Emily Blunt, an award-winning English actress, began her acting career on stage before moving on to television and film. Her career breakthrough came when she starred in the 2006 television film, Gideon’s Daughter and also featured in The Devil Wears Prada, an American comedy movie. For her performance in the former, Emily earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
The actress is married to American actor, John Krasinski and while some celebrity actor’s wives find themselves basking in the fame that comes with being married to a celeb, Emily Blunt is a celebrity in her own right as she had already broken through in the film industry long before she started dating and eventually got married to her husband.
Emily and John Krasinski are among Hollywood’s most admired couples. They are usually present at red carpet events and never fail to express their love for each other at any given opportunity.
Emily Blunt’s Age and Family Background
Born as Emily Olivia Leah on 23 February 1983, in Wandsworth, London, the actress is the second of her parents’ four children, the three others being Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah. Her mother, Joanna, was an actress and teacher while her father, Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, was a barrister (QC).
When she was 7 years old, Emily Blunt had a stammer which later stopped when she was 14 after a school teacher helped her deal with it via acting. She subsequently became one of the board of directors for the nonprofit organization, American Institute for Stuttering.
Emily was a student of Ibstock Place School, Roehampton, southwest London. At age 16, she moved from there to Hurtwood House, a private, sixth form college popular for its performing arts programme, located in Surrey, England. There, her acting talent was discovered, resulting in her being signed by an agent.
What to Know About Her Kids and Sister
Emily Blunt is a mother of two beautiful girls. She had her first daughter, Hazel, in 2014 while the second, Violet, was born in 2016.
The actress has a sister named Felicity Blunt, who trained to become a barrister but eventually became a literary agent at Curtis Brown, a UK publishing house. She is not only connected to Hollywood through her sister Emily but also through her actor husband, Stanley Tucci, whom she got married to in 2012.
The most interesting part is that Felicity’s husband is Emily’s brother-in-law as well as her The Devil Wears Prada co-star. The couple has two children together – a son and a daughter named Matteo Oliver and Emilia Giovanna respectively. Felicity is also the stepmother of her husband’s three children (Camilla and twins Nicolo and Isabel) from his marriage to his first wife Kate, who lost her life to breast cancer in 2009.
The actress began her professional acting career in November 2001 in a stage production of George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s play, The Royal Family, playing the role of Gwen Cavendish, granddaughter of Fanny Cavendish. She performed so well that the Evening Standard newspaper named her “Best Newcomer”. In 2002, she played the character of Eugenie in Vincent in Brixton, at the National Theatre and also acted as Juliet in the play, Romeo and Juliet, at Chichester Festival Theatre.
The following year, Emily Blunt debuted on television in the British TV drama Boudica. She also appeared as queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British TV drama Henry VIII, earning praises for her excellent portrayal of the character. In 2004, she played the role of Tamsin in the British drama film, My Summer of Love.
2006 became Emily’s breakthrough year following her starring role in the television film Gideon’s Daughter, where she acted as the troubled daughter of the character, Gideon Warner. For her exceptional portrayal of the character, Emily Blunt earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.
Also in 2006, she featured in the American comedy-drama film The Devil Wears Prada, playing Emily, the senior assistant of Miranda Priestly (played by Streep), editor-in-chief of Runway magazine. Emily Blunt earned a BAFTA and Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture respectively, for her sterling performance. She then starred alongside Susan Sarandon in the 2006 Australian mystery drama film, Irresistible.
The year 2007 saw the actress appearing in the films Dan in Real Life, Wind Chill, The Jane Austen Book Club, and Charlie Wilson’s War. In the year that followed, she portrayed the character of Norah Lorkowski in the film Sunshine Cleaning and played Valerie Brennan in The Great Buck Howard.
In 2009, Emily Blunt was nominated for a number of awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Pictur– Drama and the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress, for her role as Queen Victoria in the film, The Young Victoria. In the same year, she also starred in the short film Curiosity and featured in the TV series, Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps as the voice of Matilda Mouseling. Emily was given the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year 2009.
The next year, Emily Blunt co-starred in The Wolfman, following it up in 2011 with The Adjustment Bureau and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The latter earned her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture– Comedy or Musical. Also in 2011, the actress appeared briefly as Miss Piggy’s receptionist in The Muppets and played a co-starring role in Your Sister’s Sister.
In 2012, Emily played a starring role in the comedy, The Five-Year Engagement, portrayed the character of Sara in Looper and also starred alongside Colin Firth in the dramatic comedy film Arthur Newman.
Emily Blunt won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie in 2014 for her co-starring role in the film Edge of Tomorrow, where she played the character of Rita Vrataski. In a bid to fit perfectly into the role, the actress had to undergo training for three whole months. This was followed by a role in Into the Woods, a film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical of the same title by The Walt Disney Company. In the film, Emily played a character who was barren all through the first act of the film but in reality, she was pregnant. Praised for her acting and singing, Emily earned her second Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical.
In the years that followed, the actress featured in many other films including Sicario (2015) for which she was nominated, for the second time in a row, for Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie and The Girl on the Train (2016) which earned her a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Outstanding Female Actor and the BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress.
In 2017, she provided her voice for the animated films My Little Pony: The Movie and Animal Crackers before going back to the screen in 2018, appearing in the films A Quiet Place and Mary Poppins Returns. Both of the 2018 films earned her a SAG Award nomination but she only won the former while the latter became her sixth Golden Globe nomination. She booked a part alongside Dwayne Johnson in Jungle Cruise (2020).
Emily has made a lot of money from her acting career having been involved in a lot of commercially successful movies such as The Devil Wears Prada which grossed over $326 million and Edge of Tomorrow which also made more than $370 million.
Apart from acting, Emily has also made some good money from endorsements with companies like Yves Saint, Laurent fragrance, Opium, which named her its ambassador in November 2011. She has also been on the cover of many magazines. From her various endeavors, Emily is said to have made an estimated net worth of $16 million.
The prolific actress is physically blessed with good looks and height. She stands at 5 feet 7½ inches (171 cm) and weighs 115 lbs (52 kg). Emily also wears bra size 32B and has a body measurement of bust- 34 inches, waist- 23 inches, and hip- 35 inches.