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.
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?
Hours after images surfaced from a swimsuit fitting, Watson declared she was taking legal action against the hackers.
Emma Watson is to take legal action against hackers responsible for dozens of private images of her appeared online, alongside a number of mysterious nude photos apparently NOT of the Beauty and the Beast actress.
Images of the 26 year old star taken during a swimsuit fitting in which she tried on various outfits were leaked onto the internet on Wednesday (March 15th), after her computer was believed to have been hacked.
The pictures appeared alongside some other images of an unknown woman in the bath. Although the face of the person in question has been obscured in these photos, Watson has denied that those images are of her.
Continue reading: Emma Watson The Latest Victim Of Celeb Photo Hacking
For some stars, aid work is their main purpose in life.
Part of being a celebrity means using your voice, your recognition and your wealth to make a difference in the world. It's almost an unspoken rule. But for some stars the likes of Angelina Jolie and Bob Geldof, humanitarian work almost becomes another career.
Whether it's poverty, disease, women's rights or climate change, there's always a major star out there using their popularity to raise awareness and money for it. Here are just a few of the world's most devoted celebrity humanitarians:
Angelina Jolie has visited some of the bleakest countries in the world
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
It had been reported that Watson and Miles Teller were originally set to star in the musical.
Emma Watson has cleared up the rumours about why she ended up not taking the lead role in La La Land.
In January it was reported that Watson had been the first choice for the role, but lost out because she had been ‘too demanding’, leading to Emma Stone getting the part.
But Speaking on SiriusXM's Town Hall radio show, Watson said the real reason she wasn’t cast was because of scheduling conflicts, due to her work on Beauty and the Beast.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Reveals The Real Reason Why She Wasn't In 'La La Land'
Stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Josh Gad together with director Bill Condon open up about the uniqueness of Belle as a Disney princess in the new 'Beauty and the Beast' film, how important she is for 21st century women as a role model - industrious, learned and courageous as she is - and why Emma is the perfect choice for the role.
Plus, you can get a glimpse of what the rest of the cast - Ewan McGregor, Ian McKellen and Luke Evans - have to say about the sheer craftsmanship in bringing the 1991 Disney animation to life, as well as the glorious music behind it.
The film is set to be released on March 17th 2017.
Here's everything you need to know about Emma's involvement in eco-friendly fashion.
Emma Watson might be best known for her feminist activism in recent years, but this uniquely intelligent actress also has another cause very close to her heart; sustainable fashion. She's never been one not to make an impact with her red carpet looks, but there's a lot more going on behind the fabric than you'd guess.
Emma Watson is a huge supporter of the Green Carpet Challenge
Emma's interest in eco-style first became clear at the 2016 Met Gala when she wore a frankly incredible black and white Calvin Klein piece made out of recycled plastic bottles as part of the designer's collaboration with Eco-Age for their Green Carpet Challenge. Not only is the material recycled, but the fact that each bit of the outfit was detachable meant that it could be worn differently again and again.
Watson came under fire for posing topless in the latest issue of Vanity Fair.
Emma Watson has responded to critics of her recent cover shoot for Vanity Fair, which included a topless photo.
Some accused the actress and activist of being a ‘hypocrite’ or not a proper feminist for agreeing to pose topless for the magazine, however Watson has responded by declaring: "I really don’t know what my t*ts have to do with feminism".
Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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