Emma Thompson

Actress + Screenwriter
Born Apr 15, 1959

Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedian and screenwriter. She first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War. Her first major film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy. In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama Howards End.… Read More

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1959 Birth Thompson was born in Paddington, London, on 15 April 1959. … Read More


1977 18 Years Old In her youth, Thompson was intrigued by language and literature, a trait which she attributes to her father who shared her love of words. In 1977, she began studying for an English degree at Newnham College, University of Cambridge. … Read More


1980 21 Years Old In 1980, Thompson served as the Vice President of Footlights, and co-directed the troupe's first all-female revue, Woman's Hour. … Read More
1982 23 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, Thompson's father died as a result of circulatory problems at the age of 52. … Read More
1985 26 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985, Thompson was cast in the West End revival of the musical Me and My Girl, co-starring Robert Lindsay. … Read More
1987 28 Years Old Thompson achieved another breakthrough in 1987, when she had leading roles in two television miniseries: Fortunes of War, a World War II drama co-starring Kenneth Branagh, and Tutti Frutti, a dark-comedy about a Scottish rock band with Robbie Coltrane. … Read More


…  Thompson's first film role came in the 1989 romantic comedy, The Tall Guy, and in the early 1990s she frequently collaborated with her then husband, actor, and director, Kenneth Branagh. … Read More
1991 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Thompson returned to cinema in 1991, playing a "frivolous aristocrat" in Impromptu, a period drama about the life of George Sand that starred Judy Davis and Hugh Grant. … Read More
1992 - 1995 3 More Events
1996 37 Years Old Thompson was absent from screens in 1996, but returned the following year with Alan Rickman's directorial debut, The Winter Guest. … Read More


1999 - 2002 3 More Events
2003 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Thompson continued with supporting roles in the 2003 drama Imagining Argentina, where she played a dissident-journalist abducted by the country's 1970s dictatorial regime. … Read More
2004 45 Years Old In 2004, she played the eccentric Divination teacher Sybill Trelawney in the third Harry Potter film, the Prisoner of Azkaban, her character described as a "hippy chick professor who teaches fortune-telling". … Read More
2005 46 Years Old The year 2005 saw the release of a project Thompson had been working on for nine years. … Read More
2008 49 Years Old Following a brief, uncredited role in the post-apocalyptic blockbuster I Am Legend (2007), Thompson played the devoutly Catholic Lady Marchmain in a 2008 film adaptation of Brideshead Revisited. … Read More


2009 50 Years Old Thompson's two 2009 films were both set in 1960s England, and in both she made cameo appearances: as a headmistress in the critically praised drama An Education and as a "tippling mother" in Richard Curtis's The Boat that Rocked.
2010 51 Years Old Five years after the original, Thompson returned to Nanny McPhee with 2010's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. … Read More
2012 53 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, Thompson made a rare appearance in a big-budget Hollywood film when she played the head Agent in Men in Black 3 – a continuation of the popular sci-fi comedy franchise starring Will Smith. … Read More
2013 54 Years Old Her first film of 2013 was the fantasy romance Beautiful Creatures, in which she played an evil mother. … Read More
2014 55 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In March 2014, she made her first stage appearance in 24 years – and her New York debut – in a Lincoln Center production of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. … Read More
2015 56 Years Old Thompson's first film of 2015 was A Walk in the Woods, a comedy adapted from the book by Bill Bryson, where she appeared opposite Robert Redford and Nick Nolte. … Read More
2016 57 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2016, she starred with Brendan Gleeson in the World War II-drama Alone in Berlin, based on the story of Otto and Elise Hampel. … Read More
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