Date of Birth
23 February 1983, Roehampton, London, England, UK
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
5′ 7½” (1.71 m)
Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria (2009) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).
She was born on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of a teacher mother and barrister father. She received a rigorous education at Ibstock Place School, a co-ed private school at Roehampton. However, young Emily Blunt had a stammer, since she was a kid of 8. Her mother took her to relaxation classes, which did not do anything. She reached a turning point at 12, when a teacher cleverly asked her to play a character with a different voice and said, “I really believe in you”. Blunt ended up using a northern accent, and it did the trick, her stammer disappeared.
From 1999 – 2001, Blunt went to Hurtwood House, the top co-ed boarding school where she would excel at sport, cello and singing. She also had two years of drama studies at Hurtwood’s theatre course. In August 2000, she was chosen to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. She was signed up by an agent, Kenneth Mcreddie, who led her to the West End and the BBC, scoring her roles in several period dramas on stage as well as on TV productions, such as “Foyle’s War” (2002), Henry VIII (2003) (TV) and “Empire” (2005). In 2001, she appeared as “Gwen Cavendish” opposite Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “The Royal Family” at Haymarket Theatre. For that role, she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. In 2002, she played “Juliet” in “Romeo and Juliet” at the prestigious Chichester Festival.
Blunt’s career ascended to international fame after she starred as “Isolda” opposite Alex Kingston in Warrior Queen (2003). A year later, she won critical acclaim for her breakout performance as “Tamsin”, a well-educated, cynical and deceptive 16-year-old beauty in My Summer of Love (2004), a story of two lonely girls from the opposite ends of the social heap. Emily Blunt and her co-star, Natalie Press, shared an Evening Standard British Film award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2005, she spent a few months in Australia filming Irresistible (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill. Blunt gave an impressive performance as “Mara”, a cunning young destroyer who acts crazy and surreptitiously provokes paranoia in others. She also continued her work on British television, starring as “Natasha” in Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter (2005) (TV), opposite Bill Nighy, a role that won her a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.
She continued the line of playing manipulative characters as “Emily”, a caustic put-upon assistant to Meryl Streep’s lead in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Blunt’s performance with a neurotic twist added a dimension of sarcasm to the comedy, and gained her much attention as well as new jobs: in two dramas opposite Tom Hanks, then in the title role in the period drama, The Young Victoria (2009). Her most recent works include appearances as antiques dealer “Gwen Conliffe” in The Wolfman (2010) and as the ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau (2011).
Emily Blunt is a highly versatile actress and a multifaceted person. Her talents include singing and playing cello; she is also skilled at horseback riding. She was in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Bublé, whom she met at the Australian Logie Awards in 2005 and, again, a few months later, backstage at his Los Angeles concert. Their relationship ended in 2008. Blunt’s friend, Anne Hathaway, introduced her to John Krasinski, and they have been together since November 2008. On August 28, 2009, Blunt and Krasinski announced their engagement. The couple married on July 10, 2010, at the estate of their friend, George Clooney, on Lake Como in Italy. Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky are living in the Los Angeles area, California.
John Krasinski (10 July 2010 – present)
Bought a $ 2.2 million new house in Vancouver where she lived with her boyfriend at the time, pop singer Michael Bublé.
Co-star Meryl Streep has praised Blunt as the best young actress she’s worked with in some time, perhaps ever.
Named Best Female Scene-Stealer for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) by Entertainment Weekly.
She was told to lose weight for her role as Emily in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). She revealed this in a 2006 interview with Craig Ferguson. Co-star Anne Hathaway tells a similar story, and reports that she and Emily were always hungry on-set due to being kept on strict diets to maintain the rail-thin “super-model” look.
For her breakout performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Emily convinced David Frankel that her character should be British rather than American. Emily also improvised many of her lines and told interviewers that she based the character on people she’s met, but would never want to associate with.
In 2004, Emily shared the prestigious Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with Natalie Press.
Acting and adopting new accents helped her to overcome a debilitating speech impediment at age 12.
Admits she and her The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Stanley Tucci competed to see who could be more over-the-top in their scenes. Tucci admits his young co-star won “hands down”.
At the 2002 Chichester Festival, Emily earned rave reviews playing Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Favourite actresses are: Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.
Made her theatrical debut alongside Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family. She had only six months of formal acting training before gaining the role of Gwen.
Susan Sarandon asked her to audition for the role of Mara in Irresistible (2006) after seeing My Summer of Love (2004).
Upon filming their first scene together for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Meryl Streep laughed that Blunt should be given the film carbon copy, rather than steal the movie.
She is not related to singer James Blunt.
She is the great-niece of actor and retired Major-General Tony Richardson.
Grew up in Roehampton, London.
The new face of Max Mara add campaign (2007).
Her ex-boyfriend Michael Bublé wrote the hit single “Everything” for her. She is also on his album “Call Me Irresponsible”, where she sings briefly at the end of the song “Me and Mrs. Jones”.
Was named as one of Screen International’s “Stars of Tomorrow” alongside James McAvoy, Noel Clarke, Michelle Ryan and Rupert Friend.
Attended the 2008 Park City – Kari Feinstein Sundance Style Lounge.
Broke up with longtime boyfriend Michael Bublé in July 2008. They had been together since 2005.
Best friends with actress Anne Hathaway. Emily refers to Anne as “her rock”.
Announced her engagement to actor John Krasinski on August 28, 2009. They have been together since November 2008.
Is a strong alto singer.
Is a grade 8 cellist.
At 16, was offered a record deal after a producer spotted her in the musical ‘Bliss’ at the Edinburgh Festival.
Had a hamster named Tigger.
Was in consideration to replace Katie Holmes in the role of Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight (2008), but Maggie Gyllenhaal was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (????) after Keira Knightley dropped out of the project, but Carey Mulligan was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Madolyn in The Departed (2006), but Vera Farmiga was cast instead.
Was originally cast as Natasha Rushman/Black Widow in Iron Man 2 (2010), but dropped out due to a scheduling clash with Gulliver’s Travels (2010). As a result Scarlett Johansson was cast instead.
Was in consideration for the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), but Hayley Atwell was cast instead.
Niece of Crispin Blunt who is a Member of Parliament (MP) for the British Conservative Party and also holds the post of Parliamentary Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Justice.
Neighbors with Jimmy Kimmel.
She is also the grand-daughter of Major General Peter Blunt CB., MBE., GM., FCIT., and read a piece, beautifully, at his funeral in 2003. He won the George Medal for rescuing a soldier from truck soaked in petrol after an accident in Germany.
Enjoys horseback riding.
Ranked #8 in the ‘Women We’d Love To Love’ by a poll of 4,000 gay women.
Ranked #73 in the 2009 FHM list of “100 Sexiest Women in the World”.
Ranked #53 in the 2010 Ask Men list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Ranked #58 in the 2009 Ask Men list of the Top 99 Most Desirable Women.
Ranked as having one of the most “Beautiful Famous Faces” by “The Annual Independent Critics List of the 100 Most Beautiful Famous Faces From Around the World.” She was ranked #19 in 2010 and #34 in 2009
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