About Emily Watson

Emily Watson is an actress from England. She is popular among the audience for her role in “Breaking the Waves” as Bess McNeil. Her act in the film won her an Academy Awards nomination. She has also made an appearance in “Hilary and Jackie,” “The Boxer,” “Appropriate Adult,” “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” and several other acting performances.

In her career of over twenty-five years, the fifty-three years old veteran actress has made an appearance in over forty films, fourteen television roles, over eight theatre performances, and a few radio shows. She has also been nominated for several award functions, mostly for her performance in “Breaking the Waves” and “Hilary and Jackie.” People might confuse her with actress Emma Watson because of the similarity in their name and same surname.

Quick Info
Full NameEmily Margaret Watson
Date of Birth14 January 1967
Birth placeIslington, London, England
parent(s)Richard Watson and Katharine Watson
Spouse(s)Jack Waters ​(m. 1995)
Net WorthUS $10 million

Early life

Emily Watson was born as Emily Margaret Watson to Richard and Katherine Watson on 14th January 1967 in London. Her mother taught English at a girls’ school while her father worked as an architect. She was raised as an Anglican.

She graduated from her high school from St James Independent Schools, after which she attended the University of Bristol. In 1988, she completed her bachelor’s in English from the University of Bristol. She also has an honorary Master of Arts degree from the same University. She had also trained at Drama Studio London. Until 1996, she was also a member of the School of Economic Sciences. She had also worked as a waitress in her early days.

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In Theatre

Emily Watson started her acting journey from theatre. Her first performance in theatre was in the play “School for Mothers and The Mistake.” The game was performed at White Bear Theatre in 1991. She was then seen as Marianna in the 1992 play “All’s Well That Ends Well” at Swan Theatre.

She was also seen in the 1994 theatre act “The Lady from the Sea” as Hilde Wangel. The play was performed at the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre. Her other theatre performance is “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Three Sisters,” and a few others. Her last theatre appearance was in the 2002/2003 play “Twelfth Night I Uncle Vanya.”

In Television

Emily Watson’s first television role was in the 1994 television film “A Summer Day’s Dream” as Rosalie. She then featured in the 1997 television film “The Mill on the Floss” as Maggie Tulliver. In 2008, she was also a part of “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” as Caroline Gi.” She was featured in the crime drama series “Appropriate Adult” as Janet Leach for two episodes.

In 2013, she was part of the miniseries “The Politician’s Husband” as Freya. She played Grace McKee in the television drama “The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe” in 2015. Her other television appearances are Julie Nicholson in “A Song for Jenny,” Elsa Einstein in “Genius,” Regan in “King Lear,” and a few other shows. She is also a part of the ongoing television series “The Third Day” as Mrs. Martin.

In Film

Emily Watson made her breakthrough in the big screen from the 1996 drama film “Breaking the Waves” as Bess McNeil. The film was received positively by critics but could not do well at the box-office. It grossed just $4 million. However, for her performance in the movie, Watson was nominated at the Academy Awards for Best Actress. She was also nominated for a BAFTA Award. For her performance in the film, she received sixteen award functions nominations and won ten of them.

In 1997, she was Marion in “Metroland” and Maggie in “The Boxer.” Her next big performance was in the 1998 biographical film “Hilary and Jackie.” She portrayed Jacqueline du Pré in the movie. Even though this film received a positive critical response, it failed to perform at the box-office. She was nominated at the Academy Awards for the second time because of her performance in the film.

Emily Watson

Emily Watson was also part of the 2001 black comedy film “Gosford Park” as Elsie. The film was a commercial success grossing over $87 million. She was also part of the 2012 romantic drama “Anna Karenina” as Countess Lydia, the 2015 film “Everest” as Helen Wilton, and the 2017 film “Kingsman: The Golden Circle” as Fox. She has also voiced several characters in animated films including, Emma Wishbone in “Monster Family.”

Her other films include “Angela’s Ashes,” “Cradle Will Rock,” “Red Dragon,” “Equilibrium” and several others.

She has also made an appearance in a few radio shows. She co-wrote a film script along with her husband titled Mood Indigo in 2007.


Emily Watson nominated in over sixty award functions in 1991 to present, including two Academy Awards nominations. She has won thirty-two of them, including a BAFTA Awards and three London Critics Circle Film Awards. She was also honored with the Order of the British Empire for her services to drama. She was appointed as an OBE officer in 2015 by Queen Elizabeth III.

Emily Watson
Emily Watson

Personal Life

Emily Watson is married to Jack Waters since 1995 and has a daughter and a son from the relationship. Her mother died in 2010, and her father died in 2015.

She is an Arsenal fan. She also supports NSPCC, which works for child protection.

Height and Weight

Emily Watson is 1.73 meters or five feet and eight inches in height and weighs sixty-four kilograms.

Social Media

Emily Watson is not quite active in social media.

Net Worth

According to celebritynetworth.com, Emily Watson has an estimated net worth of $10 million.