Emma is best known for playing the iconic character of Hermione Granger in the eight enormously successful HARRY POTTER films. Her performance in the first film of the series, HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE, won her a Young Artist Award for Best Leading Young Actress. Emma also acquired two Critics’ Choice Award nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association for her work in HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. The completion of the seventh and eighth movies saw Emma receive nominations in 2011 for a Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award, and for Best Actress at the Jameson Empire Awards. The HARRY POTTER franchise won the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema in February 2011.
2011 also saw Emma star in Simon Curtis’s MY WEEK WITH MARILYN, alongside a stellar cast of Oscar nominees including Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe and Kenneth Branagh as Sir Laurence Olivier, in addition to Eddie Redmayne, Dame Judi Dench, Dougray Scott, Zoe Wanamaker, Toby Jones and Dominic Cooper. Chronicling a week in Marilyn Monroe’s life, the film featured Emma in the supporting role of Lucy, a costume assistant to Colin Clark (Redmayne). The film was released by The Weinstein Company and was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
In 2012 Emma was seen in Stephen Chbosky’s adaptation of his coming-of-age novel THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, starring opposite Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller. This independent drama centred around Charlie (Lerman), an introverted freshman who is taken under the wings of two seniors (Watson and Miller) who welcome him to the real world. The film premiered at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival and received rave reviews. The film won the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic Movie and Emma also picked up the People’s Choice Award for Favourite Dramatic Movie Actress. Emma was awarded a second time for this role with the Best Supporting Actress Award at the San Diego Film Critics Society Awards where the film also won the Best Ensemble Performance Award.
In 2013, Emma starred in Sofia Coppola’s American satirical black comedy crime film, THE BLING RING. The film took inspiration from real events and followed a group of teenagers who, obsessed with fashion and fame, burgled the homes of celebrities in Los Angeles. The film opened the Un Certain Regard section of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Emma also appeared in a cameo role as herself in Seth Rogen's apocalypse comedy THIS IS THE END. The film tells the story about what happens to some of Hollywood’s best loved celebrities when the apocalypse strikes during a party at James Franco's house.
In 2014, Emma was seen in Darren Aronofsky’s NOAH opposite Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone, Douglas Booth, Logan Lerman and Anthony Hopkins. The film told the epic, biblical tale of Noah and the ark. Emma plays the role of Ila, a young woman who develops a close relationship with Noah’s son, Shem (Booth).
Emma’s additional credits include the lead role of Pauline Fossil in the BBC adaptation of Noel Streatfield’s classic, BALLET SHOES, which aired on BBC One on Boxing Day to 5.2 million viewers. In her first animated feature, Emma voiced over as the character Princess Pea in THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX which grossed $86.2 million worldwide.
Emma was most recently seen in REGRESSION, written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar. Emma stars in the thriller opposite Oscar nominated Ethan Hawke. Set in Minnesota 1990, REGRESSION tells the story of Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) who investigates the case of young Angela, played by Emma, who accuses her father of sexual abuse. The film opened the 63rd edition of Spain’s San Sebastian film festival on 18th September 2015.
Emma was also recently seen in thriller COLONIA with Daniel Bruhl, directed by the Oscar winning Florian Gallenberger. Inspired by true events, Emma and Daniel play a young couple who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. The film premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and was also shown at Zurich Film Festival.
In 2015 Emma finished filming the live-action version of Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST where she plays the iconic role of Belle. The film was released on 17th March 2017 and quickly became the 8th highest grossing film of all time in the US, and 10th worldwide. Emma won the MTV Movie & TV Award for Best Actor in a Movie.
2017 also saw the release of a film adaptation of David Eggers’ THE CIRCLE. Directed by James Ponsoldt, Emma starred alongside Tom Hanks and John Boyega.
In 2012 Emma was honoured with the Calvin Klein Emerging Star Award at the ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards. In 2013, Emma was awarded the Trailblazer Award at the MTV Movie Awards in April and was honoured with the GQ Woman of the Year Award. In 2014 Emma was honoured as British Artist of the Year at the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards.
Further to her acting career, Emma is a Global Goodwill Ambassador for UN WOMEN, and works to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women. Her notable work on the HeForShe campaign earned her a place on Time Magazine’s TIME 100 list of the world’s most influential people in 2015. In January 2016, Emma started a feminist book club. Entitled ‘Our Shared Shelf, the club selects a different feminist book every other month. In October 2016 Emma was honoured for her humanitarian work by Harper’s Bazaar, who awarded her their Inspiration Award. Emma was awarded with the Woman of the Year Award at the Elle Style Awards 2017.
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