Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt


2/23/1983, London, England, UK

Birth Name

Emily Olivia L. Blunt


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Emily Blunt is an English actress who gained the critics' attention in My Summer of Love and international recognition in The Devil Wears Prada. For her roles in these two movies, Emily received several nominations from different award-giving bodies including the Golden Globes and the British International Film…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Emily is ranked #92 in the "100 Hottest Brunettes of AIM".

    • Emily placed No.21 in AfterEllen.com's Hot 100 List of 2007. She moved down to No.41 in 2008. She was also ranked No.10 in LesbiaNation.com's Top 10 Smokin' Brits and Aussies in July 2008.

    • Emily was named Face of the Future in the 2007 Women in Film Crystal Awards. She was also named among Entertainment Weekly's "30 Under 30: The Actresses" List of 2008.

    • Meryl Streep, her co-star in The Devil Wears Prada, praised her as "best young actress she's worked with in some time, perhaps ever".

    • Emily did backup vocals on the song "Me & Mrs. Jones", a track from the 2007 album Call Me Irresponsible by her former boyfriend Michael Bublé.

    • Emily lists Nicole Kidman, Emma Thompson, and Meryl Streep among her favorite actresses. She also aspires to reach the Hollywood glamour being enjoyed by Keira Knightley and Cate Blachett.

    • Emily was christened Entertainment Weekly's Best Female Scene-Stealer in the magazine's summer-end special in 2006. It was for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada.

    • Emily is the niece of Crispin Blunt, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Reigate located in Surrey, England.

    • Her height is 5' 8" (1.73 m). Emily has light brown hair and blue eyes.

    • Emily won the 2007 Golden Globe award for Best Supporting Actress in a TV Series, Mini-series or Movie for her role in Gideon's Daughter.

    • In 2001, Emily made her theatrical debut as Gwen Cavandish opposite Judi Dench in The Royal Family at Haymarket Theatre. In 2002, she portrayed Eugenie Loyer in a National Theatre production of Vincent in Brixton. She also played Juliet in Romeo and Juliet at the Chichester Festival in 2002.

    • Emily has been dividing her time between London and Vancouver.

    • Emily enjoys horseback riding. Her other hobbies include singing and playing the cello.

    • Emily's other TV movie and film credits include Warrior Queen (2003), Henry VIII (2003), The Strange Case of Sherlock Holmes & Arthur Conan Doyle (2005), Gideon's Daughter (2005), and The Great Buck Howard (2008).

    • Emily's father is a lawyer while her mother is a teacher. She has an older sister Felicity, a younger brother Sebastian, and a younger sister Susannah.

    • Emily's performance in The Royal Family won her a nomination for Best Newcomer. She won an award for her role in Vincent in Brixton.

  • Quotes

    • Emily: (on her role in the movie Edge of Tomorrow) I just think it's so rare. I mean you never come across an empowered female role in an action movie anymore. They're usually holding the hand of the guy and running behind them as if they didn't know where to go unless she's holding his hand. That's what I'm used to reading and seeing.

    • Emily: (on her role in movie Edge of Tomorrow and her co-star Tom Cruise) was the most challenging I've ever done. Tom said it was the hardest action movie he's worked on, and he's no wuss.

    • Emily: (on holding her daughter) Not until you're holding that little body, which is just so incredible. It cracks you in half. I cry a lot now. There's something about the purity of these little things that is really cool.

    • Emily: (on )

    • Emily: (on being a mother) I think when you become a mother, you inherit a strength you're not even aware of. I know it's something John's mentioned to me. He thinks I'm so much stronger now.

    • Emily: (on being married) I'm with someone who makes me incredibly happy. I'm not one of those people who subscribe to the idea that marriage takes the romance out of things. I think it gets better, it deepens. I love being a wife. We have a blast.

    • Emily: I think for me the job always has to be the right thing at the right time.

    • Emily: I don't really watch that much TV, to be honest.

    • Emily: A lot of period dramas can appear quite arch to most people, stuffy.

    • Emily: If you can capture the humanity of a family struggling in an economic crisis you can make a difference. You can raise awareness just of the simple humanity.

    • Emily: I think it is nice for people to appreciate a slow-burning, beautiful story that makes you feel good when it is over.

    • Emily: I do strive to find projects that are trying to carve out some new space. I enjoy projects that leap away from the crowd a little bit.

    • Emily: People quit on jobs. They quit on marriages. They quit on school. There's an immediacy of this day and age that doesn't lend itself to being committed to anything.

    • Emily: It's nothing to be ashamed of to have a stutter.

    • Emily: I'm kind of effectively bipolar.

    • Emily: If you're in America a lot, it's easy to get into playing American. All of it, the sounds, the energies, all very different. But it's really hard to do the accent. I tend to try and stay in it all day, which is the only way I can manage it.

    • Emily: The performances I enjoy are the ones that are hard to read or ambiguous or left-of-centre because it makes you look closer and that's what humans are like - quite mysterious creatures, hard to pinpoint.

    • Emily: Americans are a lot more open, of course. There's something more declamatory in the way you express emotions. It's a stereotype but it's true. British people can appear repressed in expressing emotions. Not very good at self-evaluating, or affirming situations, touching, anything like that.

    • Emily: It's always a little mind-boggling to realize that these famous actors know who I am.

    • Emily: Personally, I'm an advocate for short engagements. Long sometimes means there is a reason for it. Two years engaged and no wedding... I'd be upset.

    • Emily: I almost broke my coccyx on 'The Wolf Man,' and I banged my head once. I had to fall really hard.

    • Emily: Give us a break! I've hardly done anything but independent films.

    • Emily: After this interview, I'm going to immigration to try to sort out my Green Card, just like any other normal person.

    • Emily: When you're in love, you're so happy that you want to tell people about it. But now I have to censor myself. You need to protect the happiness you have.

    • Emily: I can understand there are things like shadows they need to fix after a shoot, but it's unfair to represent an image of yourself if it's not true. They're gonna see what you look like on film anyway, so why try to cover all your wobbly bits in a photo?

    • Emily: I attempted to fish in Scotland and I managed to hook a dog. It was a horrible moment but the dog turned out to be fine.

    • Emily: I find it quite hard to sum up my relationship in a sound bite. I feel that it trivializes it for other people's pleasure. It's an adventure.

    • Emily: I think I'm drawn to characters with complexity or who are under duress in some way and have some conflict going on.

    • Emily: I appreciate a slow-burn romance. In most movies, everyone is just tearing their clothes off in the first scene.

    • Emily: I used to look like a deer in headlights on the red carpet. You step out of the car and it's bedlam. Everyone's got crazy eyes.

    • Emily: It's not like people say, "Oh my gosh, are you Emily Blunt?" It's more like, "Are you the girl in The Devil Wears Prada?" I'm defined by it. And that's okay.

    • Emily: (on why she found it difficult to scream during filming of The Wolf Man) I'm not a great screamer. I don't have a good upper range. I'm sure they're going to have to dub me with someone who has better lungs - or more feminine lungs, at least! I just did a lot of gasping and heavy breathing, which might have to do.

    • Emily: I like fashion, I'm very partial to Marc Jacobs and Prada, but I don't want clothes to wear me. Ordinarily, I dress like a teenage boy in layered T-shirts and Converse gear. Emily, my fashion-obsessed character in The Devil Wears Prada, was an alien from Planet Fashion.

    • Emily: (on becoming an actress) I was a hopeless drifter, really. I didn't know what I wanted to do, and then the opportunity to have an agent landed in my lap. I was just relieved someone else made up my mind for me.

    • Emily: In the UK, which is what I know because it's where I grew up, it's more of a parochial thing that's going on there. It's not so politicized. It doesn't have the same power or resonance that it has over here. I would say that I'm Christian, but I wouldn't say that I'm particularly religious in any way. I think that the people that I met on the movie, and they were real born, again Christians, seemed very sorted, as if God had dropped in their laps and suddenly everything was fine. I don't know what I feel about that.

    • Emily: It's a challenge to play pretentious people, I think. You can't have the audience hating her. You have to see moments where she's generous and warm.

    • Emily: I'd love to be exciting and say that I was the rebel at school, but sadly I wasn't.

    • Emily: I've definitely been in love. I've definitely invested so much in another person that I would put them before myself. I think that can be a dangerous game to play because you don't look after yourself so much. I think it's important that there is a quality of self-contentment in a relationship. But I know what it feels like to…it's all encompassing.

    • Emily: When you're in love you completely lose sight of everything. You can't think straight. When you're passionate about something there is that feeling that you want to rip it out of your brain. So, I don't know. I think there should be some psychological forgiveness for that.

    • Emily: Life is ambiguous, isn't it? It's never as black and white as you see it in the movie.

    • Emily: (on playing a bad influence in "My Summer of Love") It was great! Because I was a bit of a goody-two-shoes at school. I was never Tamsin, I was always the geek following her around, desperate for her to smile on me. So, I guess it was great to play someone like that who is troubled, who has such a pretentious quality to her. But you've got to love her; you've got to find her magnetic.

    • Emily: (on her film, "My Summer of Love") I think it's about being a realist and being true to yourself, and your instincts and emotions; rather than it becoming a façade. With Tamsin, it's all façade. She has kind of a frightening imagination. You have to have that as an actress. You have to be able to touch on those experiences that you haven't had and characters that you have no relation to. It's important to be able to dig deep, but I think it's about being very real with yourself more than anything.

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    Emily Blunt is really just getting her acting career started. I've only seen her in a few films, but from what I gather she is really a talented actress. She can pull off any role with ease.