THE HAPPY PRINCE
EMILY WATSON (Constance Wilde) is one of the industry's most
acclaimed stage and screen actresses, highlighted by her OBE honour in 2015 for her Services to Drama.
Emily first came to the attention of the film world with her memorable performance in Lars von
Trier's BREAKING THE WAVES. For this, Emily received the 'Best Actress' award at the New York
Film Critics Circle, National Society of Film Critics, European Film (Felix) Awards and was
named British Newcomer of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Emily was also
nominated for 'Best Actress' at the Academy Awards, The Golden Globes, and BAFTA Awards.
BREAKING THE WAVES was Emily's first film.
Two years later, Emily was again nominated in the 'Best Actress' category at
the Academy, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Screen Actors Guild Awards for her portrayal of
real-life classical cellist Jacqueline du Pre in HILARY AND JACKIE, starring opposite Rachel
Griffiths and directed by Anand Tucker. The performance also earned her the British
Independent Film Award for 'Best Actress'. In 2012, Emily was again a Screen Actors Guild and Golden
Globe Award nominee, for her performance opposite Dominic West in the miniseries APPROPRIATE
ADULT. Her portrayal of Janet Leach in the real-life tale also earned Emily a BAFTA
Award for 'Best Leading Actress'.
Emily was most recently seen in the BBC and PBS Masterpiece adaptation of
Louisa May Alcott's novel LITTLE WOMEN, taking on the role of 'Marmee March'. Set against the
backdrop of the American Civil War, the story follows four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy March,
on their journey from childhood to adulthood. The 3-part mini-series also stars Michael Gambon
and Angela Lansbury, and aired over Christmas in the UK and will TX in the US on PBC
Masterpiece later this year.
Upcoming this year, Emily stars in KING LEAR for Amazon and BBC. Directed by
Richard Eyre and starring Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Jim Broadbent, and Florence Pugh,
Emily will take on the role of Lear's middle daughter Regan in this Shakespeare adaptation.
It is slated to TX later this year.
2017 saw Emily in ON CHESIL BEACH, the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's
bestselling 2007 novel. She starred in the role of 'Violet Ponting' alongside Anne-Marie Duff,
Billy Howle and Saoirse Ronan. The film premiered at the London Film Festival and Toronto Film
Festival. The same year she also starred in two television series: GENIUS and APPLE TREE
YARD. In the National Geographic Channel Emmy nominated drama GENIUS, she starred
alongside Geoffrey Rush and Johnny Flynn in the 10-part series, where she took on the role
of 'Elsa Einstein', Albert Einstein's wife. GENIUS is based on Walter Isaacson's
best-selling book, 'Einstein: His Lift and Universe' and was released last April.
Emily starred in BBC One's four part adaptation of Louise Doughty's
best-selling psychological thriller, 'Apple Tree Yard', written by Amanda Coe and directed by Jessica Hobs.
Made by Kudos and released last January, APPLE TREE YARD is a provocative, audacious thriller
that puts women's lives at the heart of a gripping, insightful story about the values by
which we live and the choices we make. Emily played central character 'Yvonne Carmichael', married
with two grown-up children and living a contented, conventional suburban life until a
chance encounter leads to an impulsive and passionate affair with a charismatic stranger, played
by Ben Chaplin. 2015 saw Emily in a multitude of projects. She led the cast in BBC One's A SONG
FOR JENNY, a television movie based on Julie Nicholson's book about her daughter, who
tragically died during the 7/7 attacks in London. The one-off factual drama adapted by playwright Frank
McGuiness, aired on July 5 to mark the 10th year anniversary. Emily also starred in Richard
Eyre's THE DRESSER, an adaptation of Ronald Harwood's 1983 classic, co-starring Sir Ian
McKellen and Anthony Hopkins. On the big screen, Emily was seen in Universal Pictures 3D film
EVEREST co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Keira Knightly. Based on John
Krakauer's 'Into Thin Air', the drama tells the true story of the 1996 Mount Everest disaster, in
which a climbing expedition was devastated by a snowstorm where several climbers were killed.
2015 also saw Emily in the award winning film THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING
starring as 'Beryl Wilde' alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Emily was seen in
James Kent's TESTAMENT OF YOUTH, based on Vera Brittain's First World War memoir. Emily took
the role of 'Mrs. Brittain' alongside Alicia Vikander and Kit Harrington. Emily also
played 'Queen Elizabeth' in V.E. Day celebration film A ROYAL NIGHT OUT, released to coincide
with the 70th anniversary.
Emily's other films include Philip Saville's METROLAND, opposite Christian
Bale; Jim Sheridan's THE BOXER; Tim Robbins' CRADLE WILL ROCK; Alan Parker's ANGELA'S ASHES; Alan Rudolph's TRIXIE; Paul Thomas Anderson's PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE; Brett Ratner's RED DRAGON; John Hillcoat's THE PROPOSITION; Richard E. Grant's
WAH-WAH; Tim Burton and Mike Johnson's CORPSE BRIDE, in voiceover; Julian Fellowes'
SEPARATE LIES, with Tom Wilkinson; Charlie Kaufman's SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK; Sophie
Barthes' COLD SOULS; Jim Loach's ORANGES AND SUNSHINE, for which she was an Australian
Film Institute Award nominee and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award winner as
'Best Actress'; Steven Spielberg's WAR HORSE; Joe Wright's ANNA KARENINA, SOME GIRL(S), adapted by Neil LaBute from his play and directed by Daisy von Scherler Mayer; Brian
Percival's THE BOOK THIEF; Ama Asante's BELLE; and Robert Altman's GOSFORD PARK, for which she
won a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the ensemble honoured with the top
prize of Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
A veteran of the London stage, Emily's theatre credits include THREE SISTERS,
THE LADY FROM THE SEA, and THE CHILDREN'S HOUR at the Royal National Theatre. She has
worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in such productions as JOVIAL
CREW, THE TAMING OF THE SHREW, ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, and THE CHANGELING. In the fall of 2002, she starred at the Donmar Warehouse in two shows concurrently,
UNCLE VANYA and TWELFTH NIGHT, both directed by Sam Mendes. These critically lauded productions were also staged at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City.
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