Facts and Trivia

Birth Name: Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
Professional Name: Emily Blunt
Date of Birth: February 23, 1983
Birthplace: Wandsworth, South West London, England, UK
Hometown: Roehampton, South West London, England, UK
Parents: Joanna Mackie and Oliver Blunt
Spouse: John Krasinski – Married in 2010
Children: Hazel Krasinski (b. Feb 16, 2014) and Violet Krasinski (b. June 2016)
Height: 5’8 (1.72m)
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Light Brown

Parents are Joanna Mackie, a former theatre actress who now teaches English as a foreign language–and Oliver Blunt, who is a criminal barrister.

As a child, Emily developed a severe stutter. The condition began to dominate her speech from between the ages of 7 and 8–eventually reaching its worst as she was on the cusp of becoming a teenager. Misdiagnosed as a tense child, her parents tried various methods to help her, including relaxation therapy and audio recordings. However, it was one of her teachers, Mr. McHale, who noticed her stutter and how it subsided when she was putting on voices or impersonations with her friends. He suggested she try out for the school play–although initially hesistant to take part, she did–and made it through the entire production without incident. Emily credits her teacher for helping her confidence, and therefore her ability to mentally overcome her stutter by using different methods and tricks. She often speaks publicly at the American Institute for Stuttering Benefit Gala.

Is the second of four children. She has an older sister, Felicity, who is a literary agent. She has a younger brother, Sebastian, and a sister, Susannah.

Attended independent school Ibstock Place until the age of 16. She received her higher education at Hurtwood House, a performing arts sixth-form college in Dorking, Surrey.

Discovered by agent Roger Charteris whilst starring in the school play at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Emily was then a student at Hurtwood House, a private sixth-form college specializing in performing arts. She first appeared on stage in 2001 in Peter Hall-directed The Royal Family alongside Judi Dench, earning herself an award for Best Newcomer from the Evening Standard.

Was a keen horse rider as a teenager. She also played the cello, and performed Saint-Saëns’s The Swan from Carnival of the Animals in her role as Tamsin in My Summer of Love.

While attending college, Emily was offered a record contract. She told British GQ in 2008: “The night before we were about to sign a deal, I just knew it wasn’t right and it wasn’t what I wanted to do, and I very unprofessionally pulled out at the last minute and upset everyone. I felt I wouldn’t be taken seriously as an actress if I was up on a stage bumping and grinding.”

Was previously in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Bublé, until 2008. They first met in Australia when Emily attended one of his concerts–she was filming Irresistible alongside Susan Sarandon at the time. The pair shared a home in Vancouver.

Emily’s only jobs prior to becoming a professional actress were babysitting and working as a dishwasher for a catering company.

Is a huge Otis Redding fan.

Emily’s nicknames include Em, Ems, Emster, Snath, Blunto and Blunty. Amy Adams refers to her as “Meely”. She was often teased as a teenager for her surname, and other kids would call her Blunt Pencil or Emily Sharp.

In an interview with Oprah magazine in 2009, Emily listed Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco, Ray LaMontagne, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Keane and Kings of Leon as some of her favorite artists.

Studied Spanish, French and Theatre for her A-Levels.

Actor Jason Priestly and musician Damon Albarn were her teenage crushes.

Is a huge admirer of both Meryl Streep and Cate Blanchett.

Whilst studing, she was close to landing the role of Ethne Eustace (later played by Kate Hudson) in The Four Feathers. This would have marked Emily’s first on-screen role.

Provided backup vocals on then-boyfriend Michael Bublé’s album, Call Me Irresistible for his cover of Billy Paul’s classic, Me and Mrs. Jones. Emily’s voice can be heard in the final verse.

Had originally planned to go to university and study languages, hoping to become a U.N. translator.

The Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci is her brother-in-law. He married Emily’s sister, Felicity in 2012.

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 classic, Jaws, is her favorite film of all time. She was 10 when she first watched it, and credits the film as one of her main inspirations to begin acting–and for her fear of the ocean.

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts and East of Eden by John Steinbeck are two of her favorite novels.

Had to overcome her phobia of gloves for her role as Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria.

Engaged her now-husband John Krasinksi in August 2009. They married at Villa D’este in Como, Italy on July 10, 2010. George Clooney hosted the couple at his 22-room Villa Oleandra on Lake Como prior to the ceremony.

In an interview with Rotten Tomatoes in 2012, Emily listed Jaws, Kramer vs. Kramer, The Princess Bride, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and The Lives of Others as her five favorite movies.

Was set to play the role of Natasha Romanoff (better known as Black Widow) in Iron Man 2. However, scheduling conflicts and a prior contractual agreement to Gulliver’s Travels meant that she was unable to be part of the film. Scarlett Johansson was cast, and has since appeared in various installments of Marvel’s Avengers franchise.

Her character in The Devil Wears Prada, Emily Charlton, was not originally intended to be British. She was American in the novel, but Emily convinced David Frankel that her dialogue would sound even more bitchy and biting if using an English accent.

Emily admitted she is a huge fan of In-N-Out Burger, telling The Irish Times in 2011: “It’s my favourite food in the world. I particularly like the orange gelatinous secret sauce. It’s so disgusting and gloopy you just know it’ll be delicious.”

Would like to work with female directors Kathryn Bigelow and Jennifer Kent.

Her favorite restaurant is La Esquina in New York City.

Favorite snacks include cookies (chocolate chip, ginger, toffee), Oreos, and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. Her mom’s roast chicken, lasagna, and pizza with burrata cheese and basil are some of her favorite meals.

Playfully mocked her role alongside Susan Surandon in Irresistible, an Australian thriller which was released straight-to-dvd and received a mainly negative critical response–she called the film “the most resistible film in the world” in an interview with The New York Times in 2009.

Credits Vivien Leigh’s performance in Gone with the Wind as one of her main inspirations to take up acting.

Emily’s secret party trick is her ability to replicate a pigeon’s trill–she demonstrated the unusual talent in an interview with ELLE Canada in 2011.

Remains close friends with her former co-stars Amy Adams and Anne Hathaway.

Owns a Red Fox Labrador Retriever, named Finn with husband John Krasinski.

In 2013, Emily was announced as Emma Watson’s replacement in the film adaptation of Emma Forrest’s memoir Your Voice in My Head. She was then replaced–by Emma Watson. As of 2016, the project remains in development.

Relocated from Los Angeles, California to New York City with husband John Krasinski and daughter Hazel. The couple put their home in the Hollywood Hills and a retreat in Ojai on the market shortly after.

Was offered the role of Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger, but turned it down. Hayley Atwell was later cast.

Emily loves cooking–telling Manhattan magazine: “I love to cook. It really is the most peaceful, happy experience for me.” She cites Mario Batali and Ina Garten as Food Network favorites.

Me and Bobby McGee by Janis Joplin is Emily’s go-to karaoke song. She also performed to Big Brother and the Holding Company’s version of Piece of My Heart (Joplin was lead-vocalist of the band between 1966-1968) on Lip Sync Battle in April 2015.

Cites Gary Oldman and Johnny Depp as two actors she would like to work with.

Contributed a chicken soup recipe for brother-in-law Stanley Tucci’s cookbook, The Tucci Table.