Emily Blunt

General Basics & Summary

Name: Emily Blunt
Birth Name: Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
Height: 5′ 8″
Sex: F
Nationality: British
Birth Date: February 23, 1983
Birth Place: London, England, UK
Profession: Actress
Relationship: Michael Bublé (actor; jazz singer; born on September 9, 1975; dated from 2005-July 2008)
Uncle: Crispin Blunt (Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate; born on July 15, 1960)
Claim to fame: As Tamsin, a well-educated, cynical and deceptive beauty in My Summer of Love (2004)

Facts & Trivias

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.

Bought a $2.2 million new house in Vancouver where she lives with her partner, pop singer Michael Bublé.

Co-star Meryl Streep has praised Blunt as the best young actress she’s worked with in some time, perhaps ever.

Named Best Female Scene-Stealer for her performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006) by Entertainment Weekly.

She was told to lose weight for her role as Emily in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). She revealed this in a 2006 interview with Craig Ferguson. Co-star Anne Hathaway tells a similar story, and reports that she & Emily were always hungry on-set due to being kept on strict diets to maintain the rail-thin “super-model” look.

For her breakout performance in The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Emily convinced David Frankel that her character should be British rather than American. Emily also improvised many of her lines and told interviewers that she based the character on people she’s met, but would never want to associate with.

In 2004, Emily shared the prestigious Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with Nathalie Press.

Acting and adopting new accents helped her to overcome a debilitating speech impediment at age 12.

Admits she and her The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Stanley Tucci competed to see who could be more over-the-top in their scenes. Tucci admits his young co-star won “hands down”.

At the 2002 Chichester Festival, Emily earned rave reviews playing Juliet in a production of Romeo and Juliet.

Divides time between London, Sydney and Vancouver where she lives with her partner Michael Bublé.

Favourite actresses are: Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman.

Made her theatrical debut alongside Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family. She had only six months of formal acting training before gaining the role of Gwen.

Susan Sarandon asked her to audition for the role of Mara in Irresistible (2006) after seeing My Summer of Love (2004).

Upon filming their first scene together for The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Meryl Streep laughed that Blunt should be given the film carbon copy, rather than steal the movie.

She is not related to singer James Blunt.

She is the great-niece of actor and retired Major-General Tony Richardson.

Grew up in Roehampton, London.

Good friends with The Devil Wears Prada (2006) co-star Anne Hathaway.

The new face of Max Mara add campaign (2007).

Her boyfriend Michael Bublé’s wrote the hit single Everything for her. She is also on his album Call Me Irresponsible where she sings briefly at the end of the song Me And Mrs. Jones.

Was named as one of Screen International’s ‘Stars of Tomorrow’ alongside James McAvoy, Noel Clarke, Emily Blunt, Michelle Ryan and Rupert Friend.

Quotes

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 (about 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: 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.

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

(On her manipulative character in My Summer of Love (2004)) “Whether they like to admit it or not, everyone’s got a bit of “Tamsin” in them”.

(On being an actress) “You feel very much like a puppet, but it had been what I was accustomed to – so you just get on with it and try to find something that rings true.”

(On why she is often cast as the bad-girl) “I have sly eyes. When I was in school they always said, ‘Emily can never be elected Head Girl because you never know what she’s thinking.”

(On Susan Sarandon) “She’s just a force of nature. Amazing to work with. We just had such a laugh. And, she’s frighteningly smart”.

(On becoming a successful actress) “It was just crazy. It just sort of fell into my lap. It’s an awful story for people who’ve struggled and waited. It’s a horrible thing to hear. It was just incredibly fortunate. And now I can’t believe I was so casual about it, because I really wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

(On her childhood) “My head was occupied all the time. I was confused about what I wanted to do or who I was; I didn’t really feel I had an identity growing up.”

(On performing period-drama dialogue) “I mean, you try to make it as real as possible but when you have lines like ‘The fallen eagle is Caesar; the vulture Octavius, and there is one, yet to be decided, who will betray them all’. And you’re just like, ‘Great, how am I going to make that work?’.”

(On accepting her Golden Globe in 2007 without a written speech) “The Globes night was a frenzy: I hadn’t written anything. I looked down at the audience and Jack Nicholson was staring up at me and I couldn’t even remember what my bloody name was. So I have learnt my lesson!”.

I couldn’t talk as a kid because I stammered all the time, so I would just watch. I’m fascinated by human behavior. People surprise me all the time. And I love being able to morph into different characters.