Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born on April 15, 1990, in Paris, France. She lived in Paris until the age of five, at which time she then moved to England. There she attended the Dragon School in Oxford until 2003. Watson has said she wanted to be an actress from the age of six, and she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. There she studied acting, singing, and dancing.
Watson later attended Headington School, and she was also tutored up to five hours a day on film sets. When casting for the Harry Potter films began in 1999, casting agents discovered Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher. Outside of acting, Watson went on to attend Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, and attended Worcester College at Oxford as a visiting student from 2011-2012.
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Following her eight auditions for the film franchise, producer David Heyman informed her, alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, that they had secured the roles of Hermione, Harry, and Ron.
Watson portrayed Hermione Granger in all eight Harry Potter films. She also voiced the character for the LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 video game. Watson received praise for her performance as Hermione from early on in the film franchise. The actress even received the Young Artist Award for Leading Young Actress for her performance in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Watson went on to win many awards through the Harry Potter films, including Otto Awards and Child Performance of the Year. In 2009, the actress was ranked 6th on Forbes‘s list of “Most Valuable Young Stars,” and in February 2010, topped Hollywood’s list as the highest paid female star. Watson concluded her Harry Potter film work on June 12, 2010.
Watson has contributed to and been involved with several charities and causes over the years, including ShelterBox, the Great Ormond Street Hospital, and UNICEF. She also appeared at an event at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London with J.K. Rowling, to raise funds and promote the author’s Lumos charity organization.
Aside from her extensive post-Potter film career, which includes roles in The Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Bling Ring, and Noah, Watson has been involved in several modeling campaigns. She was the face of Burberry for their Autumn/Winter 2009 campaign and teamed up with her younger brother Alex for the company’s Spring/Summer 2010 campaign. Her modeling success continued as she became the face of Lancôme in March 2011.
From 2009-2010, Watson also worked with People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion brand. Her first collaboration with People Tree launched in Summer 2010. This work stemmed from Watson’s passion about ethical fashion. She had the following to say about her work:
I don’t want to wear something on my body that hurts the environment or the people in it. It’s hard to know what is good and what is bad on the high street and equally hard to find fashionable or youthful ethical clothing. It shocks me that even today only 1% of cotton produced in the world is Fair Trade and organic. I decided to work with People Tree to put together a collection I could be proud of in terms of both ethics and design.
Watson’s work brought high praise, with Teen Vogue remarking that “Emma Watson brings her glam touch to ethical fashion.” Watson continues to be an ambassador for ethical fashion.