Emily Blunt: A Life Story-Childhood, Family, and Career

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In films such as “The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Girl on the Train,” and “Edge of Tomorrow,” British-American actress Emily Blunt has made a name for herself. Moreover, she struggled with a stammer as a child but overcame it.

Her lifelong passion for playing paid off when at 19. She was cast as Juliet in a stage production of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” in 2002. However, Emily made her professional acting debut in a London “The Royal Family” production, where she co-starred with Dame Judi Dench.

Blunt received the “Best Newcomer” award from the “Evening Standard” for her performance as Gwen Cavendish. Further, she received her big break after making countless prior theatrical appearances when she was cast in the British television film Boudica.

Emily Blunt also played Catherine Howard in the TV adaptation of the drama film Henry VIII. However, the following year, she made her film debut in ‘My Summer of Love.’ After that, Emily starred in many films and TV shows, for which she was nominated and won many accolades.

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British A-Listers Who Share A February Birthday

Emily, Another Name for Leah Olivia Blunt

Females in their forties

John Krasinski, Ex-Husband / Spouse

Oliver Simon, Sr. 

Joanna Blunt, the mother.

Stanley Tucci has siblings.

Hazel and Violet Krasinski are the parents’ offspring.

Birthplace: England

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London, England, as the City

Early Life and British Ancestry in the United States

Emily Olivia Leah Blunt is the daughter of barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt and teacher/former actress Joanna. She was born on February 23, 1983, in Wandsworth, London. Further, Emily’s family consists of three members: her older sister Felicity, her younger brother Sebastian, and her younger sister Susannah.

Emily’s stammering began when she was eight years old and persisted for the next seven. Anyhow, a teacher suggested that she pursue acting to overcome her stuttering.

Emily started her formal education at Roehampton’s Ibstock Place School before transferring to Dorking, Surrey’s Hurtwood House, a boarding secondary school. She is an accomplished singer, cellist, and athlete who studied performing arts for two years.

At the ‘Edinburgh Festival’ in August of 2000, she was able to showcase her acting abilities, and it was there that she grabbed the eye of actor and agent Kenneth Mcreddie. Kenneth facilitated Emily’s prominence in the British Broadcasting Corporation and London’s West End.

Beginning Years of a Profession

Kenneth was instrumental in Emily Blunt getting major roles in theatre performances, TV series, and films set in different eras. After receiving an invitation to play the granddaughter of Fanny Cavendish (Judi Dench) in the play “The Royal Family,” Emily began her professional theatre career in 2001.

Emily’s performance in ‘The Royal Family’ was so well received that she was awarded the title of ‘Best Newcomer’ by the British tabloid ‘The Evening Standard.’

She went on to star in many more “West End” shows, including “Vincent in Brixton” and “Romeo and Juliet.”

In 2003, she made her television debut as Isolda in the British TV drama film Boudica (also known as Warrior Queen in the United States). Her performance as Catherine Howard in the drama film “Henry VIII” the same year also garnered a lot of praise.

The 2004 film “My Summer of Love,” in which Emily played the role of Tamsin, was likewise well received. ‘My Summer of Love’ follows the romantic entanglements of two women from entirely different socioeconomic backgrounds.

In 2004, she won an “Evening Standard” award for her moving performance in “My Summer of Love” as “Most Promising Newcomer.” She and Natalie Press, who played Mona, both won for their roles in the film.

In 2005, she co-starred with Susan Sarandon, one of the most acclaimed actresses in the United States, in the film Irresistible. Emily’s portrayal of Mara, a marriage destroyer and sociopath, in “Irresistible” was praised by both fans and critics.

Work Experience: Major Events

‘Gideon’s Daughter,’ directed by Stephen Poliakoff, featured Emily as Natasha. Originally shown at the “Hamptons International Film Festival” in 2005. British audiences saw it on television for the first time in 2006.

In the film ‘ Gideon’s Daughter, ‘ Emily’s portrayal of Natasha, a troubled young unmarried girl, earned her a ‘Golden Globe Award’ in the category of ‘Best Supporting Actress.’

In the comedy The Devil Wears Prada, she played Emily Charlton, an assistant to Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly, the editor-in-chief of the fashion magazine Runway. Emily’s performance in this 2006 film was critically acclaimed and nominated for several awards.

Emily’s portrayal of Emily Charlton in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ earned her Best Actress in a Supporting Role BAFTA nominations. And Best Supporting Actress Golden Globe awards.

Filmy Career

In 2007, Blunt appeared in four films, each in a different genre: the horror film “Wind Chill,” the romantic comedy “The Jane Austen Book Club,” and the biographical comedy “Charlie Wilson’s War,” And the comedy “Dan in Real Life.”

In 2008, Emily appeared in “Sunshine Cleaning” as Norah Lorkowski and “The Great Buck Howard” as “Valerie Brennan.” The following year, she starred as the young Queen Victoria in the independent drama film The Young Victoria.

For her role in “The Young Victoria,” Emily received nominations for the “Critics’ Choice Movie Award”. And the “Golden Globe Award” for “Best Actress” in 2009.

Emily Blunt’s 2010 was also significant since she landed roles opposite many well-known Hollywood stars and actresses. Gwen Conliffe, the antique trader she played in the horror film ‘Wolfman’ with Anthony Hopkins.

Emily had a very prolific 2011 with roles in the films Gnomeo & Juliet, The Adjustment Bureau, Salmon Fishing in Yemen, Your Sister’s Sister, and The Muppets. Her portrayal of financial analyst Harriet Chetwode-Talbot in “Salmon Fishing in Yemen” garnered her a “Golden Globe Award” nomination for “Best Actress.”

Emily played a significant role in the 2012 film “The Five Year Engagement,” starring Jason Segel. She also appeared alongside Colin Firth as Charlotte in the “Arthur Newman” film that same year.

Blockbuster Film

In the 2014 blockbuster film “Edge of Tomorrow,” Emily played the role of Rita Vrataski, a warrior tasked with training Tom Cruise’s character. The film earned over $3.7 billion worldwide. She appeared with such notables as Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman, and James Corden in “Into the Woods.”

When the crime thriller ‘Sicario’ released in 2015, starring Josh Brolin. And Benicio Del Toro, of Puerto Rican descent, Emily played an ‘FBI’ agent. The film premiered at the prestigious “Cannes Film Festival,” where it received glowing reviews.

In 2016, she appeared in many critically acclaimed films, including “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” and “The Girl on the Train.”

“Animal Crackers” and “My Little Pony: The Movie” from 2017 feature her voiceover work. She voiced Juliet in 2018’s “Sherlock Gnomes,” a continuation of 2011’s “Gnomeo & Juliet,” a fantasy romance comedy.

Blunt appeared in the 2018 horror film “A Quiet Place” alongside her husband, John Krasinski. Her husband directed the critically acclaimed film that premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival.

In the same year, she was lauded for her performance as Mary Poppins in the musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, which was based on the book of the same name by P.L.Travels. The film starring Julie Andrews as the titular character, was released in 1964.

Emily will co-star with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson in the upcoming 2019 American action film “Jungle Cruise.” Not Fade Away. And “The Quiet Place 2” featured her in lead parts that same year.

Honors and Awards

A BAFTA Britannia Award for “British Artist of the Year” went to Emily Blunt in 2009.

She is famous for “Best Actress in an Action Movie” at the 2015 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards for her work in the film “Edge of Tomorrow.”

Emily Blunt’s performance as Natasha in the TV drama ‘Gideon’s Daughter’ earned her the ‘Golden Globe Award’ for ‘Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries, or Television Film’ in 2007.

Personal Life From 2005 to 2008, Emily Blunt dated Canadian singer Michael Buble

She began dating John Krasinski, an American actor, in 2008. They tied the knot in Como, Italy, on July 10th, 2010. Hazel (born in 2014) and Violet (born in 2016) are the names of the couple’s two kids.


Emily Blunt became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 2015.

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