Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson, popularly known as Emma Watson, is an exceptionally talented French-British actress, model and social activist.
She rose to prominence with her roles as Hermoine Granger in the Harry Potter film series, acting in all the eight productions from 2001 to 2011 securing worldwide fame and critical appreciation.
Emma Watson was born on 15 April, 1990 in Paris, France. She was born to a family of English lawyers, Jacqueline Leusby and Chris Watson. She resided in Paris until the age of five. Following her parents’ separation, she moved to Oxfordshire with her mother. She attended the Dragon School in Oxford till 2003. She wanted to pursue acting since she was six years of age and for this purpose, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, where she accomplished the ways of singing, dancing and acting at a part-time basis. She acted in numerous Stagecoach productions and school plays including Arthur: The Young Years and the Happy Prince. She started her professional acting career with the Harry Potter films in 2001. She later joined Headington School and in June 2006, she appeared for the GCSE examination where she gracefully attained eight A* and two A grades in her subjects.
In 1999, Emma Watson was cast for the role of Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Its release in 2001 was her first debut performance. Watson was lionized for her remarkable performance by audiences and critics, alike. IGN said “she stole the show” and she was nominated for five awards for her performance. She bagged the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress, soon after. A year later, she appeared in the second installment of the films, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and the German Magazine Bravo praised her with an Otto Award. She earned more critical acclaim with the release of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In 2005, she became the youngest star to be on the Teen Vogue and in 2006, she played Hermoine in the Queen’s Handbag for the celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s 80th birthday.
After Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released in 2007, Emma Watson won the National Movie Award for Best Female Performance and in 2010, she was acclaimed as Hollywood’s highest paid female star. Her first non-Potter role was in the Ballet Shoes in 2007. She was noted for giving her most charming performance until date by the Washington Post in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince. She starred in The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012 and a number of movies like The Bling Ring (2013), This is the End (2013), Noah and others. She was chosen as the Woman of the Year by British GQ in 2013. She took a break in 2016 to focus on her personal development and reappeared as Belle in the Beauty and the Beast in 2017.
Personal Life and Women’s right
She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She described herself as a spiritual Universalist. She has always advocated the need for education for girls in third world countries and was appointed in 2014 as UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.