English actress and activist, Emma Watson, is best known for her iconic role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. Born in Paris, Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was raised in Oxfordshire, England. She attended the Dragon School in Oxford and later Headington School for Girls. Watson won her first film role when she was just 9 years old, appearing in the 2001 film, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. She would go on to star in the Harry Potter franchise for the next 10 years, gaining wide recognition for her portrayal of the intelligent and courageous Hermione Granger. Watson earned numerous awards for her performance, including two National Movie Awards for Best Female Performance and Best Breakthrough Performance.
In 2010, Watson graduated from Brown University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She also studied at Worcester College and the University of Oxford. Watson has since gone on to star in several films. She has appeared in the romantic comedy, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and the crime drama, The Bling Ring. Watson also starred as Belle in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. In 2017, she starred in the biographical drama, The Circle, and the science fiction drama, The Tale of Despereaux.
In addition to her acting career, Watson is an outspoken advocate for gender equality and education. She was appointed a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador in 2014 and has since been a vocal advocate for the empowerment of women and girls. Watson’s work with UN Women includes launching the HeForShe campaign, which promotes gender equality and encourages men to become advocates for change.
Watson is an avid reader and enjoys travelling. She has also been involved in several humanitarian projects and has donated to charities such as Oxfam, the World Wildlife Fund, and the Red Cross. Her impressive career, humanitarian work, and activism have made her an inspiration to many.