ila in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which began filming the following month, and was released in March 2014.[8] She has been in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro's version of Beauty and the Beast.[82][83] In March 2013, it was reported that Watson was in negotiations to star as the titular character in a live-action Disney adaptation of Cinderella. Kenneth Branagh was attached to direct the adaptation, while Cate Blanchett had reportedly agreed to play the evil stepmother. Watson was offered the role, but turned it down.[84]

Watson was attached in 2012 to the role of Emma Forrest in a film adaptation of her memoir Your Voice in My Head. At the time, Harry Potter director David Yates was attached. In a May 2013 interview, it appeared that Watson was no longer attached as the film's star. Stanley Tucci stated that the role would instead be played by Emily Blunt.[85] However, by September 2013, it was confirmed that Watson was once again involved in the production in the role of Forrest and that filming would begin in November that year with a new director, Francesca Gregorini.[86]

As of June 2013, Watson is set to work with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for her next film Queen of the Tearling, based on a yet-to-be-released book trilogy. She will lead the film as heroine Kelsea Glynn as well as being an executive producer.[87] Warner Bros. will distribute the film.[88]

It was reported in September 2013 that Watson would star in While We're Young, the film adaptation of Adena Halpern's 2010 novel 29, which focuses on a young-at-heart grandmother who would rather spend time with her granddaughter (Watson) than her daughter. The film will be directed by Stephen Chbosky, with whom Watson had collaborated on The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[89] Watson also has been cast opposite Ethan Hawke in thriller Regression. Alejandro Amenábar wrote and will direct the film, which will be released in 2015.[90]

In October 2013, Watson was chosen as the Woman of the Year by British GQ.[91] That same month she was one of two British actors to land atop a readers' poll of the sexiest movie stars of 2013, besting Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence for the actresses' title in an online poll of more than 50,000 film fans. Benedict Cumberbatch took the men's vote.[92]

Watson joined Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mark Ruffalo as recipients of the 2014 Britannia Awards, presented on 30 October in Los Angeles. Watson won for British Artist of the Year and dedicated her award to Millie, her pet hamster who died as Watson filmed Philosopher's Stone.[13]

Modelling

In 2005, Watson began her modelling career with a photo shoot for Teen Vogue and was the youngest star to grace its cover.[4] Three years later, the British press reported that Watson was to replace Keira Knightley as the face of the fashion house Chanel, but this was denied by both parties.[93] In June 2009, following several months of rumours, Watson confirmed that she would be partnering with Burberry as the face of their Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign, for which she received an estimated six-figure fee.[10][94] She also appeared in Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and model Max Hurd.[95] In February 2011, Watson was awarded the Style Icon award from British Elle by Dame Vivienne Westwood.[96] Watson continued her involvement in fashion advertising when she announced she had been chosen as the face of Lancôme in March 2011.[11]

In September 2009, Watson announced her involvement with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand.[12] Watson worked as a creative advisor for People Tree to create a spring line of clothing, which was released in February 2010;[12][97] the range featured styles inspired by southern France and London.[97][98] The collection, described by The Times as "very clever" despite their "quiet hope that [she] would become tangled at the first hemp-woven hurdle",[99] was widely publicised in magazines such as Teen Vogue,[100] Cosmopolitan, and People. Watson, who was not paid for the collaboration,[101] admitted that competition for the range was minimal,[99] but argued that "Fashion is a great way to empower people and give them skills; rather than give cash to charity you can help people by buying the clothes they make and supporting things they take pride in"; adding, "I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren't many options out there."[99] Watson continued her involvement with People Tree, resulting in the release of a 2010 Autumn/Winter collection.[102]

Education

Emma Watson at the Cannes Film Festival

After leaving school, Watson took a gap year[103] to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009,[74] but said she "definitely want[ed] to go to university".[70] The Providence Journal reported that Watson had confirmed that she had chosen Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island.[104] In March 2011, after 18 months at the university, Watson announced that she was deferring her course for "a semester or two."[105] Watson was a "visiting student" at Worcester College, Oxford, for the 2011–12 academic year.[106] Watson told Ellen DeGeneres in March 2014 that she was "about to graduate" from Brown in May. She noted that it took five years to graduate instead of four because, due to her acting work, she "ended up taking two full semesters off".[107] On 25 May 2014, Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature and released a cap-and-gown photo on her Twitter account.[9]

In 2013, Watson became certified to teach yoga and meditation. She told Elle Australia that an uncertain future meant finding "a way to always feel safe and at home within myself. Because I can never rely on a physical place."[2]

Personal life

In 2014, Watson began dating Oxford rugby player Matt Janney. Photographs published in September showed Watson moving items out of her London home with Janney's help.[108]

Women's rights work

Watson has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so.[109] In July 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.[14] In September that year, she received a standing ovation after she delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York City helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. In that speech she said she began questioning gender-based assumptions at age eight when she was called "bossy" (a trait she has attributed[110] to her being a "perfectionist") whilst boys were not, and at 14 when she was "sexualised by certain elements of the press". Watson's speech also called feminism "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities" and declared that the perception of "man-hating" is something that "has to stop".[111] Also in September, Watson made her first country visit as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she gave a speech that highlighted the need for women’s political participation.[112]

Filmography

Year Title Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hermione Granger Also known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2007 Ballet Shoes Pauline Fossil Television film
2008 Tale of Despereaux, TheThe Tale of Despereaux Princess Pea Voice
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger
2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2
2011 My Week with Marilyn Lucy
2012 Perks of Being a Wallflower, TheThe Perks of Being a Wallflower Sam
2013 This Is the End Herself
2013 Bling Ring, TheThe Bling Ring Nicki Moore
2014 Noah Ila
2015 Regression Angela Gray Filming[113]
2015 Colonia Dignidad Lena Filming[114]

Awards and nominations

Year Organisation Award Work Result
2002 Saturn Awards Best Young Actor Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2002 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Youth Performance Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2002 Empire Awards Best Debut (shared with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint)[29] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress[29] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Won
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in a Feature Film (shared with Rupert Grint and Tom Felton)[29] Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Acting Ensemble Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated
2003 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Performance by a Youth in a Leading or Supporting Role – Female Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Won
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated
2006 Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2006 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Female Movie Star Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team[42] Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated
2007 National Movie Awards Best Performance by a Female Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won
2008 Empire Awards Best Actress[115] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2010 People's Choice Awards Favorite On-Screen Team Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2010 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated
2011 Capri Art Film Festival Awards Best Ensemble Cast Award My Week with Marilyn Won
2011 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Star (Under 25) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 Empire Awards Best Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 National Movie Awards Performance of the Year Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Daniel Radcliffe) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 MTV Movie Awards Best Fight (shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Arben Bajraktaraj and Rod Hunt) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Nominated
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Actress Sci-Fi/Fantasy Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie: Liplock (shared with Daniel Radcliffe) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Movie: Female Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 Kid's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast[116] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 People's Choice Awards Favorite Movie Star (Under 25) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 Saturn Awards Best Supporting Actress Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Rupert Grint) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Nominated
2012 MTV Movie Awards Best Cast (shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Tom Felton) Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 Won
2012 Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Supporting Actress The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance The Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2012 Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Supporting Actress The Perks of Being a Wallflower Runner-up
2013 People's Choice Awards Favorite Drama Movie Actress[117] Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss (shared with Logan Lerman) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards Best Musical Moment (shared with Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 MTV Movie Awards MTV Trailblazer Award Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Actress Drama Perks of Being a Wallflower Won
2013 Teen Choice Awards Movie – Liplock (shared with Logan Lerman) Perks of Being a Wallflower Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Style Icon N/A Nominated
2014 People's Choice Awards Favorite Comedic Movie Actress[118] This Is the End Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Actress: Drama Noah Nominated
2014 Britannia Awards British Artist of the Year N/A Won

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