Emma Watson faces the camera in horror in a unique photo study of her expressions.

Emma Watson faces the camera in horror in a unique photo study of her expressions.

Emma Watson is steadily increasing her range as an actress and moving away from her “Harry Potter” days. In a stunning series of images from a recent W magazine interview she provides a fascinating character study.

Watson, 23, is captured in black-and-white with a wide range of expressions, from serious to shocking, to silly, to whimsical.

She poses against a black background, wearing a dress with a plunging neckline that exposes her sexy shoulders. The images are video captures from Emma’s recent W magazine shoot.

As the magazine notes in a June interview, the British star “has managed to escape both the bad behavior and the career paralysis that afflict so many child stars.”

She made her first appearance in a “Harry Potter” film at the tender age of nine, and literally grew up in the public eye.

The Many Faces of Emma Watson

Her character was serious, smart while at the same time exhibiting an independent streak and just a whiff of sexuality.

It’s the kind of role, played out of a decade and five movies that could type-cast an actress for life. But Watson has taken deliberate steps to expand her range. She started small with a secondary role in 2011’s “My Week with Marilyn,” starring Michelle Williams, Kenneth Branagh and Eddie Redmayne.

She took on a broader role in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” a teen coming-of-age film that included an ensemble cast and she let her freak flag fly in this year’s Sofia Coppola film “The Bling Ring.” In some ways it was her most difficult role, because the character is so different from herself.

“I’ve never wanted to grow up too fast: I wanted to wear a sports bra until I was 22! The allure of being sexy never really held any excitement for me. I’ve never been in a terrible rush to be seen as a woman,” she told the magazine.

Well, check out her photos. She sure looks like a woman now. And be sure to follow TheImproper on Twitter for the latest Emma Watson news you can trust.