Emily Watson's emotional roles

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Steven Spielberg directs this 2011 adventure film about a young man named Albert and his horse, Joey, as their bond is forcibly broken when Joey is sold to the cavalry and sent to the trenches of World War One. Despite being too young to enlist, Albert heads to France to save his friend. Based on the children's novel of the same name by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse stars David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Tom Hiddleston, & Peter Mullan.
October 24th, 2011

Emily Watson believes she is "known" for her emotional roles.

The 'Oranges and Sunshine' actress - who will soon be seen in heavy-hitting movies 'War Horse' and 'Anna Karenina' - thinks she is like a baker, in that people know her for doing one thing and only offer her those parts.

She said: "Why am I drawn to doing emotional extremes? I think it's really because, once you have a reputation for doing something, people come to you, just like when people go to the bread shop for bread.

"That's what I'm known for, and people want me for it. They want me to do it. It's how I earn my living."

She admits she was shocked when she read the part she had been offered in 'Oranges and Sunshine' - about the plight of British children who were sent to Australia up until the late 1960s.

She added: "Well, I read the script, and I thought, 'My God!' I was so shocked when I read it because, while I consider myself a fairly educated British citizen, I had no idea of any of this."