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Emily Olivia Leah Blunt (born 23 February 1983 in London) is an English-American actress.

Blunt began her acting career in the early 2000s in various stage, TV film and miniseries roles, eventually making her feature film debut in Paweł Pawlikowski's 2004 lesbian romantic drama My Summer of Love. She rocketed to international attention two years later after appearing in the TV film Gideon's Daughter alongside The Devil Wears Prada. The former film won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress, while the latter got her nominated for the BAFTA's Orange Rising Star Award. Much was expected of her, and her filmography over the next few years contained numerous critical hits (Sunshine Cleaning, The Adjustment Bureau, The Young Victoria, etc.) and a couple major misfires (The Wolfman, Gulliver's Travels).

Her profile grew during the 2010s with leading roles in various genres including Science Fiction (Looper, Edge of Tomorrow), musicals (Into the Woods), thrillers (Sicario, The Girl on the Train), and horror (A Quiet Place). As such, she has played whimsical comic leads as much as she has dramatic roles or badass Action Girls, and received acclaim for her work in all of these respects.

Blunt has been perpetually courted for various franchises. She was going to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Black Widow, but contractual obligations to Gulliver's Travels led to her dropping out and getting replaced with Scarlett Johansson, who was heavily campaigning for the role in the first place. Drew Goddard also reportedly wanted her for the Sinister Six film, which remains in Development Hell. Blunt finally got to be part of a franchise in 2018 with Mary Poppins Returns  in which she plays none other than the iconic Magical Nanny. She's also got Brony cred thanks to her voicing Tempest Shadow in My Little Pony: The Movie (2017).

Blunt married John Krasinski in 2010, and they have two daughters together. Her sister Felicity is married to Stanley Tucci. She was ranked by Forbes as one of the highest-paid actresses in the world in 2020.


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Tropes related to her work:

  • Action Girl: After some moments of this in Looper and a few forays of Action Survivor in The Adjustment Bureau, she goes full-on this in Edge of Tomorrow, and in Sicario she plays an FBI agent chasing a mysterious drug lord. Her character in the My Little Pony movie is more of a Dark Action Girl. Her character in A Quiet Place doesn't fight as much, but she's no slouch in this department, either.
  • Fake American: A lot of her roles have her playing Americans, though most of those were her older, more obscure roles (Sunshine Cleaning, The Great Buck Howard, etc.). Her more famous roles have her using her natural accent.
  • Hide Your Pregnancy: She was filming Into the Woods during her first pregnancy, and The Girl on the Train during her second. Ironically, in both films, her character is meant to be infertile.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Several examples, like Charlie Wilson's War, where she's in a scene in her panties, and Edge of Tomorrow. Especially when she does that yoga pose in her introductory scene in the latter, particularly since the pose gets repeated several times. She's had a number of lingerie scenes in other films, plus appearing topless as well.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • She was originally cast to play Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe but was contractually obligated to do another movie (she signed a two-movie deal with Fox when she was cast in The Devil Wears Prada) that was filming at the same time as Iron Man 2 and had to drop out. She also turned down the role of Peggy Carter in the same franchise due to schedule issues.
    • She was also considered for Amy Elliott Dunne. Which would have been awesome.

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