Emily Watson - Updated Jun 2024

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Emily Watson

Emily Watson is a British actress. Emily Watson is known for playing Bess in the 1996 award-winning indie film, “Breaking the Waves.”

Early Life

Emily Watson was born on the 14th of January 1867, in Islington, London, England. Her birth name is Emily Margaret WatsonAccording to the astrological chart, she has a birth sign of Capricorn and she is currently 57 years old. She holds British nationality and belongs to a mixed ethnicity of English-Scottish descent.

The names of her parents are Richard Watson (father) and Katharine Watson (mother). By profession, her father was an architect while her mother was an English teacher. She was raised along with her sister Harriet Watson.

Caption: Emily Watson with her family (Source: Shutterstock)

Emily Watson – Education

In terms of her academic qualification, she attended St James Independent Schools. Later, she enrolled at the University of Bristol, where she obtained a BA degree in majoring in English in 1988. She got her MA degree from Bristo University in 2003. Moreover, she has trained at the Drama Studio London.

Professional Career

Initially, Emily Watson started her career in theater. Some of her theatre credits include The Children’s Hour (at the Royal National Theatre), Three Sisters, Much Ado About Nothing, and The Lady from the Sea. Watson has also worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company in A Jovial Crew, The Taming of the Shrew, All’s Well That Ends Well, and The Changeling.

Acting Career

Waston made her film debut after appearing as Bess McNeill in the 1996 psychological film “Breaking the Waves” which was directed by Lars von Trier. Moreover, her performance in the movie won her the Los Angeles, London, and New York Critics’ Circle Awards for Best Actress, as well as the US National Society of Film Critics’ Award for Best Actress and nominations at the Academy Awards, the British Academy Film Awards, and the Golden Globe Awards.

Caption: The 1996 award-winning indie film, Breaking the Waves (Source: Ruthless Culture)

She got another prominent role as cellist Jacqueline du Pré for the 1998 British biographical film “Hilary and Jackie.” For this role, she learned to play the cello in three months. For her role in this movie, she won the British Independent Film Award for Best Actress

Some of her other movie appearances from the late 1990s to early 2000s are “Angela’s Ashes” (1999), “Gosford Park” (2001), “Punch-Drunk Love” (2002), “Red Dragon” (2002), “Equilibrium” (2002),  “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” (2004), and “Corpse Bride” (2005 -voice role).

Continued appearing in movies and TV series

In the year 2002, she appeared in productions of Twelfth Night and Uncle Vanya at the Donmar Warehouse and was nominated for the 2003 Olivier Award for Best Actress for the latter.

She was nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance as Margaret Humphreys in “Oranges and Sunshine” (2010).

She was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance in the HBO miniseries “Chernobyl.” Additionally, she won the British Academy Television Award for Best Actress in 2011 for her performance as Janet Leach in the ITV television biopic “Appropriate Adult.”

Moreover, she was nominated for an International Emmy Award for Best Actress in 2017 for her work in the BBC miniseries “Apple Tree Yard.” Similarly, her other film credits are “Miss Potter” (2006), “Synecdoche, New York” (2008), “War Horse” (2011), “The Theory of Everything” (2014), “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” (2017), “The Happy Prince” (2018) and “God’s Creatures” (2022).

Net Worth 2024

Watson has an estimated net worth of around $50 million as of 2023. Meanwhile, she has earned through her professional career. Moreover, her acting career has helped her achieve both fame and fortune.

Relationship Status

In 1995, Emily Watson tied the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Jack Waters. By profession, her husband is a former actor who now works as a potter. With the marriage, the couple has two kids whose names are Dylan Waters and Juliet Waters. Watson is free of rumors and controversy. She has been successful in keeping her life free of rumors and controversy.

Body Measurements

Caption: Emily Watson posing for a photo (Source: World Celebrity)

This beautiful actress stands 5 feet 8 inches tall (1.73 m) and weighs around 63 kg (138 lbs). Meanwhile, she has a pair of blue eyes with light brown hair color and her body measurement is 35-25-35 inches.

Social Media

Currently, this actress has not been present on any kinds of social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


Her likes include music, eating, plants, and cute animals. Her hobbies and interests encompass a wide array of activities, including sports such as field hockey and tennis, reading books, dance, and fashion.

Additionally, she has expressed a preference for literature-based school subjects like English, history, and art.