EMMA WATSON BIOGRAPHY
A star was born
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born to Jacqueline and Chris at 6.00pm on 15th April, 1990 in Paris, France. Jacqueline and Chris both work as lawyers. When Emma was five her parents separeted, following their divorce she moved back to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire while spending weekends at her father's house in London.
In September 1995, Emma attended Lynams School, the nursery school of the prestigious Dragon School in Oxford where she discovered interest in Performing Arts. Emma first demonstrated her talent for acting at Lynams School when, at the age of seven, she won the Daisy Pratt poetry competition for her recital of The Sea by James Reeves.
In September 1998 at the age of eight, Emma moved to the main Dragon School where she spent five very happy years between films. In 1999, at the age of nine, Emma was given the opportunity to audition for a role in the upcoming Harry Potter film. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theater teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Emma and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for roles of the school-friends Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. The rest, as they say, is history.
The Harry Potter years
In 2000 when she was ten, Emma began filming for the first time with 11 year old Daniel Radcliffe and 12 year old Rupert Grint. She was extremely nervous! But, she had no reason to fear as, on its opening day, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone broke records all over the world and Emma won great critical acclaim for her performance as Hermione Granger.
Ten years and six films later, Emma continued to play the role she had made her own. During this time Emma's global popularity had won her many awards such as the AOL Moviegoer's Award for Best Actress (won on two occasions and runner-up on another) and countless magazine covers. She was the youngest actress to grace both the covers of Teen Vogue (2005) and the UK's Tatler magazine (2007) and had since appeared on covers and in magazines such as V, Italian Vogue and Elle.
Not only a witch
In 2007 Emma accepted her first role outside of the Harry Potter saga playing Pauline Fossil in the BBC's drama Ballet Shoes.
The drama was incredibly well received and was viewed by a staggering 5.2 million people. The following year, Emma voiced her first animated character (playing opposite Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver and Matthew Broderick) with the role of Princess Pea in Universal Pictures' The Tale of Despereaux.
Her education remained a passion equally close to Emma's heart and she continued to excel in all aspects of school life particularly exams! Aged 13 years old she joined Headington School in Oxfordshire and went on to achieve eight A* and two A Grades in her GCSE Examinations at the age of 16. In 2009 Emma achieved three A levels in English Lit, Art and Geography, and an AS level in History of Art.
She started studies for a Liberal Arts degree in Ivy League Brown University in the United States after a gap year. She described her first year as 'the most fantastic experience'. Emma had fully immersed herself in all aspects of university life and in March of the same year she appeared in the role of Irina in the University production of Chekhov's Three Sisters.
An eye for fashion
Emma was also widely respected for her knowledge and interest in fashion, and for the support she had given the British Fashion Industry. She had twice been chosen by Christopher Bailey to feature as the face of Burberry in their Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009 and Spring/Summer campaign in 2010. As well as appearing on the cover of numerous magazines she had been photographed by the world's top fashion photographers including Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier.
Emma had also worked closely with organic and fair trade pioneer People Tree, helping founder Safia Minney develop a teenage range for Spring/Summer 2010. As well as promoting fair trade and organic fashion, Emma had been heavily involved in the design and look of the company's Spring/Summer range 2010 called Love from Emma and was credited as Creative Adviser. Her relationship with People Tree continued as she collaborated with the company on their Spring/Summer collection for 2011.
In summer Emma took part in music video Say You Don't Want It by One Night Only.
A cut with the past
After the last two Harry Potter movies were released in 2010 and 2011, Emma decided to cut her hair into a pixie cut. Watson defined it "the most liberating thing ever". She left Hermione behind to jump into womanhood.
The picture of Emma
Emma kept working in fashion industry and in March 2011 she became Lancôme's new ambassador promoting Trésor Midnight perfume and "In Love" makeup line. As an art lover she also collaborated with Mark Demsteader who produced a collection of 34 painting called "Emma" for her 21st birthday. Watson was hesitant at first to appear in an entire exhibition of pictures of her but when the artist told her that she could have done it for a charity of her choice she really couldn't pass up the chance! A part of revenues were given to CAMFED International, an organization, supported by the actress, dedicated to eradicating poverty in Africa throw the education of girls.
The Perks of Being a Watson
Despite all her university and extracurricular activities Emma added two more films to her filmography. She appeared in 2011's My Week With Marilyn and starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012 for which she helped securing funding and a production studio. In other words a real Aries: dynamic, determined, resourceful, enterprising and brave.
For her third university year Emma decided to attend Worcester College, Oxford as a "visiting student" and dedicate herself to English literature.
2012 and 2013 were the most stormy years for Watson. She was fully immersed in filming for the whole time. The most important project for her was the biblical epic adaptation Noah by Darren Aronofsky, film that could boast the presences of Russel Crowe, Anthony Hopkins and Jennifer Connelly. She had a crazy little part in apocalyptic comedy "This Is the End" too; in which she played the role of... Emma Watson!
For Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring Emma changed herself completely dressing the part of Nicki a superficial, materialistic, vain robber from California.
In 2013 Emma was involved in two singular projects. Natural Beauty is a photographic series by James Houston with the goal to raise awareness and funds for the environment and sustainable living. Proceeds benefited Global Green USA.
Emma was immortalized in wax for Madame Tussauds museum in London in a relaxed seated position, enabling fans to sit right alongside her on a luxurious chaise lounge.
Your Voice in my Head
2014 started with other two projects but what involved was the voice of Watson. Solace EP by Ben Hammersley in collaboration with Olafur Arnalds was released on 20th January containing Pantomime and Stairwell Wall, songs accompanied with recordings by Emma. Poems and love writings, instead, were read for app The Love Book.
In march Emma became Guest Editor for Wonderland Magazine. Most part of her work was dedicated to Noah with interviews from the crew and exclusive images but long interviews with J.K. Rowling and some favorite artists of her got space too.
10 Points to Gryffondor
On the 25th of May Emma finally graduated from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature. She was really excited because she could take a breath and the space to take some more demanding roles. But not only cinema for Miss Watson! She, in fact, told Wonderland: "I will have a lot more time to purpose other passions, and I want to figure out what those will be. I love having something completely unrelated to the film industry. I want to find something that will let me use my brain in other way. I like connecting people who aren't part of that world, too. I love painting. So maybe I hone in on that and do more art classes? Or maybe something different. I can be a full-time actress and a personal part-time yoga teacher".
In July Emma became a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, a UN entity that works for the elimination of discrimination against women and girls, empowerment of girls and achievement of equality between women and men as partners and beneficiaries of development, human rights, humanitarian action and peace and security.
In September she delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York CIty helping launch campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. Her speech became viral and stimulated a lively conversation about modern feminism. Also in September, Watson made her first country visit to Uruguay where she gave a speech that highlighted the need for women's political participation.
In December, the Ms. Foundation for Women named her its Feminist Celebrity of 2014.
Emma has recently finished filiming "Colonia" and "Regression", films that will be released in 2015. Watson will also play in future in Disney's Beauty and the Beast as Belle and in Queen of the Tearling, based on a yet-to-be-released book trilogy with David Heyman, Harry Potter producer. For this project she will be for her first time an executive producer too.