Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is a British-American actress.
The Royal Family
The Devil Wears Prada
Blunt made her professional debut in a 2001 London production of the play The Royal Family. Two years later, she appeared on screen for the first time in the 2003 television film Boudica (Warrior Queen). Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer. For her performance in the TV film Gideon’s Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. That same year, she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture and a nomination for a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Devil Wears Prada.
BAFTA Britannia Award
The Young Victoria
The Adjustment Bureau
Edge of Tomorrow
In 2009, Blunt received the BAFTA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. She received more acclaim for portraying Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria (2009), receiving a nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama. 2009 also saw Blunt appear in the crime caper comedy “Wild Target” with Bill Nighy and Rupert Grint. 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 sci-fi 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. In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter’s War and The Girl on the Train, the latter based on the international best-selling novel of the same name.
In 2010, Blunt co-starred with Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins in the big-budget horror film The Wolfman. She also starred in Gulliver’s Travels and in The Adjustment Bureau, alongside Matt Damon, as a dancer “being mysteriously kept apart” from Damon’s character. Blunt was offered the female lead in Captain America: The First Avenger but turned it down. In 2011, Blunt was named the ambassadress of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Opium.
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Blunt starred in the 2011 British comedy film Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, directed by Lasse Hallström and co-starring Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas. Also that year, she briefly appeared in Disney’s The Muppets, as Miss Piggy’s receptionist. She starred in the 2012 film The Five-Year Engagement, directed by Nicholas Stoller and co-starring Jason Segel. In January 2011, Blunt began filming an American science-fiction film, Looper, directed by Rian Johnson and co-starring Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt; the film was released in September 2012. Also that year, she starred in Arthur Newman with Colin Firth.
In 2014, she starred alongside Tom Cruise in Edge of Tomorrow, the film adaptation of the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Also that year, Blunt again worked with Disney, playing the Baker’s Wife in their film adaptation of the musical Into the Woods, which also features her Devil Wears Prada co-star Meryl Streep as the Witch.
In 2015, Blunt starred in the action crime-thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. She came 98th in FHM’s Sexiest Women of 2015.
In 2016, she co-starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan; and headlined the film The Girl on the Train, based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins, directed by Tate Taylor, and co-starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, and Justin Theroux. Blunt has officially signed on to play the title character in the 2018 film, Mary Poppins Returns, which will serve as the sequel to the 1964 film.