Happy 24th Birthday, Emma Watson: Five of Her Most Startling Roles

Emma Watson (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Emma Watson (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Emma Watson has spent the years since Harry Potter fired his final magic spell putting as much clear water between herself and her goody-goody image as Hermione Granger as is humanly possible (while also studying for her degree, just like Hermione would).

Which means she has left a delightful trail of eye-catching and surprising performances in her wake, and a constantly gasping internet of people reacting with mock shock to every new part, particularly the more racy ones.

Seeing as she’s just turned 24, we have a chance to review some of her most shocking moments, in the form of a handy list.

Let’s start with the big guns:

Startlingly Sweary (My Week With Marilyn)

Yeah, you heard right. She says “randy little buggers” and EVERYTHING.

Startlingly Crafty (Blue Peter)

Promotional duties take many forms, and here Emma makes an appearance on the long-running BBC children’s show Blue Peter to make Christmas cards. Like a vixen.

A Startling Pianist (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)


According to IMDB, Emma genuinely plays Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” in this clip. And as you can clearly hear, Rupert Grint doesn’t. Amazing.

Startlingly Seductive (The Perks of Being a Wallflower)

Kissing boys? ON THE LIPS? Crikey!

And finally:

Startlingly Naughty (The Bling Ring)

Robbing the rich to feed the paparazzi? She’s a regular modern day Robin Hood.*

*OK this one genuinely was startling.

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Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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