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Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983)[1] is an English-American actress. She made her professional debut in The Royal Family. Her screen debut was in the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen). Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. For her performance in the TV film Gideon's Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.

In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.[2] She received more acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science-fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the sci-fi film Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category. In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016). She stars in The Girl on the Train (2016), based on the international best-selling novel of the same name.

Early life

Blunt was born in Wandsworth, London,[3][4] the second of four children.[5] She is the daughter of Joanna, a former actress and teacher,[6][7] and barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, QC.[8][9][10] Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah.[8][11] Her grandfather was Major-General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt,[12] Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.

From the age of seven to 14, Blunt struggled with stuttering.[13] She credits a school teacher for helping her overcome the stutter through acting.[14] She went on to sit on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering.[15] Blunt attended Ibstock Place School and, at the age of 16, went to Hurtwood House, a private sixth-form college known for its performing arts program. There, she was discovered by an agent.[16]

Career

In November 2001, Blunt made her professional debut, opposite Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production of the play The Royal Family. Hailed by critics for her performance, she was named "Best Newcomer" by The Evening Standard. She went on to perform as Eugenie in Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton at the National Theatre, and as Juliet in Indhu Rubasingham's production of Romeo and Juliet at Chichester Festival Theatre, both in 2002.[16]

In 2003, Blunt made her screen debut in the British television drama Boudica, about the life of the ancient Celtic warrior-queen who fought the Romans. That same year, she was praised for her performance as the 16th-century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.[16]

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In 2004, Blunt delivered her breakout performance as Tamsin in the drama film, My Summer of Love, a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside.[16] She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Natalie Press.[17]

In 2005, Blunt co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British television drama Gideon's Daughter,[16] an original screenplay written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, in which she played the troubled only child of New Labour spin doctor Gideon Warner, played by Nighy. Blunt won a Golden Globe for her performance.[18]

In 2006, Blunt appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada. Her role as Emily garnered her nominations for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She attended the 79th Academy Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway.[19] That same year, Blunt co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the independent drama Irresistible.

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In 2007, Blunt appeared in four films: Wind Chill, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dan in Real Life, and Charlie Wilson's War.[16] In 2008, Blunt appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning in the role of Norah Lorkowski, and The Great Buck Howard as Valerie Brennan.[16] In 2009, Blunt played Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes. She also starred in the Toby Spanton-directed short film Curiosity. She was director Jon Favreau's first choice to play the Black Widow in Iron Man 2 but scheduling conflicts with Gulliver's Travels forced her to cede the role to Scarlett Johansson.[20] She voiced Angelina's mother, Matilda Mouseling, in the television series, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps.

In 2010, Blunt co-starred with Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget horror film The Wolfman. She also starred in Gulliver's Travels and in The Adjustment Bureau, alongside Matt Damon, as a dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.[21] Blunt was offered the female lead in Captain America: The First Avenger but turned it down.[22] In 2011, Blunt was named the ambassadress of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Opium.[23]

Blunt starred in the 2011 British comedy film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallström and co-starring Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas.[24] Also that year, she briefly appeared in Disney's The Muppets, as Miss Piggy's receptionist. She starred in the 2012 film The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nicholas Stoller and co-starring Jason Segel. In January 2011, Blunt began filming an American science-fiction film, Looper, directed by Rian Johnson and co-starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; the film was released in September 2012. Also that year, she starred in Arthur Newman with Colin Firth.[25]

In 2014, she starred alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, the film adaptation of the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.[26] Also that year, Blunt again worked with Disney, playing the Baker's Wife in their film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, which also features her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep as the Witch.[27][28]

In 2015, Blunt starred in the action crime-thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. She came 98th in FHM's Sexiest Women of 2015.[29]

In 2016, she co-starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain in The Huntsman: Winter's War, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan. She will appear in the film The Girl on the Train, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, directed by Tate Taylor and co-starring Rebecca Ferguson, Justin Theroux and Allison Janney. Blunt has officially signed on to play the title character in the 2018 film, Mary Poppins Returns, which will serve as the sequel to the 1964 film.[30]

Personal life

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Blunt had a three-year relationship with Canadian singer Michael Bublé. They met in 2005, while backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in Melbourne. They later shared a home in Vancouver, Canada, before breaking up in 2008.[31]

In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. They became engaged in August 2009,[32] and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy.[33] They have two daughters, Hazel (born 2014)[34][35][36] and Violet (born 2016).[37][38]

Blunt's brother-in-law is her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci. In 2012, Tucci married Blunt's sister Felicity, who works as a literary agent. Blunt introduced the couple.[39][40] Her brother Sebastian is also an actor.[41]

In August 2015, Blunt became naturalized as an American citizen.[42] She took dual-citizenship in the United States, suggesting the status helped her tax and visa situation. She said she felt conflicted over abandoning her sole allegiance to the United Kingdom.[43]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2004 My Summer of Love Tamsin
2006 Devil Wears Prada, TheThe Devil Wears Prada Emily Charlton
2006 Irresistible Mara
2007 Wind Chill Girl
2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Prudie
2007 Dan in Real Life Ruthie Draper
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jane Liddle
2008 Great Buck Howard, TheThe Great Buck Howard Valerie Brennan
2008 Sunshine Cleaning Norah Lorkowski
2009 Young Victoria, TheThe Young Victoria Queen Victoria
2010 Wolfman, TheThe Wolfman Gwen Conliffe
2010 Wild Target Rose
2010 Gulliver's Travels Princess Mary
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet Voice role
2011 Adjustment Bureau, TheThe Adjustment Bureau Elise Sellas
2011 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Harriet Chetwode-Talbot
2011 Your Sister's Sister Iris
2011 Muppets, TheThe Muppets Miss Piggy's Receptionist Cameo
2012 Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year Engagement Violet Barnes
2012 Looper Sara
2013 Arthur Newman Michaela Fitzgerald / Charlotte Fitzgerald
2013 The Wind Rises Naoko Satomi English dub
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Rita Vrataski
2014 Into the Woods The Baker's Wife
2015 Sicario Kate Macer
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Freya
2016 The Girl on the Train Rachel Watson
2017 Animal Crackers Zoe Huntington Voice role; filming
2017 My Little Pony: The Movie[44] Tempest Shadow Voice role; filming
2018 Toby Fox's Undertale Toriel Voice role

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boudica Isolda Movie
2003 Foyle's War Lucy Markham Episode: "War Games"
2003 Henry VIII Catherine Howard Movie
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Linnet Ridgeway Episode: "Death on the Nile"
2005 Empire Camane 6 episodes
2005 Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, TheThe Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Jean Leckie Movie
2006 Gideon's Daughter Natasha Movie
2009 Curiosity Emma Short film
2009 Simpsons, TheThe Simpsons Juliet Hobbes (voice) Episode: "Lisa the Drama Queen"
2015 Lip Sync Battle Herself Episode: "Emily Blunt vs. Anne Hathaway"
2018 Enchanted Journeys Lupe (voice)

Stage

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bliss[45] Maddy[46] Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2001–02 Royal Family, TheThe Royal Family Gwen Theatre Royal Haymarket
2002 Vincent in Brixton Eugenie Loyer National Theatre, London
2002 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Chichester Festival Theatre

Radio

Year Title Role Notes
2004 Bumps and Bruises Holly BBC Radio 4

Awards and nominations

Main article: List of awards and nominations received by Emily Blunt

Official Account

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