Rose to fame while playing Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series. She earned praise for her leading role in the 2012 film The Perks of Being a Wallflower, receiving an MTV Movie Award, a Teen Choice Award, and a People's Choice Award. She also stars as Belle in the 2017 feature Beauty and the Beast.
She attended Dragon School in Oxford and Stagecoach Theatre Arts school, where she starred in school plays.
She modeled for Burberry's Autumn and Winter campaign in 2009.
Her parents, Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson, divorced in 1995. While attending the University of Oxford, she was in a relationship with Will Adamowicz. She then dated Oxford rugby player Matthew Janney, but the couple split in December 2014. In 2018, she began dating actor Chord Overstreet.
J.K. Rowling based the character of Hermione Granger on of a young version of herself.