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Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English actress known for her work in the films My Summer of Love and The Devil Wears Prada. She won the 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film for the BBC TV film Gideon's Daughter and was nominated for the same award in the movie category for The Devil Wears Prada. Blunt costarred in independent film Sunshine Cleaning (2008).

Personal life

Blunt is from Roehamptonmarker, Londonmarker, Englandmarker. She is one of four children born to barrister Oliver Blunt QC, and a teacher mother. Her uncle is Crispin Blunt, Conservative MP for Reigatemarker. At the age of 16 Blunt moved to a sixth-form college known for its performing arts programme, Hurtwood Housemarker, which is where she was discovered by an agent. Blunt previously shared a home with herex-boyfriend, Canadian singer, Michael Bublé whom she first met in Melbournemarker backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in 2005. Bublé thought Blunt was a television producer when they met. She later provided background vocals on his cover of "Me and Mrs. Jones" on his album Call Me Irresponsible.She is currently engaged to American actor John Krasinski who plays Jim Halpert on the hit television series The Office. They will be getting married in June 2010.

Career

Blunt made her professional debut in Bliss, a new musical written by Paul Sellar, at the 2000 Edinburgh Fringe while she was still an A-level student. She also had a speech condition of stuttering and is now a supporter for a better life for people who stutter. She went on to perform at the National Theatre and at Chichester Festival Theatre. In 2003, she made her screen debut in the British television drama Boudica, about the life of the ancient British warrior-queen who fought the Romans. She also won considerable praise for her performance as the 16th-century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.

Blunt's breakout role was as Tamsin in the dark British movie, My Summer of Love in 2004, which depicted a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside. She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Nathalie Press.

In 2005, she co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British TV drama Gideon's Daughter, 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 veteran British character actor Bill Nighy.

In 2006, she starred 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. She appeared at the 79th Academy Awards where she co-presented the award for best costume design with her Prada co-star Hathaway. Blunt and Hathaway lost weight for their roles in the film. In an interview with Us Weekly, Hathaway said “I basically stuck with fruit, vegetables and fish (to slim down for the movie). I wouldn't recommend that. Emily Blunt and I would clutch at each other and cry because we were so hungry." Blunt also spoke about the weight loss, claiming she had to go "painfully thin".

Blunt co-starred with Susan Sarandon in the independent drama Irresistible. When Sarandon became attached to starring in another movie, The Girl In The Park, she strongly suggested that director David Auburn should cast her. Blunt did audition for the part, which she almost received but lost to Kate Bosworth. In 2007, she appeared in the film Charlie Wilson's War.

In 2009, she played Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and written by Julian Fellowes. The movie co-starred Miranda Richardson and Rupert Friend as the queen's husband, Prince Albert.

She has also worked on a number of upcoming movies: Wild Target, the Toby Spanton-directed short film Curiosity and The Wolfman.

Blunt was in the final stages to star as Black Widow in the upcoming Iron Man 2, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts. That part then went to Scarlett Johansson.

She is lined up to play opposite Matt Damon in The Adjustment Bureau as a ballet dancer "being mysteriously kept apart" from Damon's character.

Filmography

Film
Year Film Role Notes
2003 Boudica Isolda
2004 My Summer of Love Tamsin
2005 The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle Jean Leckie
Gideon's Daughter Natasha Television film
2006 Irresistible Mara
The Devil Wears Prada Emily Charlton supporting role
2007 Wind Chill Girl leading role
The Jane Austen Book Club Prudie Drummond
Dan in Real Life Ruthie "Pig Face" Draper
Charlie Wilson's War Jane Liddle
2009 Sunshine Cleaning Norah Lorkowski
The Great Buck Howard Valerie Brennan
The Young Victoria Queen Victoria leading role
Curiosity Emma Short Film
Wild Target Rose
2010 The Wolfman Gwen Conliffe post-production
Gulliver's Travels Princess Glory post-production
The Adjustment Bureau Elise Sellas filming
The Girl TBA pre-production
Gnomeo and Juliet Juliet (voice) filming
Television
Year Title Role Notes
2003 Henry VIII Catherine Howard Serial
Foyle's War Lucy Markham Episode "War Games"
2004 Poirot Linnet Ridgeway-Doyle Episode "Death on the Nile"
2005 Empire Camane Miniseries
2009 The Simpsons Juliet (voice) Episode "Lisa the Drama Queen"
Theater
Year Title Role Notes
2000 Bliss Maddy Edinburgh Festival
The Royal Family Gwen West End Theatremarker
2002 Romeo and Juliet Juliet Chichester Festival Theatremarker
Vincent in Brixton Eugenie Loyer RNT


Awards

Year Award Category Result For
2004 BIFA Most Promising Newcomer Nominated My Summer of Love
2005 LCC British Newcomer of the Year Nominated
ESBFA Most Promising Newcomer Won
2006 Teen Choice Award Choice Breakout Nominated The Devil Wears Prada
2007 BAFTA Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
Rising Star Nominated
LCC British Actress of the Year in a Supporting Role Nominated
MTV Movie Award Best Comedic Performance Nominated
ALFS Award British Supporting Actress of the Year Won
Golden Globe Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Won Gideon's Daughter
2009 BIFA Best Actress Nominated The Young Victoria
2009 Satellite Awards Satellite Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama Nominated


References

  1. Times Magazine, 21 February 2009
  2. PR-inside.com News
  3. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20301117,00.html
  4. "Devil Wears Prada Forced Emily Blunt To Emaciate Herself"
  5. http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/07/14/emily-blunt-to-star-opposite-matt-damon-in-the-adjustment-bureau/
  6. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/news/e3i67480ca25dbde86a73c986f7a8164793


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