Emma Watson quite literally was catapulted to fame in 2001 having been cast as Hermione Granger in the global phenomena that has followed J.K. Rowling’s incredible Harry Potter series. Born in Paris, Emma Watson moved to England after her parents divorced.
She first developed a taste for acting at the age of 6 and trained at Stagecoach Theatre Arts part time after school. By the time she reached the age of tem she had taken to the lead in a variety of stagecoach productions and school plays including The Happy Prince and Arthur – The Young Years.
In 1999 casting began for the Harry Potter series and Watson was recommended by her Oxford theatre teachers. Her natural flair for acting and calmness allowed her to successfully pass a series of 8 auditions alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint – Harry Potter and Ron Weasely respectively. J.K Rowling apparently had Watson as her first preference for Hermione since the very first audition which might have been the key to her successes at securing the role.
The release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 saw Watson entering the limelight hugely as the snobby yet incredibly clever Hermione Granger. The first instalment of the series was hugely popular and the highest grossing film of 2001. It broke numerous records for opening day takings, opening weekend’s takings and opening week and month takings. Critics hugely enjoyed the film and were particularly impressed with the seamless performance of Hermione Granger. Emma was nominated for 5 awards as a result of her performance including wining the young artist award for leading actress in a film.
Since this debut Watson has developed hugely as an actress with the last instalment of the Harry Potter series hitting the screens in the summer of 2011. The films have been phenomenally successful taking the entire world by storm and grossing billions of dollars in box office sales. Emma Watson has been the centre of much of the limelight thanks to her stunning performances and charisma on and off screen. Watson is estimated to have earned over £20,000,000 from the Harry Potter series but her career seems to be only just beginning.
Aside from the Harry Potter films Watson has appeared in a TV film for the BBC called Ballet Shoes, as well as taking on the voice role of Princess Pea in Tales of Desperaux in 2008. Ballet shoes was an ironic role for Watson who plays a young actress who achieves the role of Alice in Wonderland yet lets it go to her head. She struggles with the pressures of Hollywood and poverty at home and the film was a warm hearted film. Tales of Desperaux is a charming fantasy story about a mouse in a fantasy world. The film didn’t receive huge critical acclaim but was an enjoyable fantasy story where the mouse I banished for speaking to a human princess. The princess herself becomes scared of the mouse so he decides to kidnap her. Though far fetch the story was heart-warming and Watson gave a sterling performance as the princess.
Aside from acting Watson has become a hugely popular and accomplished model and has landed contracts with Burberry amongst other popular brands. She is currently studying arts at Brown in the states and has two films – My week with Marilyn and The Perks of Being a Wallflower in post-production and filming respectively.
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