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Emily Watson was born and raised in London, the daughter of Katharine (Venables), an English teacher, and Richard Watson, an architect. After a self-described sheltered upbringing, Watson attended university for three years in Bristol, studying English literature. She applied to drama school and was rejected on her first attempt. After three years ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 30 wins & 57 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Breaking the Waves Bess McNeill
(1996)
Gosford Park Elsie
(2001)
Punch-Drunk Love Lena Leonard
(2002)
Red Dragon Reba McClane
(2002)

Filmography

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  Fortunate Sons (announced)
Mrs. Evans (rumored)
 2019 Too Close (TV Mini-Series)
Dr. Emma Robinson
 2019 Chernobyl (TV Mini-Series)
Ulana Khomyuk
- Vichnaya Pamyat (2019) ... Ulana Khomyuk
- The Happiness of All Mankind (2019) ... Ulana Khomyuk
- Open Wide, O Earth (2019) ... Ulana Khomyuk
- Please Remain Calm (2019) ... Ulana Khomyuk
 2018 King Lear (TV Movie)
Regan
 2018 The Happy Prince
Constance Wilde
 2017 Little Women (TV Mini-Series)
Marmee March
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... Marmee March
- Episode #1.2 (2017) ... Marmee March
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Marmee March
 2017 Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Chief of Staff Fox
 2017 On Chesil Beach
Violet Ponting
 2017 Monster Family
Emma (English version, voice)
 2017 Genius (TV Series)
Elsa Einstein
- Einstein: Chapter Nine (2017) ... Elsa Einstein
- Einstein: Chapter Eight (2017) ... Elsa Einstein
- Einstein: Chapter Seven (2017) ... Elsa Einstein
- Einstein: Chapter One (2017) ... Elsa Einstein
 2017 Apple Tree Yard (TV Mini-Series)
Yvonne Carmichael
- Episode #1.4 (2017) ... Yvonne Carmichael
- Episode #1.3 (2017) ... Yvonne Carmichael
- Episode #1.2 (2017) ... Yvonne Carmichael
- Episode #1.1 (2017) ... Yvonne Carmichael
 2015 The Dresser (TV Movie)
Her Ladyship
 2015 Everest
Helen Wilton
 2015 A Song for Jenny (TV Movie)
Julie Nicholson
 2015 The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (TV Mini-Series)
Grace McKee
- Part 2 (2015) ... Grace McKee
- Part 1 (2015) ... Grace McKee
 2015 A Royal Night Out
Queen
 2015 Little Boy
Emma Busbee
 2014 Testament of Youth
Mrs. Brittain
 2014 The Theory of Everything
Beryl Wilde
 2013 The Book Thief
Rosa Hubermann
 2013 Belle
Lady Mansfield
 2013 The Politician's Husband (TV Mini-Series)
Freya Hoynes
- Episode #1.3 (2013) ... Freya Hoynes
- Episode #1.2 (2013) ... Freya Hoynes
- Episode #1.1 (2013) ... Freya Hoynes
 2013 Some Girl(s)
Lindsay
 2012/I Anna Karenina
Countess Lydia Ivanova
 2011 War Horse
Rose Narracott
 2011 Appropriate Adult (TV Mini-Series)
Janet Leach
- Episode #1.2 (2011) ... Janet Leach
- Episode #1.1 (2011) ... Janet Leach
 2010 Oranges and Sunshine
Margaret Humphreys
 2010 Cemetery Junction
Mrs Kendrick
 2009 Within the Whirlwind
Evgenia Ginzburg
 2009 Cold Souls
Claire
 2008 Synecdoche, New York
Tammy
 2008 The Memory Keeper's Daughter (TV Movie)
Caroline Gil
 2007/II A-Z (Short) (voice)
 2007 The Water Horse
Anne MacMorrow
 2006 Miss Potter
Millie Warne
 2006 Crusade in Jeans
Mary Vega
 2005 Separate Lies
Anne Manning
 2005 The Proposition
Martha Stanley
 2005 Corpse Bride
Victoria Everglot (voice)
 2005 Wah-Wah
Ruby Compton
 2004 Boo, Zino & the Snurks
Alanta (English version, voice)
 2003 Blossoms & Blood (Video short)
Lena Leonard
 2002 Gosford Park: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Elsie
 2002 Equilibrium
Mary O'Brien
 2002 Red Dragon
Reba McClane
 2002 Punch-Drunk Love
Lena Leonard
 2001 Gosford Park
Elsie
 2000 The Luzhin Defence
Natalia
 2000 Trixie
Trixie Zurbo
 1999 Angela's Ashes
Angela McCourt
 1999 Cradle Will Rock
Olive Stanton
 1998 Hilary and Jackie
Jackie Du Pré
 1997 The Boxer
Maggie
 1997 Metroland
Marion
 1997 The Mill on the Floss (TV Movie)
Maggie Tulliver
 1996 Breaking the Waves
Bess McNeill
 1994 Performance (TV Series)
Rosalie
- Summer Day's Dream (1994) ... Rosalie
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She acted in William Shakespeare's play, "Twelfth Night," at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre in London, England with Simon Russell Beale, Helen McCrory, Mark Strong, Selina Cadell, David Bradley, Luke Jardine, Paul Jesson, Cherry Morris, Anthony O'Donnell, Gary Powell, and Gyuri Sarossy in the cast. Sam Mendes was director. See more »

Publicity Listings:

8 Interviews | 9 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 4 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »

Height:

5' 8" (1.73 m)
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Personal Quote:

The challenge in playing Bess [in Breaking the Waves] is that, in physical, psychological, intellectual, moral, ethical and political terms, she's a disaster - part saint, part clown. But she has an infinite capacity to love and believe. I tried to make the logic of that transcend those judgements. See more »

Trivia:

Has worked three times with Geoffrey Rush: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), The Book Thief (2013) and Genius (2017). See more »

Star Sign:

Capricorn

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