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.
MTV's first ever gender-neutral awards ceremony took place in Los Angeles on Sunday night, and it was a good evening for Brits in general.
Emma Watson picked up the first ever gender-neutral prize at the MTV TV & Movie Awards this weekend, as Beauty and the Beast emerged as the main winner of the night.
The ex-Harry Potter star, famous for her role as Hermione Granger, picked up the best big-screen actor award at the fan-voted ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday night (May 7th). Her role as Belle has helped generate worldwide revenue of over $1 billion for Beauty and the Beast since its release just over a month ago.
Emma Watson won the first gender-neutral MTV award
You can't just become a Disney Princess overnight!
When Disney revealed they were working on a live action adaptation of their classic 'Beauty and the Beast', fans were split as to whether or not it was a good idea. There's always a risk when bringing the exact story that's already gained so much critical acclaim to the big screen for a second outing, but worries would prove to be fruitless when the new film cashed in big at the box office and picked up some great reviews.
Emma Watson stars as Belle in 'Beauty and the Beast'
Emma Watson leads the film as Belle, opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast, bringing one of the most recognisable Disney Princesses to fans once more for a familiar, yet unique magical adventure.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Did "Princess Boot Camp" For 'Beauty And The Beast'
Emma stars in The Circle with Tom Hanks
Based on the 2013 novel by Dave Eggers, The Circle is a dramatic thriller that explores themes of interconnectivity as a young woman (Emma Watson) takes a new job at a social network company, then becomes frightened of the effects of constant surveillance, clashing with the company CEO (Tom Hanks).
Emma Watson in The Circle
Watson says that the themes struck a real nerve for her. "The story and the questions that it raises," she muses, "I found myself pondering different aspects of it. And I think that's always a good sign for a story or something I might potentially work on. It doesn't leave you quickly."
Continue reading: The Circle Made Emma Watson Limit Her Social Media Contact
'The Circle' starring Emma Watson receives mixed early reviews.
The first reviews for James Ponsoldt's thriller 'The Circle' starring Emma Watson are here and it seems critical opinions on its premise are largely mixed. Based on the 2013 Dave Eggers novel of the same name, the movie is an exploration of how social media could so easily transform into a Big Brother society.
Emma Watson at the Tribeca Film Festival premiere of 'The Circle'
It's not an unusual storyline; indeed, the Orwellian themes have been repeated in multiple works of literature, film and television, but as society's obsession with online sharing via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram grows with each year, the ideas become more and more relevent.
Continue reading: Social Media Thriller 'The Circle' Divides Critics Ahead Of Release
The movie is set to be one of this year's most successful.
'Beauty And The Beast' continues to prove itself a box office juggernaut, now reaching and surpassing an incredible gross of over $1 billion worldwide. Directed by Bill Condon, the film provides a live action adaptation of the classic 1991 Walt Disney animated musical, and has been bringing in huge amounts of viewers since its release in mid-March.
Emma Watson as Belle in 'Beauty And The Beast'
The numbers come in ahead of the film's premiere in Japan - the last country to debut the movie over a full month after its initial release across the globe. With such impressive box office figures despite it not being fully available around the world, there's every chance that this figure could be hugely improved on moving forward.
Continue reading: 'Beauty And The Beast' Passes $1 Billion Worldwide
Photos of Cyrus posing in front of her bathroom mirror reportedly surfaced online this week, before being taken down.
Miley Cyrus appears to be the latest victim of hackers after nude photos of celebrities, after pics of her were posted online earlier this week.
2017 has already seen a number of female celebs being targeted by co-ordinated hackers, following the likes of Emma Watson, Holly Willoughby and Amanda Seyfried falling victim in recent weeks. On this occasion, the images are said to be of Cyrus posing in the nude in front of a bathroom mirror talking selfies.
Miley Cyrus has reportedly become that latest victim of hackers stealing nude photos
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus Reportedly Falls Victim To Nude Photo Hackers
Are Emma Watson's greatest roles just two sides of the same coin?
It seems Emma Watson has come full circle with her role in 'Beauty and the Beast'. She started out her career playing a feisty, bookish witch in 'Harry Potter' and is now a feisty, bookish princess in Disney's live action fairytale. Appropriate for a woman with such strong ideas about femininity.
How does Belle compare with Hermione Granger?
Emma Watson as Belle seems like an obvious fit when you consider how the 'Beauty and the Beast' heroine, like Emma, attempts to break down female stereotypes within the story. And after playing a character like Hermione Granger for so many years, it's only natural for comparisons to be drawn between the actress' key roles.
Continue reading: Books And Bravery: Comparing Emma Watson's Belle To Hermione Granger
In Disney's new remake of the 1991 animated classic Beauty and the Beast, Emma Watson takes on the role of Belle.
Since bursting on the scene in the Harry Potter movies and becoming one of the highest earning actors in the world, Watson has mainly starred in smaller or offbeat projects. But this is a role she felt she had to take. "It's really remarkable to play someone that I'm almost sure had an influence on the woman that I have become," Watson says. "The first time I saw Paige O'Hara sing Belle, it's the 'I Want' song of all 'I Want' songs, and I just immediately resonated with her. I was so young that I didn't even know what I was tapping into, but there was something about that spirit and energy that I just knew she was my champion."
Outspoken on women's issues, Watson says it was important for her to maintain that spirit. "Every time we would address a new scene," she says, "I just always had the original DNA of that woman in mind, and I had my fists up! I love that in our version Belle is not only awed and doesn't fit in, you see her reading and she's actually an activist within her own community."
Continue reading: Emma Watson Embraced The Girl Power Of Beauty And The Beast
This remake of Disney's 1991 classic is remarkably faithful, using present-day digital animation effects to give the story a photo-realistic sheen. The addition of more songs makes it feel much more like a big movie musical. And the use of real actors adds quite a lot of detail and subtext in the character interaction. But basically, this is still the same romantic fairy tale: lovely to look as it makes the audience swoon and sigh.
It's set in a French village, where Belle (Emma Watson) is looked at with suspicion by her neighbours for her empowered-female ways, reading books, expressing her opinions and running the farm where she lives with her single dad Maurice (Kevin Kline). It's no wonder that the vain soldier Gaston (Luke Evans) pursues her, since she's the only girl who isn't chasing him. Then one day Maurice and Belle have a fateful encounter with a castle hidden in a deep woods under a curse. Imprisoned by its beastly master (Dan Stevens), Belle befriends the staff, who have been transformed into household objects like a lampstand (Ewan McGregor), clock (Ian McKellen), teapot (Emma Thompson), harpsichord (Stanley Tucci) and feather duster (Gugu Mbatha-Raw). All of them conspire to help Belle fall in love with the Beast, which would break the spell.
Director Bill Condon (who made Dreamgirls and the final Twilight movies) makes the most of the live-action cast, allowing them to stir all kinds of undercurrents into their roles, which adds weight and interest to the rather predictable storyline. The film still looks largely animated thanks to an extensive use of digital backgrounds and characters, but the actors add an earthy tone that breaks the surface, bringing in some more textured emotions and sharper humour. The whole cast is excellent, with particular scene-stealing energy coming from Evans and Josh Gad (as his super-faithful sidekick LeFou), who are both funny and villainous at the same time. And Kline is also a standout for a surprisingly thoughtful performance.
Continue reading: Beauty And The Beast Review
There are no nude photos of Emma Watson. This sexist smear campaign needs to stop.
Emma Watson has been a public figure since she was 10-years-old, and she's always been smart enough to keep her personal life private. Aside from a smattering of boyfriends, her studies at Brown University and a vague notion of her spiritual affiliations, there's little anyone knows about the actress' private life.
Emma Watson continues to fight for women's rights as she is attacked over and over again
There's something deeply admirable about the 26-year-old's ability to stay out of the spotlight when she's not shooting or promoting a movie or working for UN Women, which makes it all the more upsetting for her when her personal accounts are hacked. For some reason, the bottom feeders of journalism are obsessed with trying to uncover incriminating or scandalous images of her - despite the fact that she knows better than to take any, or let any be taken of her.
Continue reading: What Is The Media's Obsession With Emma Watson And Nude Photos?
Emma Watson at a screening of the 'Beauty and the Beast' held in New York at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center - New York, United States - Mo
Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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