Emma Watson has come a long way since her innocent role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie saga!
upon the scene in 2001 as Hermione
- the know-it-all but caring friend of Harry Potter
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - Watson was born Emma
Charlotte Duerre Watson on April 15, 1990 in Oxfordshire, England.
until being chosen to perform in the coveted role, Watson's only
claim to noteriety came at age 7, when she was awarded first-prize
in the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition. Her only stage experience
also occured during her early school days, having appeared in such student plays
as Alice in Wonderland, The Happy Prince, and others.
At age 10,
Watson was reportedly encouraged by teachers at her school to
try-out for the role of Hermione after film producers called on
young English performers to audition for the first Harry Potter
film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. In 2000, thousands
of girls with much more acting experience than Watson came from
every corner of the U.K. to answer casting calls for preproduction
of the movie, based on the phenomenally successful first book
by author J.K.
Despite the intense competition,
it was the inexperienced Emma Watson who claimed the same clear-eyed
confidence and intelligence of the fictional character who she
would eventually portray.
10-year-old Emma in her first-ever
film role as Hermione Granger
in "Harry Potter and the
It would take a number of grueling auditions before Watson knew she
landed the role, but later told the press, "Unlike Hermione, I've never been top of my class. In fact, quite the opposite! Although I am very bossy and my little brother tends to suffer a bit..."
The following year, Emma Watson appeared on the July 2007 cover
of Tatler magazine with a full fashion photo spread that signaled her ambition for a career outside the Harry Potter franchise -- including here first non-Potter role that same year in the BBC film Ballet Shoes.
Today, the Hollywood actress and Hogwarts graduate continues to follow her own star with appearances in My Week with Marilyn in 2011, as well as a lead role in The Perks of Being a Wallflower in 2012.
Her next film, The Bling Ring, starred Watson in her first breakout "bad girl" role, based on a real-life character who was part of a teenage gang who stole from Hollywood stars.
Her latest film, Colonia, is a thriller set for release in 2015. Watson will also play Belle in a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast in which she will sing in a film for the first time.
Away from the set, Emma Watson has been romantically linked to
George Craig, the British singer of rock band One Night Only, and American actor Johnny Simmons.
She also dated fellow-student Will Adamowicz who she met while studying English at Oxford University after both transferred from Brown University in Rhode Island. The couple split in 2014.
More about Emma Watson around the Web:
Emma Watson.net - Major fan site the latest updated information, photos, video clips, and more.
- Emma Watson - Complete filmography, brief
bio and trivia on the actress with a list of TV guest appearances,
related photos, message board.