Full Name: Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (Duerre is an ancient German and French surname, the maiden name of Emma’s French paternal grandmother and the surname of half of her paternal family)
Ancestry: English/Scottish/French/German (added as reference)
Citizenship: British (added as reference)
Date of Birth: April 15th 1990 at 6:00pm or 18:00 (Sunday)
Sun Sign: Aries / Moon Sign: Sagittarius / Mars Sign: Aquarius / Venus Sign: Pisces / Ascendant Sign: Virgo
Place of Birth: Paris, France.
Hometown: Oxfordshire, England.
Family: Father (Chris – Lawyer), Mother (Jacqueline – Lawyer), Brother (Alex – 3 years Emma’s junior and still attending school)
Height: 5 feet, 6 inches/5′ 6″ or 168 cm
Eye colour: Brown (dark with golden flecks)
Hair colour: Blonde (dark)
Emma’s paternal family are English, Scottish, French and German. The Watsons’ ( Watson is an ancient Anglo-Saxon surname that came from Wat (this old Germanic name literally means the mighty ruler of the army) are Scottish and English, and the Duerres’ (Duerre is a German surname that came from Bavaria) are French and German. The Watsons are a family of lawyers and academics.
Mea gloria fides translation: Fidelity is my glory.
Emma’s maternal family can be trace to Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, and Warwickshire, England.
Emma Watson’s Bonsor great grandmother married into the Dickinson family and their daughter married into the Luesby family, a family of businessmen. Their daughter Jacqueline Luesby married Christopher Watson. Emma Watson’s parents. Both are practicing law. One in the media and the other in Finance.
Tracing Emma’s maternal family showed Norman* blood, an ancestry from her great-great grandfather William Bonsor*. The line can be trace directly to the Conquest itself. William Bonsor was a groom and a gardener resident in Leverton and a native of South Kilworth in Leicestershire, England. Norman* blood is commonly found among some English people. Along with the Anglo-Saxons who have settled in Britain. Emma Watson’s maternal family hails from a working class background.
Norman* = The Normans were a people of Viking descent who gave their name to Normandy, northern France, and were the People to conquer England in 1066 and has since significantly influenced the English language and culture.
Bonsor* = The surname Bonsor was derived from the French ‘Bon sire’, meaning ‘good sir’. It was first brought to England by the Normans who came and ruled the land.
Pro patria translation: “For my country.”
Refer to Emma Watson’s Official Website
15 April 1990
Born in Paris, France
Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson was born to Jacqueline and Chris at 6.00pm on 15th April, 1990 in Paris, France. Jacqueline and Chris both work as lawyers. Emma, her parents and her brother Alex (three years Emma’s junior) moved back to England when Emma was five years old. Emma grew up in Oxfordshire but now lives in London during her university holidays.
Emma discovers an interest in Performing Arts
In September 1995, at the age of five, Emma attended Lynams School, the nursery school for the prestigious Dragon School in Oxford. Emma first demonstrated her talent for acting at Lynams School when, at the age of seven, she won the Daisy Pratt poetry competition for her recital of The Sea by James Reeves.
The sea is a hungry dog,
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws
Hour upon hour he gnaws
The rumbling, tumbling stones,
And ‘Bones, bones, bones, bones! ‘
The giant sea-dog moans,
Licking his greasy paws.
And when the night wind roars
And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
Shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
And howls and hollos long and loud.
But on quiet days in May or June,
When even the grasses on the dune
Play no more their reedy tune,
With his head between his paws
He lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.
The big audition
In September 1998 at the age of eight, Emma moved to the main Dragon School where she would spend a very happy five years between films. In 1999 at the age of nine, Emma was given the opportunity to audition for a role in the upcoming Harry Potter film. The rest, as they say, is history.
First time filming
In 2000 when she was ten, Emma began filming for the first time with 11 year old Daniel Radcliffe and 12 year old Rupert Grint. She was extremely nervous! But, she had no reason to fear as, on its opening day, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone broke records all over the world and Emma won great critical acclaim for her performance as Hermione Granger.
The Harry Potter years
Ten years and six films later, Emma continues to play the role she has made her own and is currently filming the last two films in the series Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and Part 2. During this time Emma’s global popularity has won her many awards such as the AOL Moviegoer’s Award for Best Actress (won on two occasions and runner-up on another) and countless magazine covers. She was the youngest actress to grace both the covers of Teen Vogue (2005) and the UK’s Tatler magazine (2007) and has since appeared on covers and in magazines such as V, Italian Vogue and Elle.
Other roles (so far)
In 2007 Emma accepted her first role outside of the Harry Potter films playing Pauline Fossil in the BBC’s drama Ballet Shoes. The drama was incredibly well received and was viewed by a staggering 5.2 million people. The following year, Emma voiced her first animated character (playing opposite Dustin Hoffman, Sigourney Weaver and Matthew Broderick) with the role of Princess Pea in Universal Pictures’ The Tale of Despereaux.
Her education remains a passion equally close to Emma’s heart and she has continued to excel in all aspects of school life particularly exams! Aged 13 years old she joined Headington School in Oxfordshire and went on to achieve eight A* and two A Grades in her GCSE Examinations at the age of 16. In 2009 Emma achieved three A levels in English Lit, Art and Geography, and an AS level in History of Art.
Brown University, United States
She is of course now studying for a Liberal Arts degree in Ivy League Brown University in the United States and she is about to complete her first year which she describes as “the most fantastic experience”. Emma has fully immersed herself in all aspects of university life and in March of this year she appeared in the role of Irina in the University production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters.
An eye for fashion
Emma is also widely respected for her knowledge and interest in fashion, and for the support she has given the British Fashion Industry. She has twice been chosen by Christopher Bailey to feature as the face of Burberry in their Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009 and Spring/Summer campaign in 2010. As well as appearing on the cover of numerous magazines she has been photographed by the world’s top fashion photographers including Karl Lagerfeld, Mario Testino, Nick Knight and Patrick Demarchelier.
Emma has also worked closely with organic and fair trade pioneer People Tree, helping founder Safia Minney develop a teenage range for Spring/Summer 2010. As well as promoting fair trade and organic fashion, Emma has been heavily involved in the design and look of the company’s Spring/Summer range 2010 and is credited as Creative Adviser. Her relationship with People Tree continues as she collaborates with the company on their Spring/Summer collection for 2011.