|Real Name:||Emily Olivia Leah Blunt|
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is a British actress. She is the recipient of several accolades, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and nominations for three British Academy Film Awards. Forbes ranked her as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2020.
Blunt made her acting debut in a 2001 stage production of The Royal Family. She went on to appear in the television film Boudica (2003) and portrayed Queen Catherine Howard in the miniseries Henry VIII (2003). She made her feature film debut in the drama My Summer of Love (2004). Blunt’s breakthrough came in 2006 with her starring roles in the television film Gideon’s Daughter and the comedy-drama film The Devil Wears Prada. The former won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the latter earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Blunt’s profile continued to grow with leading roles in the period film The Young Victoria (2009), the romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), the science fiction films The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Looper (2012), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and the musical films Into the Woods (2014) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018). She received critical acclaim for playing a principled FBI agent in the crime film Sicario (2015), and an alcoholic in the thriller The Girl on the Train (2016), which earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role, and a survivalist mother in the horror film A Quiet Place (2018), for which she won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 2021, she starred in the sequel A Quiet Place Part II and the adventure film Jungle Cruise (both 2021).
Emily Blunt Biography
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
23 February 1983
John Krasinski (m. 2010)
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Early life (Emily Blunt Biography)
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt was born on 23 February 1983 in the London Borough of Wandsworth, the second of four children born to joanna, a former actress, teacher, and barrister Oliver Blunt, QC. Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah. Her grandfather was Major General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.
From age seven to 14, Blunt had difficulties with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her manage the stutter through acting. She went on to sit on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering. Blunt attended Ibstock Place School in Roehampton, southwest London, and, at age 16, went to Hurtwood House near Dorking, Surrey, a private sixth form college known for its performing arts program. There, she was discovered and signed by an agent.
2001–2004: Early work
In November 2001, Blunt made her professional debut in Peter Hall’s production of the play The Royal Family, in which she played the role of the granddaughter, Gwen, to Dench’s Fanny Cavendish. Critic Tom Keatinge hailed the production, writing that “Peter Hall’s direction and Anthony Ward’s tremendous set combine with all this to make The Royal Family a terrific night’s entertainment“, and that “it provides a vehicle for acting of the finest quality, with strong performances from the whole ensemble”. Blunt was named “Best Newcomer” for her performance by the Evening Standard. 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. 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. 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.
2005–2010: The Devil Wears Prada and breakthrough
Blunt starred in the British television drama Gideon’s Daughter, based on an original screenplay written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, where she played the troubled only child of New Labour spin doctor Gideon Warner. The film premiered at the Hamptons International Film Festival in 2005 and debuted on British television in February 2006. The drama was praised for its overall “sterling performances,” and Blunt won the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film.
She then featured in the comedy-drama The Devil Wears Prada, set in the fashion world in New York City. Blunt played Emily, the senior assistant of Runway magazine editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. The film was a commercial and critical success, grossing $326 million. Blunt’s performance was praised, with Clifford Pugh of the Houston Chronicle asserting that “[Blunt] has many of the movie’s best lines and steals nearly every scene she’s in.” Blunt has been nominated for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her performance. She attended the 79th Academy Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with co-star Anne Hathaway, both acting as their characters from the film. Blunt then appeared in the independent mystery drama Irresistible.
2011–2014: Science-fiction and comedy films
In 2011, Blunt starred in the British romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallström. She played a financial adviser who recruits a fisheries expert to help realize a sheik’s vision of bringing the sport of fly fishing to the Yemen desert, resulting in a spiritual journey for both in the process. The film premiered at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, receiving positive reviews, as did Blunt’s performance. Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times noted “Blunt and [co-star Ewan McGregor] are two of the most gifted and attractive actors working today, able to play off each other with great style…” Blunt was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical for her performance. Also that year, she made a cameo appearance in Disney’s The Muppets, as Miss Piggy’s receptionist, and starred in the independent comedy-drama Your Sister’s Sister. In November 2011, Blunt was named the ambassador of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Opium.
2015–present: Established actress
In 2015, Blunt starred in the crime thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Blunt played Kate Macer, a principled FBI agent assigned to take down the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Blunt received considerable praise for her performance, with Dan Jolin of Empire magazine calling it “nuanced”, and stating that “Her straight-arrow-sharp determination becomes painfully dulled,” and while Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian found her character implausible, he praised Blunt for “[brazening] out any possible absurdity with great acting focus and front.” Blunt was nominated for her second consecutive Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie.
In 2016, Blunt co-starred in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which serves as both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). The film, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, was a box-office bomb and was mostly dismissed by critics. Blunt then headlined the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train, directed by Tate Taylor. Based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel of the same name, Blunt played Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation. While the film overall received mixed reviews from critics, who felt it failed to live up to the novel, Blunt’s performance earned considerable praise. Writing for Rolling Stone, Peter Travers remarked that “the movie gives away the game faster than the novel,” but credited Blunt for “playing the hell out of [her character] and adding a touch of welcome empathy. [She] digs into the role like an actress possessed – there’s not an ounce of vanity here, [and she] raise[s] Girl to the level of spellbinder.” For her performance in the film, she received nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress and Screen Actors Guild Award (SAG) for Outstanding Female Actor.
Personal life (Emily Blunt Biography)
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 Vancouver, British Columbia, before breaking up in 2008.
In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. They became engaged in August 2009 and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy. They reside in the Brooklyn Heights neighborhood of New York City and have two daughters, one born in 2014 and the other in 2016.
In 2012, Blunt became the sister-in-law of actor Stanley Tucci when he married her sister Felicity.
In August 2015, Blunt became a naturalized citizen of the United States. She took dual citizenship in the United States, suggesting the status helped her tax situation. She has stated that she feels “conflicted” over abandoning her sole allegiance to the United Kingdom.
Acting credits and awards
According to the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes and the box office site Box Office Mojo, Blunt’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful films include The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Looper (2012), Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Into the Woods (2014), Sicario (2015), The Girl on the Train (2016), A Quiet Place (2018), Mary Poppins Returns (2018), and A Quiet Place Part II (2021).