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Emily Watson

Emily Watson English actress

English actress
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Intro English actress
A.K.A. Emily Anita Watson
Is Actor Television actor Film actor Stage actor
From United Kingdom
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender female
Birth 14 January 1967, London, UK
Age: 53 years
Star sign CapricornCapricorn
Residence Greenwich, United Kingdom
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Height: 1.7272 m
The details
Biography

Emily Margaret Watson OBE (born 14 January 1967) is an English actress. She began her career on stage and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992. In 2002, she starred in productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, and was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter. Her other films include The Boxer (1997), Angela's Ashes (1999), Gosford Park (2001), Punch-Drunk Love (2002), Red Dragon (2002), The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), Corpse Bride (2005), Miss Potter (2006), Synecdoche, New York (2008), Oranges and Sunshine (2010), War Horse (2011), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017). For her role in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her debut film role as Bess McNeil in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves (1996) and for her role as Jacqueline du Pré in Hilary and Jackie (1998), winning the BIFA Award for Best Actress for the latter. She won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for playing Janet Leach in the 2011 ITV television biopic Appropriate Adult.

Early life

Watson was born in London. Her father, Richard Watson, was an architect, and her mother, Katharine (née Venables), was an English teacher at St David's Girls' School, West London. She was brought up as an Anglican. She has described her childhood-self as 'a nice middle-class English girl ... I'd love to say I was a rebellious teenager, but I wasn't.'

Watson was educated at St James Independent Schools in west London, which she has described as 'progressive'. She attended the University of Bristol, where she obtained a BA (1988, English). She later received an MA (2003, honorary) from Bristol University.

Theatrical career

Watson's career began on the stage. Her theatre credits include The Children's Hour (at the Royal National Theatre), Three Sisters, Much Ado About Nothing and The Lady from the Sea. Watson has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in A Jovial Crew, The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well and The Changeling. In 2002, she took time off from cinema to play two roles in Sam Mendes' repertory productions of Uncle Vanya and Twelfth Night, first at Mendes' Donmar Warehouse in London and later at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Her performance was widely acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic and she was nominated for an Olivier Award nomination for Uncle Vanya.

Film career

Film debut

Watson was virtually unknown until director Lars von Trier chose her to star in Breaking the Waves (1996) after Helena Bonham Carter dropped out. Watson's performance as Bess McNeill won her the Los Angeles, London and New York Critics' Circle Awards, the US National Society of Film Critics' Award for Best Actress, and an Oscar nomination.

Subsequent career

Watson at the British Academy Film Awards in the Royal Opera House, February 2007

Watson came to public notice again in another controversial role, that of cellist Jacqueline du Pré in Hilary and Jackie, for which she learned to play the cello in three months, and received another Oscar nomination. She also played a leading role in Cradle Will Rock, a story of a theatre show in the 1930s, directed by Tim Robbins. Though she won the title role of Frank McCourt's mother in the adaptation of his acclaimed memoir, Angela's Ashes, the film underperformed. In 2001, she appeared with John Turturro in The Luzhin Defence and in Robert Altman's ensemble piece Gosford Park.

Watson with Adam Sandler, Paul Thomas Anderson and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The 2002 Cannes Film Festival promoting Punch-Drunk Love

The following year, she starred as Reba McClane in the adaptation of Thomas Harris's The Silence of the Lambs prequel, Red Dragon, as the romantic interest of Adam Sandler in Paul Thomas Anderson's Punch-Drunk Love and in the sci-fi action thriller Equilibrium with Christian Bale.

In 2004, Watson received a Golden Globe nomination for her performance as Peter Sellers's first wife, Anne Howe, in the HBO film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. 2005 saw Watson star in four films: Wah-Wah, Richard E. Grant's autobiographical directorial debut; Separate Lies, directed by Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes; Tim Burton's animated film Corpse Bride, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter; and John Hillcoat's Australian-set "western", The Proposition.

In 2006, Watson took a supporting role in Miss Potter, a biographical drama about children's author Beatrix Potter, from Babe director Chris Noonan, with Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger; and also in an adaptation of Thea Beckman's children's novel Crusade in Jeans. In 2007, she appeared in The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep, an adaptation of the Dick King-Smith children's novel about the origin of the Loch Ness Monster.

In 2008, Watson starred with Julia Roberts and Carrie-Anne Moss in Fireflies in the Garden, the Lifetime Television movie The Memory Keeper's Daughter (based on the novel with the same name), and in screenwriter Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut, Synecdoche, New York. In 2009 she appeared in the film Cold Souls, from first-time director Sophie Barthes, and Within the Whirlwind, a biographical film of Russian poet and Gulag survivor Evgenia Ginzburg from The Luzhin Defence director Marleen Gorris. Watson considers Ginzburg her best recent role; however, the film was not picked up for distribution.

In 2010, she starred in Oranges and Sunshine, a film recounting the true story of children sent into abusive care homes in Australia, directed by Jim Loach, and also the following year (2011) in War Horse, an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo's prizewinning novel, directed by Steven Spielberg. In 2011, she played Janet Leach in the ITV two-part film Appropriate Adult, about serial killer Fred West, for which she won a BAFTA.

In 2014, Watson had supporting roles in The Book Thief, alongside Geoffrey Rush and Sophie Nélisse, and the Oscar-nominated film The Theory of Everything, portraying Jane Wilde, Hawking's mother in law, alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. In 2015, she had supporting roles in Testament of Youth, alongside Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington, Eduardo Verástegui's Little Boy and A Royal Night Out, in which she portrayed Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. She also received rave reviews for her portrayal of Julie Nicholson in the BBC Drama A Song for Jenny, with experts tipping her to win the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress.

In 2019 she appeared as a nuclear scientist — a composite of several real scientists — in the miniseries Chernobyl.

Watson was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2015 New Year Honours for services to drama. In 2017, she starred in the BBC mini-series Apple Tree Yard.

Scriptwriting

In 2007, Mood Indigo, a script written by Watson and her husband, was optioned by Capitol Films. The film is a love story set during the Second World War and concerns a young woman who falls in love with a pilot.

Missed roles

Director Jean-Pierre Jeunet wrote the character Amélie for Watson to play (Amélie was originally named Emily) but she eventually turned the role down due to difficulties speaking French and a desire not to be away from home. The role made a star of Audrey Tautou. She was also the first choice to play Elizabeth I in Shekhar Kapur's film Elizabeth, the role that won Cate Blanchett an Academy Award nomination.

She is frequently confused with Emma Watson, the actress who plays Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series due to closeness in name. She has stated that she does not correct anyone who makes that mistake, as she is "quite flattered that people think I'm 21".

Charity

Watson is a supporter of the children's charity the NSPCC. In 2004, she was inducted into the society's hall of fame for spearheading the successful campaign to appoint a Children's Commissioner for England. Receiving her award in the crowded House of Commons, she spoke out against the possibility that the Children's Commissioner become a figurehead with little real power. She is also one of the patrons of the London children's charity Scene & Heard. In April 2018, Watson presented Maternity Worldwide as her chosen charity on the BBC Radio 4 Appeal.

Personal life

Watson married Jack Waters, whom she had met at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1995. Their daughter, Juliet, was born in 2005, and their son Dylan in 2009. They live in Greenwich, London. Her mother fell ill with encephalitis shortly before filming commenced on Oranges and Sunshine. Watson returned to London but arrived just after her death.

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award Result
1996 Breaking the Waves Bodil Award for Best Actress Won
European Film Award for Best Actress Won
Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Won
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival President Award for Best Actress Won
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Newcomer of the Year Won
Los Angeles Film Critics Association's New Generation Award Won
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actress Won
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress Won
Robert Award for Best Actress Won
Academy Award for Best Actress Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Actress of the Year Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
1998 Hilary and Jackie British Independent Film Award for Best Actress Won
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Actress of the Year Won
Academy Award for Best Actress Nominated
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actress Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1999 Cradle Will Rock London Film Critics' Award for Best British Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
Angela's Ashes London Film Critics' Award for Best British Actress of the Year Won
BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
IFTA Award for Best Actress Nominated
2000 The Luzhin Defence British Independent Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Actress of the Year Nominated
2001 Gosford Park Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast Won
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast Won
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Won
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture Won
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Won
European Film Awards Audience Award for Best Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated
2002 Punch-Drunk Love Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss Nominated
Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Red Dragon Fangoria Chainsaw Award for Best Supporting Actress Won
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Supporting Actress of the Year Won
Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Empire Award for Best Actress Nominated
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
2005 Separate Lies London Film Critics' Award for Best British Actress of the Year Nominated
Wah-Wah British Independent Film Award for Best Actress Nominated
The Proposition IF Award for Best Actress Nominated
London Film Critics' Award for Best British Supporting Actress of the Year Nominated
2008 Synecdoche, New York Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast Won
Independent Spirit Award's Robert Altman Award Won
2009 Cold Souls Gotham Independent Film Award for Best Ensemble Cast Nominated
2011 Oranges and Sunshine AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Nominated
Appropriate Adult BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress Won
Golden Nymph for Outstanding Actress in a Miniseries Won
RTS Television Award for Best Actor (Female) Won
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Movie/Miniseries Actress Nominated
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Nominated
2013 The Book Thief Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated
2014 The Theory of Everything Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Nominated
2017 Apple Tree Yard International Emmy Award for Best Performance by an Actress Nominated
2019 Chernobyl Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Nominated
2020 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Movie/Miniseries Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Pending
Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
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