Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model and activist.
Born in Paris and brought up in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained as an actress at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts.
As a child, she rose to prominence with her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously.
Watson was the highest-grossing actress of the 2000s.Watson also appeared in the 2007 television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and lent her voice to The Tale of Despereaux (2008).
After the last Harry Potter film, she took on starring and supporting roles in My Week with Marilyn (2011), The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) and The Bling Ring (2013), made an appearance as an exaggerated version of herself in This Is the End (2013), and portrayed the titular character's adopted daughter in Noah (2014).
She went on to star as Belle in the fantasy film Beauty and the Beast (2017) and Meg March in the coming-of-age film Little Women (2019).
Her other film roles include Regression (2015), Colonia (2015), and The Circle (2017).
From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on films and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Worcester College, Oxford, and graduating from Brown with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014.
Her modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme.
She also lent her name to a line of clothing for People Tree.
She was honoured by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 2014, winning British Artist of the Year.
That same year, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which encourages all genders to work towards gender equality.