Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France, but raised in England. The actress got her big break as a child with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, growing up on the screen as she reprised her role of Hermione Granger through the franchise’s eight films. Watson went on to enjoy success in the fashion and modelling industries and continued to prove her abilities as an actress with roles in films like My Week with Marilyn, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Beauty and the Beast and Little Women.
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris. Her parents, both British lawyers, are Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson. Her brother, Alex, was born three years later. Her parents divorced when Watson was 5, and she moved back to Oxfordshire in England with her mother and brother.
Watson attended the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school at Oxford. She studied singing, acting and dancing, and performed in school plays. Her instinct for acting first came out when she won a poetry competition for reciting James Reeves’ “The Sea” at age 7.
She was finally chosen to reprise the role of the brainy, Hermione Granger for the Harry Potter franchise in 1999, which was her first professional breakthrough.
Her debut-screen performance in 2001, garnered the attention of critics and audiences from around the globe and avid fans soon related Watson to the character of ‘Hermione Granger’ in the book.
The following year, she appeared in the second series of the Harry Potter franchise; ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, for which, her screen presence and her acting skills were commended.
2004 kicked off, with her playing a major role in ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’, the third instalment in the series. Although the third film proved to be the lowest-earning film in the whole franchise, her performance as a more mature Hermione Granger earned her many awards and the attention of critics.
From 2004 to 2009, she enjoyed continued success with the Harry Potter films in the fourth, fifth and the sixth instalments; viz., ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’, ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’.
Around this time, she was also seen in a smaller film, ‘The Tale of the Despereaux’. Meanwhile, she also modelled for Burberry and Lanc�me. She also became actively involved with the Fair Trade fashion brand, ‘People Tree’.
The final instalment of the Harry Potter series was split into two parts; ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’ and ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2’, both of which were filmed between 2009 and 2011.
She was also cast in the film adaptation of ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower, which released in September 2012.
In 2013, she appeared in ‘The Bling Ring’, based on the ‘Bling Ring’ robberies, where she played the role of Nicki. She also starred in a supporting role in ‘This is the End’. She will also be seen in ‘Queen of the Tearling’; an upcoming release.
Playing Hermione Granger in ‘Harry Potter’
Watson had never acted professionally when her theatre teachers suggested her to agents looking to cast an upcoming movie based on the first novel of the best-selling Harry Potter series. A 9-year-old Watson auditioned eight times for the role that would make her an international star. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who was deeply involved in the film process to make sure it stayed true to the book, wanted Watson involved in the project.
Watson sufficiently impressed casting agents and the film’s producers and won the role of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter’s smart, bossy best friend and voice of reason. Harry Potter was portrayed by Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint was cast as Ron Weasley, Harry’s other best friend. The trio of British child actors would become known around the globe for their roles as young wizards fighting a battle between good and evil, beginning with the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in November 2001.
Watson’s film debut was an enormous success: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone earned a record-breaking $33.3 million on its opening day in the United States, en route to grossing $975 million worldwide. It was nominated for three Academy Awards and seven BAFTA Awards, with Watson receiving critical praise to cement her status as an up-and-coming star.
For the next decade, Watson stayed busy filming the Potter series. She reprised the role of Hermione for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets in 2002 and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2004 and continued to star in the eight-part series through the final film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, in 2011.
Although they spent their adolescence on film sets, Watson and costars Radcliffe and Grint kept up with their lessons, with five hours of tutoring each day. Watson took high school equivalency exams and made high scores in every subject. She took a year off from school to film the final two Harry Potter movies but maintained that she was committed to furthering her education.
Watson tried hard to shed her child star image, one so closely tied to the Potter franchise. “I have lived in a complete bubble. They found me and picked me for the part. And now I’m desperately trying to find my way through it,” she said in an interview with Vogue in 2011.
Fashion and Education
As a teenager coming of age as an established movie star, Watson also emerged as a fashionista, her style catching the eye of many major figures in the fashion industry. “I love fashion. I think it’s so important because it’s how you show yourself to the world,” she once told Teen Vogue.
In September 2009 Watson announced that she was working with People Tree, a fashion label that promotes fair trade. Watson catapulted into the world of high fashion and modelling when she was chosen as the face of Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, and again for the 2010 Spring/Summer collection.
Watson took fans by surprise when she chopped off her long locks and debuted a pixie haircut in August 2010. The new ‘do help her shed the child star image of her Potter days, and in July 2011, Watson graced the cover of Vogue. The next month, she starred in a commercial for Lancôme perfume.
Maintaining her commitment to her education, Watson enrolled as a freshman at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, in the fall of 2009. Watson claimed she chose an American university over a British education because the American system allows students to study many subjects at once. Brown was also a place, Watson said, where she could more easily blend in. “I want to be normal,” she said. “I want anonymity.”
In March 2011 Watson revealed that she was deferring her schooling to work on the Potter finale. In July she announced plans to return to Brown for a year to complete her degree after studying at Oxford University in the fall. She graduated from Brown in 2014 with an English degree. That same year, she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
THE PERSONAL LIFE OF EMMA WATSON
Name: Emma Watson
Birthdate: 15 of April 1990 (30 y.o.)
Place of birth: Paris, France
Height: 5’6 ft
Weight: 115 lb
Birth Sign: Aries
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Career: Actors 44th
The actress doesn’t like to enlarge upon her personal life trying to prevent her boyfriends to be scared away by media. Nevertheless, some information about her boyfriends leaked into the press. Emma Watson admitted that at the age of 10 she was in love with her colleague Tom Felton (also known as Draco Malfoy).
In 2006-2007, the actress dated Matthew Jenny. The guy studied literature in Oxford and played rugby professionally.
In her early interviews, Emma admitted that as a child she was mad about Prince Harry. Perhaps this is why in 2008, she got involved with a 26-year-old Jay Barrymore, who looks exactly like the prince, and even moved in with him for a while.
Later she had affairs with George Craig, the model, and her colleague by “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” Johnny Simmons. In 2011-2012, Emma Watson dated Adamowicz, a graduate student at the University of Oxford. The couple broke up because of Emma’s tight schedule. Their feelings did not stand the distance.
In 2016, the paparazzi caught Emma Watson walking with an unknown young man. The man turned out to be 35-year-old William Knight, a programmer and entrepreneur, a person far from the world of cinema. Again, the schedules of both brought the couple to a breakup.
In early 2018 Emma dated «Glee» star Chord Overstreet for 4 months. In 2019 there were rumours about her and Tom Felton (Draco from “Harry Potter” saga) together. But maybe they are just old friends, who knows?
Emma Watson Movies
‘Ballet Shoes,’ ‘The Tale of Despereaux’
Although Watson became closely identified with the character of Hermione Granger, as an adolescent the young actress wanted to be seen as more. In 2007 she starred in another film based on a children’s novel, Ballet Shoes, by Noel Streatfeild. The film aired on BBC One, garnering decent reviews with Watson in the lead role. In 2008 she branched out into animated work, voicing the character of Princess Pea in The Tale of Despereaux.
‘Beauty and the Beast’
After the conclusion of Harry Potter, Watson was cast in My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), This Is The End (2013) and Noah (2014). In 2017 she played the lead role of Belle in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which became the highest-grossing live-action musical of all time.
That year Watson won the MTV Movie & TV Awards’ inaugural gender-neutral award for Best Actor in Movie. “MTV’s move to create a genderless award for acting will mean something different to everyone,” said Watson. “But to me, it indicates that acting is about the ability to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. And that doesn’t need to be separated into two different categories.”
‘The Circle,’ ‘Little Women’
Also in 2017, Watson joined Tom Hanks and John Boyega for the thriller The Circle, which earned middling reviews despite its strong cast. Next up for the actress was the prominent role of Meg March in Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation of Little Women.
Awards & Achievements
In 2002, she won the Young Artist Award for ‘Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress’ for ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
She won the ITV National Film Award for ‘Best Female Performance’ for ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, in 2007.
In February 2010, she was named ‘Hollywood’s highest-paid female star’, with an estimated $19 million the previous year.
She won the Teen Choice Awards in three categories; ‘Choice Movie: Actress Sci-Fi/Fantasy’, ‘Choice Movie Liplock’ and ‘Choice Summer Movie: Female’ for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1’, in 2011.
She won the ‘San Diego Film Critics Society Award’ for ‘Best Ensemble Performance’ and ‘Best Supporting Actress for ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows- Part 2’, in 2011.
WHAT IS EMMA WATSON’S NET WORTH IN 2021?
The Harry Potter movies reportedly earned Emma $60 million, this is due to the popularity of the Harry Potter films. Emma Watson has now become a household name and she has used her platform wisely. Emma Watson is known for being a Goodwill Ambassador for women’s rights, her Instagram was mainly used to advocate for different social and political issues.
Since doing Harry Potter it must be noted that Emma continued her acting career. She played the role of Belle in Disney’s live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast, she also featured in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and, most recently, had a brilliant role in Greta Gerwig’s Little Women.