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Emma Watson

Emma Watson at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005
Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[1]
15 April 1990 (1990-04-15) (age 19)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 2001 – present
Official website

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays.[2] From 2001 to 2009, she starred in six Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; she will return for the final two installments: the two parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[3] Watson's work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million.[4] She made her modelling debut for Burberry's Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.

In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $70 million in worldwide sales.[5][6]

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Early life

Emma Watson was born in Paris, the daughter of British lawyers Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson.[7][8] Watson has one French grandmother,[9] and lived in Paris until the age of five. Later, following her parents' divorce, she moved with her mother and younger brother, Alex, to Oxfordshire.[7] From the age of six, Watson wanted to become an actress,[10] and for a number of years she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting.[11] By the age of ten, she had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince,[7] but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. "I had no idea of the scale of the film series," she stated in a 2007 interview with Parade; "if I had I would have been completely overwhelmed."[12]

Career

Harry Potter

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 bestselling novel.[10] Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher,[10] and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions,[13] 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.[10]

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.[14][15] Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim; The Daily Telegraph called her performance "admirable",[16] and IGN said she "stole the show".[17] Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.[18]

A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the series. Although the film received mixed reviews, reviewers were positive about the lead actors' performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films,[19] while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character.[20] Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for her performance.[21]

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".[22] 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."[23] Although Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film as of April 2009, Watson's personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.[24][25][26]

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".[27] 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."[28] Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, Watson won a bronze Otto Award.[29][30][31] Later that year, Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue,[32] an appearance she reprised in August 2009.[33] 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.[34]

Watson signing autographs for fans outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 2007

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.[35] Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.[36] 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.[37]

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.[38] Radcliffe eventually signed for the final films on 2 March 2007,[38] but Watson was considerably more hesitant.[39] 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",[40] signing for the role on 23 March 2007.[41] In return for committing to the final films, Watson's pay was doubled to £2 million per film;[42] she concluded that "in the end, the pluses outweighed the minuses".[12] Principal photography for the sixth film began in late 2007, with Watson's part being filmed from 18 December to 17 May 2008.[43][44]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered on 15 July 2009,[45] having been controversially delayed from November 2008.[46] 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".[47] The Washington Post felt Watson to have given "[her] most charming performance to date",[48] while The Daily Telegraph described the lead actors as "newly-liberated and energized, eager to give all they have to what's left of the series".[49]

Watson's filming for the final installment of the Harry Potter film series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began on 18 February 2009.[50] The film, divided into two parts filmed back to back for financial and scripting reasons,[51][52] is scheduled for release in November 2010 and July 2011.[53]

Other acting work

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.[54][55] 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."[56] Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2007 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers, despite generally poor reviews.[57][58][59][60][61]

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.[5] The Tale of Despereaux was released in December 2008 and grossed $87 million worldwide.

In April 2008, Watson was widely rumoured to have been cast as "Betsy" Bonaparte in an upcoming film titled Napoleon and Betsy, but her official website denied that any commitment had been made and the film failed to materialize.[62][63][64] Watson has chosen to focus on her education rather than pursuing other film or television roles.[65]

Fashion and modelling

As she has grown older, Watson has become something of a fashion devotee, saying that she sees fashion as very similar to art, which she studied in school. In September 2008, she told a blogger, "I've been focusing on art a lot, and fashion's a great extension of that."[66]

In 2008, the British press reported that Watson was to replace Keira Knightley as the face of the fashion house Chanel, but this was flatly denied by both parties.[67][68] In June 2009, following several months of rumours, Watson confirmed that she would be partnering Burberry as the face of their new campaign; she received an estimated six-figure fee for modelling Burberry's Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.[69][70][71] She later appeared in Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and Max Hurd.[72]

In September 2009, Watson announced her involvement with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand.[72] Watson says she has been working closely with People Tree to create a spring line of clothing, due to be released at the end of February 2010. The line will feature styles inspired by southern France and the City of London.[73] Later, The Times released a short article on Watson's progress with the collection. The range was highly publicized, appearing in subsequent tabloids such as You magazine, Heat Magazine, Teen Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and People. Watson admitted that her competition was minimal. She also stated, "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."[74]

Personal life

Watson at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Watson's extended family has grown as her divorced parents each have new partners. Her father has a son, Toby, and identical twin girls, Nina and Lucy.[75] Her mother's partner has two sons (Watson's stepbrothers), who "regularly stay with her".[76] Watson's full brother, Alexander, has appeared as an extra in two Harry Potter films,[75] and her half-sisters were cast as the young Pauline Fossil in the BBC's Ballet Shoes adaptation.[75]

After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, Watson attended The Dragon School, an independent preparatory school, until June 2003 and then moved to Headington School, an independent school for girls, also in Oxford.[7] While on film sets, Watson and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day;[77] despite the focus on filming she maintained high academic standards. In June 2006, Watson took GCSE examinations in 10 subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades;[78] she was a target of friendly ridicule on the Harry Potter set because of her straight-A exam results.[32] She received A grades in her 2008 A level examinations in English Literature, Geography and Art,[79] and in her 2007 AS (advanced subsidiary) level in History of Art.[80]

After leaving school, Watson took a gap year[79] to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009,[52] but said she "definitely want[ed] to go to university".[65] Despite numerous contradictory news stories, some from highly-reputable sources, claiming that she would "definitely" attend Trinity College, Cambridge,[81] Columbia University,[82][83][84] Brown University or Yale University,[85] Watson was reluctant to commit publicly to any one institution, saying that she would announce her decision first on her official website.[86] In interviews with Jonathan Ross and David Letterman in July 2009, she confirmed that she was planning to study liberal arts in the United States,[1] saying that – having missed so much school as a child for filming – the "broad curriculum" of American higher education appealed to her more than British universities, "where you have to just choose one thing to study for three years".[13] In July 2009, after a second storm of rumour,[87] The Providence Journal reported that Watson had "grudgingly admitted" that she had chosen Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island.[88][89] Watson defended her attempts to avoid announcing her choice of university – accidentally slipped by Daniel Radcliffe and producer David Heyman,[90][91] during interviews publicising the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and finally confirmed in September 2009 after the university's academic year had started[92] – saying that she "want[ed] to be normal. ... I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don't walk in and see ... Harry Potter posters everywhere, I'll be fine."[89]

Watson's work in the Harry Potter series has earned her more than £10 million,[4] and she has acknowledged she will never have to work for money – in March 2009 she was ranked 6th on the Forbes list of "Most Valuable Young Stars"[93] and in February 2010 was named as Hollywood's highest paid female star, having earned an estimated £19 million in 2009.[94] However, she has declined to leave school to become a full-time actress, saying "People can't understand why I don't want to ... but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality."[12] She has been positive about working as a child actress, saying her parents and colleagues helped make her experience a positive one.[32][76][95] Watson enjoys a close friendship with her fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, describing them as a "unique support system" for the stresses of film work, and saying that, after working with them for the ten years of the film series, "they really are like my siblings".[13]

Watson lists her interests as dancing, singing, field hockey, tennis, art[7] and fly fishing,[96] and she donates to WTT (Wild Trout Trust).[97][98][99] She describes herself as "a bit of a feminist",[12][76] and admires fellow actors Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts.[100]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hermione Granger Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US and India

Nominated for Best Performance by a Young Actor Saturn Award

Nominated for Best Debut at Empire Awards

Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award

Won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Young Artist Award

2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award

Nominated for Best On-screen Actress MTV Movie Award

2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated for Best Actress at Empire Awards

Won Best Performance by a Female National Movie Award

Ballet Shoes Pauline Fossil Television film shown on BBC One
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Princess Pea Voice part
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger 15 July 2009 (UK, US, AUS)

Nominated for Best Actress Scream Award

2010 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I Release Date USA and UK 19 November 2010
2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II Filming

Awards

Year Organisation Award Film Result
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Won[18]
Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award Nominated[101]
Empire Empire Award Nominated[102]
American Moviegoer Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress Nominated[103]
Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in Feature Film Nominated[18]
2003 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Silver) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Won[21]
2004 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Silver) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won[24]
Total Film Child Performance of the Year Won[26]
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Nominated[104]
2005 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Gold) Won[25]
Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated[30]
2006 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Bronze) Won[29]
MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Nominated[31]
2007 ITV National Film Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[36]
UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Best Movie Actress Won[105]
2008 UK Sony Ericsson Empire Awards Best Actress Nominated[106]
Constellation Award Best Female Performance Won[107]
Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Gold) Won[108]
SyFy Genre Awards Best Actress Won[109]
Glamour Awards Best UK TV Actress Ballet Shoes Nominated[110]

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Emma Watson
File:Emma Watson GoF Premiere
Emma Watson at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005
Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[1]
15 April 1990 (1990-04-15) (age 20)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001 – present
Website
http://www.emmawatson.com/

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays.[2] From 2001 to 2009, she starred in six Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; she will return for the final two installments: the two parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.[3] Watson's work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million.[4] She made her modelling debut for Burberry's Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.

In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $70 million in worldwide sales.[5][6]

Contents

Early life

Emma Watson was born in Paris to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, both British lawyers.[7][8] Watson has one French grandmother,[9] and lived in Paris until the age of five. Later, following her parents' divorce, she moved with her mother and younger brother to Oxfordshire.[7] From the age of six, Watson wanted to become an actress,[10] and for a number of years she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting.[11] By the age of ten, she had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince,[12] but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. "I had no idea of the scale of the film series," she stated in a 2007 interview with Parade; "if I had I would have been completely overwhelmed."[13]

Career

Harry Potter

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 bestselling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher,[10] and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions,[14] 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.[10]

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.[15][16] Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim; The Daily Telegraph called her performance "admirable",[17] and IGN said she "stole the show".[18] Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress.[19]

A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the series. Although the film received mixed reviews, reviewers were positive about the lead actors' performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films,[20] while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character.[21] Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for her performance.[22]

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".[23] 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."[24] Although Prisoner of Azkaban remains the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film as of April 2009, Watson's personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.[25][26][27]

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".[28] 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."[29] Nominated for three awards for Goblet of Fire, Watson won a bronze Otto Award.[30][31][32] Later that year, Watson became the youngest person to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue,[33] an appearance she reprised in August 2009.[34] 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.[35]

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Watson signing autographs for fans outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, 2007
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Handprints, footprints and wand prints of (from left to right) Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint.

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.[36] Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.[37] 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.[38]

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.[39] Radcliffe eventually signed for the final films on 2 March 2007,[39] but Watson was considerably more hesitant.[40] 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",[41] signing for the role on 23 March 2007.[42] In return for committing to the final films, Watson's pay was doubled to £2 million per film;[43] she concluded that "in the end, the pluses outweighed the minuses".[13] Principal photography for the sixth film began in late 2007, with Watson's part being filmed from 18 December to 17 May 2008.[44][45]

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered on 15 July 2009,[46] having been controversially delayed from November 2008.[47] 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".[48] The Washington Post felt Watson to have given "[her] most charming performance to date",[49] while The Daily Telegraph described the lead actors as "newly-liberated and energized, eager to give all they have to what's left of the series".[50]

Watson's filming for the final installment of the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began on 18 February 2009[51] and ended on 12 June 2010.[52] For financial and scripting reasons, the original book has been divided into two films which will be shot back to back.[53][54] Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows parts 1 and 2 are scheduled for release in November 2010 and July 2011 respectively.[55]

Other acting work

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.[56][57] 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."[58] Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2007 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers, despite generally poor reviews.[59][60][61][62][63]

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.[64] The Tale of Despereaux was released in December 2008 and grossed $87 million worldwide.[5]

In April 2008, Watson was widely rumoured to have been cast as "Betsy" Bonaparte in an upcoming film titled Napoleon and Betsy, but her official website denied that any commitment had been made and the film failed to materialize.[65][66][67] Watson has chosen to focus on her education rather than pursuing other film or television roles.[68]

In May 2010, Watson was reported to be in talks to star in a film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.[69] Also that month, she announced that she would appear in a music video for One Night Only after meeting lead singer George Craig at the 2010 Winter/Summer Burberry advertising campaign. Watson also expressed an interest to be in a musical film after being involved in the Harry Potter films.[70] The video, "Say You Don't Want It", was screened on Channel 4 on 26 June 2010 and released on 16 August.[71]

Fashion and modelling

As she has grown older, Watson has become something of a fashion devotee, saying that she sees fashion as very similar to art, which she studied in school. In September 2008, she told a blogger, "I've been focusing on art a lot, and fashion's a great extension of that."[72]

In 2008, the British press reported that Watson was to replace Keira Knightley as the face of the fashion house Chanel, but this was flatly denied by both parties.[73][74] In June 2009, following several months of rumours, Watson confirmed that she would be partnering Burberry as the face of their new campaign; she received an estimated six-figure fee for modelling Burberry's Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.[75][76][77] She later appeared in Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and Max Hurd.[78][79]

In September 2009, Watson announced her involvement with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand.[80] Watson worked as a 'creative advisor' for People Tree to create a spring line of clothing, which was released in February 2010;[80][81] the range featured styles inspired by southern France and the City of London.[81][82] The collection, described by The Times as "very clever" despite their "quiet hope that [she] would become tangled at the first hemp-woven hurdle",[83] was widely publicised in tabloids such as You magazine, Heat Magazine, Teen Vogue,[84] Cosmopolitan, and People. Watson, who was not paid for the collaboration,[85] admitted that competition for the range was minimal,[83] 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";[86] 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."[83] Watson continued her involvement with People Tree, resulting in a release of a 2010 Autumn/Winter collection.[87]

Personal life

in July 2009]] Watson's extended family has grown as her divorced parents each have new partners. Her father has a son, Toby, and identical twin girls, Nina and Lucy.[88] Her mother's partner has two sons (Watson's stepbrothers), who "regularly stay with her".[89] Watson's full brother, Alexander, has appeared as an extra in two Harry Potter films,[79] and her half-sisters were cast as the young Pauline Fossil in the BBC's Ballet Shoes adaptation.[88]

After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, Watson attended The Dragon School, an independent preparatory school, until June 2003 and then moved to Headington School, an independent school for girls, also in Oxford.[7] While on film sets, Watson and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day;[90] despite the focus on filming she maintained high academic standards. In June 2006, Watson took GCSE examinations in 10 subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades;[7][91] she was a target of friendly ridicule on the Harry Potter set because of her straight-A exam results.[33] She received A grades in her 2008 A level examinations in English Literature, Geography and Art,[92] and in her 2007 AS (advanced subsidiary) level in History of Art.[7]

After leaving school, Watson took a gap year[92] to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009,[54] but said she "definitely want[ed] to go to university".[68] Despite numerous contradictory news stories, some from highly-reputable sources, claiming that she would "definitely" attend Trinity College, Cambridge;[93] Columbia University;[94][95][96] Brown University or Yale University,[97] Watson was reluctant to commit publicly to any one institution, saying that she would announce her decision first on her official website.[98] In interviews with Jonathan Ross and David Letterman in July 2009, she confirmed that she was planning to study liberal arts in the United States,[1] saying that – having missed so much school as a child for filming – the "broad curriculum" of American higher education appealed to her more than British universities, "where you have to just choose one thing to study for three years".[14] In July 2009, after a second storm of rumour,[99] The Providence Journal reported that Watson had "grudgingly admitted" that she had chosen Brown University, located in Providence, Rhode Island.[100][101] Watson defended her attempts to avoid announcing her choice of university – accidentally slipped by Daniel Radcliffe and producer David Heyman,[102][103] during interviews publicising the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and finally confirmed in September 2009 after the university's academic year had started[104] – saying that she "want[ed] to be normal. ... I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don't walk in and see ... Harry Potter posters everywhere, I'll be fine."[101]

As of July 2007, Watson's work in the Harry Potter series had earned her more than £10 million, and she acknowledged she would never have to work for money again.[4] In March 2009 she was ranked 6th on the Forbes list of "Most Valuable Young Stars",[105] and in February 2010 she was named as Hollywood's highest paid female star, having earned an estimated £19 million in 2009.[106] However, she has declined to leave school to become a full-time actress, saying "People can't understand why I don't want to ... but school life keeps me in touch with my friends. It keeps me in touch with reality."[13] She has been positive about working as a child actress, saying her parents and colleagues helped make her experience a positive one.[33][89][107] Watson enjoys a close friendship with her fellow Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, describing them as a "unique support system" for the stresses of film work, and saying that, after working with them for the ten years of the film series, "they really are like my siblings".[14]

Watson lists her interests as dancing, singing, field hockey,[12][108] tennis, art[72] and she supports the Wild Trout Trust.[109][110][111] She describes herself as "a bit of a feminist",[13][89] and admires fellow actors Johnny Depp and Julia Roberts.[112]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hermione Granger Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US and India
Nominated for Best Performance by a Young Actor Saturn Award
Nominated for Best Debut at Empire Awards
Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award
Won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Young Artist Award
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award
Nominated for Best On-screen Actress MTV Movie Award
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated for Best Actress at Empire Awards
Won Best Performance by a Female National Movie Award
Ballet Shoes Pauline Fossil Television film shown on BBC One
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Princess Pea Voice part
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger Nominated for Best Actress Scream Award
2010/2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Release Date: Part I: 19 November 2010 Part II: 15 July 2011 (USA and UK)
2011 My Week with Marilyn Lucy

Awards

Year Organisation Award Film Result
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Won[19]
2002 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Saturn Award Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated[113]
2002 Empire Empire Award Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated[114]
2002 American Moviegoer Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated[115]
2002 Young Artist Awards Best Ensemble in Feature Film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Nominated[19]
2003 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Silver) Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Won[22]
2004 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Silver) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won[25]
2004 Total Film Child Performance of the Year Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won[27]
2004 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated[116]
2005 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Gold) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Won[26]
2005 Broadcast Film Critics Association Best Young Actress Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated[31]
2006 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Bronze) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Won[30]
2006 MTV Movie Awards Best On-Screen Team Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated[32]
2007 ITV National Film Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[37]
2007 UK Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Best Movie Actress Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[117]
2008 UK Sony Ericsson Empire Awards Best Actress Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated[118]
2008 Constellation Award Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[119]
2008 Otto Awards Best Female Film Star (Gold) Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[120]
2008 SyFy Genre Awards Best Actress Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Won[121]
2008 Glamour Awards Best UK TV Actress Ballet Shoes Nominated[122]
2009 Scream Awards Best Fantasy Actress Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Nominated[123]
2010 National Movie Awards Performance of the Year Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Nominated[124]
2010 MTV Movie Awards Best Female Performance Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Nominated[125]
2010 Teen Choice Awards Actress Fantasy Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince Nominated[126]

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Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress known primarily for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.

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  • I can't wait to be able to drive, but it's hard. Good driving doesn't really run in my family genes. My mother is possibly the worst driver ever.
    • The Late Show with David Letterman (2007-07-11)
  • It was unbelievable seeing me as an action figure! In a few months, toddlers all around the country will be biting my head off!

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Emma Watson
File:Emma Watson GoF Premiere
Emma Watson at the premiere of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005
Born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson[1]
15 April 1990 (1990-04-15) (age 20)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2001 – present
Net worth $50 million (2010)
Website
http://www.emmawatson.com/

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress. She is known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. She has played roles in two other films aside from the Harry Potter series, The Tale of Despereaux (2008) and Ballet Shoes (2007).

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Fashion

As Watson has grown older, she has become more interested in fashion. She says that she thinks fashion is like art, which she studied in school. In September 2008, she told a blogger, "I've been focusing on art a lot, and fashion's a great extension of that."[2]

In 2008, the British news reported that Watson was going to be the model for the fashion house Chanel instead of Keira Knightley, but both Watson and Knightley said that this was not true.[3][4] In June 2009, Watson said that she would be helping Burberry by being a part of their new Autumn/Winter 2009 collection.[5][6][7] She was later a part of Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer campaign with her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and Max Hurd.[8][9]

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
2001 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Hermione Granger Released as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone in the US and India
Nominated for Best Performance by a Young Actor Saturn Award
Nominated for Best Debut at Empire Awards
Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award
Won Best Performance in a Feature Film – Leading Young Actress Young Artist Award
2002 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Nominated for Best Youth Performance PFCS Award
2004 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award
2005 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Nominated for Best Young Actress Critics Choice Award
Nominated for Best On-screen Actress MTV Movie Award
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Nominated for Best Actress at Empire Awards
Won Best Performance by a Female National Movie Award
Ballet Shoes Pauline Fossil Television film shown on BBC One
2008 The Tale of Despereaux Princess Pea Voice part
2009 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Hermione Granger Nominated for Best Actress Scream Award
2010/2011 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows A two part epic.
2011 The Perks of Being a Wallflower Sam
2011 My Week with Marilyn Lucy

References

  1. "Emma Watson". The Late Show with David Letterman. CBS. 8 July 2009. No. 3145.
  2. "Emma Watson's Other Options". Teen Vogue. 18 September 2008. http://www.teenvogue.com/style/blogs/fashionweek/2008/09/emma-watsons-other-options.html. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  3. Neate, Rupert (19 June 2008). "Chanel: 'No contract' for Harry Potter's Emma Watson". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/celebritynews/2157750/Chanel-No-contract-for-Harry-Potters-Emma-Watson.html. Retrieved 18 April 2009. 
  4. Kay, Nathan (15 June 2008). "Chanel casts a £3million spell on Mademoiselle Hermione". The Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1026524/Chanel-casts-3million-spell-Mademoiselle-Hermione.html. Retrieved 18 April 2009. 
  5. Nicholl, Kate (12 April 2009). "That's magic – Potter star Emma Watson makes her competition vanish". Daily Mail (London). http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1169274/That-8217-s-magic--8211-Potter-star-Emma-Watson-makes-competition-vanish.html. Retrieved 12 April 2009. 
  6. "Burberry and Hermione photos". Emma Watson official website news. 13 June 2009. http://www.emmawatson.com/en/Latest/Fashion/Fashion/Burberry-ShootHermione-pic/. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  7. Craik, Laura (9 June 2009). "Harry Potter star Emma Watson charms Burberry". The Evening Standard. http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/fashion/article-23705207-details/Harry+Potter+star+Emma+Watson+charms+Burberry/article.do. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  8. Alexander, Hilary (5 January 2010). "Emma Watson is Burberry's spring/summer 2010 poster girl". The Daily Telegraph (London). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/hilaryalexander/6937799/Emma-Watson-is-Burberrys-springsummer-2010-poster-girl.html. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 
  9. "Thanks, big sis! It's a Watson double act as Emma recruits her brother for Burberry". The Daily Mail (London). 7 January 2010. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-1240969/Emma-Watson-brother-new-Burberry-campaign-together.html. Retrieved 17 April 2010. 

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