Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born April 15, 1990) is a British actress who played Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (2001) and its sequels Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002) and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004).
Watson, who was born and raised in the city of Oxford, was named after a close family friend (or relative, according to some sources) of the same name. She began showing interest in acting as soon as she entered school and began to participate in several plays, a poetry competition, and even on a video production they made. However, she had no professional acting experience prior to her being cast as Hermione.
She has most recently starred in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which opened in June 2004. After its start Emma Watson became, according to the Lycos Top 50, the most popular "Potter Star" – she made place 19 in the list of the most searches. There is no other star of the Potter movies within the top 50.
As a result of her critically acclaimed performance in The Chamber of Secrets, on 14 January 2003, she won the award for "Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female" in the Phoenix Film Critics Awards.
A myth that she is known to her family as "Emma Watson (II)" came about through her being included in the Internet Movie Database under that name. The Roman numeral simply indicates that she was the second actress named Emma Watson in their database.