Already an accomplished actress at the age of twenty-one, Emma Watson has starred in twelve films. In the past year she has broadened her impressive body of work, showing her versatility as a performer with her first screen roles following the recent completion of the HARRY POTTER series.
Watson is able to handle such scrutiny, however, because it has been there most of her life. "I feel fortunate in that I've never really known what it's like to have total freedom and anonymity. It's not as though I had it, and all of a sudden it got taken away from me. It's something I grew up knowing, and there's a process that happened gradually. I've never known anything else. In a way, I guess that's a blessing."
Casting agents found Emma through her Oxford theatre teacher. After eight consistent auditions, producer David Heyman told Emma and fellow applicants, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, that they had been cast for the roles of the three leads, Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.
Her meteoric rise to fame was nothing short of magical. With virtually no professional acting experience, the nine-year-old Watson was selected to co-star in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" (2001) and was propelled into international stardom with her very first film. Her portrayal of the bossy, miss-know-it-all Hermione was pitch perfect, so it was no surprise when she was recast alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in subsequent installments.
Famous for playing the role of Hermione Granger in all seven adaptations of the "Harry Potter" film series, actress Emma Watson was one of those rare actresses who enjoyed a balanced, normal life despite being one of the most recognized and highest-earning stars of the films.
English actress and model, Emma Watson, has a net worth of $40 million (£26m) as of April 2012
Her parents Jacqueline and Chris divorced when Emma was five-years-old, at which point she moved to Oxfordshire with her mother and younger brother. From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to act and started attending part-time theatre school Stagecoach.
From the age of six, Emma knew that she wanted to be an actress and, for a number of years, she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting. By the age of ten, she had performed and taken the lead in various Stagecoach productions and school plays, including "Arthur: The Young Years" and "The Happy Prince".
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson, who is known for her role as Hermione Granger in the 'Harry Potter' films, was born in Paris on 15 April 1990.