Born in London, England to Joanna, a teacher and Oliver, a high-profile barrister, Emily Olivia Leah Blunt has three siblings: Felicity, Sebastian and Suzanna.
As a child, from ages 7 to 14, Emily Blunt struggled with stuttering. She said, "It was miraculous how I never stuttered on stage, but if you're a stutterer you always have it and I still have it on the phone or if I'm really tired and trying to relate a story."
Emily Blunt has also been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder. In school, "I definitely wasn't in the cool gang, but I wasn't in the geek squad either, I was neutral " like Switzerland. I'm not in a clique now. I think they're unhealthy" (seventeen.com).
Emily Blunt went to Ibstock Place School and then at 16, to Hurtwood House. While enrolled in its performing arts program, an agent discovered her. She made her debut in a musical, "Bliss." Her parents' advice to her when she was 17, "Persevere. Believe that if you want something badly enough the universe will conspire to make it happen."
Emily Blunt appeared in British television shows and films, including "Boudicca," "Henry VIII," "Gideon's Daughter," and "My Summer of Love." For her role in "Gideon's Daughter," she received a Golden Globe. And in "My Summer of Love" she spent most her time naked. "I'm really proud of it. It's not like any other movie. I don't know why I'm broadcasting my breasts to the world. It's a bit worrying" (telegraph.co.uk.).
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But it was Emily Blunt's role in "The Devil Wears Prada" that got Hollywood's attention. She was named "Best Female Scene-Stealer" in Entertainment Weekly; she also appeared at the 79th Academy Awards.
Several film roles followed, including "Wind Chill," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Dan in Real Life," "The Wolfman," "The Adjustment Bureau," and "Looper," among others.
She's said about becoming more insulated as she's gotten more famous, "I don't need it. I have no desire to have that. It's as simple as making a choice to have that or not, for me.if you become insulated like that, does your curiosity cease to exist? That frightens me. I don't ever want to lose being curious. The world is a very beautiful place and you miss everything if you become like that" (movieline.com).
Even with all her success, Emily Blunt said, "I didn't have a burning desire to act. When I was three years old, I didn't want to be an actress " I wanted to be the tooth fairy. So it is bizarre how it happened. But when it did I embraced it."
In 2010, Emily Blunt became the ambassadress of the fragrance "Opium."
She lives with her husband, John Krasinski, in Ojai, CA.
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