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Emma Thompson

Actress + Screenwriter
Born Apr 15, 1959

Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedian, screenwriter and author. She first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both. 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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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Emma Thompson.


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, Women'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


…  Her 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 33 Years Old Early in 1992, Thompson had a guest role in an episode of the American comedy series Cheers as Frasier Crane's first wife. … Read More
1994 35 Years Old In 1994, Thompson made her Hollywood debut playing a goofy doctor alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the blockbuster Junior. … Read More
1995 36 Years Old While filming the 1995 movie, Thompson began a relationship with her co-star Greg Wise. … Read More
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
1998 39 Years Old In 1998, Thompson starred with John Travolta in Mike Nichols's Primary Colors, playing a couple based on Bill and Hillary Clinton. … 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 In 2005, Thompson wrote the script and played the lead role alongside Colin Firth and Angela Lansbury in the children's film Nanny McPhee, which centres on a mysterious, unsightly nanny who must discipline a group of children. … 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 - 2010 2 More Events
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 Thompson's first film of 2013 was the fantasy romance Beautiful Creatures, in which she played an evil mother. … Read More
…  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
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