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Also Known As: Died:
Born: January 14, 1967 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: London, England, GB Profession: actor

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Right from the beginning, when she made her feature debut in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (1996), actress Emily Watson found herself an international star. Watson came out of nowhere to charm the audiences at the Cannes Film Festival that year, resulting in a slew of awards and nominations, including a nod for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. She proved that her sudden acclaim was no fluke when two years later, she turned in another Oscar-nominated performance in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998). From there, Watson was in constant demand, though she took great strides to avoid the trappings of celebrity by taking roles in serious dramas like "Angela's Ashes" (1999), quirky, offbeat films like "Trixie" (2000), or talky ensemble pieces like "Gosford Park" (2001). She did dabble in the occasional Hollywood film - most notably playing the blind target of a serial killer in "Red Dragon" (2002) and the love interest of Adam Sandler in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). But Watson remained grounded with challenging roles in films like "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), which indulged her creative impulses, rather than increased her profile or bank account.

Right from the beginning, when she made her feature debut in Lars von Trier's "Breaking the Waves" (1996), actress Emily Watson found herself an international star. Watson came out of nowhere to charm the audiences at the Cannes Film Festival that year, resulting in a slew of awards and nominations, including a nod for Best Actress at the Academy Awards. She proved that her sudden acclaim was no fluke when two years later, she turned in another Oscar-nominated performance in "Hilary and Jackie" (1998). From there, Watson was in constant demand, though she took great strides to avoid the trappings of celebrity by taking roles in serious dramas like "Angela's Ashes" (1999), quirky, offbeat films like "Trixie" (2000), or talky ensemble pieces like "Gosford Park" (2001). She did dabble in the occasional Hollywood film - most notably playing the blind target of a serial killer in "Red Dragon" (2002) and the love interest of Adam Sandler in "Punch-Drunk Love" (2002). But Watson remained grounded with challenging roles in films like "Synecdoche, New York" (2008), which indulged her creative impulses, rather than increased her profile or bank account.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Belle (2014)
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 Book Thief, The (2013)
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 33 Liberty Lane (2013)
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 Some Girls (2013)
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 Anna Karenina (2012)
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 Little Boy (2012)
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Born and raised in London
1992:
Joined Royal Shakespeare Company, appeared in shows like "The Taming of the Shrew" and "The Changeling"
1994:
Breakthrough stage role, as Mary in revival of "The Children's Hour"
1994:
Early British TV appearance in the film "Summer Day's Dream"
1996:
Breakthrough performance with her film debut, starring in Lars Von Trier's "Breaking the Waves"; earned Golden Globe and Oscar nominations for Best Actress
1996:
TV debut in British production of "The Mill on the Floss"; shown theatrically in Europe; premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival; shown on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in the USA
1997:
Starred opposite Daniel Day-Lewis in "The Boxer"
1998:
Received raves for her portrayal of cellist Jacqueline du Pre in the biopic "Hilary and Jackie"; also earned second Best Actress Academy Award nomination
1999:
Played Angela McCourt in the film version of "Angela's Ashes"
2000:
Had title role in Alan Rudolph's "Trixie" as an amateur detective
2001:
Starred opposite John Turturro in the period romance "The Luzhin Defence"
2001:
Cast as the rebellious head housemaid in the Robert Altman-directed period mystery "Gosford Park"
2002:
Reteamed with Christian Bale in "Equilibrium"
2002:
Played the blind girl in "Red Dragon," the prequel to "Silence of the Lambs" (1991)
2002:
Co-starred with Adam Sandler in "Punch-Drunk Love" which premiered at Cannes
2002:
Starred opposite Christian Bale in the sci-fi thriller "Equilibrium" (lensed 2002)
2004:
Played Peter Sellers' long-suffering first wife in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers," which premiered at Cannes; received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role
2005:
Voiced Victoria Everglot in Tim Burton's animated feature "Corpse Bride"
2005:
Cast opposite Tom Wilkinson in Julian Fellowes' directorial debut "Separate Lies"
2006:
Cast in Richard E. Grant's directorial debut, the autobiographical "Wah-Wah," an account of his extraordinary childhood spent in Swaziland
2006:
Cast as the intended sister-in-law to Renee Zellweger's Beatrix in "Miss Potter" a biopic of children's author Beatrix Potter
2007:
Co-starred in the fantasy film "Water Horse," about the fabled Loch Ness Monster
2008:
Cast in Charlie Kaufman's comedy drama "Synecdoche, New York"
2009:
Played Evgenia Ginzburg, a literature professor sent to 10 years of hard labor in Siberia, in the biographical drama "Within the Whirlwind"
2011:
Co-starred with Dominic West in the miniseries "Appropriate Adult" (ITV)
2011:
Featured in Steven Spielberg's feature adaptation of "War Horse," based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo
2012:
Cast opposite Keira Knightley's "Anna Karenina"
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Education

St. James School: -
Royal Shakespeare Company: -
Bristol University: - 1988
Drama Studio London: - 1990

Notes

On her childhood: "Very nice, middle-class dull. Nothing to tell, really. I come from a very happy, close family. My parents are still together." --Emily Watson quoted in Iinterview, December 1996.

"The challenge in playing Bess is that, in physical, psychological, intellectual, moral, ethical and political terms, she's a disaster. Part saint, part clown. But she has an infinite capacity to love and believe. I tried to make the logic of that transcend those judgments." --Emily Watson quoted in New York Post, November 13, 1996.

"The media is like a big vacuum cleaner that sucks you up on its own terms, and at the moment I'm trying to re-gather my energy because things are coming at me very fast. My husband and I feel like we're in the middle of a twister--we're just holding hands and waiting for it to subside." --Watson to Los Angeles Times, November 24, 1996.

"[Emily] went round in the wheelchair and stayed in character up into the shoot, talking to the lighting guys, the grips. It was the most extraordinary form of method performing. I don't know how much concentration that took. It was quite breathtaking to see that.

"She'd be really distraught to the point that I'd get worried. I would get anxious about where we were going, and if it was worth it physically and emotionally for her. After a scene, she'd have to decompress for a while. If it was a really bad scene, she was out of herself for the rest of the day." --Director Anand Tucker ("Hilary and Jackie") on working with Watson, quoted in Daily News, January 15, 1999.

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husband:
Jack Walters. Actor. Born in 1965; married in 1995.

Family close complete family listing

sister:
Harriet Watson. Older; works in architectural publishing.

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