British actress and campaigner Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on 15 April 1990. She has been recognised with several awards, including a Young Artist Award and three MTV Movie Awards, for her roles in both mainstream and niche films, as well as her advocacy for women’s rights.
Forbes and Vanity Fair have both listed Watson as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world, and in 2015, Time magazine named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Watson’s mother, Emma Charlotte Duere, gave birth to her on April 15, 1990, in Paris. There are four other people in her immediate family besides her.
When Watson was five years old, her parents got a divorce, and she and her mother, Jacqueline Luesby, relocated from France to England, where her father family was from and her mother’s family was from. On the weekends, she would visit her father, Chris Watson, in London.
By the time Watson was six years old, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in acting. Her parents sent her to the Stagecoach Theater Arts programme at the Oxford location so that she may learn the craft of acting.
She played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie at the tender age of nine. Watson had never worked on a film set before she was cast in the Harry Potter films, and she had only done a few stage performances before that.
Are Emma Watson and Leo Robinton engaged?
In the present moment, Emma Watson and Leo are not engaged. When the Daily Mail reported in May 2021 that Emma and Leo were said to be engaged, Emma denied the rumours in an interview.
A close friend of the Harry Potter actor told US Weekly shortly after the rumour surfaced that Emma and Leo Robinton aren’t engaged yet, but that she sees a future with him.
A number of films have featured her since the release of the last Harry Potter film in 2011, including My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012), The Bling Ring (2013), This Is the End (2013), Noah (2014), Colonia (2015), Regression (2015), Beauty and the Beast (2017), The Circle (2017), and Little Women (2019).
After bonuses, she made almost $15 million for her efforts on Beauty and the Beast. She was paid $3 million as her starting salary for the film.
Watson has been honoured with a number of accolades throughout her career, including the Young Artist Award in 2002, two People’s Choice Awards in 2012 and 2013, the title of British Artist of the Year from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, and two Teen Choice Awards in 2011 and 2017. In addition, in October 2013, she was named Woman of the Year by British GQ.
She has been nominated for numerous awards, including the Critics’ Choice Award in 2005, 2006, and 2020 for the best young actress, the MTV Movie Award in 2006 for the best on-screen team, in 2011, and 2013, and the Saturn Award in 2002 for the best young actor, 2012, and 2018, for the best-supporting actress, and 2018 for a best musical moment (best actress).
Watson has a successful side career as a fashion model. As early as 2005, she did a picture session for Teen Vogue, which marked the beginning of her modelling career. She held the record for being the youngest cover girl of the now-defunct adolescent magazine.
Since then, she has appeared in two ad campaigns for the British fashion house Burberry (for the seasons of August/Winter 2009 and Spring/Summer 2010), with the former earning her a rumoured six-figure price. In 2011, she was also chosen to represent Lancôme, a French cosmetics and perfume company.
Watson decided to split her time between performing and school from 2011 to 2014. She attended both Brown University and Worcester College in Oxford, ultimately earning her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown in May of 2014.
Waston completed training to become a yoga and meditation instructor in 2013. She was required to take a weeklong meditation session at a Canadian institution where inmates are not permitted to talk as part of the accreditation procedure.
Watson was asked about her religious affiliation while filming Noah in 2014, and she said that she is a spiritual Universalist.
Watson fights fervently for the equality of women. Watson was named a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador that summer, and in September of that year, she gave a speech at UN Headquarters in New York City to officially kick off the UN Women campaign HeForShe.
A key part of the effort is encouraging males to speak out in favour of equal rights for women. In 2014, she spoke as an ambassador to Uruguay, stressing the importance of women’s representation in government.
Watson also spoke out on gender equality at the World Economic Forum’s annual winter meeting in January 2015, and she was named Ms Foundation for Women’s Feminist Celebrity of 2014.
Watson debuted at #26 on TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most important people in the world in 2015, just one day after celebrating her 25th birthday.
In 2016, Watson created the Our Shared Shelf reading group on Goodreads for women. Watson collaborated with Rights of Women in 2019 to develop a legal advice line for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Watson is now available but not dating anyone. She defined herself as “self-partnered” in 2019 and popularised the term.