Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983) is an English-American actress. She is the recipient of many awards, including a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award, and has been nominated for two British Academy Film Awards.
Educated at Hurtwood House in Dorking, Blunt made her acting debut in a 2001 stage production of The Royal Family. She went on to appear in the television film Boudica (2003) and portrayed Queen Catherine Howard in the miniseries Henry VIII (2003). She made her feature film debut in the 2004 drama My Summer of Love. Blunt’s breakthrough came in 2006 when she starred in the television film Gideon’s Daughter and the successful American comedy film The Devil Wears Prada. The former won her a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and the latter earned her a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Blunt then took on leading roles in the comedy-drama Sunshine Cleaning (2008), the period film The Young Victoria (2009), the romantic comedy Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2011), the science fiction films The Adjustment Bureau (2011), Looper (2012), and Edge of Tomorrow (2014), and the musical fantasy Into the Woods (2014). She received acclaim for her performances as a principled FBI agent in the crime film Sicario (2015) and an alcoholic in the thriller The Girl on the Train (2016); for the latter, she received a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. In 2018, Blunt starred in the critically acclaimed horror film A Quiet Place, directed by her husband John Krasinski, and played the title character in the musical fantasy Mary Poppins Returns. She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for the former.
2015–present: Dramatic expansion and recognition
In 2015, Blunt starred in the action crime-thriller Sicario, directed by Denis Villeneuve and co-starring Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. Blunt played Kate Macer, a principled FBI agent assigned to take down the leader of a powerful Mexican drug cartel. The film was selected to compete for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, where it received critical acclaim. Blunt received considerable praise for her performance, with Dan Jolin of Empire magazine calling it “nuanced”, and stating that “Her straight-arrow-sharp determination becomes painfully dulled,” and while Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian found her character implausible, he praised Blunt for “[brazening] out any possible absurdity with great acting focus and front.” Blunt was nominated for her second consecutive Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Actress in an Action Movie.
In 2016, Blunt co-starred alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Jessica Chastain in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, which serves as both a prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman. The film, directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, was a box office bomb and was mostly dismissed by critics. Blunt then headlined the thriller The Girl on the Train, directed by Tate Taylor, and co-starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Ferguson, and Justin Theroux. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, written by Paula Hawkins, Blunt plays Rachel, an alcoholic divorcée who becomes involved in a missing persons investigation. Though the film earned mixed reviews from critics, who felt that it failed to live up to the novel, Blunt received unanimous praise for her performance. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone remarked that “the movie gives away the game faster than the novel, but Emily Blunt digs so deep into the role of a blackout drunk and maybe murderer that she raises Girl to the level of spellbinder.” For her work in The Girl on the Train, she received nominations for the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) award for Outstanding Female Actor and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress.