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EMILY BLUNT (Princess Mary) shot to international prominence with her lead role in the multi-award-winning British movie "My Summer of Love,” filmed in 2003. Blunt played the mysterious and privileged Tamsin, who becomes the obsession of a local girl, in this intoxicating romance from Pawel Pawlikowski. Blunt won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2005 Evening Standard British Film Awards and was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards. The film won the Best British Film award at the 2005 BAFTAs.

Blunt started her career at the 2002 Chichester Festival, where she played Juliet in a production of "Romeo and Juliet.” Her London stage debut was portraying Gwen Cavendish in a production of "The Royal Family,” opposite Dame Judi Dench. In 2003, she appeared on television as Princess Isolda in the British television drama "Boudica” and, in the same year, starred in the television adaptation of Agatha Christie's "Death on the Nile.” Blunt went on to appear in "Henry VIII,” a two-part television drama documenting the stormy 38-year reign of the king. Blunt played Henry's fifth wife, the teenage Queen Catherine Howard, alongside Ray Winstone, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Gambon. The series won the Best Television Movie/Miniseries at the 2003 International Emmy Awards.

In the critically acclaimed "Gideon's Daughter,” in which Blunt starred alongside Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson, Blunt played Natasha, the troubled daughter of a businessman who seems to be more dedicated to his career and girlfriend than to her. The film was first broadcast on BBC One in February 2006 and appeared on BBC America in April of the same year. Blunt won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance.

In 2005, Blunt began work on "The Devil Wears Prada.” An adaptation of the hugely popular Lauren Weisberger novel, the film features Blunt as the intensely neurotic Emily Chalton, senior assistant at Runway Magazine, who is perpetually on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Directed by David Frankel and also starring Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, the film opened to great acclaim in the U.S. in June 2006 and made more than $125 million at the U.S. box office. Blunt was nominated in the Breakout Female category at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards for her performance and was honored with the Breakthrough Award at the 2006 Movieline Young Hollywood Awards. She was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs for the role. The movie was released worldwide in October 2006 and made more than $320 million at the box office. Blunt went on to be nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2007 BAFTAs.

In August 2006, Blunt started work on "The Great Buck Howard,” written and directed by Sean McGinly and co-starring Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Colin Hanks. Following this, Blunt filmed "Dan in Real Life,” with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook.

Blunt went on to make "The Jane Austen Book Club.” 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. Blunt next spent two months in Albuquerque, New Mexico, filming "Sunshine Cleaning.” Produced by the team behind "Little Miss Sunshine,” the film was directed by Christine Jeffs and tells the story of two sisters who start up a successful business cleaning up crime scenes. In late 2007, Blunt was seen in Mike Nichols' "Charlie Wilson's War,” with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Blunt next essayed the title role in the Martin Scorsese-produced biopic "The Young Victoria,” written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. In September 2009, Blunt moved to New York to start work on "The Adjustment Bureau,” directed by George Nolfi. Starring opposite Matt Damon, Blunt plays an enigmatic ballerina who arrives in the life of an ambitious congressman and throws it into turmoil. The film will be in theatres next year.


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