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She was cast as Hermione at the age of nine, having previously acted only in school plays. Ballet Shoes was broadcast on 26 December 2007 to an audience of 5.2 million, and The Tale of Despereaux, based on the novel by Kate DiCamillo, was released in 2008 and grossed over US $86 million in worldwide sales. From the age of six, Watson had wanted to become an actress, and for a number of years she trained at the Oxford branch of Stagecoach Theatre Arts, a part-time theatre school where she studied singing, dancing and acting. Casting agents found Watson through her Oxford theatre teacher, and producers were impressed by her confidence. The film broke records for opening-day sales and opening-weekend takings and was the highest-grossing film of 2001. The Los Angeles Times said Watson and her peers had matured between films, while The Times criticised director Chris Columbus for “under-employing” Watson’s hugely popular character. in 2004, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was released. Watson was appreciative of the more assertive role Hermione played, calling her character “charismatic” and “a fantastic role to play”.

‘Perks of Being a Wallflower’ Star Emma Watson: See Her Career Evolution (GALLERY) Emma Watson has certainly come a long way from her Harry Potter days. in a little over 10 years, she has blossomed from child actress to bona fide movie star, as seen in her new movie, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, opening Friday. in the film, Watson, 22, plays one of three high school…Read more» [link]