Emma Watson, the young actress who played the borderline genius Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter films is celebrating her birthday today on April 15. Emma Watson was born on April 15, 1990 in Paris. The young actress who turns 27 today has become one of the most sought after actress and has achieved quite a lot of brownie points in the acting and style department. Emma Watson is smart, intelligent, articulate and a role model and a fashion icon for youngsters. Apart from Daniel Radcliffe who played Harry Potter in the film franchise, she has left most of her colleagues and other young actors of her age far behind. With big movies like Beauty and the Beast and Noah coming her way she has broken away from the child actor persona that was there because of the Harry Potter movies. She has proved her mettle in films like Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring and against industry heavyweights like Russell Crowe in Noah and Ian McKellen and Emma Thompson in Beauty and the Beast. Beauty and the Beast: Emma Watson movie’s Top 6 Hits and Misses

With the release of Beauty and the Beast last month Emma Watson is all set to become the highest paid actress as the film passes $1 billion at the box office. Beauty and the Beast has become the highest grossing film of 2017 and since Emma Watson was the main lead playing the character of ‘Belle’ she has achieved another feather in her well adorned cap.  Emma Watson has achieved what many in a lifetime can only dream of achieving. She is a global star and has the world eating out of her palm. With Beauty and the Beast becoming the highest grossing film of 2017 she has Hollywood banging on her door. Happy Holi 2017: Greetings from Emma Watson on Holi (Watch video)

On her birthday today we bring to you some lesser known facts about Emma Watson:

1.United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador

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Emma Watson is a United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador and helped launch the UN Women campaign HeForShe, which calls for men to advocate gender equality.

2.Hermione Granger

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Emma Watson auditioned eight times for the role of Hermione Granger before taking on the iconic role even though JK Rowling the author of the series wanted her from her first screen test.

3.A book lover and a Goodreads Shared Book Shelf

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Emma Watson is voracious reader and holds a shared book shelf on the popular website Goodreads which is a free website for book lovers. As part of her work with UN women she has started a Feminist Book club on the website to share her learnings from the books she read and interact with other book lovers.

4.Graduated in English Literature from Brown University, US

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Emma Watson has been an A-grade student all her life even though she has been working in films since the age of 11. She took English Literature as her Bachelors in Brown University in the United States of America. As expected she graduated with top honours.

5.Favourite Harry Potter book

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Emma Watson has read all the Harry Potter books but her favourite is number three from the series – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

6.Teen Vogue magazine

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Emma Watson at 15 was the youngest person to be featured on Teen Vogue Magazine.

7.Brand Ambassador for Burberry

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Emma Watson is a big fashion icon. She regularly tops best dressed lists. In 2009 she was chosen as the face of Burberry’s Autumn/Winter 2009 collection, and once again for the 2010 Spring/Summer collection.

8.Missed the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party

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Emma Watson is such a normal actress that she missed the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party because she accidently fell asleep in her hotel room. She just ate pizza for dinner.

9.Journals and diaries

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She is notorious for keeping journals and diaries and has more than 30 journals which have accumulated over the years. She writes every night before going to bed.

10.Siblings

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Emma Watson’s parents are both lawyers and divorced when she was 5. She has a younger brother Alexander with whom she shot a Burberry campaign, a half-brother from her biological father that is named Toby, and half twin sisters also from her father that are called Nina and Lucy.

Emma Watson has become a role model for young girls everywhere as she is smart, beautiful and intelligent. Her work for UN’s HeForShe campaign has been lauded by all and many celebrities have come forward to lend their name and support to it. Here’s wishing Emma Watson, our beloved Hermione Granger and now Belle a very Happy Birthday!