The 24-year-old actress got choked up during her emotional acceptance speech. "The British film industry hasn't just been a workplace for me. It's been the place that I grew up. It's been a surrogate family, really," she said. Watson made her onscreen debut in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" in 2001 when she was just 11 years old.
To illustrate how much the film industry means to her, Watson shared a "sweet, but slightly morbid" anecdote from the filming of the first "Harry Potter" movie. Her pet hamster, Millie, passed away midway through the production of "Sorcerer's Stone," and the movie's set decorators helped her give Millie a proper funeral.
Watson recounted how the crew built "a small, mahogany hamster coffin, and it had a velvet lining and a silver plaque on the front, which had Millie's name engraved on it." She concluded her speech by dedicating the award to the late rodent: "Rest in peace Millie, this one's for you."
Watch Watson's speech in full below.