Given the excitement surrounding tomorrow’s release of “Mary Poppins Returns” and her hauntingly brilliant performance in one of this year’s most highly regarded horror films “A Quiet Place”, we figured it was time to rank Emily Blunt’s most iconic and memorable performances. From high-octane action hero to ultra-elegant period dramas, there’s nothing this actress can’t do, so for this list we’re looking at Emily Blunt’s impressively varied filmography to highlight her very best work. Special thanks to our user Sara Cohen for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.com/suggest! Check out the full video of all 10 of our favourite Emily Blunt performances HERE.
#5: Queen Victoria
“The Young Victoria” (2009)
From sci-fi shoot ‘em ups, to period dramas at the Palace. Blunt takes to the throne as Queen Victoria next, exploring the early and more turbulent years of her reign. Ditching her often-heard American accent and firmly planting herself on British soil, Blunt paints a colourful picture of the monarch, while also showing the delicate yet passionate relationship she shared with her husband. The regal role actually earned the actress several award nominations – and the high praise was highly deserved.
#4: Emily Charlton
“The Devil Wears Prada” (2006)
This film gained massive mainstream attention, with Meryl Streep’s portrayal of a hard-nosed fashion boss taking centre stage for a movie that earned nearly 10 times its budget at the box office. And Blunt’s role is equally eyebrow-raising, as she plays a character that we don’t immediately warm to. Playing one of Miranda Priestly’s passive aggressive assistants, she makes life difficult for Anne Hathaway on a daily basis. She’s got a particular penchant for snarky comments, and we enjoyed every single one of them.
#3: Rachel Watson
“The Girl on the Train” (2016)
Based on the bestselling novel of the same name, “The Girl on the Train” follows the story of Rachel as she journeys to and from work everyday. But this is no ordinary commute. Played by Blunt, Rachel becomes fascinated with an incident she claims to witness on her travels. But we’re soon forced to severely question her version of events. Do we sympathize with her? Should we be cautious of her? As an especially unreliable narrator and definitely complex character, Blunt has us glued to the screen until the very end.
#2: Evelyn Abbott
“A Quiet Place” (2018)
We’ve had just about every other movie genre on this countdown, so why not sci-fi horror, too? Starring opposite John Krasinski – her real-life husband – “A Quiet Place” sees Blunt thrown into an apocalyptic world where even the slightest sound really could get you killed. But Emily’s character Evelyn refuses to give up hope, as she strives to keep her family safe. Throw a constantly crying newborn baby into the equation, and the odds are as slim as Emily’s performance is sensational. It’s nail-biting stuff, thanks largely to Blunt’s brilliance in the high-tension moments.
#1: Kate Macer
We finish with a crime thriller which paints a harrowing picture of the violence inspired by a clash between Mexican drug cartels and law enforcement along the US/Mexico border. By following Blunt’s Kate Macer, we’re ruthlessly thrown right into the thick of it. As she survives one gruelling situation after another, from being shot at to being throttled, Blunt expertly navigates Macer’s bleak and brutal journey – balancing the character’s internal conflict with her increasingly dangerous situation. It’s high-octane, and bloody brilliant.
These 5 performances are definitely note-worthy, but make sure to watch the video below on our WatchmojoUK channel for more details and 5 more memorable moments in Emily Blunt’s acting career!
And if you’re excited for the “Mary Poppins Returns” release tomorrow, this video is for you!