Look back at Emily Blunt's varied and hugely successful career so far...
It was My Summer Love that first made Emily Blunt catch the eye of film critics on this side of the pond. By playing Tamsin, who starts a lesbian relationship with a local working-class girl while on holiday in Yorkshire, she got her first taste of acclaim by winning the Most Promising Newcomer award at the Evening Standard British Film Awards and being nominated as British Newcomer of the Year at the London Critics Circle Film Awards.
But it was her inspired turn as Emily, magazine editor Miranda Priestley’s personal assistant, that made people really stand up and take notice of Ms Blunt internationally. The film’s producers originally thought the part of Emily should be American but Blunt’s audition convinced them otherwise, catapaulting the actress’ career into the big time.
2007 was a manic year for Emily Blunt, who made the most of her newfound fame and starred in four movies. First up was The Jane Austen Book Club – a lovely little romcom that sees the six main characters meeting up to discuss Jane Austen’s works but then soon finding their own lives are starting to mirror the storylines they’re reading.
Emily’s CV is a varied one and it seems she’s not afraid to try her hand at anything. Take horror, for example, in Wind Chill. It’s a spooky story about a pair of college student sharing a ride home for the holidays, when they break down on a deserted stretch of road and are preyed upon by the ghosts of people who have died there.
Emily starred alongside Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche in Dan in Real Life. Blunt plays the smaller part of Ruthie Draper but dazzles nontheless.
As just one of an A-list all-star cast – Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman – Emily Blunt got the pulses of men everywhere racing when she stripped off for a particularly sexy scene in Charlie Wilson’s War. What a bod!
Emily gave a superb comic performance in Sunshine Cleaning – a story which sees two sisters go into the crime scene clean-up business. Alongside Amy Adams, Emily’s role earned her rave reviews and cemented her place as one of the great talented young actresses of the moment.
The Great Buck Howard tells the tale of a law school drop out who finds himself becoming the personal assistant to a once-famous illusionist. Emily plays Valerie, Buck Howard’s new publicist, and does a darn fine job, too.
After a few indie films, Emily Blunt once again hit the box office as Queen Victoria in The Young Victoria. The actress shone as a period drama leading lady as the film followed the development of her lovely relationship with Prince Albert, played by Rupert Friend. It’s one of Marie Claire’s favourites.
Emily joined a British cast, made up of Bill Nighy, Rupert Everett, Martin Freeman and Rupert Grint, for Wild Target, a movie about a retired assasin whose plans are ruined by a beautiful con artist, namely Miss Blunt.
Emily’s varied film career continued in 2010 with a flick about a werewolf – we told you this woman would try her hand at anything! It stars Anthony Hopkins and Benecio Del Toro so we can see why Emily jumped at the chance.
According to Emily, making Gulliver’s Travels, which stars Catherine Tate, Billy Connolly, Jason Segel and Jack Black, is the most fun she’s ever had on set. She previously said: ‘It was the most fun I think Ive ever had a on a set, there was so much funny going on. I had a tough time on this film getting through a scene. We all did actually. I would love to see a gag reel because in every single scene everyone was just completely useless just weeping with laughter.’
Having never danced before, Emily Blunt worked, in her own words, ‘her arse off’ to play the role of ballet dancer Elise who falls for a charasmatic politician played by Matt Damon. She got in the best shape of her life for the part which tackles the issues of fate and pre-determined destiny.
It was Salmon Fishing in the Yemen which earned Emily a nomination for Best Actress at this year’s Golden Globes. A lovely and eccentric film, it sees Blunt star alongside Ewan McGregor as consultant Harriet, who represents a wealthy Yemeni sheikh that wants to introduce salmon fishing in his homeland. We have a soft spot for it here at Marie Claire because some of the scenes were filmed at MC HQ in London. Oh yes.
Following on from the hype of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen came the low-key Your Sister’s Sister. Emily gave a solid performance, as per, in this twisted tale of oh-so complicated relationships. A word of warning: do not watch with a sibling. Awkward.
The chemistry between Emily Blunt and Jason Segel is undeniable in The Five-Year Engagment, a laugh-along and lovely romcom about a couple who, you guessed it, end up being engaged for five years.
Emily has previously revealed that she hadn’t even got to the part in the script where her character enters the movie before she signed on to star in Looper, a time-bending story about an assassin trying to change his past. It also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis.