Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (April 15th, 1990 - ) is a French-born English actress, model and femminist. She rose to fame by playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films, appearing alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in all eight Potter films beginning in 2001.

From 2011 to 2014 she split her time between working on film projects and continuing her education, studying at Brown University and Oxford University and graduating from Brown with a degree in English litrature in May 2014.

Since then, she has began campaigning for women's rights and was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for "gender equality".

Early life

Emma Watson was born on April 15th, 1990 in Paris, France to English lawyers Chris Watson and Jacqueline Luesby.

Women's Rights work

Aside from being famous as an actress, Watson is also a keen political activist and has promoted education for girls, visiting Bangladesh and Zambia to do so. In July 2014, she was appointed as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

In September that year, an admittedly nervous Watson delivered an address at UN Headquarters in New York City helping launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate for gender equality. In that speech she said she began questioning gender-based assumptions at age eight when she was called "bossy" (a trait she has attributed to her being a "perfectionist") whilst boys were not, and at 14 when she was "sexualised by certain elements of the press". Watson's speech also called feminsim "the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities" and declared that the perception of "man-hating" is something that "has to stop".

Also in September, Watson made her first country visit as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador to Uruguay where she gave a speech that highlighted the need for women’s political participation. In December, the Ms. Foundation for Women named Watson its Feminist Celebrity of 2014 following an online poll.