- Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
February 23, 1983 (age 38)
- John Krasinski
- Janice M. Dixon, Oliver Simon Peter Blunt
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English-American actress. She made her professional debut alongside Judi Dench in The Royal Family, for which she was named Best Newcomer by Evening Standard. Her screen debut came with the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen), and she delivered her breakout performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love, for which she received the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. Her performance in the television film Gideon's Daughter (2006) garnered her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film, and the same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.
In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She garnered further acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), for which she received a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. She found commercial success for roles in the romantic science-fiction thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011), the science fiction action thriller Looper (2012), and the science fiction film Edge of Tomorrow (2014). Blunt received her fourth and fifth Golden Globe Award nominations for her roles in the romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2012) and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014) in the Best Actress – Motion Picture Comedy or Musical category.
Blunt was born in London, the second of four children of Joanna, a teacher and former actress, and barrister Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, QC, one of the highest-profile barristers in the United Kingdom who earned an estimated £1 million annually. Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Suzanna. Her grandfather was Major-General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate. Blunt attended Ibstock Place School and, at the age of 16, went to Hurtwood House, a private sixth-form college known for its performing arts programme. There, she was discovered by an agent.
Blunt made her professional debut in The Royal Family, a play opposite Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall's production. Hailed by critics for her performance, she was named "Best Newcomer" by The Evening Standard. She went on to perform as Eugenie in Nicholas Wright's Vincent in Brixton at the National Theatre, and as Juliet in Indhu Rubasingham's production of Romeo and Juliet at Chichester Festival Theatre, both in 2002.
In 2003, Blunt made her screen debut in the British television drama Boudica, about the life of the ancient Celtic warrior-queen who fought the Romans. That same year, she was praised for her performance as the 16th century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.
In 2004, Blunt delivered her breakout performance as Tamsin in the dark British film, My Summer of Love, a story of deception and lesbian love in the English countryside. She shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Natalie Press.
In 2006, Blunt appeared opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada.
Blunt had a three-year relationship with Canadian singer Michael Bublé. They met in 2005, while backstage at the Australian television Logie Awards in Melbourne. They later shared a home in Vancouver, Canada, before breaking up in 2008.
In November 2008, Blunt began dating American actor John Krasinski. Blunt and Krasinski became engaged in August 2009, and married on 10 July 2010 in Como, Italy. On 16 February 2014, she gave birth to their daughter, Hazel. On 26 January 2016, Blunt's rep confirmed the couple are expecting a second child.
Blunt's brother-in-law is her The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci. In 2012, Tucci married Blunt's sister Felicity, who works as a literary agent. Blunt was responsible for introducing the couple. Her brother Sebastian is an actor.
In August 2015, Blunt became a citizen of the United States. She took dual-citizenship in the USA, suggesting the status helped her tax and visa situation but felt conflicted over having to abandon her sole allegiance to the United Kingdom.