Emma Watson: Snapshot

Name
Emma Watson
Date of Birth
April 15, 1990
Birth Place
Paris, France
As bushy-haired know-it-all Hermione Granger, Emma helped work box-office magic when Harry Potter hit the big screen.

But after wrapping the final installments of the multi-billion-dollar fantasy series about a bespectacled boy-wizard, Watson's proving there's life (and style) after Hogwarts.

Plucked out of her Oxford, England, school at 9, Watson gained overnight stardom in the 2001 film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, with costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. Seven movies later, the young British actress has avoided the pitfalls of fame, joining the fashionista set (she's the face of Burberry!) and the Ivy League at Brown University and Oxford.

Post-Harry Potter, Watson moved onto coming-of-age fare with The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring. In the spring of 2014, the actress received her bachelor's degree in English literature from Brown University.

Emma Watson: Five Fun Facts

  1. Emma Watson kept a wishbone she received from her dad during her audition process for Hermione. "I still have that wishbone upstairs in my jewelry box," she told Interview magazine.
  2. When having boy troubles, Emma Watson turned to her Harry Potter costars Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. "I'll occasionally go and chat to Dan and Rupert and say, 'What is going on here? I don't understand,'" she admitted at a London press conference.
  3. Emma Watson admitted to having a crush on Harry Potter costar Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy). "For the first two movies, I had a huge crush on Tom Felton. He was my first crush," she said in 2011. "He totally knows. We talked about it. We still laugh about it. We are really good friends now, and that's cool."
  4. Of all of Hermione's magical abilities, Emma Watson most envied her character's Time Turner. "I'd love to be able to stop time," she told CosmoGIRL!, "just take a break and come back into it."
  5. Famed Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld shot Emma Watson for French fashion magazine Crash in 2009. "We spent the whole day together," she said. "I was totally seduced."

Emma Watson: Biography

1999

Emma Watson

Handpicked for Hermione

During a nationwide casting search, 9-year-old Watson is picked out of a school assembly to audition for the role of Hermione Granger in the screen adaptation of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. On her ninth callback, Watson lands the role. "I just felt like that part belonged to me," she tells Interview magazine. "I know that sounds crazy, but from that first audition, I always knew."

2000s

Emma Watson

Growing Up Hogwarts

Watson spends the next decade on Potter sets with Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter, and Rupert Grint, who plays Ron Weasley. Of maturing onscreen, Watson tells Vogue Italy, "In a way, it's hard to grow up inside a film. I lived a period of my life that is full of lessons and changes under the spotlight."

2001

Emma Watson

November 15

The Harry Potter Effect

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone breaks box-office records, earning $976 million worldwide. Six years later, the first five Potter films tally a worldwide box office total of more than $4.47 billion. Watson's reaction to Pottermania? "I had no idea of the scale of the film – the fame – or I would have been completely overwhelmed," she tells Parade.

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Photo Credits

Top Left: Charles Sykes/AP

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Dave Hogan/Getty; Avik Gilboa/WireImage; Jaap Buitendijk/Warner Bros

Edited by Julia Wang

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