Emma Watson

33, from Paris, France

Artwork for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Image of Emma Watson

Biography

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and activist. She has gained recognition for her roles in both blockbusters and independent films, as well as her women's rights work. Watson has been ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses by Forbes and Vanity Fair, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2015.

Watson attended the Dragon School and trained in acting at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. As a child, she rose to stardom after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously. Watson also starred in the 2007 television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and lent her voice to The Tale of Despereaux (2008). After the final Harry Potter film, she took on a supporting role in My Week with Marilyn (2011), before starring as Sam, a flirtatious, free-spirited student in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) to critical success.

Further acclaim came from portraying Alexis Neiers in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring (2013) and the titular character's adoptive daughter in the biblical epic Noah. That same year, Watson was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, winning British Artist of the Year. She also starred as Belle in the musical romantic fantasy Beauty and the Beast (2017), which ranks among the highest-grossing films of all time, and Meg March in the coming-of-age drama Little Women (2019).

From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on films and continuing her education, graduating from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014. That year, she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which advocates for gender equality. In 2018, she helped launch Time's Up UK as a founding member. Watson was appointed to a G7 advisory body for women's rights in 2019, consulting with leaders on foreign policy. Her modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme. She also lent her name to a clothing line for the sustainable brand People Tree. In 2020, she joined the board of directors of Kering, a luxury brand group, in her capacity as an advocate for sustainable fashion.

Timeline

2023Aged 33

  • Poster for David Holmes: The Boy Who Lived

    Self (archive footage)

2022Aged 32

  • Poster for Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts

    Self

  • Poster for Prada Paradoxe

    Multi-Dimensional Woman

  • Poster for Pickled

    Self

2021Aged 31

  • Poster for (K)nox: The Rob Knox Story

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for An Audience with Adele

    Self

2019Aged 29

  • Poster for Little Women

    Margaret 'Meg' March

2018Aged 28

  • Poster for Howard

    Belle (archive footage)

2017Aged 27

  • Poster for Beauty and the Beast

    Belle

  • Poster for The Circle

    Mae Holland

2015Aged 25

  • Poster for Colonia

    Lena

  • Poster for Regression

    Angela Gray

2014Aged 24

  • Poster for Noah

    Ila

2013Aged 23

  • Poster for The Bling Ring

    Nicki

  • Poster for This Is the End

    Emma Watson

2012Aged 22

  • Poster for The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    Sam

  • Poster for Daniel Radcliffe: Being Harry Potter

    Self

2011Aged 21

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Hermione Granger

  • Poster for 50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments

    Hermione Granger (archive footage)

  • Poster for When Harry Left Hogwarts

    Self

  • Poster for My Week with Marilyn

    Lucy

2010Aged 20

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

    Hermione Granger

2009Aged 19

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

    Hermione Granger

2008Aged 18

  • Poster for Ballet Shoes

    Pauline Fossil

  • Poster for The Tale of Despereaux

    Princess Pea (voice)

2007Aged 17

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Hermione Granger

2006Aged 16

2005Aged 15

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

    Hermione Granger

2004Aged 14

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Hermione Granger

  • Poster for The Magic Touch of Harry Potter

    Self

2002Aged 12

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Hermione Granger

2001Aged 11

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Hermione Granger