Emily Blunt Biography

Emily Blunt is a famous British-American actress. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and fun facts about her.

Emily Blunt
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Birthday: February 23, 1983

Nationality: British

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Age: 36 Years, 36 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Emily Olivia Leah Blunt

Born in: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Famous as: Actress

Height: 5'7" (170 cm), 5'7" Females


Spouse/Ex-: John Krasinski

father: Oliver Simon Peter Blunt

mother: Joanna

siblings: Stanley Tucci

children: Hazel Krasinski, Violet Krasinski

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education: Ibstock Place School

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Emily Blunt is a British-American actress whose claims to fame include seminal roles in films like ‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ‘The Girl on the Train, and ‘Edge of Tomorrow’. She used to stammer as a kid but overcame her stammering eventually. An intense avidness for acting during her growing up years saw her landing the part of Juliet in a theatrical adaptation of the legendary Shakespearean tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’, at the age of 18. Soon after, she debuted professionally by appearing in ‘The Royal Family’, a drama adapted for the London stage where she starred opposite the celebrated English actress, Dame Judi Dench. The Evening Standard bestowed her with the ‘Best Newcomer’ award for her portrayal of Gwen Cavendish in the play. After appearing in numerous other stage productions, she got her first major break to act in the small screen when she was offered a part in the British TV film ‘Boudica’. She also bagged the role of Catherine Howard in ‘Henry VIII’, a drama movie adapted for the television. Soon after, she made her debut on the big screen with the movie ‘My Summer of Love’. Thereafter, Emily went on to star in numerous movies, TV films and episodes for which she has earned several prestigious awards and nominations.

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Emily Blunt
Childhood & Early Life
  • Emily Blunt was born on 23 February 1983, in Wandsworth, London, to Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, a barrister, and Joanna, a teacher and one-time actress. She has three siblings, an older sister, Felicity, a younger brother, Sebastian, and a younger sister, Susannah.
  • Emily had to grapple with stammering from the age of eight that continued for the next seven years. She was inspired by a school teacher to take up acting so that she could prevail over her stuttering.
  • Emily began her schooling in Ibstock Place School in Roehampton and thereafter attended Hurtwood House, a high school for residential students situated in Dorking, Surrey. She completed a two-year program on performing arts besides excelling in singing, playing cello, and sports.
  • In August 2000, she got an opportunity to demonstrate her acting skills in the Edinburgh Festival where she caught the attention of Kenneth Mcreddie, an actor and agent. Kenneth played a key role in Emily’s making a mark in the London’s theater district, West End, and BBC.
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Professional Career: The Initial Years
  • Kenneth helped Emily Blunt corner plum roles in numerous period plays, dramas and TV productions. Emily launched her professional career as a theater artist in 2001 when she received an offer to act as the granddaughter (Gwen Cavendish) of Fanny Cavendish (Judi Dench) in the play, ‘The Royal Family’.
  • Emily’s performance in ‘The Royal Family’ was highly appreciated and she was named “Best Newcomer” by the British tabloid ‘The Evening Standard’.
  • She continued to perform in numerous other West End productions, notable amongst them being ‘Vincent in Brixton’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
  • She featured on the small screen for the first time in 2003 when she starred as Isolda in ‘Boudica-The Warrior Queen’, a British TV drama film. In that year, her portrayal of Catherine Howard in the drama movie ‘Henry VIII’ was highly eulogized.
  • Emily’s depiction of the character of Tamsin in ‘My Summer of Love’, a telefilm aired in 2004, also received copious plaudits and encomiums. The plot of ‘My Summer of Love’ hinged around the lesbian liaison between two women hailing from diverse backgrounds that was considered a taboo in pastoral society.
  • She picked up another Evening Standard award under the category of ‘Most Promising Newcomer’ in 2005 for her poignant performance in ‘My Summer of Love’. She shared the honors with Natalie Press who starred as Mona in the movie.
  • She starred opposite the noted American actress Susan Sarandon in the movie, ‘Irresistible’ in 2005. Emily impressed her fans and critics with her stellar depiction of Mara as a marriage wrecker and sociopath in ‘Irresistible’.
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Professional Career: Turning Points
  • Emily starred as Natasha in the TV film ‘Gideon’s Daughter’ which was adapted on the script written by Stephen Poliakoff who was also the movie’s director. The film was screened at the 2005 Hamptons International Film Festival and was aired for the first time across British TV screens in 2006.
  • Emily received the Golden Globe Award under the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her immaculate rendering of Natasha as a distressed single child.
  • She appeared in the comedic film, ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ featuring as senior assistant ‘Emily’ reporting to the editor-in-chief of Runway periodical, Miranda Priestly portrayed by Meryl Streep. Emily’s appearance in this movie, which released in 2006, proved to be momentous as her acting won rave reviews as well as award nominations.
  • Emily received BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Supporting Actress respectively for her depiction of Emily Charlton in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’.
  • 2007 turned out to be a prolific year for Blunt as she starred in four movies, each of a distinct genre; ‘Wind Chill’ (horror film), ‘The Jane Austen Book Club’ (romantic movie) and comedy movies, ‘Charlie Wilson’s War’, and ‘Dan in Real Life’.
  • The year 2008 witnessed Emily featuring as Norah Lorkowski in the movie ‘Sunshine Cleaning’, and as Valerie Brennan in ‘The Great Buck Howard’. She was the lead in the indie drama film, ‘The Young Victoria’ produced in 2009, portraying Queen Victoria’s early life.
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  • Emily was nominated for the Critics’ Choice Movie Award and the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Actress’ for her part in ‘The Young Victoria’ in 2009.
  • 2010 also proved to be remarkably significant for Emily Blunt as she starred opposite some celebrated Hollywood actors and actresses. She shared screen space with Anthony Hopkins, featuring as Gwen Conlife, an antique dealer, in the horror flick ‘Wolfman’ and alongside Matt Damon in ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, a thriller.
  • 2011 was extremely productive for Emily as she appeared in a total of five movies: ‘Gnomeo & Juliet’, ‘The Adjustment Bureau’, ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’, ‘Your Sister’s Sister’ and ‘The Muppets’. She earned a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress for skillfully depicting Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, a financial consultant, in ‘Salmon Fishing in Yemen’.
  • 2012 saw Emily featuring opposite Jason Segel in ‘The Five Year Engagement’ and as Charlotte in ‘Arthur Newman’ where Colin Firth was the lead actor.
  • 2014 opened on a promising note for Blunt as she found herself carving up screen space with the likes of Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep and walking away with a Critics’ Choice Movie Award.
  • Emily was cast as Rita Vrataski, a warrior assigned with the responsibility of training Tom Cruise, a PRO in the film ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ that was a huge box-office hit, grossing over $USD3.70 billion in 2014. She co-starred with Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Tracy Ullman, and James Corden in ‘Into the Woods’.
  • In 2015, Emily played a FBI agent in the crime-thriller ‘Sicario’ that starred Josh Brolin and the Puerto Rican actor, Benicio Del Toro. The movie was screened at the Cannes Film Festival and was critically acclaimed.
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  • She continued to impress fans and critics alike in 2016 with her performances in films, such as ‘The Huntsman: Winter’s War’ and ‘The Girl on the Train’.
  • She is contributing as a voiceover artist in the movies, ‘Animal Crackers’, ‘My Little Pony: The Movie’, and ‘Gnomeo & Juliet: Sherlock Gnomes’ that are under production.
Awards & Achievements
  • Emily Blunt won the BAFTA Award in 2009 for the category - British Artist of the Year.
  • In 2015, she won the Critics’ Choice Movie Award in the category ‘Best Actress in an Action Movie’ for the movie ‘Edge of Tomorrow’
  • In 2007, Emily Blunt won the Golden Globe Award for ‘Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film’ for the television drama ‘Gideon’s Daughter’.
Personal Life
  • Emily Blunt was in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Buble from 2005 to 2008.
  • In 2008, she started dating American actor John Krasinski. They got married on 10 July 2010 and have two daughters, Hazel (born 2014) and Violet (born 2016).
  • In 2015, Emily Brunt became a naturalized American citizen.

1. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

  (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)

2. Sicario (2015)

  (Mystery, Drama, Action, Thriller, Crime)

3. A Quiet Place (2018)

  (Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller)

4. Looper (2012)

  (Thriller, Action, Crime, Sci-Fi, Drama)

5. Kaze tachinu (2013)

  (Animation, Romance, War, Biography, History, Drama)

6. The Adjustment Bureau (2011)

  (Romance, Thriller, Sci-Fi)

7. The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

  (Drama, Comedy)

8. The Young Victoria (2009)

  (Romance, History, Biography, Drama)


Golden Globe Awards
2007 Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television Gideon's Daughter (2005)

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