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.
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'
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
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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
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
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
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 posed nude for the March edition of Vanity Fair.
Beauty & the Beast actress Emma Watson has received a sharp backlash from her critics after she posed topless in a recent photoshoot for Vanity Fair, with many commenters accusing her of being a hypocrite.
The 26 year old star, who has used her fame as a platform to speak about feminist issues for a number of years now and is a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, posed nude for a new feature in Vanity Fair’s March edition. In the last few days, she has been called out and slammed by her critics for hypocrisy in such a stance.
Emma Watson posed nude for Vanity Fair's March edition
Continue reading: Emma Watson Sparks Backlash Following Nude Vanity Fair Photoshoot
Both actors were originally set for the musical, but ended up being replaced by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.
La La Land is currently dominating awards season with stars Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling each picking up a Golden Globe award and an Oscar nomination for their lead roles. But while it’s hard to imagine anyone else playing Mia and Sebastian, originally it was meant to be Emma Watson and Miles Teller singing and dancing their way around Hollywood.
Now a report by Page Six has claimed that both Watson and Teller lost out on the roles for being ‘too demanding’ and the film’s award season success has left both stars at war with their agents.
Emma Watson was nearly cast as Mia in La La Land
Continue reading: Why Did Emma Watson And Miles Teller Lose Out On 'La La Land' Roles?
Watson was originally offered the lead role in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 remake.
Emma Watson has revealed she turned down the role of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 live-action remake of the classic Disney animation.
Now Watson is starring in a different live-action Disney remake, Beauty and the Beast, opposite Dan Stevens. Speaking to Total Film, the actress explained why she was excited to play this Disney Princess and not Cinderella.
Emma Watson as Belle in Beauty and the Beast
Continue reading: Emma Watson Reveals She Turned Down Cinderella Before Taking Belle Role
Date of birth
15th April, 1990
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