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Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English actress best known for her roles in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), and Looper (2012). She has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two London Film Critics' Circle Awards, and one BAFTA Award. She won a Golden Globe Award for her work in theBBC television drama Gideon's Daughter (2007).

Early life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Emily Blunt was born 23 February 1983 in Roehampton in South West London. She is the second of four children born to Joanna, a teacher and former actress, and barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, QC, one of the highest-profile barristers in the United Kingdom, earning an estimated £1 million annually.[4][5][6][7][8] Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Suzanna. Her grandfather was Major-General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin BluntConservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.[9][10]

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 programme.[11] There, she was discovered by an agent.[11] Blunt made her professional debut in The Royal Family, a play opposite Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production.[11] Hailed by critics for her performance, she was named "Best Newcomer" by The Evening Standard.[11] 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.[11]

Film career[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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.[11] 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.[11]

In 2004, Blunt delivered her breakout performance as Tamsin in the dark British film, My Summer of Love, a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside.[11] She shared anEvening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Natalie Press.[12]

In 2005, Blunt co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British television drama Gideon's Daughter,[11] 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.[13]

[1][2]Blunt at the 2007 BAFTAs

In 2006, Blunt appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada. Streep and Hathaway received most of the critical attention initially, but Blunt proved to be equally memorable, with Entertainment Weekly naming her the Best Female Scene-Stealer in their end-of-summer special issue. She appeared at the 79th Academy Awardswhere she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway. Blunt spoke about the weight loss, claiming she had to go "painfully thin".[14] That same year, Blunt co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the independent drama Irresistible. Following production, Sarandon strongly suggested to director David Auburn that he cast Blunt in his next film, The Girl in the Park— a role she did not accept.

In 2007, Blunt appeared in four films: Wind ChillThe Jane Austen Book ClubDan in Real Life, and Charlie Wilson's War.[11] In 2008, Blunt appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning in the role of Norah Lorkowski, and The Great Buck Howard as Valerie Brennan.[11] 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 withGulliver's Travels forced her to cede the role to Scarlett Johansson.[15] 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 movie The Wolfman, which was released on 12 February. She also starred in Gulliver's Travels and in The Adjustment Bureau, alongside Matt Damon, as a ballet dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.[16] Blunt was offered the female lead in Captain America: The First Avenger but turned it down.[17] She was replaced by Australian actress Abbie Cornish to play the lead in David Riker's independent film The Girl. She dropped out the film due to scheduling conflicts. In 2011, Blunt was named the ambassadress of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Opium.[18]

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.[19] Also that year, she briefly appeared in 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.

In 2013, she is set to star alongside Tom Cruise in the film adaptation of the Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.[20] She is scheduled to star in Arthur Newman, Golf Pro with Colin Firth.[21] Blunt will play the Baker's Wife in the film adaptation of the musical, Into the Woods, which also feature her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep as the Witch.[22][23]

Personal life[edit source | editbeta]Edit

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 VancouverCanada, before breaking up in 2008.[24] In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. The couple became engaged in August 2009,[25] and married on 10 July 2010 in ComoItaly.[26]

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 was responsible for introducing the couple.[27][28] Her brother Sebastian is an actor.[29]

As a child, approximately from ages 7 to 14, Blunt struggled with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her overcome the stutter through acting.[30] She now sits on the Board of Directors for the American Institute for Stuttering.[31] Blunt has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.[32]

Filmography[edit source | editbeta]Edit

[3][4]Blunt at the Adjustment Bureau Premiere

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Boudica Isolda also known as Warrior Queen
2004 My Summer of Love Tamsin Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer(shared with Natalie Press)

Motovun Film Festival: Special Mention(shared with Natalie Press) Nominated - British Independent Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer Nominated - London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Newcomer of the Year

2006 The Devil Wears Prada Emily Charlton London Film Critics Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year

Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Breakthrough Performance Nominated - MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance Nominated - Teen Choice Award for Choice Breakout Female

2006 Irresistible Mara
2007 Wind Chill Girl
2007 Dan in Real Life Ruthie Draper
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Jane Liddle
2007 The Jane Austen Book Club Prudie
2008 The Great Buck Howard Valerie Brennan
2009 The Young Victoria Queen Victoria Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in a Canadian Film

Nominated - BIFA Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a British Independent Film Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated - Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress Nominated - Empire Award for Best Actress Nominated - Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated - London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama

2009 Sunshine Cleaning Norah Lorkowski Nominated - London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Supporting Actress of the Year

Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture

2009 Curiosity Emma Short film
2010 Wild Target Rose
2010 The Wolfman Gwen Conliffe
2010 Gulliver's Travels Princess Mary
2011 Gnomeo & Juliet Juliet Voice
2011 The Adjustment Bureau Elise Sellas Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress
2011 The Muppets Miss Piggy's Receptionist
2012 The Five-Year Engagement Violet Barnes Nominated - People's Choice Award for Favorite Comedic Movie Actress
2012 Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Harriet Nominated − Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2012 Your Sister's Sister Iris Gotham Award for Best Ensemble Performance

Nominated - London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

2012 Looper Sara Nominated - Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie

Nominated - Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated - London Film Critics' Circle Award for British Actress of the Year

2013 Arthur Newman Mike
2014 Edge of Tomorrow Rita Vrataski Post-production
2014 Into The Woods[33] The Baker's Wife Pre-production
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Henry VIII Catherine Howard TV movie
2003 Foyle's War Lucy Markham Episode: "War Games"
2004 Agatha Christie's Poirot Linnet Ridgeway Episode: "Death on the Nile"
2005 Empire Camane TV miniseries
2005 The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Jean Leckie TV movie
2005 Gideon's Daughter Natasha TV movie

Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress - Series, Miniseries or Television Film

2009 The Simpsons Juliet Hobbes (voice) Episode: "Lisa the Drama Queen"
2009 Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps Matilda Mouseling (voice) TV series
Theatre
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bliss[34] Maddy Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland
2001–2002 The Royal Family Gwen Theatre Royal Haymarket, London
2002 Vincent in Brixton Eugenie Loyer National Theatre, London
2002 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Chichester Festival Theatre, Chicester
2004 Bumps and Bruises Holly BBC Radio 4

Awards and nominations[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Awards
Year Award Category Production Result
2004 British Independent Film Award Most Promising Newcomer My Summer of Love Nominated
2005 ALFS Award British Newcomer of the Year My Summer of Love Nominated
2005 Motovun Film Festival Special Mention My Summer of Love Won (shared with Natalie Press)
2005 Evening Standard British Film Award Most Promising Newcomer My Summer of Love Won (shared with Natalie Press)
2006 Teen Choice Award Movies - Choice Breakout (Female) The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2006 DFWFCA Award Best Supporting Actress The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 MTV Movie Award Breakthrough Performance The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 BAFTA Award Rising Star Award Nominated
2007 BAFTA Film Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 ALFS Award British Supporting Actress of the Year The Devil Wears Prada Won
2007 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture The Devil Wears Prada Nominated
2007 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series or TV Film Gideon's Daughter Won
2007 Women in Film Crystal Awards Face of the Future Won
2009 DFWFCA Award Best Actress The Young Victoria Nominated
2009 British Independent Film Award Best Actress The Young Victoria Nominated
2009 Britannia Award British Artist of the Year Won
2009 Satellite Award Best Actress in a Supporting Role Sunshine Cleaning Nominated
2009 Satellite Award Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama The Young Victoria Nominated
2010 Critics Choice Award Best Actress The Young Victoria Nominated
2010 Costume Designers Guild Award President's Award Won
2010 Empire Award Best Actress The Young Victoria Nominated
2010 Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama The Young Victoria Nominated
2010 ALFS Award British Actress of the Year The Young Victoria Nominated
2010 ALFS Award British Supporting Actress of the Year Sunshine Cleaning Nominated
2010 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress in a Canadian Film The Young Victoria Won
2012 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress The Adjustment Bureau Won
2012 Gotham Independent Film Award Best Ensemble Performance Your Sister's Sister Won
2012 Chicago Film Critics Association Award Best Supporting Actress Looper Nominated
2013 People's Choice Award Favorite Comedic Movie Actress The Five-Year Engagement Nominated
2013 Broadcast Film Critics Association Award Best Actress in an Action Movie Looper Nominated
2013 Golden Globe Award Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Nominated
2013 London Film Critics Circle Award British Actress of the Year Your Sister's Sister and Looper Nominated
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