THE YOUNG VICTORIA
EMILY BLUNT shot to international prominence with her lead role in the multi award-winning British movie, My Summer of Love. Filmed in summer 2003, Emily played the mysterious, privileged Tamsin, who becomes the object of fascination of a local girl in this intoxicating romance from Pawel Pawlikowski. Emily won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2004 Evening Standard Film Awards, was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards and the film won the Best British Film award at the 2005 BAFTAs.
Emily started her career at the 2002 Chichester Festival, where she played Juliet in a production of "Romeo and Juliet" and her London debut was portraying Gwen Cavendish in a production of "The Royal Family," opposite Dame Judi Dench. In 2003, her television credits included the British television drama "Boudica," an adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile,ā€¯ the television series "Foyle's War" and Peter Travis's "Henry VIII," a two-part television drama documenting the stormy 38-year reign of the king. Emily played Henry's fifth wife, the teenage Queen Catherine Howard. She co-starred with Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham-Carter and Michael Gambon and the series won the Best TV Movie award at the 2003 International Emmys.
The critically-acclaimed Gideon's Daughter, co-starring Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson, was shot in October 2004. Emily played Natasha, the troubled daughter of a man who gives the impression of being more dedicated to his career and girlfriend than her. Stephen Poliakoff directed this drama about grief and celebrity, which is set in the intense summer of 1997, charting Labour's election victory and Princess Diana's death. The film was broadcast on BBC One in February 2006 and appeared on BBC America in April of the same year. Emily won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in Television at the 2007 Awards for her performance.
In 2005, Emily started work on The Devil Wears Prada. An adaptation of the hugely-popular Lauren Weisberger novel, the film features Emily as the intensely neurotic Emily Charlton, the senior assistant at Runway Magazine who is permanently on the verge of a nervous breakdown. David Frankel directed an all-star cast, including Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci and the film opened in June 2006, going on to make $325 million world-wide. Emily was nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs for the role. She was also nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2007 BAFTAs, nominated in the Breakthrough Female category at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards and was honored with the Breakthrough Award at the 2006 Young Hollywood Awards.
Emily moved from New York to Canada in late 2005 to begin work on the spring 2006 release, Wind Chill, produced by George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh and directed by Greg Jacobs. Alongside Ashton Holmes, she plays a fiery, street-smart American college student who gets stranded on a dark and haunted stretch of road in the middle of nowhere. Emily next started work on The Great Buck Howard. Written and directed by Sean McGinly and co-starring Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Colin Hanks, Emily plays Valerie, a self-assured publicist hired by a luckless magician trying to reinvigorate his career. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival ahead of a spring 2009 release.
Emily's next release was The Jane Austen Book Club, in which she starred alongside Maria Bello, Frances McDormand, Kevin Zegers and Hugh Dancy as a secretive, unhappy teacher who yearns for more than life has given her. The film was released in the US in September 2007, followed by a UK release in November 2007. Following this Emily was seen in Dan in Real Life, with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook. It was released in the US in October 2007 and in the UK in January 2008. Later in 2007, Emily was seen in Mike Nicholls's Charlie Wilson's War with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Emily spent two months in early 2007 in Albuquerque, New Mexico filming Sunshine Cleaning. Produced by the team behind Little Miss Sunshine, the film is directed by Christine Jeffs and tells the story of two sisters who start up a successful business cleaning up crime scenes. Emily's co-stars included Amy Adams and Alan Arkin and the film was Emily's second at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. The film was released in the US in March 2009.
After working on The Young Victoria, Emily went on to make The Wolfman alongside Anthony Hopkins and Benicio del Toro. Directed by Joe Johnston for Universal Pictures, the film will get a world-wide release in November 2009. Following The Wolfman, Emily will be seen in the British black comedy, Wild Target, co-starring Bill Nighy, Rupert Grint, Martin Freeman and Rupert Everett.
Emily recently completed work on the forthcoming adaptation of Gulliver's Travels. Co-starring Jack Black and Jason Segel, Emily plays the female lead role of the Princess of Lilliputia. Emily's next project will be the political thriller, Adjustment Bureau. Emily plays the female lead opposite Matt Damon and will shortly go into intensive dance rehearsals as her character is a mysterious professional ballerina. Filming starts in September 2009.
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