Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is born in Paris to parents Jacqueline and Chris Watson, both of whom are lawyers. After her parents divorce when she is 5, she and her brother, Alex, moved to Oxford to live her their mother. From the age of 6, Emma knew she wanted to become an actress and trained for a number of years at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theater Arts where she studied singing, dancing, and acting. She wins 1st prize in a school poetry recital, The Daisy Pratt poetry competition, when she was 7.
My parents have a very academic mind, they see my actress career as a normal profession, and that has helped me, they are very normal and balanced people, they work hard, I inherited from them the work ethic.
Watson is cast for the role of Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Watson recalls the audition as a happy accident when casting agents visited different British schools asking if they had any children who would like to audition. Her Oxford theater teacher recommended her to the agents and the producers were impressed with Watson’s confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and Grint that they had been cast as the lead roles of Hermione and Ron, respectively.
I was asked up to David Heymen’s office with Rupert. [He] sat me down and said, ‘You’ve got the part.’ Ahhh! It was so cool. Best experience of my life. Scariest experience of my life. Too much to take in. I was in awe.
Watson makes her screen debut in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. She stars as Hermione Granger, Harry’s brainy, bossy friend born to non-magic, “Muggle” parents.
Hermione sounds like me and behaves like me. She’s self-assured, irritating, emotional and loyal. Playing her doesn’t involve an awful lot of acting.
Watson portrays Hermione, Harry’s friend in the first film from J.K. Rowling’s best-selling series, directed by Chris Columbus. Hermione bands with Harry and Ron and uses her wit to help them unlock and connect suspcious events to Hogwart’s most dangerous secrets. Co-starring Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint.
My only regrets are…that I didn’t eat more candy and chocolates when I was on the set.
Watson ties with Scarlett Johansson for Best Leading Actress in a Feature Film at the 23rd Annual Young Artist Awards in Studio City, California. Watson won for her role in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Watson stars as Hermione Granger in the film Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment of the Harry Potter series. In the movie Harry, along with Hermione and Ron, must figure out what is causing the mysterious attacks at Hogwarts.
I think in the second book Hermione kind of develops. She becomes more friendly with Harry and Ron and she definitely becomes more easy going.
In the third installment, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Watson returns as Hermione Granger, helping Harry, Ron, and Professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) find Sirius Black, an escaped serial killer, while uncovering the mysteries surrounding the night Harry became an orphan.
Oh, I loved it! It’s my favorite book, my favorite script, and it’s such a fantastic part for Hermoine. She really comes into her own, and I think you see a really different side to her than you have in the other two [films]. I think it’s much more personal, and this film has really tested and challenged me, and I’ve definitely enjoyed it the best out of the three because of that … I hope that I did her justice and that she’s what (fans) thought she’d be.
Watson, Radcliffe, and Grint imprint their hands, feet, signature, and wands into slabs of concrete at the Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Hand, Footprint and Wand ceremony located at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
Watson appears on the cover of the May 2009 issue of Interview magazine. She talks about her biggest spending splurge.
I got myself a laptop. I took my dad to Tuscany. He works so hard, my dad, so I rang up his secretary and asked when he was free, and I booked us a holiday. What else? Oh, I got myself a car… I got my license last year, and I love the Prius, even if my friends say it’s ugly. They say I drive a brick. And, to be fair, it’s not the prettiest car on the road, but it’s good for the environment. It’s sensible and boring—like me.
Watson appears on the cover of the August 2009 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about her personal style, her romance in Harry Potter, and attending college.
I’ve been saying that I wanted to go to university since I was eleven, so if they didn’t let me, I’d be pretty upset. I just want to keep it private [my university choice] for as long as I can. I probably sound like a paranoid nut, but I’m doing this because I want to be normal. I really want anonymity. I want to do it properly, like everyone else. As long as I don’t walk in, and see, like, Harry Potter posters everywhere, I’ll be fine.
Watson begins her professional modeling career by appearing in Burberry’s Fall campaign. The ads, shot by Mario Testino in central London, also feature Tom Guinness Taylor and Charlie France. The campaign appears in the August issues of Vanity Fair, Vogue, British Vogue and Tatler.
Having known and admired the lovely Emma Watson for some time, she was the obvious choice for this campaign: Emma has a classic beauty, a great character and a modern edge. Her charm and intellect and brilliant sense of fun made the whole shoot feel like a picnic on the Thames.
The actress joins Brown University’s class of 2013. During her first day of orientation, Watson participates in group orientation week events such as a yoga class, midnight organ concert, and games night. The actress, who will be studying literature at the university, says:
I want to be normal. I really want anonymity. I want to do [the college experience] properly, like everyone else. As long as I don’t walk in and see, like, Harry Potter posters everywhere, I’ll be fine.
Together with People Tree, a pioneer in Fair Trade and environmentally sustainable fashion, Watson launches a fashion collection made mostly with organic and fair trade cotton. The clothing is made entirely by hand by fair trade groups, helping to create livelihoods for disadvantaged groups in Bangladesh, India, and Nepal. The fashion line, which is aimed at the 16-24 age group, is composed of 26 women’s styles, 15 for men, and a small accessories range. The collection is available at People Tree concessions and online.
I was excited by the idea of using fashion as a tool to alleviate poverty and knew it was something I could help make a difference with. I think young people like me are becoming increasingly aware of the humanitarian and environmental issues surrounding fast fashion and want to make good choices but there aren’t many options out there.
Watson appears on the cover of the November 2010 issue of Seventeen Mexico magazine. She talks about people liking because of her fame, a typical day in her life, and her fashion line.
I was very selfish. I designed what I would love to have. Plain, laid back stuff. I just pictured what I would love to wear.
Watson appears on the cover of the December 2010 issue of Marie Claire magazine. She talks about her new cropped hair cut and growing up grounded.
I’ve had so much freedom: sometimes it’s been hard. My parents wanted to protect me, but they had no idea how.
Coinciding with Fairtrade Fortnight, an annual promotional campaign to increase awareness of Fairtrade products, Watson unveils her third and final fashion collection for People Tree. The collection is described as having a summer festival look, featuring floral and check-print tea dresses , denim hot pants, and cotton waistcoats. The actress also reveals that she spent time in Bangladesh to see first hand how the clothes were made:
The design process continued with me trying on each and every piece to get the fits just as I wanted them and then I visited Bangladesh to see the clothing actually being made and meet the people making it. It was an incredible and life-changing experience – I really wish everyone had the chance to see the difference Fair Trade makes with their own eyes.
The actress announces that she is taking a short break from her studies as Brown in order to focus on, and finish up, her professional projects including Harry Potter. She adds that she will continue to work towards her degree but that it may take and extra semester or two.
As you know, I love Brown and I love studying pretty much more than anything but recently I’ve had so much to juggle that being a student AND fulfilling my other commitments has become a little impossible.
A New York Daily News article claims that Watson was being bullied at Brown which may have been a reason for her leaving the institution. An inside source says that whenever the actress would respond to a question in class, her classmates would shout, “Three points for Gryffindor!” A Harvard student adds that during a Brown vs. Harvard football game, those nearby the actress shouted Harry Potter phrases as her, but she stayed for the whole game.
Watson’s representative denies reports that the actress was bullied out of Brown, adding that she is pursuing a course not offered at the University but has “absolutely loved” her time there. In a statement on her website, Watson defends her fellow students by saying:
I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown. This ’10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened. I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair.
Watson appears on the cover of the July 2011 issue of Vogue magazine. She talks about experimenting with Harry Potter makeup, Daniel Radcliffe, and balancing education and work.
I have felt for the last ten years I have had this battle; I’ve been fighting so hard to have an education. It’s been this uphill struggle. I was Warner Bros.’ pain in the butt. I was their scheduling conflict. I was the one who made life difficult. I just realized at one point that I can’t fight everything. I have to move in the direction of it—and go with it.
Watson plays Hermione for the final time in the eight film depicting the second half of the the seventh book by J.K. Rowling. She helps Harry and Ron destroy the last of Voldermort’s horcruxes.
When it came time to shoot the big kiss between Ron and Hermione, Rupert [Grint] and I cracked under the pressure.
Watson appears on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Seventeen magazine. She talks about relationships, playing hard to get, and which Harry Potter co-star she has a crush on.
For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush. He totally knows. We talked about it – we still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that’s cool.
Watson appears on the cover of the August 2011 issue of Harper’s Bazaar UK magazine. She talks about why she left school, getting angry while acting, and her self-image.
I feel if I have to work out four hours a day, and count the calories of everything I put in my mouth, and have Botox at 22, and obsess about how I look the whole time, I will go mad, I will absolutely lose it.
While a permanent student at Brown University, Watson begins her 2011-2012 academic year abroad to study English at Worcester College, England. In a message on her website, the actress tells her fans that she’s been busy studying and wishes them luck with their own:
You might not hear from me for a while because I will be really busy studying but I wanted to just say hi and bye : )
Watson is seen kissing Will Adamowicz, a fellow Oxford student, at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California. The visit to Coachella was a birthday outing for the star who turned 22 on Sunday. The pair met in 2011 while studying at Oxford.
Watson appears on the cover of the Fall 2012 issue of T magazine. She talks about why she didn’t do other films during Harry Potter, her parents’ advice, and fame.
If I went to somewhere busy, I wouldn’t last very long. I can’t go to a museum, I’ll last 10 or 15 minutes in a museum. The problem is that when one person asks for a photograph, then someone sees a flash goes off, then everyone else sort of . . . it’s sort of like a domino effect. And then very quickly the situation starts to get out of control to a point where I can’t manage it on my own.
In this coming-of-age drama, directed by Stephen Chbosky, Watson plays Sam, a free-spirited high school senior who, with her stepbrother Patrick, form a friendship with Charlie, a newcomer to their school. Co-starring Logan Lerman, Erza Miller, Mae Whitman, Nina Drobev.
I’d been reading scripts after the fourth Harry Potter movie around the age of 15, 16 and just didn’t read anything that I really loved instantly . . . it’s almost not that I had lost interest, but my agent was starting to get stressed. I wasn’t really into anything and then I read Perks of Being a Wallflower, and it’s so beautifully written and so funny. I was incredibly moved by it and just instantly knew A) that the movie had to be made and B) that I had to play Sam. I really wanted to play Sam, and was just really drawn to her, so when I met with Stephen, we just instantly clicked and it felt like was meeting an old friend. Then I met with Logan, and I knew he was the perfect Charlie, and it was just a really obvious, obvious choice for me.
Watson appears on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Glamour UK magazine. She talks about how she nailed love, fashion, and body confidence.
Celebrity is the hardest part of what I do. You just hope that people look past the hype and see you.
Watson appears on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Nylon magazine. Market Editor:
She didn’t want to wear earrings – so at one point she took an actual safety pin, cut off the sharp end, and put it through her ear.
Watson appears on the cover of the October 2012 issue of Glamour magazine. She talks about kissing her boyfriend, her Lena Dunham obsession, and growing out her hair.
I have to for roles. But if I had it my way, I would have just kept it short forever. Of course, men like long hair. There’s no two ways about it. The majority of the boys around me were like, “Why did you do that? That’s such an error.” And I was like, “Well, honestly, I don’t really care what you think!” I’ve never felt so confident as I did with short hair—I felt really good in my own skin.”
Watson becomes certified to teach yoga and meditation. She tells Elle Magazine that due to an uncertain future, she needed a way “to always feel safe and at home within myself.”
Because I can never rely on a physical place. If I’ve learned anything, it’s really just to stop trying to find answers and certainties.
Watson wins People’s Choice Award for Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress.
In an interview with Vanity Fair Italia, Watson defends Stewart against recent media criticism regarding the scandal between Stewart and Rupert Sanders.
I thought that the media picked on her in a very horrible way. Kristen is human, just like everybody else, and she’s so young. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone. It’s not fair to consider them matters of public interest.
Watson appears on the cover of the May 2013 issue of British GQ magazine. She talks about her character in Bling Bling, choosing to do Bling Bling, and a role she doesn’t want to play.
Really I was open-minded about doing anything, but the one thing I didn’t want to do was get myself into a corset because I was worried I’d never get out again.
Watson appears on the cover of the June/July 2013 issue of W magazine. She talks about her childhood, her character in Bling Bling, her Wardrobe in Bling Bling.
Who wouldn’t love to go to work in Uggs and very low-slung tracksuit bottoms? The iconic detail of Nicki is her tramp stamp. It’s a lotus flower, a Buddhist-like symbol just above her butt crack. Really classy! (Laughs) And at one point I told the costumer designer, ‘You can see my bra strap in this top; shouldn’t we pin it?’ And she said, ‘No, sweetie—Nicki is all about her bra strap showing.’ I was like, right, okay, different mind-set.
Watson appears on the cover of the August 2013 issue of Teen Vogue magazine. She talks about how she was sheltered from the world during Harry Potter filming and realizing how famous she is once she got to college.
It sounds stupid, or completely unbelievable, but that was when I really realized that I was famous. There are still days when I deal with it horribly and there are days when I deal with it really well.
Watson appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of The Edit magazine. She talks about the Green Carpet Challenge and prepping for the red carpet.
Getting ready for an event can feel like a lot of pressure. You have to consider, ‘Will people see up my skirt? If a flash goes off, can you see through this?’ So I’ll do a test sitting, a test standing… It’s nerve-wracking. People really scrutinize… On the red carpet, I’m usually in so much discomfort – my shoes are uncomfortable, I can’t breathe in the dress. I don’t compromise like that in my everyday style.
Empire magazine names Watson the “Sexiest Female Move Star.”
Combining smarts with beauty, Emma Watson’s been a favorite for years, even back in the days when people really shouldnt have been thinking that way about young Hermione. But since leaving Hogwarts she’s blossomed into a fine young actress, playing roles from teen thief to music nerd, and even having fun as herself in This is The End.
Watson appears on the cover of the October 2013 issue of British GQ magazine. The magazine says:
She has a grace and a level-headedness rare amongst former child stars, and is quickly becoming one of Britain’s most exciting leading ladies.
Watson is rumored to be dating Oxford rugby star, Matthew Janney. The couple was seen kissing and cuddling on a Caribbean vacation where Janney appeared to be “very much into her,” often putting his arm around her while the two smiled and giggled. The two reportedly met at a post-match victory celebration on December 12th, 2013.
Friends of the star reveal that Watson and Adamowicz have parted ways because of her hectic film schedule. Watson’s Rep confirms the break-up saying that the two called it quits over the summer and are no longer talking. One source claims that a photo of Adamowicz surrounded by white powder may have been the cause of the break up. The source believes that Watson’s reps may be trying to distance the star from a possible drug scandal.
Watson appears on the cover of the February/March 2014 issue of Wonderland magazine.
The actress appears on the cover of the April 2014 issue of Elle magazine. She talks about how she is jealous of other actresses.
There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being, and I’m so jealous!
Watson stars in Noah, a film portraying the story of Noah and his mission by God to save the innocent animals on Earth as rising floodwaters cleanse the planet of mankind’s evil. In the movie, Watson portrays Ila, the adopted daughter of Noah (Russel Crowe) and his wife, Naameh (Jennifer Connelly).
I think it’s a really original take on a genre, on a story, on an idea.
Elle Magazine interviews Watson about growing up in the public eye.
There are these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I’m so jealous! Because everyone has seen me with my terrible haircuts and my awful teeth and all the terrible things I wore and the stupid things I said. I mean, there was a dress I wore to the final Harry Potter premiere. I looked like I was trying to dress like a sugarplum fairy. I looked like a meringue.
Watson graduates from Brown University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. In an interview with Elle, Watson mentions that people didn’t always support her:
So many people told me it wasn’t possible. I kept saying, ‘I don’t care.’ This is what I want. And graduating will, for me, be really symbolic of all of that. I will be there. And I will be throwing a huge party.
The actress is under investigation by British immigration officials after receiving complaints that she employed an American housekeeper while living in the United Kingdom. Watson reportedly traveled to the UK with her US housekeeper who continued to work for her. The housekeeper, who was hired in New York in early 2013, possessed a tourist visa which strictly prohibits visitors in the UK from working. Watson could face up to $17,000 if fines if found guilty. The actress’s rep has yet to respond to requests for comment.
Watson tweets her excitement about joining UN Women to her 13 million followers, causing the UN’s website to crash.
UN Women, the UN’s gender-equality entity, names Watson the new Goodwill Ambassador. Watson will work on the organization’s women’s-empowerment campaign, HeForShe, and is the first to be appointed under the leadership of Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, the Under Secretary-General and executive director of U.N. Women. Mlambo-Ngcuka believes that Watson’s “intellect and passion” embodies the values of U.N. Women, and that her experience promoting girls’ education in countries such as Bangladesh and Zambia, will help spread the organization’s mission.
Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting. I still have so much to learn, but as I progress I hope to bring more of my individual knowledge, experience and awareness to this role.
Representing her role as U.N. Women Goodwill Ambassador and joining scores of Turkish women on Twitter, Watson posts a photo of herself laughing in public aimed at the Turkish Deputy Prime Minister. The photos are in protest to Bülent Arınç’s speech about moral corruption in Turkey where he states that women should not laugh out loud in public.