British actress Emma Watson is celebrating her 25th birthday today (15 April) and she certainly deserves a huge party given all the incredible achievements she has notched up in just a quarter of a century.

The Paris-born movie star first rose to prominence playing Hermione Granger in the screen adaptation of Harry Potter, one of Hollywood's most lucrative franchises which has generated more than $7.7bn (£5.2bn) at the global box office.

Once Harry Potter wrapped up in 2010, the Noah star enviably used her fame in positive ways, temporarily stepping out of the spotlight to study at Brown University and later being appointed a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador.

Over the last year, Watson has received praise for pushing her HeForShe campaign, which encourages men to support gender equality, distancing the film star even further from the idea that she is simply just another actress.

Next, she will be making history by playing Belle in the live-action remake of Disney classic Beauty And The Beast, starring alongside Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen and Dan Stevens.

Not to forget she is one of the most stylish celebrities around thanks to her elegant and sophisticated wardrobe that is the envy of fashionistas everywhere.

Simply put, Watson is a great role model for all young women and deserves to mark her 25 years in style. IBTimes UK takes a look back at her life so far in 25 pictures...

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Emma Watson alongside Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint in a publicity shot for Harry Potter And The Philospher's Stone, the first in the wizard franchise, taken in 2000REUTERS/WARNER BROTHERS/Terry O'Neill
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Emma Watson at the premiere for Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone in London's Leicester Square in 2001. Fortunately her fashion has improved drastically over the yearsSTR New
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The British actress attends the London premiere for Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets in 2002. It was her second time playing Hermione GrangerREUTERS/Michael Crabtree
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Four years after the first Harry Potter film, Watson was a bonafide global star thanks to her critically-acclaimed portrayal of the young Hermione. Here she's greeting fans at the Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban premiere in 2004REUTERS/Albert Ferreira AF
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Watson appearing on MTV's TRL - remember when that existed? - alongside her Harry Potter co-star Daniel Radcliffe in 2004Scott Gries/Getty Images
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Older, confident and even more famous: Watson attends the London premiere of comedy Wedding CrashersREUTERS/Toby Melville TM/NMB/KS
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Landmark: The actress joins her Harry Potter co-stars Radcliffe and Grint to get their hands imprinted at LA's Grauman's Chinese Theatre in 2007REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Watson wins the best performance - female at the National Movie Awards in London for her Harry Potter role in 2007REUTERS/Luke MacGregor
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Watson's passion for fashion extended to attending Fashion Week shows. Here she is at Chanel's Paris catwalk display in 2008REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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The 25-year-old finds herself an admirer at the Hollywood premiere of The Tale Of Despereaux in 2008. In the movie, Watson voiced the character Pea, a princess who is befriended by a mouseREUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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After trying out a couple of different roles, the British actress is reunited with her beloved co-stars, Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint, at the Harry Potter And The Half Blood Prince in 2009. It was her sixth outing as HermioneREUTERS/Luke MacGregor
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Watson is known to be a huge fan of the Burberry brand and attended the American Woman: Fashioning a National Identity with the fashion label's chief creative director, Christopher BaileyREUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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The pixie: Blossoming into a young woman, Watson debuted her dramatic new haircut at the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I premiere in London in 2010REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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Career milestone: Watson, Harry Potter author JK Rowling, Grint and producer David Heyman, receive the outstanding contribution to British cinema at the 2011 BAFTASREUTERS/Luke Macgregor
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Red carpet fun: Watson blows a kiss at the MTV Movie Awards 2011 in Los AngelesREUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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End of an era: Watson gets emotional and is comforted by producer David Heyman at the London premiere of the last ever Harry Potter film, The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
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The actress takes in the huge crowds at the Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2 New York premiere in 2011REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
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Watson with one of the last awards she ever won for Harry Potter at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards. The thespian accepted the best cast award on behalf of her co-starsREUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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New horizons: Watson poses with a cardboard cut-out of her Perks Of Being A Wallflower co-star Logan Lerman in 2012. The film was her second project since wrapping up Harry Potter two years beforeREUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Watson is honoured at the ELLE Women In Hollywood dinner in Hollywood for her impact on the film industryREUTERS/Fred Prouser
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The actress is awarded the favourite dramatic movie actress for her role in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower at the People's Choice Awards in 2013REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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She's on a roll with the awards! Watson accepts the trailblazer award at the 2013 MTV Movie AwardsREUTERS/Danny Moloshok
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Watson promotes her critically-acclaimed role in The Bling Ring at the 2013 Cannes Film FestivalREUTERS/Regis Duvignau
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Joined by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Watson presents Gravity with an award at the 2014 Oscars. Fancy!REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
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The UN Women Goodwill Ambassador joins secretary general Ban Ki-moon and his wife Yoo Soon-taek at the HeForShe event in New York City in 2014REUTERS/Carlo Allegri