Emily Blunt | Biography

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  • Full Name Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
  • Occupation Actress
  • Nationality British
  • Birthplace London, England
  • Birth Date February 23, 1983
  • Wife John Krasinski (Married 2010)
Golden Globe Award Winning Actress

Emily Blunt | Biography

Known For Movies like 'The Young Victoria,' ' The Devil Wears Prada,' and 'My Summer of Love'

In 2006, she appeared alongside the infamous Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Stanley Tucci in 'Devil Wears Prada.' The film was adapted from the bestselling novel of the same title. Blunt continued to appear in supporting roles throughout 2007, including Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson’s War. The next year, she appeared alongside Amy Adams in the dark comedy movie 'Sunshine Cleaning.'

Emily Blunt is a British actress notable for movies like ‘Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ and ‘The Quiet Place.’

Who is Emily Blunt?

Blunt is a prominent actress famous for her role in The Devil Wears Prada. She appeared alongside artists like Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Stanley Tucci. Blunt’s first notable role was in the 2001 West End Production of The Royal Family, where she appeared alongside the legendary actress Judi Dench. Followed by that, she appeared in Boudica, also known as Warrior QueenFoyle’s War, My Summer Love. Then in 2005, she starred in Gideon’s Daughter, which won her the Best Supporting Actress-Series, Miniseries or Television Film in ‘Golden Globes 2007’.

In 2006, she portrayed a supporting role in the infamous movie The Devil Wears Prada. As a result, she was nominated for ‘BAFTA Awards’ for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and ‘Golden Globe Award’ for the same category. She also co-presented in the ‘Academy Award’ with her co-star Anne Hathaway. The movie was a blockbuster production, and it firmly established her career in Hollywood.

After that, she appeared in many successful movies including, The Young Victoria, The Girl on the Train, The Adjustment Bureau, Looper, Edge of Tomorrow, Mary Poppins Returns, Into the Woods, and The Quiet Place.

Early Life

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt was born on 23 February 1983 in London, England. Her mother, Joanna, was an actress, and her father, Oliver, was a barrister. She grew up with three other siblings and was the second child of her parents.

While growing up, she had trouble speaking like other children and often stuttered during the conversation. Her family members, including her close uncle, cousin, and grandfather, had similar speech impediments. She was bullied in school. One of her teachers asked her to ‘spit out’ when she could not convey her words properly. So, to hide her insecurity, she started talking in funny voices to talk fluently. Blunt gradually learned to overcome her impediment through acting and later became one of the influential activists on spreading the importance of normalizing such difficulties and overcoming them.

Blunt joined the school theater while making different funny voices in class. When she was 12, one of her teachers offered to try the class play when he heard her doing voices. She first declined the offer. Then, the teacher advised her to add an accent to her speech, which she did, and she ultimately discovered flow in her phrase.

Career Beginnings

Blunt initially wanted to become a live translator at the UN and was prepared to study languages at the University. But in 2000, she acted in a student-produced musical play, Bliss, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. There she was spotted by an agent with whom she signed a contract.

Soon enough after that, in 2001, she was in another play, a West End Production of The Royal Family alongside the legendary actress Judi Dench. Blunt recalled her backstage experience while working with Dench, “I just heard that voice in the room behind me, and I remember feeling the air go out of me. And she [Dench] said, ‘Hello, darling. If anyone gives you any trouble in this, you come straight to me.” Following that play, she performed at the Chichester Festival in the production of Romeo and Juliet, as the leading role of Juliet.

In 2003, the actress made her film debut in the British television drama Boudica, also known as Warrior Queen. That year, she also appeared in Foyle’s War. The following year, she appeared in the love story drama, My Summer Love. In 2005 she acted in Empire and Gideon’s Daughter. It was a successful project in Blunt’s initial career. The movie won her the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best Supporting Actress-Series, Miniseries, or Television Film in 2007.

Breakthrough Roles

In 2006, she appeared alongside the infamous Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, and Stanley Tucci in Devil Wears Prada. The film was adapted from the bestselling novel of the same title. Blunt continued to appear in supporting roles throughout 2007, including Jane Austen Book Club and Charlie Wilson’s War. The next year, she appeared alongside Amy Adams in the dark comedy movie Sunshine Cleaning.

In 2009, she played the lead role of Queen Victoria in the historical movie The Young Victoria alongside Rupert Friend, portraying Prince Albert. She was nominated for the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for Best Actress in a Motion Picture- Drama and the ‘Critics Choice Movie Award’ for ‘Best Actress.’

In 2010, she acted in three movies, The Wolfman, Wild Target, and Gulliver’s Travels. Then in 2011, she portrayed the role of a dancer in the sci-fiction film The Adjustment Bureau, co-starring Matt Damon. That year, she also starred in The Muppets, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Salmon Fishing in Yemen. The latter earned her another ‘Golden Globe’ nomination for Best Actress.

Moreover, in 2012, she was in the blockbuster time travel thriller Looper and The Five Year Engagement. Then, in 2014, she acted in another time travel movie with Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow. The film was a commercial hit and even got her the ‘Critics Choice Movie Award’ for Best Actress in Action Movie.

The same year she was on the ensemble cast of the Walt Disney musical Into the Woods. The cast comprised Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, James Corden, Chris Pine, Johnny Depp, Christine Baranski, and the movie was a commercial success. She earned a nomination for her part in the ‘Golden Globes’ under Best Actress- Motion Picture Comedy or Musical.

The following year in 2015, she starred in the crime thriller Sicario, and in 2016, she portrayed the role of Queen Freya in The Huntsman: Winter War appearing opposite Charlize Theron. Then the same year, she starred in the film adaptation of the bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins titled The Girl on the Train.

In 2017, she voiced in the animated comedy My Little Pony: The Movie and Animal Crackers. Then in 2018, she starred in a horror movie, A Quiet Place, directed by and co-starred her husband, John Krasinski. The same year, she played the famous British character Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins Returns. It was the sequel to the 1964 musical fantasy starred Julie Andrews. Then, in 2020, she appeared in the romantic drama Wild Mountain Thyme alongside Jamie Dornan and the sequel A Quiet Place Part II.

Most recently, the actress appeared in the Disney movie The Jungle Cruise alongside Dwayne Johnson. Her upcoming projects include the BBC television series The English, which is in the filming phase as of September 2021. 

Personal Life

Blunt was in a three-year-long relationship with the Canadian singer Michael Buble from 2005 to 2008. They met after Buble’s concert when she went to say hello to him backstage. They shared a home in Vancouver, and they broke up because of their busy schedules.

Who Is Emily Blunt’s Husband?

The same year, she started dating The Office star, John Krasinski. They met initially met at a restaurant. On their first date, Krasinski took her to a gun range, and later in 2009, he proposed to her in LA. Then in 2010, they got married in Lake Como, Italy, on the estate owned by George Clooney. They have two daughters, Hazel Grace, born in 2014, and Violet in 2016.

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