Emma Watson is dating a tech guru named Mack Knight: cool name?


Emma Watson has a new boyfriend. After going through a “horrendous” breakup from rugby player Matthew Janney in December 2014 and dodging a few (likely bs) rumors about a romance with Prince Harry, Emma has remained fairly solitary; devoting her time to her career and feminist activism. Who has captured the new Belle’s heart? A senior manager at a Silicon Valley tech firm named William ‘Mack’ Knight:

Emma Watson enjoyed a night with her new boyfriend at Broadway’s hottest show while their romance was in its earliest stages, it emerged today.

The Harry Potter actress and her tech guru boyfriend went to Hamilton in October with William ‘Mack’ Knight, before their romance went public.

Knight, 35, escorted her from the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway to a waiting car after their date. The show, a hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, is New York’s biggest hit.

This weekend it emerged the couple had been spending time together on vacation in California, where Knight works for a Silicon Valley company.

Knight was educated at Princeton, along with his identical twin Robert Tyson Knight, who also goes by his middle name.
He graduated in 2003 and studied at Columbia Business School in Manhattan, then moved to Silicon Valley.

Knight, whose parents are from Long Island, works for tech company Medallia, which sells software that processes customer feedback for businesses.

He has reportedly visited the actress, best known as Hermione in the Harry Potter movies, at her British home in Oxford.
Sources told The Sun that the 25-year-old is getting serious with the businessman, who is ‘just a normal guy’.

A source told the publication: ‘Mack is just a normal, down-to-earth guy who has nothing to do with Hollywood, and Emma loves that.

‘She was left really hurt by her break-up with Matthew and it’s taken her more than a year to feel ready to start again with somebody.

[From The Daily Mail]

So Mack is his middle name and both he and his brother go by their middle names. It doesn’t really matter why they go by their middle names because OMG Mack Knight is such a cool name – everyone wants to know Mack Knight. Mack Knight is a self described “tech and business entrepreneur.” We were not able to get pictures (his Instagram is now private) but you can see some on the Daily Mail. I like his greying temples and angular face. Plus those thick-rimmed glasses are really working for him.

What else do we know about Mack Knight? Well, as is mentioned repeatedly, he is “normal” and a “regular guy.” He runs marathons so kudos there. He is also worth considerably less than Emma, which probably surprises no one given her Harry Potter money. The couple recently went on a getaway in Big Sur and enjoyed a pizza, which apparently puts them in the “loved up” category. It’s only been a few months so I am going to wait to dust off my wedding-attending hat. Until I receive my Save-the-Date, good for Emma; if she is able to find some time in her schedule to see Hamilton and date a regular guy then I hope she is having a ball.

Here is Emma with another hot guy, Daniel Brühl, promoting Colonia.


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  1. Locke Lamora says:

    Mack Knight sounds like a McDonald’s burger.
    I’m sort of meh on Emma. Her eyebrow acting ruined one of my favourite HP characters, but she seems like a nice person and kudos to her for dating outside of Hollywood. She’s also really beautiful, isn’t she?

  2. hoopjumper says:

    This looks like a good pairing, but he looks older than 35, no?

  3. ichsi says:

    Urgh, maybe he’s the nicest person ever but he just has one of those faces that scream douche to me. Can’t help it. I love her outfit in the header pic though.

    • GlimmerBunny says:

      Yeah, he’s hot but looks douchey to me too. Like an older version of Miranda Kerr’s snapchat billionaire.

  4. Esther says:

    He looks older than 35 and it doesnt help that Emma looks younger than she is. I dont think he is a “guru”, hardly the next Zuckerberg.

    Most of Emmas boyfriends are not good looking plus the way she talks about finding herself scream massive insecurity.

  5. ShinyGrenade says:

    Daniel Brühl was so amazing in Good Bye Lenine.

    Emma Watson is charming. And the boyfriend seems like a nice guy.

  6. Seán says:

    Before the inevitable “Emma Watson’s eyebrow acting RUINED the Harry Potter movies for me” comments come, I think people are harsh/biased. I think that was something that only occurred in the middle Potter movies as she made the awkward tween to teen transition. I thought she stole lots of scenes in DH1…the memory wipe scene, torture at Malford Manor etc. Her American accent in Perks of Being a Wallflower was dodgy but I really think she’should a decent actress. Not top level but not as horrible as some people claim. There’s a real vulnerability behind her eyes that she’s capable of conveying.

    Guess who else had a dodgy American accent and over-enunciated, wiggled his eyebrows? Tom Felton. Daniel Radcliffe stands around awkwardly and vacant through most of the Potter movies. Rupert Grint had ano uncontrollable rubber face. Why does Watsonot get so much criticism when the other actors had similar faults in the earlier movies?

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She gets criticism from me because Hermione was my favourite character, and she failed to convey all that made Hermione so special and she played her completely wrong. Daniel was pretty bad ( it’s hard to hate on him because he’s just so darn charming) , but I think Rupert and Tom were decent.
      I have yet to see a movie she was good in. She is usually just passable.

    • Esther says:

      i think its because Emma gets sold as this flawless human that was never the case with Rupert and Daniel. they are more like regular blokes whereas Emmas image sells her as beautiful, intelligent, talented, ethical, sweet, kind, moral etc. if you build someone up that high and they are not really good in their movies people will turn on them usually but even that hasnt happend with Emma so there is nothing for her to complain about.

      She now has Beauty and the Beast a foolproof movie that will bring in loads of money and restart her career.

    • Lurker says:

      I agree with you, Seán. Emma is held to such a high standard by the whole world and their mother.

      If she goes out clubbing, she’s irresponsible, if she doesn’t, she’s a goody two shoes. If she does big movies, she’s a famewh0re, if she does indies, she’s a failure.

      And I know she gets a lot stick round these parts for her “underwhelming” feminist speech at the UN, but I think it did a great job of solidifying the basic tenets of gender equality, which actually, was badly needed, given the amount of sh!te that was out there on social media, and coming out of other celebrities mouths.

      Heforshe is first world feminism, and actually, I think they should hammer down their aims and work towards them more, rather than piss around with hashtags, but it’s not harmful. In fact I think that 10x10x10 thing they’re rolling out sounds fantastic. That’s good work. Not life saving work, okay, but still.

      Look, in reality, she’s a solid mediocre actress, and a decent spokesperson. She’s not groundbreaking. But neither are any of the HP guys, and people fall all over themselves trying to praise them. It just seems unfair that the standards are different for the girl. JMO.

    • danielle says:

      Thank you Seán! Emma was really bad in the movies 4 and 5, but in the first and last films she was my favorite of the young cast. And well, Emma is well liked by the press, the general public and usually gets good reviews. I think some fans of other Harry Potter actors are bitter, I mean they always complain about the attention she gets.

    • hehe says:

      It’s actually kind of funny, I have heard this thing about Emma’s accent in Perks quite a few times but I grew up in a town about 30 minutes from where Perks is set and I thought her accent was perfect, and people often come up to me and tell me I don’t sound American. Maybe we just speak funny in that part of PA? Something about this girl I just think is beyond lovely.

  7. Erinn says:

    He looks nice.

    I agree on the name – it’s a punchy, cool name. That’s one of those things I try to think of when we’re joking around on what to name our possible future kids. You can’t make much of a punchy name when you’re pairing it with Colquhoun – hell, half my husbands family can’t even say it properly.

  8. Sirsnarksalot says:

    She’s not an actress (see post HP career flameout) . She’s a child star with very little acting talent who lucked into the role of a lifetime and now has a bankroll to prove it. She flunked out of Brown (because real University requires brains and work). The only thing of note she’s done since HP is mumble out a few words in support of feminism. Congrats. I’d have more respect for her if she made it a mission to use her fame and money like Angelina Jolie did. Otherwise she can just fade away.

    • Locke Lamora says:

      She graduated from Brown, if I’m not mistaken. She also had a few hits behind her, like Perks and Noah. Her career seems fine to me, and I’m saying that as someone who doesn’t like her acting.

    • Esther says:

      This is a bit extreme. I dont think even her fans think she can hold her water next to other actresses of her generation and her last movie has a 7% rating on Rotten Tomatoes but her career isnt over. That Disney Beauty movie is a guaranteed success and fits perfectly to her image, she’ll be big after that and then it depends what she does with that new momentum.

    • Linn says:

      She graduated from Brown. But I guess it requires too much brains and work do to just that little bit or research before starting with the hate.

      • Sirsnarksalot says:

        Actually she dropped out. Then a few years later they lured her back by telling her she could take whatever classes she wanted, not even on campus (she did some at NYU) and they’d just hand her a degree. She even bragged about how she got to make her own curriculum. She took a class about the psychology of how people fall in love(!?!l..then they gave her an English degree. Bit of a joke, but that’s how most rich kids make it through the Ivy League….see also, George W Bush…

      • Lily says:

        Brown doesn’t have a distribution requirement, everyone “makes their own curriculum.”
        The new boyfriend looks totally creeptastic btw.

    • OhDear says:

      I don’t dislike her, though I hate how people fawn over her. That being said, she wants very badly to be a movie star – she has enough money to do whatever she wants (and privately!), but this is what she chose. IMO she doesn’t have the charisma or talent for it, but somehow she doesn’t get mocked in the way that other pretty but not very talented actresses like Jessica Biel and Kate Bosworth do.

      Beauty and the Beast should help with her career, though.

  9. lila fowler says:

    He makes a max of $70k per year. I guess he scored with this one.

  10. Dancinnancy says:

    Every time I’m rudely asked why I’m single, I point out that 35-39 year old men prefer their women 10 years younger. This 35 y/o isn’t in a rush – but cant seem to find an age appropriate guy. I have nothing in common with 25 y/o men. Doesn’t seem to work both ways sadly.

  11. serena says:

    He looks old. I know 35 isn’t a lot, even though 10 years difference is, but I feel like she should date younger maybe. Well, none of my business.

    • Ennie says:

      I think he looks older because of his very lean face. I was wondering if he was an athlete and in the article it says he runs marathons. Sometimes too much exercise makes the face go. Some people look better with a bit of fat on their faces.

  12. Umila says:

    I was actually thinking Emma looked older than 25 here. She’s got a Dakota Johnson thing going on with her hair, which I don’t think is too flattering–but she’s a pretty girl! I keep looking between her and the beau, not really seeing a lot of age difference. Sweet looking couple.

  13. Dangles says:

    She’s doing a Miranda Kerr.

  14. raincoaster says:

    If he’s working for someone else, he’s just a run of the mill techie, not an entrepreneur. It sounds fashionable to say “tech entrepreneur” instead of “hired nerd” but he’s more the latter and none of the former, unless somebody is not saying something here.

  15. daniel says:

    He’s just using her to start up his DJ/Rapper career, LOL! Introducing “Mac Daddy Knight”!

  16. Fiona says:

    Ugh sad when young women, who seem to have all the options date older men. Wtf, take advantage of your youth. You can date older men when you’re older.