Emily Watson

Actor
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

Filmography

Actor (44)

A Royal Night Out 2015 (Movie)

Queen Elizabeth (Actor)

Everest 2015 (Movie)

Helen Wilton (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)

Actor

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)

(Actor)

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)

(Actor)

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)

Actor

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)

Actor

The Boxer 1997 (Movie)

Maggie (Actor)

Breaking the Waves 1996 (Movie)

Bess (Actor)

The Mill on the Floss (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Juliet Walters

Daughter
Born November 2005; father, Jack Waters

Jack Waters

Husband
Born 1965 Married 1995

Richard Watson

Father

Katharine Watson

Mother

Harriet Watson

Sister
Worked in architectural publishing

EDUCATION

St. James School

Royal Shakespeare Company

Drama Studio London

Ealing 1990

Bristol University

1988
Attended for two years; received an honorary master's degree in 2003

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"

2011

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

2011

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

2009

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

2008

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

2007

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

2006

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

2006

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

2005

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

2005

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

2004

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

2002

Reteamed with Christian Bale in "Equilibrium"

2002

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

2002

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

2002

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

2001

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

2001

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

2000

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

1999

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

1998

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

1997

Starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Boxer"

1996

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

1996

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

1994

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

1994

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

1992

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

Born and raised in London

Bonus Trivia

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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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