Born in the early 80s, the sensational Emily Blunt is an award-winning actress of both English and American nationalities. She is a recipient of several nominations and awards, some of which include two British Academy Film Award nominations, one Screen Actors Guild Award and a Golden Globe Award. Also, a lot of Emily Blunt movies and TV shows have earned critical acclaim and the actress’s contributions to this effect cannot be ignored.
Emily Olivia Leah Blunt was born in Wandsworth Town situated in South London England on the 23rd of February 1983. She was raised alongside her other siblings, Felicity, Sebastian, and Susannah, in London. Her mother, Joanna, was a teacher and also an actress. Her father, Oliver Simon Peter Blunt, was a barrister, appointed as one of the Queen’s Counsel. Some other known extended relatives of Emily include Major-General Peter Blunt – her paternal grandfather, and Crispin Blunt – her father’s brother and politician.
Young Emily was enrolled in the prestigious Ibstock Place School located in Roehampton district of southwest London. In 1999, at the age of 16, the talented actress was admitted into Hurtwood House, a mixed boarding school in Surrey England. It was at Hurtwood House that an agent cited and discovered the huge potential that Emily Blunt possessed.
The English actress, for the most part of her childhood, was known to also stammer through words. She later overcame it with the help of one of her school teachers. Emily’s acting debut came towards the end of 2001 when she featured in the production of The Royal Family. Read on as we critically assess the movies and TV shows that Emily Blunt made appearances in and their various reviews and summaries.
Emily Blunt Movies
Popular British film, Boudica, happened to be Emily’s debut film. It was released in 2003 and starred popular acts like Steven Waddington, Alex Kingston, and Leanne Rowe. Boudica is a biographical film about Queen Boudica of British Celtic Iceni tribe. In 2004, Olivia was among the cast of My Summer of Love. The feature film which was directed by Pawel Pawlikowski was written based on Helen Cross’s novel of the same title.
2006 was a good year for the American actress as two of the movies she featured in recorded huge successes which included award nominations and award winnings. Gideon’s Daughter was a massive career boost for Emily. The movie directed by Stephen Poliakoff earned her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. Other top actors and actresses who featured in the movie include Miranda Richardson, Tom Hardy, and Bill Nighy. The English-born actress also starred in the American film The Devil Wears Prada which was directed by David Frankel. Her role in the comedy film earned her a nomination for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the BAFTA Award.
Emily Blunt was cast alongside the likes of Rupert Friend, Miranda Richardson, Julian Glover, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, and Harriet Walter, in The Young Victoria released in 2009 in both America and the UK. The drama was written and directed by Julian Fellowes and Jean-Marc Vallee respectively. The film was given a ‘Fresh’ rating of 76% based on 145 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.
Emily was featured in the 2011 romantic drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The movie which was directed by Lasse Hallstrom also starred the likes of Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Amr Waked. The British film was based on Paul Torday’s book of the same title which was published in 2007.
The Golden Globe Award recipient has also done some Sci-Fi movies as well as action movies. She starred in The Adjustment Bureau alongside Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Matt Damon and Terence Stamp. The movie was both directed and written by George Nolfi. The storyline was based on Adjustment Team, a book by Philip Dick, and was released in 2011, in the United States of America.
Emily’s first Sci-Fi film was Looper, released in 2012 in the United States of America. The film was directed by Rian Johnson and produced by both James Stern and Ram Bergman. It starred popular American actor Bruce Willis, Paul Dano, Noah Segan, Jeff Daniels, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The film which had a budget of $30 million went on to become a box office hit, grossing over $175 million.
Another notable Sci-Fi film which Emily featured in is Edge of Tomorrow. The action thriller was released in 2014 and co-starred popular American actor Tom Cruise. The movie was directed by Doug Liman and is based on All You Need Is Kill, a book written by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. The action movie grossed an amazing $370.5 million at the box office. In the same 2014, the talented actress received wide acclaim following her superb performance in the American musical film Into the Woods. The film was directed by Rob Marshall and also had amongst its cast, the likes of Meryl Streep, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Daniel Huttlestone and Tracey Ullman.
Emily starred as an FBI agent in popular crime film Sicario which was released in 2015. The film was written by Taylor Sheridan and directed by Denis Villeneuve. It also starred Victor Garber, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The action thriller which was edited by Joe Walker was distributed by Lionsgate, a production and distribution studio based in the United States. The film recorded a huge success with nominations at both Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards.
Blunt’s role as an alcoholic in the 2016 action thriller, The Girl on the Train, didn’t go unnoticed as it earned her BAFTA Award nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role. The movie was written by Erin Cressida Wilson and directed by Tate Taylor. The story is based on Paula Hawkins’ novel of the same title published in 2015. The crime drama also starred Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Lisa Kudrow, and Justin Theroux. The movie which had a budget of about $50 million grossed an average of $173 million at the box office.
In 2018, Emily starred in popular Sci-Fi horror movie titled A Quiet Place, co-starred and directed by her husband John Krasinski. The movie was a huge success financially, grossing over $340 million at the box office. It also recorded an approval rating of 95% based on 350 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Other film review sites and critics rated the movie quite high, owing to its spectacular acting and a good storyline. The movie has gone on to receive several nominations and awards. Notable among the awards include American Film Institute, Critics’ Choice Movie, Screen Actors Guild, as well as Golden Globe Awards, all for her superb performance in the horror movie.
Emily played the character of Mary Poppins in the musical film Mary Poppins Returns which was released in 2018. The movie was directed by Rob Marshall.
Emily Blunt’s TV Shows
The Golden Globe Award winner has also made several appearances on TV shows, series, and miniseries. Her first role in a miniseries was in Henry VIII released in 2003 where she played the role of Queen Catherine Howard. The British TV series which tells the story of the life and times of Henry VIII who was then King of England was produced by Francis Hopkinson, written by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. The series starred other actors like Ray Winston and Helena Bonham Carter.
The English actress starred in the drama series, Empire, which chronicles the life of Octavius while in exile after his uncle was murdered. The series which also starred Santiago Cabrera, James Frain, Jonathan Cake, and Vincent Regan began airing on American Broadcasting Company in June 2005. It was directed by John Gray and Kim manners. Blunt is also a co-anchor for Good Morning America which airs on ABC News network.
Another show added to the list of Emily Blunt movies and shows is Angelina Ballerina: The Next Steps. The program was created by Mallory Lewis and airs on Discovery Kids, Public Broadcasting Service, Channel 5, TV Cultura and on Nick Jr.
Reviews and Summaries
Popular movie review sites like Rotten Tomatoes and Box Office Mojo have reviewed a lot of Emily Blunt movies and TV shows. It is important to note that she has appeared in a myriad of critically acclaimed projects as an actress. According to the findings, her highest-rated and highest-grossing films of all time include films like The Devil Wears Prada released in 2006, Looper released in 2012 and Edge of Tomorrow released in 2014. The latter grossed well over $300 million. Also, Into the Woods which was released in 2014 grossed an estimated $213 million, and Sicario released in 2015 grossed $84.9 million at the box office.
Additionally, The Girl on the Train, an action thriller film, won many hearts with its gripping suspense while A Quiet Place didn’t get much applaud from audiences but went on to grab several awards. We would definitely not leave out the widely acclaimed movie Mary Poppins Returns which was released in 2018. The musical film had a budget of $130 million and went on to pull a shocker at the box office, grossing about $349.5 million. Emily Blunt has had quite an exciting career run so far despite the numerous challenges and hurdles she has had to face.