Emily Blunt, born Emily Olivia Leah Blunt, is a British-American film and stage actress. She began her career in 2001 and since has starred in a number of successful films such as Gideon’s Daughter, The Young Victoria, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, and The Girl on the Train. Emily is a proud owner of many awards for her outstanding performances and is still a very popular actress to date.
Emily was born in Wandsworth, London to mother, Joanna – a former actress and teacher, and father, Oliver Simon Peter Blunt – a barrister. She is the second eldest and has three siblings, namely Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah.
Emily suffered quite considerably with stuttering from the ages of 7 to 14. She admits that one of her teachers helped her to overcome this occurrence by introducing her to acting. She attended Ibstock Place School for primary and some of high school and Hurtwood House, a private college for the performing arts, for her last two years of school (known as sixth-form in the UK). During her time at Hurtwood, she was discovered by an agent.
Emily made her debut in the realm of acting in 2001 when she starred alongside Judy Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of the play The Royal Family. Her performance proved highly successful with critics giving her positive feedback and The Evening Standard naming her the “Best Newcomer”. In 2002, Emily went on to star in an additional two on-stage productions namely, Vincent in Brixton and Romeo and Juliet.
In 2003, Emily moved away from on-stage theatre and made her debut on-screen. She starred in Boudica, a British TV show about the life of an ancient Celtic warrior-queen. It was also in 2003 that she played the role of a 16th century queen in the two-part British TV show, Henry VIII – a performance that gained Emily a considerable amount of praise.
In 2004, Emily entered the world of film and starred in the drama, My Summer of Love – a film concerning deception and love. For this role, she was awarded an Evening Standard British Film Award along with her co-star, Natalie Press. She moved back to TV in 2005 by starring in the drama Gideon’s Daughter alongside Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson. For this role, she played a troubled only child and was awarded a Golden Globe for her performance.
In 2006, Emily starred in the box-office success, The Devil Wears Prada, alongside Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway. For this, she played the part of Emily, the assistant to a rather uptight fashion editor. This role gained her nominations for a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Later that year, Emily played a role in an independent drama film entitled, Irresistible, with Susan Saradon as her co-star.
In 2007, Emily went on to star in four films namely, Wind Chill, The Jane Austen Book Club, Dan in Real Life, and Charlie Wilson’s War. In the cult horror film, Wind Chill, Emily plays a university student who gets in a car accident that causes a series of terrible situations. In The Jane Austen Book Club, she plays an innocent woman who joins a book club and happens to fall in love with someone much much younger than her. In Dan in Real Life, she played Ruthie, a girl who was relentlessly bullied during school but grew up to be a successful doctor. And in Charlie Wilson’s War – a film in which Emily co-starred with Tom Hanks – she left quite a legacy for one scene in which she appears half naked.
In 2008, she appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning whereby she played the role of Norah, and The Great Buck Howard, playing the role of Valerie. In 2009, Emily had the opportunity to play Queen Victoria in the film, The Young Victoria as well as star in the short film, Curiosity. In the same year, she was invited to play the role of Black Widow in the film Iron Man 2. Unfortunately, she had schedule conflictions which meant she couldn’t accept the offer and it went to the producer’s second choice, Scarlett Johansson. In 2010, Emily played a role in the film, The Wolfman alongside Anthony Hopkins, and Guilliver’s Travels with Matt Damon. She had been offered a role in the film, Captain American: The First Avenger but she turned it down.
In 2011, Emily’s career forked slightly as she took on the role of ambassadress of the then-new Yves saint Laurent fragrance, Opium. And while she looked absolutely gorgeous in the ad, she admits that she was extremely nervous, and commented on the choosing of her to be the face of Opium by saying, “They’ve made a mistake, a terrible mistake”.
Later in 2011, Emily starred in the British romantic comedy-drama film, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, whereby she played a financial adviser opposite Ewan McGregor. She also took on a brief role in Disney’s The Muppets as Miss Piggy’s receptionist. Additionally, she began filming an American science-fiction film entitled, Looper, with Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film was released in 2012. That same year Emily was seen in the films, The Five-Year Engagement alongside Jason Segal, and Arthur Newman with Colin Firth.
Emily then took a year off in 2013 and was not seen in any films or TV shows. In 2014 however, she was back in action, as seen in the film, Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise. She also worked with Disney for a second time, playing the role of the baker’s wife in the film Into the Woods. In the latter, she starred alongside Meryl Streep for a second time. In 2015, Blunt moved towards the action crime-thriller genre and starred in the film, Sicario. It was also that year that she was nominated as the 98th ‘Sexiest Women of 2015’ in FHM magazine.
In 2016, Emily worked with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron to play a role in the film The Huntsman: Winter’s War. In it, she played the role of Freya the ice queen. She also starred in the film The Girl on the Train – a film based on the book of the same name. Blunt is said to be back on the big screen in 2018, where she will play a role in the film, Mary Poppins Returns – a sequel to the 1964 film.
In addition to acting, Emily is also talented in the realm of singing, playing the cello and horseback riding.
Emily is well-known for her sweet voice, charming accent, and calm demeanor. And while she is featured on news and lifestyle magazines frequently, she’s managed to keep a fairly low-key profile of herself, her family, and her dating life – all the while being respectful and classy.
When a scandal broke about her then-boyfriend Michael Bublé cheating on her, she respectfully gave kind words about her ex-boyfriend as opposed to bad-mouthing him, despite the allegations. And when her now-husband, John Krasinkski admitted that him getting in shape improved the couple’s sex life, Emily decided to play it casual by not stepping into the spotlight for three days.
Yet despite her angelic characteristics and charisma, she is – of course – capable of slips ups. One such slip-up was when the star made a semi-disrespectful joke about becoming an American citizen by saying, “I thought, ‘This was a terrible mistake. What have I done?'” The statement seemed to cause quite an uproar in the US as well as in the media.
Emily has been known to date men who are just as famous as she is, such as the ever-popular Canadian singer Michael Bublé for three years, and actor John Krasinsksi, with whom she married after two-some years of dating.
She met Michael in 2005 when both stars were backstage at the Logie Awards, a ceremony that celebrates Australian TV, in Melbourne. They went on to share a home together in Vancouver, Canada but broke off their relationship in 2008. Later that year, in November, she began dating John and the pair got engaged in August 2009. The couple married on July 10 2010 in Como, Italy. Together they have two daughters, Hazel and Violet, born in 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Emily is known to have fellow famous stars in her family, such as her brother-in-law, Stanley Tucci, who happened to star alongside her in The Devil Wears Prada. Stanley married Emily’s sister, Felicity, after Emily introduced the two. Additionally, her brother Sebastian is also an actor.
In 2015, Emily officially became a citizen of the USA while keeping her UK citizenship. She admits that she felt rather conflicted when asked to abandon her allegiance to the UK and thus, kept both passports.
Emily is not on any social media platforms as she says, “I’m like a dinosaur with [social media], No. 1. But it’s also not really an organic sort of fit for me.” She added, “I can barely remember to text people back!”
Written by: Helena Lorimer