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Emily Blunt

Blunt at the British Academy Film Awards, February 2007
Born Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
23 February 1983 (1983-02-23) (age 27)
London, England, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 2003–present

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English actress. Blunt's first major film role came in the British drama My Summer of Love (2004) which garnered critical acclaim. She then starred in the box office success, The Devil Wears Prada (2006) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe and a BAFTA. She has since starred in a number of American and British productions some of which are Charlie Wilson's War (2007), The Young Victoria (2009) and The Wolfman (2010).

Blunt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for the BBC TV film Gideon's Daughter in 2007.


Personal life

Blunt is from Roehampton, London, England. She is the second of four children born to Joanna (née Mackie), an English teacher and former actress, and barrister Oliver Blunt QC.[1][2][3] Her uncle is Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate. At the age of 16 Blunt moved to Hurtwood House, a sixth-form college known for its performing arts programme. There, she was discovered by an agent. Blunt previously shared a home with her ex-boyfriend, Canadian singer, Michael Bublé[4] whom she first met in Melbourne backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in 2005. She later provided background vocals on his cover of "Me and Mrs. Jones" on his album Call Me Irresponsible.[5] She is currently engaged to actor John Krasinski.


Blunt made her professional debut in Bliss, a new musical written by Paul Sellar, at the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe while she was still an A-level student. She also had a speech condition of stuttering and is now a supporter for a better life for people who stutter. She went on to perform at the National Theatre and at Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2003, she made her screen debut in the British television drama Boudica, about the life of the ancient British warrior-queen who fought the Romans. She also won considerable praise for her performance as the 16th-century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.

Blunt's breakout role was as Tamsin in the dark British movie, My Summer of Love in 2004, which depicted a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside. She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Natalie Press.

In 2005, she co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British TV drama Gideon's Daughter, an original screenplay written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, in which she played the troubled only child of New Labour spin doctor Gideon Warner, played by veteran British character actor Bill Nighy.

In 2006, she starred opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada. Streep and Hathaway received most of the critical attention initially, but Blunt proved to be equally memorable with Entertainment Weekly naming her the Best Female Scene-Stealer in their end-of-summer special issue. She appeared at the 79th Academy Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway. Blunt and Hathaway lost weight for their roles in the film. In an interview with Us Weekly, Hathaway said “I basically stuck with fruit, vegetables and fish (to slim down for the movie). I wouldn't recommend that. Emily Blunt and I would clutch at each other and cry because we were so hungry." Blunt also spoke about the weight loss, claiming she had to go "painfully thin".[6]

Blunt co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the independent drama Irresistible. When Sarandon became attached to starring in another movie, The Girl In The Park, she strongly suggested that director David Auburn should cast her. Blunt did audition for the part, which she almost received but lost to Kate Bosworth. In 2007, she appeared in the film Charlie Wilson's War.

In 2009, she played Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes. The movie co-starred Miranda Richardson and Rupert Friend as the queen's husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She also starred in the Toby Spanton-directed short film Curiosity.

In 2010, Blunt co-starred with Academy Award winners Benicio Del Toro and Sir Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget movie The Wolfman which was released 12th February. She also is set to star in Gulliver's Travels and in The Adjustment Bureau alongside Matt Damon as a ballet dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.[7][8]


Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boudica Isolda
2004 My Summer of Love Tamsin
2005 The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Jean Leckie
Gideon's Daughter Natasha Television film
2006 Irresistible Mara
The Devil Wears Prada Emily Charlton
2007 Wind Chill Girl
The Jane Austen Book Club Prudie Drummond
Dan in Real Life Ruthie "Pig Face" Draper
Charlie Wilson's War Jane Liddle
2009 Sunshine Cleaning Norah Lorkowski
The Great Buck Howard Valerie Brennan
The Young Victoria Queen Victoria
Curiosity Emma Short Film
Wild Target Rose
2010 The Wolfman Gwen Conliffe
Gulliver's Travels Princess Glory (Post-production)
The Adjustment Bureau Elise Sellas (Filming)
Gnomeo and Juliet Juliet (voice) (Filming)
The Girl TBA (Pre-production)
Shoot the Messenger Carolyn (In production)
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Henry VIII Catherine Howard Serial
Foyle's War Lucy Markham Episode "War Games"
2004 Poirot Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle Episode "Death on the Nile"
2005 Empire Camane Miniseries
2009 The Simpsons Juliet (voice) Episode "Lisa the Drama Queen"
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bliss[9] Maddy Edinburgh Festival
The Royal Family Gwen West End Theatre
2002 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Chichester Festival Theatre
Vincent in Brixton Eugenie Loyer RNT

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2004 BIFA Most Promising Newcomer My Summer of Love Nominated
2005 LCC British Newcomer of the Year Nominated
ESBFA Most Promising Newcomer Won
2006 Teen Choice Award Choice Breakout The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 BAFTA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Rising Star Nominated
LCC British Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Nominated
ALFS Award British Supporting Actress of the Year Won
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Gideon's Daughter Won
2009 BIFA Best Actress The Young Victoria Nominated
Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics Association Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globes Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture Nominated
Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Sunshine Cleaning Nominated


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