Emma Watson (born Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson, 15.4.1990)
Emma Watson is a British actress, best known for playing the role of Hermione Granger in the series of Harry Potter films.
Childhood: Watson's parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson are both British lawyers. Luesby gave birth to her daughter in Paris, where they lived until she was five years old. After her parents divorced, Emma moved with her mother and brother (Alex) to Oxfordshire, England.
Emma Watson had ambition to become an actress from a young age and attended the Oxford Stagecoach Theatre Arts group, where she learned to sing, dance and act. With the group, performed in plays such as The Happy Prince and Arthur: The Young Years. Despite this, landing the role of Hermione was her first stab at professional acting.
Acting Career: The casting for the film adaptation of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone started in 1999. The three lead roles went to Emma Watson (Hermione Granger), Daniel Radcliffe, (Harry Potter) and Rupert Grint (Ron Weasley).
The film went on to be a huge global success and also starred Robbie Coltrane, Maggie Smith and Richard Harris. Emma Watson won a Young Artist Award for her debut film appearance.
The next film in the series, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, came just a year later. This time, Emma shared screen-time with Kenneth Branagh and Jason Isaacs. Some film reviewers criticised the director Chris Columbus for failing to utilize the popular character played by Emma Watson.
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was the third film in the Harry Potter series and added Michael Gambon and Gary Oldman to the regular cast list. Yet again, Emma Watson's performance was highlighted by many to be the film's high point.
In 2005, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire was released, breaking previous records set by a Harry Potter film for an opening weekend cinema sales. Following the release of the film, Emma Watson became the youngest person to ever appear on the cover of Teen Vogue. The following year, a mini episode of Harry Potter was created in honour of Queen Elizabeth II's 80th birthday. The episode was entitled The Queen's Handbag.
The fifth installment in the Harry Potter series was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The film grossed over $332 million on its debut weekend and Emma Watson won a National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.
The three lead actors faltered before signing a contractual commitment for the final two episodes of the film series knowing that it would take up another four years of their lives, which had already been dominated by their work on the Harry Potter franchise. Watson, along with the others, eventually signed up, with her fee doubled to £2million per movie. The resultant film was Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, released in July 2009. This time, the cast list counted Jim Broadbent, Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter amongst its number.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the final installment of the Harry Potter series and is divided into two parts, filmed back-to-back.
The first role that Emma Watson took on outside of Harry Potter was the BBC film Ballet Shoes, shot in 2007. The film was an adaptation of the novel by Noel Streatfield. In the animated the Tale of Despereaux featured Emma Watson providing the voice of Princess Pea. The film also featured voices from Sigourney Weaver and Matthew Broderick.
Other Work: In 2000, it was announced that Emma Watson had been chosen as the new face of the Burberry fashion label. It had previously been rumoured that she would replace Keira Knightley as Chanel's figurehead but these rumours were untrue. Emma Watson also helped the Fair Trade clothes label People Tree to create a new fashion range.
Watson spearheaded the HeforShe gender equality initiative at the UN in New York in 2014, and spoke about the abuse she received afterwards.
Emma Watson has opened up about the large number of threats she received after she launched the HeforShe gender equality initiative at the UN two years ago.
26 year old Watson, who shot to international fame playing Hermione in the eight Harry Potter movies, has moved into activism in recent years and was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador with the United Nations in 2014.
However, she’s now revealed the “crashing low” she experienced after launching the HeforShe campaign in New York back then, saying she had her “worst fears confirmed” after being exposed to a “level of critique I had never experienced in my life”.
Paddy Power has the 'Suicide Squad' star to be the next Bond girl at 12/1, ahead of the likes of Emily Blunt and Emily Ratajkowski.
There’s been lots of speculation over the last couple of years about who will succeed Daniel Craig as James Bond, but less on the matter of who’ll be the next Bond girl.
However, it’s likely that a major star will play the traditional role, with rising star Margot Robbie currently the hot favourite with bookmakers. Australian actress Robbie, 26, is tipped for the role in a forthcoming 007 movie, which will be the 25th film in the franchise and the first for a brand new Bond actor. She’s currently the 12/1 favourite for a role in the notional sequel to Spectre, according to Irish company Paddy Power in a report in The Sun.
Is Margot Robbie going to the next Bond girl?
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The two actresses who have portrayed Hermione met backstage after a performance of 'The Cursed Child' this week.
What’s the only thing better than Hermione from Harry Potter? Two Hermiones, that’s what, and the two actresses who have portrayed the character met backstage at a show of new play ‘The Cursed Child’, with Emma Watson sharing a number of photographs alongside Noma Dumezweni.
The 26 year old actress, who played Hermione Granger in all eight of the Harry Potter movies between 2001 and 2011, went to see ‘Harry Potter and The Cursed Child’ on Thursday night (July 7th), and, of course, managed to get backstage to meet the cast and crew.
Emma Watson met with her fellow Hermione actress Noma Dumezweni backstage at 'The Cursed Child'
‘The Colony’ was released in three UK cinemas on Friday (July 1).
The Colony, Emma Watson’s latest film, took just £47 at the UK box office after it was released in three UK cinemas on Friday, according to The Guardian. The film is Watson’s first leading role since the Harry Potter franchise and is a thriller set in Pinochet-era Chile.
Emma Watson’s new film made just £47 at the UK box office.
Watson stars as a Western woman who attempts to infiltrate a cult in order to rescue her husband who was abducted and is being held in religious community, Colonia Dignidad. The film was directed by Oscar-winning German director Florian Gallenberger.
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Based on a true story, this Chilean drama has a chilling edge to it that's difficult to shake. Strikingly well played by an international cast, the film's dark themes get under the skin. German director-cowriter Florian Gallenberger has a skilful eye that draws the audience in, focussing on characters to provide a strong emotional kick. That said, the film feels eerily stuck in the past, never quite finding present-day relevance that would make it even more powerful.
It's 1973 in Chile, as the political unrest grows surrounding Pinochet's brutal coup d'etat. Flight attendant Lena (Emma Watson) has just arrived for a four-day holiday with her journalist boyfriend Daniel (Daniel Bruhl) when street protests spin out of control. Detained by the new government, Daniel is cruelly tortured. Lena sets out to find him, following his trail to Colonia Dignidad, a religious cult out in the countryside where rebel activists are hidden from sight and forced to work. Posing as a true believer, Lena enters the compound and is quickly terrified by the ruthless, charismatic leader Paul (Michael Nyqvist) and his heartless housemaster Gisela (Richenda Carey).
Gallenberger begins building the underlying tension even in the opening scenes, which feature the happy romantic reunion between Lena and Daniel. Angry demonstrations and military action surround them, ramping up the tension. And then as the story shifts to Colonia, the film takes on nightmarish echoes of Nazi Germany, with chanted greetings ("God bless" sounds rather a lot like "Heil Hitler"), torture chambers and claustrophobic bunkers. Through all of this, Watson and Bruhl deliver remarkably grounded performances as real people caught up in unimaginable horrors. Underneath the intensity, both actors are likeable and tenacious, and together they have very strong chemistry. Meanwhile, the always superb Nyqvist (star of the original Girl With the Dragon Tattoo trilogy) brings a genuinely unsettling nastiness to his all-powerful father figure.
Continue reading: The Colony [Colonia] Review
Get your first look at Emma Watson in her new movie.
The very first teaser trailer for Disney's live action rendition of 'Beauty And The Beast' has finally been unveiled, after months and months of anticipation. We only get the briefest of introductions to this hugely anticipated re-boot, but even so it's enough to get us wishing the rest of the year away.
Emma Watson stars in 'Beauty And The Beast'
The trailer for 'Beauty And The Beast' gives us our first glimpse of the glorious interior of the beast's neglected castle, as well as a couple of iconic moments; the beast clawing at his own portrait, and a brief exchange between Cogsworth (Ian McKellen) and Lumiere (Ewan McGregor) as Belle first crosses the threshold.
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The actress apparently uses an offshore company for 'privacy'.
An unlikely name has cropped up in the controversial world of offshore wealth, as Emma Watson is discovered among those in the Panama Papers leak. Before we jump to any conclusions though, this doesn't mean that she's been avoiding paying her taxes. Not all offshore account holders are criminals after all.
Emma Watson is latest name in Panama Papers leak
Offshore accounts have a seriously bad rep due to their usage in fraud, tax evasion and even drug trafficking. But they are still legal for a reason. The 'Harry Potter' star is listed as the beneficiary of a Mossack Fonseca offshore holding company called Falling Leaves Ltd. which is based in the British Virgin Islands.
Continue reading: Emma Watson's Rep Defends Name Leak In Panama Papers
Emma Watson, Margot Robbie , Lupita Nyong'o - Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala: Manus x Machina: Fashion in the Age of Technology at the Met Museum - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Disney Classics are the new black.
So 'The Jungle Book' appears to be getting good critical reception all round; and no wonder with its stunning combination of live action and CGI, not to mention a stellar voiceover cast. It's only the latest in a string of Disney Classics to be re-made though, as that beloved world is being continuously re-visited.
The Jungle Book is in theaters now
As well as 'The Jungle Book', so far we've had 'Snow White and the Huntsman', 'Maleficent', 'Cinderella', 'Hercules', 'Alice In Wonderland'... need we go on? Of course, they're not all derived from the Disney flicks - in fact, most are simply re-boots of the original tale. But there's still a lot more where that came from.
Continue reading: Six Disney Classics Returning In Live Action (And 6 We'd Love To See!)
HeForShe meets Hamilton.
Lin-Manuel Miranda made huge political statements with his award-winning hip hop musical 'Hamilton' and now he's teamed up with Emma Watson as part of her HeForShe campaign to rap about an issue that affects everyone; gender inequality. And it's literally the best thing ever.
Emma Watson shows off a new skill
Of course, Miranda is just an excellent freestyler as former 'Harry Potter' actress Watson pointed out, but he was only willing to pay tribute to the issue of gender equality if she beatboxed for him. Can't say we ever expected this from the Oxfordshire-raised, Brown graduate bookworm, but the internet is full of surprises.
Continue reading: Awkward Emma Watson Beatboxes For Lin-Manuel Miranda
Emma Watson has hit back at critics labelling her as a 'feminazi', saying that it doesn't bother her.
Emma Watson has spoken of her determination to continue campaigning to feminist issues despite having been labelled as a ‘feminazi’ by critics, saying that such abuse doesn’t bother her in the slightest.
The 25 year old actor and campaigner, who recently announced that she was taking a year’s sabbatical from her film and stage career in order to educate herself more about feminism and gender issues, said in a new interview that she was unmoved by the ‘feminazi’ insults.
Emma Watson says being called a 'feminazi' doesn't bother her
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Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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