Emily Watson

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Date of Birth January 14, 1967
Place of Birth Islington, England
Age 54 years old
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Emily Watson

Emily Margaret Watson is an English actress. She began her career on stage and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1992. In 2002, she starred in productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse, and was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter. She was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her debut film role as Bess McNeil in Lars von Trier's Breaking the Waves and for her role as Jacqueline du Pré in Hilary and Jackie, winning the BIFA Award for Best Actress for the latter. Her other films include The Boxer, Angela's Ashes, Gosford Park, Punch-Drunk Love, Red Dragon, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, Corpse Bride, Miss Potter, Synecdoche, New York, Oranges and Sunshine, War Horse, The Theory of Everything and Kingsman: The Golden Circle. For her role in the HBO miniseries Chernobyl, she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award.

Born: Emily Margaret Watson, January 14, 1967, Islington, London, England
Alma mater: University of Bristol
Occupation: Actress
Years active: 1991–present
Children: 2
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About Emily Watson

English actress well-known for her performance as Bess in the award-winning indie film Breaking the Waves. In 2017 she appeared in the National Geographic original TV series Genius. In 2019, she began starring in the HBO historical miniseries, Chernobyl.

Before Fame

She graduated from the University of Bristol with an English degree.


She was rejected from the first drama school she applied to.

Family Life

She married Jack Waters in 1995. They have a son named Dylan and a daughter named Juliet.


Helena Bonham Carter turned down the role in Breaking the Waves that eventually went to Watson.

Information related to Emily Watson

  • European Film Award for Best Actress winners
  • Alumni of the Drama Studio London
  • People educated at Notting Hill & Ealing High School
  • National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children people
  • Bodil Award winners
  • Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Screen Actors Guild Award winners
  • English radio actresses
  • Royal Shakespeare Company members
  • Alumni of the University of Bristol
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Latest information about Emily Watson updated on January 21, 2021.

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