Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress and activist
Known for her roles in both blockbusters and independent films, as well as for her women's rights work
she has received a selection of accolades, including a Young Artist Award and three MTV Movie Awards.
Watson has been ranked among the world's highest-paid actresses by
, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by
magazine in 2015.
Watson attended the Dragon School and trained in acting at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts
As a child, she rose to stardom after landing her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the
film series, having previously acted only in school play
Watson also starred in the 2007 television adaptation of the novel
and lent her voice to
The Tale of Despereaux
From 2011 to 2014, Watson split her time between working on films and continuing her education, graduating from Brown University with a bachelor's degree in English literature in May 2014.
That year, she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which advocates for gender equality.