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Emily's career has gone from strength to strength since she left Hurtwood in 2001. She was signed up with agent Ken Mcreddie after we invited him to see her in a show written by another ex-student, Paul Sellar (Hurtwood 1986).
Within months, she was sharing the stage with Dame Judi Dench in The Royal Family, directed by Trevor Nunn, before breaking into film with her role as Tamsin in the 2004 British movie My Summer of Love, for which she shared an Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer with co-star Nathalie Press.
In 2005 she co-starred with Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson in the British TV drama Gideon's Daughter, for which she won a Golden Globe, before going on to star opposite Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway in the box-office success The Devil Wears Prada, for which she earned a BAFTA nomination.
Her career continued with the title role in Young Victoria, The Sunshine Cleaning and the re-make of 'The Wolfman' starring alongside Benecio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins. Other credits now include Curiosity, Gulliver's Travels, voicing Angelina's mother in the TV series Angelina Ballerina, The Adjustment Bureau, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (alongside fellow ex-Hurtwood actor Tom Mison), The five-Year Engagement, Looper, The Edge of Tomorrow with Tom Cruise, All You Need Is Kill, and a treasured guest spot with The Muppets. She also features as the Baker’s Wife in the film adaptation of Sondheim’s Into the Woods.
She is also the ambassadress of the new Yves Saint Laurent fragrance, Opium.