This week's Famous Brits Assemblies are about Emma Watson. Emma is an English actress, model, and activist. She has gained recognition for her roles in films, as well as her women's rights work. She was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2015.
Born in Paris and raised in Oxfordshire, Watson attended the Dragon School and trained in acting at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts. As a child, she became a star in her first professional acting role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, having acted only in school plays previously. She has since appeared in many other successful films as well as doing voice overs for animated films.
From 2011 to 2014, Emma 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. In the same year, she was appointed a UN Women Goodwill ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which advocates for gender equality. Emma was appointed to a G7 advisory body for women's rights in 2019, consulting with leaders on foreign policy. Her modelling work has included campaigns for Burberry and Lancôme. She also lent her name to a line of clothing for sustainable brand People Tree. In 2020, she joined the board of directors of Kering, a luxury brand group, in her capacity as an advocate for sustainable fashion.