Emma Watson (born on April 15, 1990) is a British
actress best known for playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film
Emma Watson is the eldest of two children born to Chris and Jacqueline Watson, both lawyers. The couple divorced while Emma's younger brother, Alex, was a toddler. As a young girl, Watson attended The Dragon School, a renowned preparatory school in the city of Oxford. By 2003, she was attending the all-girls Headington School, also in Oxford.
Before being cast in the Harry Potter films, Watson's acting experience was limited, consisting only of leading roles in school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. Other school activities included the Daisy Pratt Poetry Competition, in which, at age seven, she won first place for her year.
Emma Watson was cast to play Hermione Granger at age 10, and was 11 years old in 2001, when Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), her first film, was released. She has since appeared in all Potter sequels: Chamber of Secrets (2002), Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), and Goblet of Fire (2005).
Potter fans have expressed mixed opinions about Watson's portrayal of Granger: Some feel she is perfect for the role; others believe Watson fails to capture Hermione's insecurities and flaws, and complain that she is "too pretty" for the role — a sentiment shared by some film critics — since, in the book series, Granger was generally described as being very "plain" (neither "pretty" nor "ugly"). The screenplays for the films, however, have altered her character somewhat from the original treatment by J. K. Rowling, causing some fans to complain that it alters the chemistry and group dynamic of the three central characters.
At the age of fifteen, Emma Watson was the youngest actress to appear on the cover of Teen Vogue magazine. She also served on a jury, along with Pierce Brosnan, Kenneth Branagh, and Samantha Morton, to select the 2004 teenaged filmmakers' "First Light Film Award" ceremony in Leicester Square in London.
In February 2006, Emma Watson began principal photography on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (set for release in Autumn, 2007), in which she reprises her role as "the brightest witch of [her] age."
Although the Harry Potter film series comprises her only professional acting experience, she has expressed interest in expanding her film career into other works.
An avid sports player, Emma Watson enjoys field hockey, tennis and rounders. The family owns two cats, named Bubbles and Domino, which belong to her and her brother, respectively.
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