Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt Comic-Con 2013.jpg
Blunt at San Diego Comic-Con, 2013
BornEmily Olivia Leah Blunt
(1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 31)
London, England
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)John Krasinski (m. 2010)
RelativesPeter Blunt (grandfather)
Crispin Blunt (uncle)
Stanley Tucci (brother-in-law)
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Emily Blunt
Emily Blunt Comic-Con 2013.jpg
Blunt at San Diego Comic-Con, 2013
BornEmily Olivia Leah Blunt
(1983-02-23) 23 February 1983 (age 31)
London, England
Years active2003–present
Spouse(s)John Krasinski (m. 2010)
RelativesPeter Blunt (grandfather)
Crispin Blunt (uncle)
Stanley Tucci (brother-in-law)

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983)[1] is an English actress. She has appeared in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), The Young Victoria (2009), The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Looper (2012), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014). 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 the BBC television drama Gideon's Daughter (2007).[2] In 2009, she received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.[3]

Early life[edit]

Blunt was born in London,[4] the second of four children of Joanna, a teacher and former actress, and barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, QC, one of the highest-profile barristers in the United Kingdom who earned an estimated £1 million annually.[5][6][7][8][9] Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Suzanna. Her grandfather was Major-General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt,[10] Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.[11][12] 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.[13] There, she was discovered by an agent.[13]


Blunt made her professional debut in The Royal Family, a play opposite Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production.[13] Hailed by critics for her performance, she was named "Best Newcomer" by The Evening Standard.[13] 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.[13]

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.[13] 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.[13]

Blunt at the 2007 BAFTAs

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.[13] She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Natalie Press.[14]

In 2005, Blunt co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British television drama Gideon's Daughter,[13] 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.[15]

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. Her role as Emily garnered her nominations to a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. She appeared at the 79th Academy Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway.[16] 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 Chill, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dan in Real Life, and Charlie Wilson's War.[13] In 2008, Blunt appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning in the role of Norah Lorkowski, and The Great Buck Howard as Valerie Brennan.[13] 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 with Gulliver's Travels forced her to cede the role to Scarlett Johansson.[17] 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 dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.[18] Blunt was offered the female lead in Captain America: The First Avenger but turned it down.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] 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. Also that year, she starred in Arthur Newman with Colin Firth.[22]

In 2014, she starred alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, the film adaptation of the Japanese novel, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka.[23] Blunt will play the Baker's Wife in the film adaptation of the musical, Into the Woods, which also features her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep as the Witch.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Blunt with husband John Krasinski at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

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, Canada, before breaking up in 2008.[26] In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. Blunt and Krasinski became engaged in August 2009,[27] and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy.[28] They have one daughter, Hazel, born on 16 February 2014.[29]

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.[30][31] Her brother Sebastian is an actor.[32]

As a child from ages 7 to 14, Blunt struggled with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her overcome the stutter through acting.[33] She went on to sit on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering.[34]


2003Henry VIIICatherine HowardTelevision film
2004My Summer of LoveTamsin
2005Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle, TheThe Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan DoyleJean LeckieTelevision film
2005Gideon's DaughterNatashaTelevision film
2006Devil Wears Prada, TheThe Devil Wears PradaEmily Charlton
2007Wind ChillGirl
2007Dan in Real LifeRuthie Draper
2007Charlie Wilson's WarJane Liddle
2007Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book ClubPrudie
2008Great Buck Howard, TheThe Great Buck HowardValerie Brennan
2009Young Victoria, TheThe Young VictoriaQueen Victoria
2009Sunshine CleaningNorah Lorkowski
2009CuriosityEmmaShort film
2010Wild TargetRose
2010Wolfman, TheThe WolfmanGwen Conliffe
2010Gulliver's TravelsPrincess Mary
2011Gnomeo & JulietJuliet (voice)
2011Adjustment Bureau, TheThe Adjustment BureauElise Sellas
2011Muppets, TheThe MuppetsMiss Piggy's Receptionist
2012Five-Year Engagement, TheThe Five-Year EngagementViolet Barnes
2012Salmon Fishing in the YemenHarriet Chetwode-Talbot
2012Your Sister's SisterIris
2013Arthur NewmanMichaela Fitzgerald / Charlotte Fitzgerald
2014The Wind RisesNaoko Satomi (voice)English dub
2014Edge of TomorrowSergeant Rita Rose Vrataski
2014Into the WoodsThe Baker's Wife[35]Post-production
2015SicarioKate MacyFilming


2003Foyle's WarLucy MarkhamEpisode: "War Games"
2004Agatha Christie's PoirotLinnet RidgewayEpisode: "Death on the Nile"
2009Simpsons, TheThe SimpsonsJuliet Hobbes (voice)Episode: "Lisa the Drama Queen"
2009Angelina Ballerina: The Next StepsMatilda Mouseling (voice)


2000BlissMaddy[36]Edinburgh Fringe Festival
2001–2002Royal Family, TheThe Royal FamilyGwenTheatre Royal Haymarket
2002Vincent in BrixtonEugenie LoyerNational Theatre, London
2002Romeo and JulietJulietChichester Festival Theatre


2004Bumps and BruisesHollyBBC Radio 4

Awards and nominations[edit]

2004British Independent Film AwardMost Promising NewcomerMy Summer of LoveNominated
2005ALFS AwardBritish Newcomer of the YearMy Summer of LoveNominated
2005Motovun Film FestivalSpecial Mention (shared with Natalie Press)My Summer of LoveWon
2005Evening Standard British Film AwardMost Promising Newcomer (shared with Natalie Press)My Summer of LoveWon
2006Teen Choice AwardMovies - Choice Breakout (Female)The Devil Wears PradaNominated
2006DFWFCA AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Devil Wears PradaNominated
2007MTV Movie AwardBreakthrough PerformanceThe Devil Wears PradaNominated
2007MTV Movie AwardBest Comedic PerformanceThe Devil Wears PradaNominated
2007BAFTA AwardRising Star AwardNominated
2007BAFTA Film AwardBest Actress in a Supporting RoleThe Devil Wears PradaNominated
2007ALFS AwardBritish Supporting Actress of the YearThe Devil Wears PradaWon
2007Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureThe Devil Wears PradaNominated
2007Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series or TV FilmGideon's DaughterWon
2007Women in Film Crystal AwardsFace of the FutureWon
2009DFWFCA AwardBest ActressThe Young VictoriaNominated
2009British Independent Film AwardBest ActressThe Young VictoriaNominated
2009Britannia AwardBritish Artist of the YearWon
2009Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Supporting RoleSunshine CleaningNominated
2009Satellite AwardBest Actress in a Motion Picture, DramaThe Young VictoriaNominated
2010Critics Choice AwardBest ActressThe Young VictoriaNominated
2010Costume Designers Guild AwardPresident's AwardWon
2010Empire AwardBest ActressThe Young VictoriaNominated
2010Golden GlobeBest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – DramaThe Young VictoriaNominated
2010ALFS AwardBritish Actress of the YearThe Young VictoriaNominated
2010ALFS AwardBritish Supporting Actress of the YearSunshine CleaningNominated
2010Vancouver Film Critics CircleBest Actress in a Canadian FilmThe Young VictoriaWon
2012Saturn AwardBest Supporting ActressThe Adjustment BureauWon
2012Gotham Independent Film AwardBest Ensemble PerformanceYour Sister's SisterWon
2012Chicago Film Critics Association AwardBest Supporting ActressLooperNominated
2013People's Choice AwardFavorite Comedic Movie ActressThe Five-Year EngagementNominated
2013Broadcast Film Critics Association AwardBest Actress in an Action MovieLooperNominated
2013Golden Globe AwardBest Actress – Motion Picture Musical or ComedySalmon Fishing in the YemenNominated
2013London Film Critics Circle AwardBritish Actress of the YearYour Sister's Sister and LooperNominated
2014Teen Choice AwardChoice Movie Actress: ActionEdge of TomorrowNominated


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