Emily Watson

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  • Birth Name: Emily Anita Watson
  • Birth Place: Islington, London, England
  • Date of Birth / Zodiac Sign: 01/14/1967, Capricorn
  • Profession: Actor
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Emily Watson Fast Facts:
  • Made feature-film debut in 1996 in Breaking the Waves, winning Best Actress from the National Society of Film Critics and the New York Film Critics Circle, as well as Oscar and Golden Globe nominations.
  • Won the role in Waves after Helena Bonham Carter, who was to play the part, dropped out, reportedly because of the movie's required nudity and explicit sex scenes.
  • Won British Supporting Actress of the Year at the London Film Critics Awards for her performance in the 2002 prequel Red Dragon; was previously nominated for the award in 1999 for Cradle Will Rock, and for British Actress of the Year in 2000 for The Luzhin Defence.
  • Turned down the lead in quirky 2001 romantic comedy Amélie—which was written with her in mind—in part because she didn't speak French well enough.
  • Was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress for her 2002 performance in Uncle Vanya.
  • Received an honorary master's degree from her alma mater, Bristol University.
  • Is frequently confused with Harry Potter franchise star Emma Watson, and when this happens, she doesn't correct anyone, as she's "quite flattered" that fans would think she was as young as the Potter actress.
  • Active in the British children's charity Scene & Heard.
  • Starred in the fact-based 2011 film Oranges and Sunshine as a social worker who tries to expose deportation of British children to Australia; the New York Times praised the film and Watson's "powerfully understated" performance.
  • Emily Watson Relationships:
  • Harriet Watson - Sister
  • Jack Waters - Husband
  • Richard Watson - Father
  • Juliet - Daughter
  • Katharine Watson - Mother
  • Emily Watson Awards:
  • 1999 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 2011 AACTA Awards: Best Lead Actress - Nominee
  • 1996 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2011 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries - Nominee
  • 1997 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama - Nominee
  • 1996 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1998 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 1998 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2001 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Winner
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • 2012 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 2005 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television - Nominee
  • 1999 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actress in a Leading Role - Nominee
  • College:
  • Bristol University, Bristol, England (BA in Literature, 1988); Drama Studio London, London, England

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