That same year, she was praised for her performance as the 16th-century queen Catherine Howard in the two-part British television drama Henry VIII.
In 2004, Blunt received considerable attention for her performance as Tamsin in the independent British drama My Summer of Love, a love story revolving around two young women from different social and economic backgrounds in the English countryside.
In 2016, Blunt starred in the fantasy-action film The Huntsman: Winter's War and The Girl on the Train, the latter based on the international best-selling novel of the same name, and a performance that earned her nominations for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
She is set to portray Mary Poppins in the upcoming musical fantasy film Mary Poppins Returns (2018).
Blunt's profile continued to rise, and in 2007, she appeared in four films: the horror film Wind Chill, the romantic drama The Jane Austen Book Club, the comedy Dan in Real Life, and the historical comedy-drama Charlie Wilson's War, and in the latter, Blunt played one of the mistresses of Tom Hanks' Charlie Wilson.
In 2008, Blunt appeared in two films, Sunshine Cleaning in the role of Norah Lorkowski, an underachiever who starts a crime-scene cleanup business with her sister Rose, played by Amy Adams.
They nail their cinematic alter-egos effortlessly, using verbal and non-verbal cues to tap into their emotions.
Her performance in the 2004 drama film My Summer of Love garnered her the Evening Standard British Film Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
For her performance in the TV film Gideon's Daughter (2006) she received a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Director Pawel Pawlikowski was highly appraisal of Blunt and co-star Natalie Press, stating in an interview that "Both Natalie and Emily were extremely different and very original, which is a rare thing nowadays.
They avoid the obvious, and are capable of playing complex and conflicting attitudes.
Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly concluded that "Director Jean-Marc Vallée's images have a creamy stateliness, but this is no gilded princess fantasy — it's the story of a budding ruler who learns to control her surroundings, and Blunt makes that journey at once authentic and relevant." She also starred in the Toby Spanton-directed short film Curiosity, and was director Jon Favreau's first choice to play Black Widow in Iron Man 2; due to scheduling conflicts with her role in the comedy Gulliver's Travels, she was forced her to cede the role to Scarlett Johansson.