Emma Watson is an actress, a humanitarian, a fashion icon and an engaged citizen of the world, and she serves as the inspiration for countless young people around the world.
Audiences and dedicated Harry Potter fans have grown up alongside Emma Watson, the bright eyed young actress chosen back in 2000 to portray the iconic Hermione Granger, a “muggle” known for her academic prowess. Just ten years old at the start of filming, she appeared in all 8 Harry Potter films, films whose overwhelming popularity still draws millions of visitors to the preserved film set, outside London. Over the past 15 years she has blossomed into a poised and intelligent woman known for her philanthropic and humanitarian efforts around the world.
Born in Paris in 1990, Watson lived in France until the age of five before moving to Oxfordshire with her mother, and spending the weekends in London with her father, both lawyers. She declared her intention to be an actress at the age of 6, and her parents were very supportive in helping her achieve this goal, sending her to Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part time acting school for children.
In addition to her immense successes as an actress, Watson places a high priority on her education and academic growth – much like her most beloved character Hermione! Between 2011 and 2014 she studied at both Brown University and Oxford University, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from Brown in May, 2014. She continues to work on blockbuster film projects, and has just been named as the actress who will portray Belle in an upcoming live action version of Beauty and the Beast.
She is known as a fashion icon, and has served as the face and spokesperson for high end luxury brands, including Lancome and Burberry. Despite her involvement with haute couture, Watson is not afraid to take a stand for what she believes in, and doesn’t ascribe to rigid ideas of what a woman’s body should look like in order to be valuable. Speaking on her appearance, she remarked, “I don’t have perfect teeth. I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.”
In 2015 Watson was named as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and the global spokesperson for the United Nations “HeForShe” campaign, meant to promote equality between men and women around the globe. Of this opportunity, Watson said, “Women’s rights are something so inextricably linked with who I am, so deeply personal and rooted in my life that I can’t imagine an opportunity more exciting.”
As an outspoken feminist, Watson is often willing to take to Twitter in order to give a bit of wise advice to her adoring young fans. At the beginning of 2015 she answered a young girl’s Twitter query about what to do when her father told her that engineering was a “man’s profession.”
Watson’s curt and ingenious response? “Become an engineer.”
We look forward to charting Watson’s continuing success – she is certainly an inspiration and one to watch in the future.