Emma Watson

Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990 in Paris, to British lawyers Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby. She lived in Maisons-Laffitte, near Paris, until the age of five. Her parents divorced her when she was still young and she moved to England to live with her mother in Oxfordshire, while she spent weekends at her father's house in London.

In 1999 casting auditions began for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the film adaptation of British author J. K. Rowling's bestselling novel. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford drama teacher and the producers were impressed with her confidence. After eight auditions, producer David Heyman told Watson and fellow candidates Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, who had been cast as schoolmates Hermione Granger, Harry Potter and Ron Weasley, respectively.

Emma Watson divides her time between London and New York. In 2019, she defined her marital status as single as self partnered.

On 7 July 2014 she was appointed Goodwill Ambassador by UN Women, the United Nations organization that deals with gender equality and the equal role of women in the world. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, executive director and under-secretary general of the agency, said the actress's intelligence and passion will enable UN Women's message of equality to reach her peers.

In February 2018, she donated a million pounds to a new British foundation for women victims of abuse and harassment at work. Marai Larasi, an activist against violence against women, was her guest at the 2018 Golden Globes.