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Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (b. 15 April 1990 in Paris, France)[2] is a French-born British actress and model who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.


Watson knew she wanted to act from the age of six.[2] Prior to being cast in the Harry Potter film series, Watson had only acted in school plays. At school, she took the lead role in several plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. Along with plays, Watson participated in many other school productions, including the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition, in which she won first place for her year at age seven.

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Emma Watson as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

At the age of eleven, Watson made her professional acting debut in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone playing the vulnerable know-it-all Hermione Granger. The film released in November 2001. On 15 November 2002, she starred in the Potter sequel, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In Spring of 2004 she again played the brainy Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. On 18 November 2005 she reprised her role a fourth time in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In July 2007, she returned to the Potter franchise a fifth time in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, reprising her role as Hermione Granger.

Following the release of Order of the Phoenix, Watson made her first major forays beyond the Potter franchise, playing Pauline Fossil in the television film Ballet Shoes, which aired 26 December 2007. Watson voiced Princess Pea in the animated film The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo. The Tale of Despereaux hit theatres 19 December 2008. She was originally not going to return to the role of Hermione for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince to finish her schooling, but soon after fulfilled her role. The film was released on 7 July 2009 after originally being scheduled for a Christmas 2008 release. She then went on to perform the character for the final two Harry Potter films, filmed in 2009-2010 and released on 19 November 2010 and 15 July 2011 respectively.

In 2007, Watson was ranked 22nd in Portrait Magazine's 'Top 30 Under 30 2007'. She was the only one from her cast mates.

In 2008, Watson was nominated and awarded fourth place in Portrait Magazine's Top 30 Under 30 2008 list making this her 2nd time.[3] Her Harry Potter co-star Bonnie Wright, who plays Ginny Weasley in the films, was also nominated and awarded fifth place[4]. She and Wright were the only ones of the cast of Harry Potter to be nominated in the Top 30 Under 30 2008 list by Portrait Magazine.

Watson's post-Potter acting career has been the subject of conflicting media reports, with some saying she plans to quit acting to concentrate on university, and others stating she plans to continue acting.[1] In July 2009 it was announced that she will be attending Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island[2] Her subsequent enrollment in classes in September 2009 was met with considerable paparazzi interest.

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

In June 2009, Watson became the new face of Burberry. As of Autumn 2010, Watson is no longer the face of Burberry, but is still with the company.

On September 17, 2009, Watson announced on her official website and as reported in the Guardian that she will be collaborating on a fashion line with People Tree, the sustainable and fair trade fashion brand. Watson served as a creative advisor on the spring/summer line which was launched in February 2010. Watson did three lines for People Tree.[5][6]

In December 2009, Watson was nominated and voted in eighth place in Portrait Magazine, Top 30 Under 30 2009 List.[7] Watson's fellow Harry Potter's co-stars was also nominated Bonnie Wright who plays Ginny Weasley was second place, Evanna Lynch who play Luna Lovegood was third place, Rupert Grint who plays Ron Weasley was fifth place, Tom Felton who plays Draco Malfoy was fourteenth place, and Daniel Radcliffe who plays Harry Potter was eighteenth place in Portrait Magazine, Top 30 Under 30 2009 List.

In March 2010, Watson performed in Anton Chekov's Three Sisters, playing the youngest sister, Irina.[8] The play was a student-directed play at Brown University, where she was a freshman at the time.[9]

In June 2010, Watson was featured in the music video of the song 'Say You Don't Want It' by One Night Only.


Emma modelling clothing from her second line with People Tree

In July 2010, it was confirmed that Watson has a official twitter account.[10] In August 2010 Watson confirmed that she had got a hair cut, photos were also released.

In February 2011, Watson became the face of Lancôme. She is still the face of Lancôme today.

In March 2011, Watson's five piece organic clothing line with Alberta Ferretti debuted.

On 4 November 2011, Watson appeared as Lucy in My Week with Marilyn alongside her Harry Potter co-stars Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart), Toby Jones (Dobby), Zoë Wanamaker (Rolanda Hooch), and Geraldine Somerville (Lily Potter I).

On 21 September 2012, Watson starred in the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower. The film is based off the novel by Stephen Chbosky. Watson played an American high-schooler named Sam. The film was directed by the author of the novel itself, Stephen Chbosky.

In June 2013, The Bling Ring hit theatres. It was based on actual events where a group of fame-obsessed teenagers use the internet to track celebrities' whereabouts so they can rob their homes. Watson played a bratty American teenager named Nicki. The Bling Ring was directed by Sofia Coppola. On 12 June she starred as herself in the apocalyptic comedy horror film, This Is the End. This Is the End was directed by Seth Rogen.

Watson also co-starred with Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly in Noah, about the Biblical prophet, which was released on 28 March 2014. Watson played Ila, the adoptive daughter of Russel Crowe's character. Noah was directed by Darren Aronofsky.

On 13 March 2015, Watson starred in a special episode of the sitcom The Vicar of Dibley, in the role of Reverend Iris, for the charity organisation Comic Relief's annual telethon Red Nose Day. On 9 October 2015, Watson co-starred with Ethan Hawke in the Psychological thriller film, Regression, in the role of Angela, a girl who gets tangled up in a satanic cult. Regression was directed by Alejandro Amenábar. In 2016, Watson starred in the film Colonia. She played Lena, a stewardess, who gets caught up in the 1973 Chilean military coup, alongside her boyfriend, played by Daniel Brühl. Colonia was directed by Florian Gallenberger. The film had an limited international release in the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

In January 2015, it was announced that Watson had been cast in the role of Belle in The Walt Disney Company's planned live-action adaptation of 'the tale as old as time,' Beauty and the Beast. The film was released on 17 March 2017.[11][12] In the film, Watson plays alongside Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney), who both voices and plays the role of Mrs Potts. Beauty and the Beast was directed by Bill Condon. Watson co-starred with Tom Hanks and Karen Gillan in the techno-thriller film, The Circle, in the role of Mae Holland. The film is based off the novel by Dave Eggers, and directed by James Ponsoldt.

On 25 December 2019, Watson co-starred with Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in the coming-of-age period drama, Little Women, playing the role of Meg March. The film was directed by Greta Gerwig.

Personal life

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on 15 April 1990 at 6:00 P.M. in Le Marais,[13] Paris, France. Her parents are Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, and both are lawyers.[14][15] They lived in Maisons-Laffitte, Paris until they divorced.[13]

When Watson was five years old, her parents divorced and she moved to Oxfordshire, England with her mother and younger brother. Both of Watson's parents have remarried, and she has three half-siblings and two step-siblings.[2]

Watson attended the Dragon School, an independent preparatory school, until June 2003. She then transferred to Headington School, an independent girls' school.

Watson was diagnosed with hyperactive-impulsive type ADHD at the age of 5 and has been taking medication for the condition ever since.[16] [17]

An avid sports player, Watson enjoys playing hockey, tennis and rounders. She is also said to be a gifted singer.[2]


  • Music: Seasick Steve, Mumford & Sons, Rihanna, Lady GaGa,[18] Joni Mitchell, Pixie Lott, Lily Allen, The Noisettes, Merril Brainbridge, Michael Jackson, Hot Chip, Van Morrison, Counting Crows, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The Pretenders, Jet, Laura Marling, Citizen Cope, Arkane Daze[19]
  • Fashon Companies and Designers: Burberry, Erdem, People Tree, Ray-Ban, Alex and Ani,Chanel, Stella McCartney, Smythson, Mulberry,[19] Isabel Marant, APC, Agnès B, Chloé,[20] Valentino, Céline, Calvin Klein Collection, Zadig & Voltaire, Maje, Sandro, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Acne, J Brand, Charlotte Olympia, A.L.C., A.P.C., Alberta Ferretti[21]
  • Books: I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith, The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Le Petit Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger,[19] The BFG by Roald Dahl and Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling.[22]
  • Artists: Gustav Klimt, Francis Bacon, Leonardo da Vinci, Lucian Freud, Frida Kahlo, Egon Schiele,[19] Tracey Emin,[21] Jenny Saville[23]
  • Actresses: Julia Roberts, Kate Winslet, Penélope Cruz,[20] Natalie Portman[23]
  • Films: Amélie, Giant, Notting Hill,[21] Pretty Woman[20]
  • Sports: Swimming, Hockey, Tennis, Dance[20]
  • Colour: White or Cream[21]
  • Scent: Lancôme’s Trésor Midnight Rose (which she helped create)[21]
  • Hotel: The Berkeley (in London)[21]
  • Architect: Antoni Gaudí[21]
  • Luggage: Trunks[21]
  • Destination: Kenya, Africa[21]
  • Personal Discovery: The blueberry-ricotta pancakes at Little Dom’s (in L.A., California, USA)[21]

Behind the scenes

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Watson with co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in promotional shot for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

  • Watson shares a birthday (April 15) and her own name with Harry Potter co-star Emma Thompson (who portrays Sybill Trelawney - her much-disliked Divination Professor).
  • Watson was asked in an interview promoting Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone how she would feel kissing her co-stars Rupert or Dan. She jokingly replied 'no chance, not written in my contract'. Ironically, she eventually kissed both of them.[24][25]
  • Watson was diagnosed with combined/hyperactive type ADHD as a young child. While Watson hasn’t spoken openly about the condition, the ADHD Foundation said in a statement that she had been diagnosed and medicated since childhood while filming Harry Potter.[26][27]
  • Watson was not the first choice to play Hermione Granger. Another British actress, Hatty Jones, also auditioned for the role alongside her. Both she and Watson were the last two girls in the audition. Although the casting agents saw potential in Hatty Jones herself, they deemed her too old or outgrown for the role, causing Watson to win instead.
    • Unlike Watson, Jones had prior acting experience by playing the titular character of the 1998 live-action adaptation of the children's book series Madeline. The film served as her acting debut and made her rise to stardom.
  • Watson broke her wrist while filming Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
  • Watson also used to have a pet hamster named Millie who Watson enjoyed taking to the Harry Potter set often, she recalled that Millie would squirm around in her lap while getting her make up done. Shortly after production began for Chamber of Secrets, Millie, sadly passed away. Watson was left devastated and word of Millie's passing quickly ran through the studio. Then the set department made a special hamster-sized coffin for Millie and Watson said 'I don't think a hamster has ever had a better send-off'.
  • On the United States show 'David Letterman's Late Show', Watson revealed that she would be going to college in the United States and that she will work on Liberal Arts degree focusing on Humanities.
  • On 'David Letterman's Late Show', Watson revealed that for secondary school, she went to Headington girls school in Oxford. She also revealed that her grades were mainly in the A category.
  • On 'David Letterman's Late Show', Watson also revealed that she passed her automatic driving test in 2008 and she is driving a Toyota Prius.
  • Controversy arose shortly before the release of the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix film when it was discovered that Watson's breast size had been digitally enhanced on a poster advertising the film's IMAX release. This image gave Melissa Anelli, webmistress of fansite The Leaky Cauldron, 'the full heebie jeebies,' since Watson was playing a fifteen-year-old,[28] and was herself under eighteen.
  • At the age of thirteen, Watson was placed tenth in 'The Hottest Female Stars', in February 2004.[2]
  • She became the youngest person ever to appear on the front cover of Teen Vogue magazine, at the age of fifteen.
  • She achieved eight A*and two A passes in her GCSEs (English exams pupils sit in their last compulsory year of education). She jokingly compared this to her portrayal of Hermione Granger, a self-conscious know-it-all.
  • Watson passed her driving test on her first attempt on 28 January 2008.[citation needed]
  • Watson is the youngest of the Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger actors. In the books, however, Hermione is the oldest of the three; her birthday is in September while Ron and Harry's are the following year in March and July, respectively.
  • Watson owns two cats, by the names of Domino and Bubbles.[citation needed]
  • She doesn't drink tea or coffee. She says she doesn't like the taste.[citation needed]
  • Watson is a huge fan of Nutella.[citation needed]
  • Watson never dated George Craig, the lead singer of the band One Night Only, contrary to rumours. She starred in one of their videos, Say You Don't Want It. He also was a model for Burberry alongside Watson and her brother Alex.[29]
  • Like Hermione, Watson was born to two parents of the same occupation; Hermione's are both dentists, and Watson's are both lawyers.
  • In an interview, Watson said that she hates it so much when people call her 'Emily' instead of 'Emma' and is frequently confused with Oscar-nominated British actress Emily Watson.
  • Rumours claimed that Watson nearly did not return for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 filming, but ultimately decided to because she 'couldn't bear seeing anyone else playing Hermione'. However, she has on her official website denied this and explained that she was only trying to make it clear to Warner Bros. that she needed them to cooperate with her education for filming. She later attended Brown University in Rhode Island.
  • Even though Hermione doesn't have freckles in the books, Watson has freckles around her nose which are usually hidden by makeup in the films.
  • At least one actor from the Harry Potter films has appeared alongside Watson in almost every non-Harry Potter film she has appeared in. In The Tale of Despereaux, Robbie Coltrane (Rubeus Hagrid) voices Gregory and Ciarán Hinds (Aberforth Dumbledore) voices Botticelli, in Ballet Shoes, Richard Griffiths (Vernon Dursley) plays Great Uncle Matthew, in My Week With Marilyn, Kenneth Branagh (Gilderoy Lockhart) plays Sir Laurence Olivier, Zoe Wanamaker (Rolanda Hooch) plays Paula Strasberg, Toby Jones (Dobby) plays Arthur Jacobs, Geraldine Somerville (Lily Evans) plays Lady Jane Clark, in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Ezra Miller (Aurelius Dumbledore) plays Patrick, and in Beauty and the Beast, Emma Thompson (Sybill Trelawney) plays Mrs Potts.
  • Watson has a younger brother, Alex who accompanied her to many premieres. He is also one of the models of Burberry.
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Emma Watson in 2011

  • In an interview, Watson admitted that she had a crush on Harry Potter co-star Tom Felton saying: 'I have to confess, I had a bit of a crush on Tom Felton in the earlier films, but never on Daniel or Rupert, they are just good friends.' Rupert, on the other hand, admitted that both he and Dan had a crush on Watson saying: 'Emma's a pretty girl. Have Daniel or I ever hit on Emma? Well, she's quite popular with the cast. As for who has the worst crush on her - me or Radcliffe - I'd rather not say.'[30]
  • Though Watson's natural hair colour is brown, she dyed her hair blonde for Ballet Shoes and to avoid being typecast as 'the girl from Harry Potter'.
  • Whilst Watson's character does not like Professor Trelawney, Watson is a great fan of Emma Thompson.
  • In Robert Galbraith's novel The Silkworm, Watson is briefly mentioned as being on the cover of the December 2010 edition of Vogue, which the real Watson had also been.[31]
  • Watson's favourite line of which she said in the Harry Potter films was "I'm going to bed, before either of you come up with another clever idea to get us killed, or worse, expelled." She admitted she liked saying this line because it seemed like the wittiest thing to say at the young age of eleven or twelve.
  • At the age of just 10, Watson said that she would keep the money she earnt in a bank until she was 21.
  • Watson was nicknamed 'giggles' on the set of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, for laughing so much.[32]
  • Watson performed the background vocals in the second chorus of the song Pantomime by Ben Hammersley, alongside Ólafur Arnalds.[33]
  • Watson penned the foreword to Tom Felton's memoir, Beyond the Wand: The Magic and Mayhem of Growing Up a Wizard.[34]

Awards and accolades

  • Saturn Awards
    • Best Performance by a Younger Actor (Philosopher's Stone) - Nominated
    • Best Supporting Actress (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Nominated
  • Young Artist Awards - Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress (Philosopher's Stone) - Won
  • Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards
    • Best Youth Performance (Philosopher's Stone) - Nominated
    • Best Acting Ensemble (Chamber of Secrets) - Shared with Kenneth Branagh, John Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Richard Griffiths, Rupert Grint, Richard Harris, Jason Isaacs, Daniel Radcliffe, Alan Rickman, Fiona Shaw, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters - Won
    • Best Supporting Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Nominated
  • Kids Awards 2002 -Favourite Movie (Philosopher's Stone) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint - Won
  • Disney Channel Kids Awards 2003 - Best Movie (Chamber of Secrets) Shared with Tom Felton - Won
  • Critic's Choice Awards
    • Best Young Actress (Prisoner of Azkaban) - Nominated
    • Best Young Actress (Goblet of Fire) - Nominated
  • Blimp Awards - Favourite Movie Star (Goblet of Fire) - Nominated
  • MTV Movie Awards
    • Best On-Screen Team (Goblet of Fire) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint - Nominated
    • Best Female Performance (Half-Blood Prince) - Nominated
    • Best Kiss (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Shared with Daniel Radcilffe - Nominated
    • Best Female Performance (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Nominated
    • Best Fight (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rod Hunt, Rupert Grint, Arben Bajraktaraj - Nominated
    • Best Female Performance (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Nominated
    • Best Kiss (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Shared with Rupert Grint - Nominated
    • Best Cast (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Tom Felton - Won
    • TrailBlazer award (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Won
  • National Movie Awards - Female Performance (Order of the Phoenix) - Won
  • Empire Awards
    • Best Actress (Order of the Phoenix) - Nominated
    • Best Actress (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Nominated
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Emma Watson receiving award at the National Movie Awards

  • Portrait Magazine, Top 30 Under 30
    • 2008 List - Nominated and Awarded Fourth Place
    • 2009 List - Nominated and Voted in Eighth Place
  • People's Choice Awards
    • Favourite On-Screen Team (Half-Blood Prince) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint - Nominated
    • Favourite Movie Star Under 25 - Nominated (2011)
    • Favourite Movie Star Under 25 - Nominated (2012)
    • Favourite Drama Movie Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Won
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • Choice Movie Actress: Fantasy (Half-Blood Prince) - Nominated
    • Choice Movie Actress: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Won
    • Choice Movie Liplock (Deathly Hallows Part 1) - Shared with Daniel Radcliffe - Won
    • Choice Summer Movie Star: Female (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Won
  • Capri Ensemble Cast Award (My Week with Marilyn) - Shared with Dominic Cooper, Eddie Redmayne, Judi Dench, Julia Ormond, Zoë Wanamaker, Dougray Scott, Kenneth Branagh, Michelle Williams - Won
  • Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards 2012 - Favourite Female Actress (Deathly Hallows Part 2) - Nominated
  • Boston Society of Film Critics Award - Best Supporting Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Nominated
  • San Diego Film Critics Society Award
    • Best Ensemble Performance (Perks of Being a Walflower) - Won
    • Best Supporting Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Won
  • St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association - Best Supporting Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Nominated
  • Nickelodeon UK Kids' Choice Awards - Favourite UK Actress (Perks of Being a Wallflower) - Won


Notes and references

  1. Emma Watson's Age, Height, Weight, Biography, Relationships & More - Celeb health magazine
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 IMDb biography page
  3. http://www.portraitmagazine.net/archives/top302008.html
  4. Emma Watson & Bonnie Wright on Top 30 Under 30 list
  5. Emma Watson Launches Ethical Fashion Line and will hit stores starting February 2010
  6. Emma Watson Launches Ethical Fashion Line Due out in February 2010
  7. http://www.portraitmagazine.net/archives/top302009.html
  8. Emma Watson - Press Interview About HP7 (#2)
  9. http://watsonuncensored.blogspot.com/2010/03/emma-watson-in-three-sisters-play.html
  10. http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/emma-watsons-real-twitter-account-confirmed-official-site-74549/
  11. Beauty and the Beast (2016) on IMDb
  12. WP favicon Beauty and the Beast (2017 film) on Wikipedia
  13. 13.0 13.1 Emma in Madame Figaro
  14. WP favicon Emma Watson on Wikipedia
  15. Official Website Biography
  16. https://www.nickiswift.com/475157/the-untold-truth-of-emma-watson/
  17. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/aug/15/ritalin-prescriptions-double-decade-adhd-mental-health
  18. http://emma-watson.net/images/scans/Buzz-20Nov2010-2.jpg
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Official Website Favourites
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 Hello interview 2011
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 21.5 21.6 21.7 21.8 21.9 Bazaar Sept. 2011 Interview
  22. Time Magazine
  23. 23.0 23.1 Emma in 8 days - Elle interviews
  24. Press Junket PS - Countingdown.com
  25. Emma Watson Talks Kissing Scenes on the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" Panel
  26. ADHD Foundation
  27. Famous People with ADHD
  28. Harry Potter and the mystery of Hermione's curves
  29. Emma Watson's interview photoshoot
  30. "https://www.thehothits.com/news/16718/emma-watson-admits-she-had--crush-on-co-star-tom-felton"
  31. https://www.vogue.co.uk/magazine/archive/issue/2010/December
  32. 'Behind the scenes of Lovegood House' on YouTube
  33. Ben Hammersley - Pantomime (feat. Emma Watson & Ólafur Arnalds) with Lyrics
  34. https://www.insider.com/harry-potter-emma-watson-tom-felton-soulmates-memoir-2022-10

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