Date of Birth: April 15th 1990
She rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. At the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays, Watson outperformed thousands of other candidates for the role of Hermione. From 2001 to 2007, she starred in five Harry Potter film installments alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. She returned for the final three installments: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, due to be released in 2008, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2. Watson's work in the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and a salary of over £10 million.
In 2007 she announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: a made-for-television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes, and an animated film The Tale of Despereaux. .
Emma Watson was born in Paris, France, to Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, English lawyers who are now divorced. She has a brother, Alexander, who is three years younger, and is partly French by one grandmother. She lived in Paris until the age of five, when she moved with her mother and brother to Oxford, England, following her parents' divorce.
From the age of three, Watson had expressed a desire to become an actress. By age ten, she had starred in several school plays, including Arthur: The Young Years and The Happy Prince. She had never acted in any professional capacity prior to her casting to the Harry Potter series. "I had no idea of the scale of the film ", she said in a 2007 interview with Parade magazine, " I would have been completely overwhelmed".
Emma won the tole of Hermione in the Harry Potter when she was just 11 at the start of the school year. Impressed with her school play performances, Watson's Oxford theatre teacher passed her name to casting agents and she was taken into serious consideration. The producers were impressed by Watson's self-confidence and she outperformed thousands of other girls who had applied – after eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow applicants Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint that they had been cast for the roles of Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Rowling was said to be supportive of Watson from her first screen test.