Emily Blunt's Biography
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English actress known for her work in My Summer of Love, The Young Victoria and The Devil Wears Prada.
She won the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for the BBC TV film Gideon's Daughter. Blunt stars alongside notable actors such as Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro in The Wolfman.
Blunt is from Roehampton, London, England. She is the second of four children born to Joanna (née Mackie), an English teacher and former actress, and barrister Oliver Blunt QC.
Her uncle is Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigate. At the age of 16 Blunt moved to a sixth-form college known for its performing arts programme, Hurtwood House, which is where she was discovered by an agent.
Blunt previously shared a home with her ex-boyfriend, Canadian singer, Michael Bublé whom she first met in Melbourne backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in 2005. She later provided background vocals on his cover of "Me and Mrs. Jones" on his album Call Me Irresponsible.
She is currently engaged to American actor John Krasinski, who plays Jim Halpert in the US version of the hit television series The Office.
Blunt made her professional debut in Bliss, a new musical written by Paul Sellar, at the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe while she was still an A-level student. She also had a speech condition of stuttering and is now a supporter for a better life for people who stutter.
She went on to perform at the National Theatre and at Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2003, she made her screen debut in the British television drama Boudica, about the life of the ancient British warrior-queen who fought the Romans. She also won considerable praise for her performance as the 16th-century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.
Blunt's breakout role was as Tamsin in the dark British movie, My Summer of Love in 2004, which depicted a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside. She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Nathalie Press.
In 2005, she co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British TV drama Gideon's Daughter, 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 veteran British character actor Bill Nighy.
In 2006, she starred 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 Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway. Blunt and Hathaway lost weight for their roles in the film.
In an interview with Us Weekly, Hathaway said “I basically stuck with fruit, vegetables and fish (to slim down for the movie). I wouldn't recommend that. Emily Blunt and I would clutch at each other and cry because we were so hungry." Blunt also spoke about the weight loss, claiming she had to go "painfully thin".
Blunt co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the independent drama Irresistible. When Sarandon became attached to starring in another movie, The Girl In The Park, she strongly suggested that director David Auburn should cast her.
Blunt did audition for the part, which she almost received but lost to Kate Bosworth. In 2007, she appeared in the film Charlie Wilson's War.
In 2009, she played Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes. The movie co-starred Miranda Richardson and Rupert Friend as the queen's husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.
She has also worked on a number of upcoming movies: Wild Target, the Toby Spanton-directed short film Curiosity and The Wolfman.
Blunt was in the final stages to star as Black Widow in the upcoming Iron Man 2, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. That part then went to Scarlett Johansson.
She is lined up to play opposite Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau as a ballet dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.
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