Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress and model who rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger, one of three starring roles in the Harry Potter film series. Watson was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. From 2001 to 2009, she starred in six Harry Potter films alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint; she will return for the final two installments: the two parts of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Watson's work on the Harry Potter series has earned her several awards and more than £10 million. She made her modelling debut for Burberry's Autumn/Winter campaign in 2009.
She has also joined up with People Tree in 2009, the fair trade fashion pioneer and online garment retailer. They make their clothes from environmentally-friendly materials including Fairtrade certified organic cotton and natural dyes and use traditional handicraft skills whenever possible.
In 2007, Watson announced her involvement in two non-Harry Potter productions: the television adaptation of the novel Ballet Shoes and an animated film, The Tale of Despereaux. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $70 million in worldwide sales.
She currently attends Brown University in Pennsylvania where she is studying english literature, geography, and art.
Harry Potter has also ended filming for deathly hallows Part 1 and Part 2 on June 12, 2010. Part 1 of Deathly Hallows is due out this year on November 19, 2010.