Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson, popularly known as Emma Watson, is a highly versatile British actress who has been wooing the world audience with her performance. She is best remembered for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. Besides playing the character of Hermione, Emma Watson proved that she can portray other characters with aplomb by doing good work in films such as Ballet Shoes
, My Week with Marilyn
, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower
The actress also emerged as a fashionista and soon became the face of reputed brands like Burberry, and even appeared on the cover of the Teen Vogue magazine. She has exhibited her creative side by being the adviser for creating a clothing line for People Tree, which is a fair trade fashion brand.
Emma Watson has shown that she is not just about great looks, fashion, and glamor, and has been involved in campaigns that promote education for girls over a long period of time. In 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and continues to speak in favor of feminism, women`s rights and equality.Early Life
The beautiful British actress Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France, where she lived till she was five years old. Her parents, Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby, both lawyers by profession, got separated while Emma was still a child. She moved to Oxfordshire in England, along with her mother and brother, and occasionally spent few days with her father in London. Emma completed her schooling from Dragon School in Oxford. During her school days, right from the age of six, she desired to become an actress and hence took lessons in singing, acting, and dancing, at the part-time theater school, Stagecoach Theatre Arts. By the time Watson turned ten years old, she had already performed in various school plays, including The Happy Prince and Stagecoach productions, but she had never acted professionally.
The major turning point in her life came at a very young age when the casting agents of the first movie of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher`s Stone, found Emma through her Oxford theater teacher in 1999. Despite being a part of the Harry Potter series since a young age, Emma ensured that she paid equal attention to her education. After being signed in the Harry Potter franchise, she moved to Headington School and ensured regular tutoring of up to five hours every day. She successfully cleared the GCSE exams in 2006.
In the fall of 2009, she enrolled at the Brown University in Rhode Island, USA. She switched to the Worcester College at Oxford University on an exchange year, but, went back to Brown to complete her English degree in 2014. She managed to successfully complete her graduation even while she was actively involved in movies and the fashion world.Personal Life
Watson was dating rugby player Tom Ducker for a year in 2006. However, the relationship was short-lived, and, soon, she started dating Francis Boulle, whom she met at the 2008 Cartier Pool Party. Lasting only a few months, Watson split with Boulle and began dating Jay Barrymore. Although the two moved in together, the relationship did not last after Watson began with school since the two couldn`t keep up with distance. In 2010, she met George Craig at the Burberry shoot and immediately hit it off with him. Due to the distance, their relationship also faded. Watson was spotted at Coachella with Will Adamowicz in 2013. The two first met while Watson was completing her semester abroad and dated for two years. After coming out of a serious relationship, Watson dated the Oxford Rugby star Matthew Janney in 2014. Having maintained a silence about her relationship with him, Watson admitted to their split the same year. The Harry Potter star has been dating William Knight since 2015.Movie Career
The release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer`s Stone
in 2001 marked Emma Watson`s debut on the big screen. Before being selected for the role of the intelligent and brave witch, Hermione Granger in the movie adaptation of J. K. Rowling
`s best-selling novel, she had to go through a series of eight auditions. The movie turned out to be an instant success, breaking several records and even became the highest grosser of 2001. Importantly, Emma got noticed and received acclaim for her amazing performance in the movie. She went on to win the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.
She continued to portray the role of Hermione in the subsequent installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
in 2002, for which Emma was awarded the Otto Award by Bravo, a German magazine. The next one in the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
, released in 2004, saw the lead actor Daniel Radcliffe
being slammed for his performance, while Emma was appreciated for her charismatic and spiky portrayal of Hermione. She won a couple of Otto Awards, along with Child Performance of the Year Award from Total Film.
The actor continued to impress with every Harry Potter series increment and won a bronze Otto Award for her performance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
, that released in 2005. The vivacious actress went on to win the National Movie Award for Best Female Performance, for the next Harry Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
that released in 2007.
Watson appeared in a non-Harry Potter movie for the first time in 2007 when she played the role of Pauline Fossil for a TV film Ballet Shoes
, that was telecast on Boxing Day in 2007 in the UK. She even experimented by lending her voice to the role of Princess Pea in the animated movie titled The Tale of Despereaux
, which did decently well at the box-office.
Emma continued delivering earnest performances in the last three installments of the Harry Potter series that included Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
. After the completion of the Harry Potter series, Watson starred in My Week with Marilyn
, that won the Best Ensemble Cast Award at Capri Art Film Festival Awards. Her performance in the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower
won her several awards including Best Supporting Actress and Best Ensemble Performance at San Diego Film Critics Society Awards, Favorite Drama Movie Actress at People`s Choice Awards, and Actress Drama Award at Teen Choice Awards. Few of the movie star`s other movies include The Bling Ring
in 2013 release, the 2014 release Noah
, and Regression, which released in 2015. She then appeared in the episode The Bishop of Dibley for the BBC television sitcom The Vicar of Dibley. His 2017 releases includes Beauty and the Beast
, a musical romance fantasy directed by Bill Condon
and The Circle
, an American techno-thriller directed by James Ponsoldt
. The film, which premiered at the Tribeca film Festival in April 2017, upon its theatrical release received mostly negative reviews and bombed at the box office. In 2020, she appeared in the film Little Women
directed by Greta Gerwig
. The film won many major awards and was also nominated at the 92nd Academy Awards under 6 categories including Best Picture.