Emma Watson celebrates turning 25

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Happy birthday, Emma Watson! As the actress and UN activist celebrates turning 25, HELLO! Online takes a look at what the stars have in store for Emma, and you…

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Born in Paris, Emma Watson found sudden fame at the age of nine, when she was cast as Hermoine Granger in an adaptation of the worldwide bestselling Harry Potter series. Emma, along with Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint - who would be her cast mates for the next ten years - was told that the role was hers after eight auditions.

Her role as one of the most important characters in the series led to worldwide fame and recognition, although in recent years Emma has admitted to being jealous of emerging actresses. "There are all these actresses who have emerged in the last year or two, and they get to emerge as this complete human being. And I'm so jealous!" said the 25-year-old.

However Emma has gone on to successfully star in several hit films outside of the Harry Potter franchise, including the critically acclaimed The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bling Ring.

In 2014, Emma wowed red carpet crowds across the world with various stylist outfits as she premiered the biblical tale Noah. It’s not surprising as Emma has also turned her hand to modelling, appearing in Burberry’s 2009/2010 spring/summer campaign, and becoming the face of beauty brand Lancôme in 2011.

The actress has also made sure she made time for an education, enrolling in Brown University in the US in 2009, and becoming a visitor student at Oxford University, where she met fellow student Matt Janney. The couple were photographed in the Caribbean, holding hands and kissing, but sadly the pair split in December 2014.

That same year, Emma accepted a position as a UN goodwill ambassador, announcing on Twitter that she would be working to achieve gender equality. The 25-year-old began her journey in September, with a rousing speech that went viral around the globe.

Launching the HeForShe campaign – a solidarity movement for gender equality that "brings together one half of humanity in support of the other" - Emma warned against confusing feminism – "an unpopular word" – with "man-hating".

"For the record, feminism by definition is: 'The belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities. It is the theory of the political, economic and social equality of the sexes,'" she said.

"Apparently I am among the ranks of women whose expressions are seen as too strong, too aggressive, isolating, anti-men and, unattractive. Why is the word such an uncomfortable one?"

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