Emily Watson

Right from the beginning, when she made her feature debut in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (1996), actress Emily Watson found herself an international star. Watson came out of nowhere to charm the audiences at ... Read more »
Born: 01/14/1967 in London, England, GB


Actor (46)

A Royal Night Out 2015 (Movie)

Queen (Actor)

Everest 2015 (Movie)

Helen Wilton (Actor)

Little Boy 2015 (Movie)

Emma (Actor)

Molly Moon's Big Book of Hypnotism 2015 (Movie)

Miss Trinklebury (Actor)

Testament of Youth 2015 (Movie)

Mrs. Brittain (Actor)

Belle 2014 (Movie)

Lady Mansfield (Actor)

The Happy Prince 2014 (Movie)

Constance Wilde (Actor)

The Theory of Everything 2014 (Movie)

Beryl Wilde (Actor)

Some Girl(s) 2013 (Movie)

Lindsay (Actor)

The Book Thief 2013 (Movie)

Rosa (Actor)

Anna Karenina 2012 (Movie)

Countess Lydia Ivanova (Actor)

Appropriate Adult 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Fireflies in the Garden 2011 (Movie)

Jane Lawrence (Actor)

Oranges and Sunshine 2011 (Movie)

Margaret Humphreys (Actor)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

Rosie Narracott (Actor)

Within the Whirlwind 2011 (Movie)

Evgenia Ginzburg (Actor)

Cemetery Junction 2010 (Movie)


Cold Souls 2009 (Movie)

Claire (Actor)

Synecdoche, New York 2008 (Movie)

Tammy (Actor)

The Water Horse 2007 (Movie)

Anne MacMorrow (Actor)

Kruistocht in spijkerbroek 2006 (Movie)


Miss Potter 2006 (Movie)

Millie Warne (Actor)

The Proposition 2006 (Movie)

Martha Stanley (Actor)

Wah-Wah 2006 (Movie)

Ruby Compton (Actor)

Separate Lies 2005 (Movie)

Anne Manning (Actor)

Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Victoria Everglot (Actor)

Back to Gaya 2004 (Movie)

Voice (Actor)

Equilibrium 2002 (Movie)

Mary O'Brien (Actor)

Punch-Drunk Love 2002 (Movie)

Lena Leonard (Actor)

Red Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Reba McClane (Actor)

Gosford Park 2001 (Movie)

Elsie (Actor)

Hitler's Perfect Children 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)


The Luzhin Defense 2001 (Movie)

Natalia (Actor)

Trixie 2000 (Movie)

Trixie Zurbo (Actor)

Angela's Ashes 1999 (Movie)

Mom--Angela McCourt (Actor)

Cradle Will Rock 1999 (Movie)

Olive Stanton (Actor)

Metroland 1999 (Movie)

Marion Lloyd (Actor)

Hilary and Jackie 1998 (Movie)

Jacqueline 'Jackie' du Pre (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

Bess (Actor)

The Dresser (TV Show)


The Mill on the Floss (TV Show)



Right from the beginning, when she made her feature debut in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (1996), actress Emily Watson found herself an international star. Watson came out of nowhere to charm the audiences at the Cannes Film Festival that year, resulting in a slew of awards and nominations, including a nod for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. She proved that her sudden acclaim was no fluke when two years later, she turned in another Oscar-nominated performance in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998). From there, Watson was in constant demand, though she took great strides to avoid the trappings of celebrity by taking roles in serious dramas like "Angela's Ashes" (1999), quirky, offbeat films like "Trixie" (2000), or talky ensemble pieces like "Gosford Park" (2001). She did dabble in the occasional Hollywood film - most notably playing the blind target of a serial killer in "Red Dragon" (2002) and the love interest of Adam Sandler in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). But Watson remained grounded with challenging roles in films like "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), which indulged her creative impulses, rather than increased her profile or bank account.


Juliet Walters

Born November 2005; father, Jack Waters

Jack Waters

Born 1965 Married 1995

Richard Watson


Katharine Watson


Harriet Watson

Worked in architectural publishing


St. James School

Royal Shakespeare Company

Drama Studio London

Ealing 1990

Bristol University

Attended for two years; received an honorary master's degree in 2003



Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"


Featured in Steven Spielberg's feature adaptation of "War Horse," based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo


Co-starred with Dominic West in the miniseries "Appropriate Adult" (ITV)


Played Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor sent to 10 years of hard labor in Siberia, in the biographical drama "Within the Whirlwind"


Cast in Charlie Kaufman's comedy drama "Synecdoche, New York"


Co-starred in the fantasy film "Water Horse," about the fabled Loch Ness Monster


Cast as the intended sister-in-law to Renee Zellweger's Beatrix in "Miss Potter" a biopic of children's author Beatrix Potter


Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, the autobiographical "Wah-Wah," an account of his extraordinary childhood spent in Swaziland


Voiced Victoria Everglot in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"


Cast opposite Tom Wilkinson in Julian Fellowes' directorial debut "Separate Lies"


Played Peter Sellers' long-suffering first wife in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," which premiered at Cannes; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role


Reteamed with Christian Bale in "Equilibrium"


Starred opposite Christian Bale in the sci-fi thriller "Equilibrium" (lensed 2002)


Played the blind girl in "Red Dragon," the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" (1991)


Co-starred with Adam Sandler in "Punch-Drunk Love" which premiered at Cannes


Starred opposite John Turturro in the period romance "The Luzhin Defence"


Cast as the rebellious head housemaid in the Robert Altman-directed period mystery "Gosford Park"


Had title role in Alan Rudolph's "Trixie" as an amateur detective


Played Angela McCourt in the film version of "Angela's Ashes"


Received raves for her portrayal of cellist Jacqueline du Pre in the biopic "Hilary and Jackie"; also earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination


Starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Boxer"


TV debut in British production of "The Mill on the Floss"; shown theatrically in Europe; premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival; shown on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the USA


Breakthrough performance with her film debut, starring in Lars Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Actress


Early British TV appearance in the film "Summer Day's Dream"


Breakthrough stage role, as Mary in revival of "The Children's Hour"


Joined Royal Shakespeare Company, appeared in shows like "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Changeling"

Born and raised in London

Bonus Trivia


On her childhood: "Very nice, middle-class dull. Nothing to tell, really. I come from a very happy, close family. My parents are still together." – Watson quoted in Iinterview magazine, December 1996


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