Emma Watson
British actress
Emma Watson
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress and model. Watson rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. She was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2011, she starred in all eight Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Watson's work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million.
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Emma Watson's Dream House Guest Is, Duh, Michelle Obama
Huffington Post - 3 days
This video has all the things we love: Emma Watson, cute kids, a Michelle Obama shoutout, “Harry Potter” goodies. Seriously, the only thing that could make this better is if the former first lady herself appeared carrying a basket full of deplorables puppies.  Ahead of the release of Disney’s highly anticipated live-action remake of “Beauty and the Best,” Watson sat down to answer some questions from her adoring public, aka children under the age of 10.  With the help of Entertainment Weekly, the actress fielded a bevy of questions from youngsters inquiring about everything from Belle and Hermione to Darth Vader, but there was one that particularly warmed our hearts.  When two 20-month-olds named Riley and Addison (thanks to some helpful baby to adult translation) asked Watson if she could have any guest over to her house, the actress had the perfect response.  “Michelle Obama,” she answered. “Just for a quick chat you know. Just for a quick pep talk. That ...
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Disney fans see romance bloom in 'Beauty and the Beast' trailer
Reuters.com - 20 days
LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Actress Emma Watson twirls on the dancefloor as heroine Belle in Disney's latest glimpse of its upcoming live-action remake of "Beauty and the Beast", the romantic fantasy film's final trailer ahead of its March release.
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New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Character Posters Will Make You Smile Like a Kid
Huffington Post - 24 days
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Emma Watson Turned Down 'Cinderella' Before Becoming Role Model Belle
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Hot on the Trail of ‘La La Land,’ Here Come More Movie Musicals
NYTimes - about 1 month
When a song-and-dance film earns $132 million this fast, others will follow — with Emma Watson, Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig and Josh Gad, for starters.
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How will the Golden Globes results affect the Oscar race? - CNN
Google News - about 1 month
CNN How will the Golden Globes results affect the Oscar race? CNN (CNN) After a record-breaking performance at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards, "La La Land's" Oscar chances are looking better than ever. But will the modern musical's awards momentum la-la-last? That's the big question on the minds of Oscar pundits. How La La Land Almost Starred Emma Watson and Miles TellerPEOPLE.com 7 Things You Learn Hanging Out With Emma StoneRollingStone.com Damien Chazelle: 5 Things to Know About the 'La La Land' DirectorUs Weekly Vulture -Deadline -Vanity Fair -The Verge all 558 news articles »
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Several Indian colleges ban sexist singers from performing on campus
Yahoo News - about 2 months
Women's colleges affiliated with Delhi University (DU), one of India's top educational institutions, have put their feet down regarding misogyny.  Student unions have barred certain musicians whose lyrics they deem sexist  from performing at upcoming student festivals.  SEE ALSO: This city now allows women to carry knives for 'self protection' on metro trains Colleges such as Miranda House, Lady Shree Ram, Gargi and Kamla Nehru are leading the charge, the Times of India reported. Artists who "objectify women and make sexist comments in their songs" are not being invited, they say.  The banned performers include Punjabi rappers Yo Yo Honey Singh and Badshah among others. These singers are currently very popular in India thanks in part to their musical involvement in Bollywood films.  But their tunes have earned the ire of young women.  One of the student union heads said, "We are trying to propagate the ideas of feminism and equality, while these artists are using their art form to deme ...
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Listen To Emma Watson Sing In 'Beauty And The Beast'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
The first audio of Emma Watson singing as the character Belle in the upcoming live-action “Beauty and the Beast” has finally debuted ― although in a sort of strange way.  Instagram user, and apparent superfan of the upcoming movie, @beautyandthebeastmovienews found a Belle doll that features Watson’s singing voice. Then, just a few days later, “Beauty and the Beast” co-producer Jack Morrissey confirmed that the song ― titled “Something There” ― is from the movie by reposting an excited fan’s write-up of the toy’s audio.   Here’s the original Instagram post about the toy: New live-action singing Belle has been spotted in stores #beautyandthebeast #batb #beourguest #taleasoldastime #disney #emmawatson #danstevens #lukeevans #joshgad #ewanmcgregor #emmathompson #ianmckellen #stanleytucci #gugumbatharaw #kevinkline #hattiemorahan #billcondon #beautyandthebeast2017 .... Repost from @toycollector6202: Omg!!!!!! This is the first look of the live action Beauty and t ...
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Let Emma Watson's Year In Books Inspire Your 2017 Reading List
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When you consider the series that made her a household name, it’s not that shocking to note that Emma Watson is quite literary. This year, the British actress released her 2016 reading list on Goodreads for all of us to enjoy. Over the course of the past 366 days, the former “Harry Potter” star has read her way through at least 39 books, the genres of which range from fiction to nonfiction to memoir to criticism. If her short films or political advocacy didn’t already make her an icon, then her preferences for feminist literature surely will. Here’s a sampling of some of the books on Watson’s list: 1. My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem  2. Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics by bell hooks 3. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson 4. Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid 5. Sex and World Peace by Valerie M. Hudson, Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Mary Caprioli, & Chad F. Emmett 6. The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi 7. H ...
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12 new movie trailers you need to watch from this past week
Yahoo News - 2 months
Each week, we get to look at plenty of new movie trailers, but if there’s one trailer roundup that you absolutely need to watch it’s this one. We’ve got new Rogue One footage, as well as the first trailers for a bunch of movies you might be waiting for, including the new Spider-Man , Transformers 5 , and the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel. Not enough? How about a new trailer for Fifty Shades Darker ? Assassin’s Creed A new Assassin’s Creed trailer? Yes please: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vRsgleRlc0 A United Kingdom A United Kingdom tells the story of the unprecedented love between the black king of an African country and a white woman. Based on real-life events from the 1940s, the movie launches February 17th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKPDNKdpys8 Baywatch Stop what you’re doing, you need to see this. Baywatch is making a huge comeback next year. Before you ask, there’s no David in it. Instead, we’ve got Dwayne Johnson and Zac Effron on duty. The movie launches on May 19th. h ...
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Emma Watson Drinks Tom Hanks' Social Media Kool-Aid In 'The Circle' Trailer
Huffington Post - 3 months
There’s a new beast in Emma Watson’s life: social media.  The first trailer for “The Circle,” the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’ hit 2013 novel, was released exclusively by USA Today on Tuesday. Watson ― who also stars in the upcoming “Beauty and the Beast” ― plays Mae, a recent college graduate and new hire at a powerful internet company modeled after Facebook called The Circle, which might have a more nefarious mission than meets the eye.  The two-minute trailer begins with Mae’s interview and follows her ascent in the company before she puts down the Kool-Aid and starts to question everything around her.  Tom Hanks is also on hand to deliver his best faux-Zuckerberg as Bailey, the public face of the company and one of its original founders.  Watch the EXCLUSIVE first trailer for the adaptation of Dave Eggers' #TheCircle starring @EmmaWatson and @TomHanks: https://t.co/92cJBvDhKK pic.twitter.com/wv3jeIVYR0 — USA TODAY Life (@usatodaylife) December 6, 2016 ...
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The Importance of Engaging Men in the Dialogue on Gender Equality.
Huffington Post - 3 months
In the past 20 years, the international community has made great strides towards the long-term goal of reaching gender parity. To name just a few achievements, girls now enroll in primary school at almost the same rate as boys, and we are close to achieving universal ratification of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This is a result of great efforts to push the issue up the agenda at both a national and international level. Nevertheless, in spite of these gains, we still live in a world where women constitute two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults and 65% of its poorest people. This shows just how far we still need to go. Getting there takes champions - leaders who aren't afraid to challenge the status quo. While UN goodwill ambassador Emma Watson's HeForShe campaign and United States First Lady Michelle Obama's United States of Women Summit are inspirational examples of thought leadership in this space, the conversation ...
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Oscar Hunt: Fates in Filmmaking: Who Were the Wallflowers at the ‘La La Land’ Dance?
NYTimes - 3 months
The twists and turns that can affect a movie’s destiny were present in the early genesis of Damien Chazelle’s musical. Just ask Emma Watson and Miles Teller.
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Celebrity's book 'misunderstanding' becomes Twitter meme
Yahoo News - 3 months
LONDON — When it comes to social media, celebrities are always just a throwaway sentence away from becoming a meme. SEE ALSO: Daily Mail tweet about 'Britain's best looking couple' instantly becomes meme Following a recent decision in India to add the likes of Harry Potter and Tintin to the school syllabus, actress and UK Celebrity Big Brother winner Shilpa Shetty told The Times of India what she thought about the decision. It was all going well until she mentioned Animal Farm . Too good. According to Shilpa Shetty, Animal Farm teaches children to love animals! What a genius. Stolen from @joybhattacharj pic.twitter.com/sYhBbaB9pI — Brown Sahiba (@Rajyasree) November 28, 2016 For anyone who hasn't read George Orwell's book, there's not a whole lot of animal care involved; the story is actually a fairly grim allegory of events surrounding the Russian Revolution and Stalinist regime. It wasn't long before Shetty's comments had grabbed the attention of Twitter, and a hashtag — #ShilpaShett ...
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'Beauty and the Beast' trailer: See Emma Watson as Belle, living your childhood dreams
LATimes - 3 months
After weeks of eager anticipation, fans of the “tale as old as time” can finally feast their eyes on the first trailer for Disney’s live-action adaptation of “Beauty and the Beast.” Emma Watson and Dan Stevens fill the eponymous roles and both look the part (even if Stevens’ makeup resembles that...
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Hollywood, It's Time To Stand Up
Huffington Post - 3 months
One morning, over breakfast, my father said to me "If a man can't go his own way, he's nothing. The moment you give up what you stand for for fame or money, that's the moment you lose your soul." Yeah, it's heavy talk for a kid over Rice Crispies, but, my Dad was a pretty deep guy. And, he was a man who stood up, and spoke the truth. Sometimes, it made me cringe with nervousness. But, in the end, it was what made me most proud. And that was how that morning's particular chat started. I asked why more people like him didn't stand up and speak up. He told me the truth. Hollywood is full of pussies. It always has been. There have always been those that bowed out from doing the right thing, and hid behind whatever cloak they think made their cowardice palatable. And then, there were those few. The mavericks. The do-what-is-righters, no matter what the cost is on the other end of maintaining their integrity. The ones that stood up to be counted on the right side of history. The ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Emma Watson
  • 2016
    Age 25
    In February 2016, Watson announced she was taking a year-long break from acting.
    More Details Hide Details She planned to spend the time on her "personal development" and her women's rights work. In 2005, Watson began her modelling career with a photo shoot for Teen Vogue and was the youngest star to grace its cover. Three years later, the British press reported that Watson was to replace Keira Knightley as the face of the fashion house Chanel, but this was denied by both parties. In June 2009, following several months of rumours, Watson confirmed that she would be partnering with Burberry as the face of their Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign, for which she received an estimated six-figure fee. She also appeared in Burberry's 2010 Spring/Summer campaign alongside her brother Alex, musicians George Craig and Matt Gilmour, and model Max Hurd. In February 2011, Watson was awarded the Style Icon award from British Elle by Dame Vivienne Westwood. Watson continued her involvement in fashion advertising when she announced she had been chosen as the face of Lancôme in March 2011.
    In January 2016, Emma Watson started a feminist Goodreads book club: Our Shared Shelf.
    More Details Hide Details The goal of the club is to share feminist ideas and encourage discussion on the topic. One book is selected per month and is discussed in the last week of that month. The first book to be selected was My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem, who Emma Watson would later interview on 24 February at the How to:Academy in London.
  • 2015
    Age 24
    Watson took the top spot on the AskMen "Top 99 Outstanding Women 2015" list on the strength of having "thrown her back" into women's rights issues.
    More Details Hide Details The day after she turned 25, Watson placed number 26 on the TIME 100 list of the world's most influential people; her first-ever appearance on the list. For its recap, former New York Times editor Jill Abramson noted Watson's "gutsy, smart take on feminism" and called the effort to get men involved "refreshing".
    Watson also gave a speech about gender equality in January 2015, at the World Economic Forum's annual winter meeting.
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  • 2014
    Age 23
    Watson joined Judi Dench, Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Mark Ruffalo as recipients of the 2014 Britannia Awards, presented on 30 October in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details Watson won for British Artist of the Year and dedicated her award to Millie, her pet hamster who died as Watson filmed Philosopher's Stone. 2015 releases in which Emma stars include Colonia, a thriller co-starring Daniel Brühl and Michael Nyqvist. Watson will play Belle in a 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast opposite Dan Stevens as the Beast. She will sing in a film for the first time, which she called "terrifying in and of itself". She also starred in Regression, a thriller released in August 2015, alongside Ethan Hawke and her Harry Potter colleague David Thewlis. and has signed up to star opposite Tom Hanks in the film adaptation of The Circle.
    Also in September, Watson made her first country visit as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she gave a speech highlighting the need for women's political participation. In December, the Ms. Foundation for Women named Watson its Feminist Celebrity of 2014 following an online poll.
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    Watson has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so. In July 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.
    More Details Hide Details In September that year, an admittedly nervous Watson delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York City to launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. In that speech she said she began questioning gender-based assumptions at age eight when she was called "bossy" (a trait she has attributed to her being a "perfectionist") whilst boys were not, and at 14 when she was "sexualised by certain elements of the media". Watson's speech also called feminism "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities" and declared that the perception of "man-hating" is something that "has to stop". Watson later said she received threats within 12 hours of making the speech, which left her "raging.... If they were trying to put me off doing this work, it did the opposite". In 2015, Malala Yousafzai told Watson she decided to call herself a feminist after hearing Watson's speech.
    Watson told Ellen DeGeneres just before graduation that it took five years to finish instead of four because, due to her acting work, she "ended up taking two full semesters off". On 25 May 2014, she graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, she became certified to teach yoga and meditation. As part of this certification, she attended a week-long meditation course at a Canadian facility, in which residents are not allowed to speak, in order "to figure out how to be at home with myself". She told Elle Australia that an uncertain future meant finding "a way to always feel safe and at home within myself. Because I can never rely on a physical place." While working on the film Noah, Watson was questioned about her faith, and she described herself as a spiritual Universalist.
    Watson was awarded Best British Style at the 2014 British Fashion Awards.
    More Details Hide Details The competition included David Beckham, Amal Clooney, Kate Moss and Keira Knightley. After leaving school, Watson took a gap year to film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows beginning in February 2009, but said she intended to continue her studies and later confirmed that she had chosen Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. In March 2011, after 18 months at the university, Watson announced that she was deferring her course for "a semester or two", though she attended Worcester College, Oxford during the 2011–12 academic year as a "visiting student".
  • 2013
    Age 22
    That same month she was one of two British actors to land atop a readers' poll of the sexiest movie stars of 2013, beating Scarlett Johansson and Jennifer Lawrence for the actresses' title in an online poll of more than 50,000 film fans.
    More Details Hide Details Benedict Cumberbatch took the men's vote.
    In October 2013, Watson was chosen as the Woman of the Year by British GQ.
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    It was reported in September 2013 that Watson would star in While We're Young, the film adaptation of Adena Halpern's 2010 novel 29, which focuses on a young-at-heart grandmother who would rather spend time with her granddaughter (Watson) than her daughter.
    More Details Hide Details The film was directed by Stephen Chbosky, with whom Watson had collaborated on The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Watson also has been cast opposite Ethan Hawke in thriller Regression. Alejandro Amenábar wrote and directed the film, which was released in 2015.
    As of June 2013, Watson is set to work with Harry Potter producer David Heyman for her next film Queen of the Tearling, based on a yet-to-be-released book trilogy.
    More Details Hide Details She will lead the film as heroine Kelsea Glynn as well as being an executive producer. Warner Bros. will distribute the film.
    However, by September 2013, it was confirmed that Watson was once again involved in the production in the role of Forrest and that filming would begin in November that year with a new director, Francesca Gregorini.
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    In a May 2013 interview, it appeared that Watson was no longer attached as the film's star.
    More Details Hide Details Stanley Tucci stated that the role would instead be played by Emily Blunt.
  • 2012
    Age 21
    Watson was attached in 2012 to the role of Emma Forrest in a film adaptation of her memoir Your Voice in My Head.
    More Details Hide Details At the time, Harry Potter director David Yates was attached.
    In June 2012, Watson was confirmed for the role of Ila in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which began filming the following month, and was released in March 2014.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2013, it was reported that Watson was in negotiations to star as the title character in a live-action Disney adaptation of Cinderella. Kenneth Branagh was attached to direct the adaptation, while Cate Blanchett had reportedly agreed to play the evil stepmother. Watson was offered the role, but turned it down.
  • 2011
    Age 20
    From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on film projects and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford and graduating from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014.
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  • 2010
    Age 19
    In May 2010, Watson was reported to be in talks to star in a film adaptation of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
    More Details Hide Details Filming began in summer 2011, and the film was released in September 2012. In The Bling Ring (2013), Watson stars as Nicki. The film is based on the real-life Bling Ring robberies, with Watson playing a fictionalised version of Alexis Neiers, a television personality who was one of seven teenagers involved in the robberies. While the film mostly received mixed reviews, critics gave almost unanimous praise for Watson's portrayal of Nicki in the film. Watson also had a supporting role in the apocalyptic comedy This Is the End (2013), in which she, Seth Rogen, James Franco and many others played "exaggerated versions of themselves" and Watson memorably dropped the "f-bomb". She said she could not pass up the opportunity to make her first comedy and "work with some of the best comedians... in the world right now".
    She also appeared in a music video for One Night Only, after meeting lead singer George Craig at the 2010 Winter/Summer Burberry advertising campaign.
    More Details Hide Details The video, "Say You Don't Want It", was screened on Channel 4 on 26 June 2010 and released on 16 August. In her first post-Harry Potter film, Watson appeared in 2011's My Week with Marilyn as Lucy, a wardrobe assistant who is flirted with by the main character, Colin Clark, and has a few dates with him.
  • 2009
    Age 18
    Watson's filming for the final instalment, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, began on 18 February 2009 and ended on 12 June 2010.
    More Details Hide Details For financial and scripting reasons, the original book was divided into two films which were shot consecutively. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was released in November 2010 while the second film was released in July 2011.
  • 2008
    Age 17
    In December 2008, Watson stated she wanted to go to university after she completed the Potter series.
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  • 2007
    Age 16
    Principal photography for the sixth Harry Potter film began in late 2007, with Watson's part being filmed from 18 December to 17 May 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince premiered on 15 July 2009, having been delayed from November 2008. 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". The Washington Post felt Watson to have given "her most charming performance to date", while The Daily Telegraph described the lead actors as "newly liberated and energised, eager to give all they have to what's left of the series".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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." Ballet Shoes was broadcast in the UK on Boxing Day 2007 to an audience of 5.7 million viewers, to mixed reviews. 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, with Harry Potter co-star Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) also starring in the film. The Tale of Despereaux was released in December 2008 and grossed $87 million worldwide.
    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 role of Hermione go", signing for the role on 23 March 2007.
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    Radcliffe eventually signed for the final films on 2 March 2007, but Watson was considerably more hesitant.
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    By July 2007, Watson's work in the Harry Potter series was said to have earned her more than £10 million, and she acknowledged she would never have to work for money again.
    More Details Hide Details In March 2009, she was ranked 6th on the Forbes list of "Most Valuable Young Stars", and in February 2010, she was named as Hollywood's highest paid female star, having earned an estimated £19 million in 2009. 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.
    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 Theatre in Hollywood on 9 July 2007.
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  • 2006
    Age 15
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Watson won the inaugural National Movie Award for Best Female Performance.
    In June 2006, she took GCSE school examinations in ten subjects, achieving eight A* and two A grades.
    More Details Hide Details 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 best-selling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, 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.
  • 2003
    Age 12
    After moving to Oxford with her mother and brother, she attended the Dragon School in Oxford, remaining there until 2003.
    More Details Hide Details From the age of six, she wanted to become an actress, and trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing, and acting. By the age of ten, Watson had performed in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince, but she had never acted professionally before the Harry Potter series. Following the Dragon School, Watson moved on to Headington School. While on film sets, she and her peers were tutored for up to five hours a day.
  • 2001
    Age 10
    The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in 2001 was Watson's debut screen performance.
    More Details Hide Details The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. Critics praised the performances of the three leads, often singling out Watson for particular acclaim; The Daily Telegraph called her performance "admirable", and IGN said she "stole the show". Watson was nominated for five awards for her performance in Philosopher's Stone, winning the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress. A year later, Watson again starred as Hermione in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second instalment of the series. Reviewers praised the lead actors' performances. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films, while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for "under-employing" Watson's hugely popular character. Watson received an Otto Award from the German magazine Bravo for her performance. 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". 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." Although Prisoner of Azkaban proved to be the lowest-grossing Harry Potter film of the entire series, Watson's personal performance won her two Otto Awards and the Child Performance of the Year award from Total Film.
    She rose to prominence after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 2011, previously having acted only in school plays.
    More Details Hide Details The franchise earned Watson worldwide fame, critical accolades, and more than £10 million. She continued to work outside of the Harry Potter films, first lending her voice to The Tale of Despereaux and appearing in the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes. Since then, she has taken on starring roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring, made a brief appearance as an "exaggerated" version of herself in This Is the End, and portrayed the title character's adopted daughter in Noah.
  • 1990
    Born on April 15, 1990.
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