Emily Blunt Biography

Film Actress, Television Actress(1983–)
Emily Blunt is a British actress known for roles in such films as ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ and 'Into the Woods.'

Synopsis

Emily Blunt was born in London on February 23, 1983. Interested in acting at a young age, Blunt began appearing on British TV in the early 2000s and made the leap to the big screen soon after in the 2004 film My Summer of Love. A part in the hit film The Devil Wears Prada brought her more early attention, and roles in projects such as Dan in Real Life and Charlie Wilson’s War soon followed. With such diverse films as The Muppets, Edge of TomorrowInto the Woods and Sicario also to her credit, Blunt seems ready for whatever may next come her way.

Early Years

Emily Blunt was born in London on February 23, 1983. She became interested in acting at an early age, and when she was 18 she landed the classic role of Juliet in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in a production for the UK Chichester Festival. Around that same time, she made her debut on the London stage opposite Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family. For her work, Blunt was named best newcomer by The Evening Standard.

British TV Work and Big-Screen Debut

British TV would soon come calling, and Blunt appeared on such shows as Foyle’s War and Agatha Christie: Poirot and landed a recurring role in the miniseries Empire. She also found her acting footing in TV movies such as Henry VIII (2003) and The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle (2005). Blunt made the jump to the big screen during this period, making an impression in My Summer of Love (2004), in which she played a character who had a summer fling with another woman. Her portrayal received raves, and her next big break was just around the corner.

Hollywood Success

In 2006, Blunt co-starred in the film The Devil Wears Prada, based on the bestselling novel by the same name, and was nominated for a best supporting actress Golden Globe. She didn’t win in that category, but did receive a Globe for her work in the TV movie Gideon’s Daughter. Prada also earned Blunt a BAFTA nomination for its Rising Star award, and it marked the beginning of the end of her life on the small screen.

More and more roles followed, including parts in The Jane Austen Book Club, Dan in Real Life and Charlie Wilson’s War, all released in 2007. In 2008, Vanity Fair magazine named Blunt one of its Top Fresh Faces, and she followed that honor with such diverse films as Sunshine Cleaning (2008), The Young Victoria (2009; Golden Globe lead actress nomination for her portrayal of Queen Victoria) and The Wolfman (2010). 

'Into the Woods' and Beyond

What followed her increasingly solid performances were mainstream films the likes of which Blunt’s career had not yet seen. She co-starred in The Adjustment Bureau (2011), The Muppets (2011), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012; Golden Globe lead actress nomination) and Looper (2012) before appearing in the blockbuster Tom Cruise sci-fi flick Edge of Tomorrow (2014), a movie that both fans and critics applauded. 

The 2014 holiday season also saw Blunt showcasing her singing chops in the film adaptation of the Stephen Sondheim musical Into the Woods, co-starring Anna KendrickJohnny Depp and Tracey Ullman, among a league of other thespians. Blunt played the Baker's Wife opposite James Corden as the Baker, with the couple trying to have a child through the machinations of a witch (Meryl Streep). Blunt received her fifth Golden Globe nomination for the role. The following year she earned more acclaim for her lead role in Sicario, playing an FBI agent who becomes embroiled in the Mexican drug wars. The project saw her reunited with Benicio Del Toro, with whom she co-starred in The Wolfman. In 2016, she played Queen Freya in The Huntsman: Winter's War.

Personal Life

Blunt met Canadian singer Michael Bublé in 2005 and the two began dating. She would later appear on the song “Me and Mrs. Jones” on the Bublé 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible. The couple split in 2008.  

In 2010, Blunt married actor John Krasinski, known for his work on The Office. Four years later Blunt gave birth to their daughter, Hazel, on February 16, 2014. The couple welcomed their second daughter, Violet, in June 2016. 

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