Emily Olivia Leah Blunt was born 23 February 1983 and is a British actress.
Blunt was born in the London Borough of Wandsworth, the second of four children. Born to Joanna, a former actress and teacher, and barrister Oliver Blunt, QC. Her siblings are Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah. Her grandfather was Major General Peter Blunt, and one of her paternal uncles is Crispin Blunt, Conservative Member of Parliament for Reigate.
From age seven to 14, Blunt had difficulties with stuttering. She credits a school teacher for helping her manage the stutter through acting. She went on to sit on the board of directors for the American Institute for Stuttering. Blunt attended Ibstock Place School in Roehampton, southwest London and, at age 16, went to Hurtwood House near Dorking, Surrey, a private sixth form college known for its performing arts programme. There, she was discovered and signed by an agent.
In November 2001, Blunt made her professional debut in Peter Hall’s production of the play The Royal Family, in which she played the role of the granddaughter Gwen to Dench’s Fanny Cavendish. 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 received considerable attention for her performance as Tamsin in the independent British drama My Summer of Love, a love story revolving around two young women from different socioeconomic backgrounds in the English countryside.us. In 2004, prior to My Summer of Love, she played Linnet Ridgeway in the episode “Death on the Nile” of the series Agatha Christie’s Poirot.
Blunt starred in the British television drama Gideon’s Daughter, based on an original screenplay written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, where she played the troubled only child of New Labour spin doctor Gideon Warner. She then featured in the comedy-drama The Devil Wears Prada, set in the fashion world in New York City. Blunt played Emily, the senior assistant of Runway magazine editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. Blunt then appeared in the independent mystery drama Irresistible.
Blunt’s profile continued to rise, and in 2007, she appeared in four films: the horror film Wind Chill, the romantic drama The Jane Austen Book Club, the comedy-drama Dan in Real Life, and the biographical comedy-drama Charlie Wilson’s War. In 2008, Blunt appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning in the role of Norah Lorkowski, an underachiever who starts a crime-scene clean-up business with her sister Rose. She then starred in The Great Buck Howard as Valerie Brennan.
In 2009, Blunt portrayed Queen Victoria in the independent period drama The Young Victoria.
She starred in the Toby Spanton–directed short film Curiosity. She also voiced Matilda Mouseling, the mother of the titular character, in the television series Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. In 2010, Blunt co-starred in the horror film The Wolfman, a re-adaptation of the classic 1941 film of the same name. She also starred in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau (2011). In the same year, Blunt starred in the British romantic comedy-drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. She also made a cameo appearance in Disney’s The Muppets, as Miss Piggy’s receptionist, and starred in the independent comedy-drama Your Sister’s Sister. In November 2011, Blunt was named the ambassador of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance Opium.
In 2012, Blunt starred in the romantic comedy The Five-Year Engagement, co-starring Jason Segel, in which she and Segel played a couple whose relationship becomes strained when their engagement is continually extended. She then starred in Looper, a science fiction action film. In 2014, Blunt starred in Edge of Tomorrow, a film adaptation of the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill, written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Blunt then played the role of the Baker’s Wife in The Walt Disney Company’s film adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, directed by Rob Marshall and featuring an ensemble cast. In 2015, Blunt starred in the crime thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve. Blunt played Kate Macer, a principled FBI agent assigned to take down the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. In 2016, Blunt co-starred in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which serves as both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman (2012).Blunt then headlined the mystery thriller The Girl on the Train. Based on Paula Hawkins’ best-selling novel of the same name, Blunt played Rachel Watson, an alcoholic who becomes involved in a missing person’s investigation.
After providing her voice for the 2017 animated films My Little Pony: The Movie and Animal Crackers, Blunt made her return to live action in husband John Krasinski’s horror film A Quiet Place, which follows a family being tormented by monstrous creatures that hunt by sound. Neither Krasinski nor Blunt had initially planned for Blunt to co-star in the film with him, but upon reading the script, she persuaded him to cast her. That same year, Blunt played the title character in Rob Marshall’s musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns, which served as a sequel to the 1964 film. In 2020, Blunt guest starred in her husband’s web series Some Good News, which began streaming on YouTube during the COVID-19 pandemic, and starred in the romantic drama Wild Mountain Thyme – based on John Patrick Shanley’s play Outside Mullingar.
Blunt reprised her role in the horror sequel A Quiet Place Part II (2021). Later that year, she also starred in Jungle Cruise, a film adaptation of the eponymous attraction in Adventureland, and will star in the BBC television series The English, a western from Hugo Blick. In October 2021, Blunt was cast to star in Christopher Nolan’s 2023 film Oppenheimer.