Emma Thompson

Actress, screenwriter Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson is a British actor, 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.
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Emma Thompson Thinks There Are Many More Harvey Weinsteins In Hollywood
Huffington Post - 4 months
"Do they have to all be as bad as him to make it count?"
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Emma Thompson Still Regrets Turning Down That Date With Donald Trump
Huffington Post - 5 months
"...it is a source of amusement and kind of existential despair.”
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Why you can't trust dangerous, dodgy Corbyn, by Steven Berkoff: Actor launches furious attack on the Labour leader - Daily Mail
Google News - 7 months
Daily Mail Why you can't trust dangerous, dodgy Corbyn, by Steven Berkoff: Actor launches furious attack on the Labour leader Daily Mail The unlikely rise of Jeremy Corbyn has, since the day he became Labour leader in 2015, been bolstered by the support of luvvies including Sherlock star Martin Freeman, comedian Steve Coogan and Hollywood actress Emma Thompson. But has the ... No, Jeremy Corbyn's Euroscepticism won't put his supporters offNew Statesman Our politics may look unpredictable but these four signals can tell us a lotPolitics.co.uk Tom Watson eats humble pieSpectator.co.uk (blog) Business Insider -HuffPost UK -Bloomberg -City A.M. all 48 news articles »
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194 Thoughts I Had While Watching The 'Harry Potter' Franchise For The First Time
Huffington Post - 8 months
When I was 13, I went to see “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” with my best friend, her mom and her brother. It was 2001, and from what I can vaguely remember, it was a good time. But for some reason, I never went back to the theater to see the rest of the “Harry Potter” movies, nor did I watch them from the comfort of my couch.Why is that, you say? Well, I don’t know. I tried listening to a bit of J.K. Rowling’s book series on tape, but I eventually gave up on story time in order to save more minutes for karaoke and collecting Spice Girls lollipops.  Now, at 29 years old, I finally watched the franchise from start to finish, over the course of four days ― and it was freakin’ magical. WHAT TOOK ME SO LONG?? I similarly watched the original “Star Wars” trilogy for the first time back in 2015. Then, like now, I was chastised for being an entertainment journalist who’s never seen one of the most popular film series of all time. (To be honest, I’ve been too busy rewatc...
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Happy Endings Abound In The 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
Huffington Post - 9 months
“Love Actually” is still all around us, thanks to the mini-sequel that aired Thursday during NBC’s Red Nose Day charity special. We are now blessed with an update on most of the characters from the 2003 Christmas hit that continues to inspire obsession and vitriol around the world.  It’s happy endings (mostly) all around. The couples formed in the film ― Natalie (Martine McCutcheon) and the prime minister (Hugh Grant), Jamie (Colin Firth) and Aurelia (Lucia Moniz), even Sam (Thomas Brodie-Sangster) and Joanna (Olivia Olson) ― are still together. Mark (Andrew Lincoln) is still showing up at Juliet’s (Keira Knightley) door while Peter (Chiwetel Ejiofor) awaits her return, but now Mark is married to Kate Moss. Billy Mack’s (Bill Nighy) manager has died, but Billy is still recording half-baked publicity singles and giving cantankerous radio interviews. Rufus (Rowan Atkinson) is methodically packaging gifts at Walgreens, because product placement is real, and Daniel is i...
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Emma Thompson says wants people to 'shout loudly' about climate change
Reuters.com - 11 months
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - From "Sense and Sensibility" to "Love Actually" and "Nanny McPhee", British actress Emma Thompson is known for her memorable roles in costumes dramas, comedies and fantasy films.
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Emma Thompson on her environmental activism
Reuters.com - 11 months
British actress Emma Thompson talks about her long-time support for Greenpeace and why she's concerned about climate change. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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Why Emma Thompson Won't Be Returning For 'Love Actually' Sequel
Huffington Post - 12 months
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Get Ready For A 'Love Actually' Mini-Sequel
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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New ‘Beauty And The Beast’ Character Posters Will Make You Smile Like a Kid
Huffington Post - about 1 year
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video['package']){var c='&m.fwkeyvalues=sponsorship%3D'+commercial_video['package'];a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Once upon a time, it was announced that Emma Watson would star as Belle in a live-action version of Disney’s beloved animated film “Beauty and the Beast.” Ever since, there have been about a billion sneak peaks of the highly anticipated movie, slated to premiere on March 17. But Disney’s latest offering is quite enchanting. Stunning new posters of every major character have just been released. And each poster has a moving version of it as well — just f...
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'Alone In Berlin': A Grieving German Couple Sets Out To Undermine The Nazi Movement
NPR - about 1 year
Brendan Gleeson and Emma Thompson deliver strong performances, but director Vincent Perez's staid historical drama swathes its subjects' radical actions in too much art-house-reverence. (Image credit: IFC Films)
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Fighting Child Sex Trafficking in India, Award-Winning Movie <em>SOLD</em> Goes Digital
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it's probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it. - Banksy Giving voice to the millions of children who are sold into sex slavery, in India and beyond, this film adaptation of Patricia McCormick's haunting novel SOLD launches its digital release on January 10, 2017, after copping numerous awards on the film festival circuit. It is available for download on a variety of platforms (see below) in a wide-ranging, grassroots effort to fund the 'Taught Not Trafficked' campaign - one of the latest initiatives to combat what experts estimate is now a $150 billion criminal industry. 'Taught Not Trafficked' builds classrooms for children in Nepal, and provides safe housing, healing programs and vocational training for survivors of trafficking. Drenched in the vivid colors of its shooting locations, SOLD is anchored by powerful performances by 13-year-old newcomer Niyar Sakia as a...
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Meryl Streep Is About To Add Another Major Award To Her Mantel
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Meryl Streep will soon be able to add another prestigious award to her ever-growing résumé.  The Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-winning star will be honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Ally for Equality Award, in recognition of her longtime support of the LGBTQ community, in February. The actress, who was last seen on the big screen this summer in “Florence Foster Jenkins,” will be presented with the award at the 2017 HRC Greater New York Gala, slated for Feb. 11 at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. HRC President Chad Griffin praised Streep, 67, for standing up for the LGBTQ community “throughout her phenomenal career” in a blog post on his organization’s website.  “Whether through her iconic roles that raised the visibility of LGBTQ people, or by boldly speaking out for equality, Meryl Streep embodies the very nature of what it means to be an ally to our community,” he said. In August, Streep opened up about her connection to the LGBTQ community in an interview ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Emma Thompson
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 56
    As of September 2016, Thompson has two upcoming roles.
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    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.
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  • 2015
    Age 55
    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.
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  • 2014
    Age 54
    In 2014, Thompson provided the narration for Jason Reitman's film Men, Women & Children, before seeing the release of a project she had been working on for many years.
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    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.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    Her first film of 2013 was the fantasy romance Beautiful Creatures, in which she played an evil mother.
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  • 2012
    Age 52
    Also in 2012, Thompson played Queen Elizabeth II in an episode of Playhouse Presents, which dramatised an incident in 1982 when an intruder broke into the Queen's bedroom.
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 50
    Five years after the original, Thompson returned to Nanny McPhee with 2010's Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2009
    Age 49
    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.
  • 2008
    Age 48
    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.
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  • 2005
    Age 45
    The year 2005 saw the release of a project Thompson had been working on for nine years.
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  • 2004
    Age 44
    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".
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  • 2003
    Age 43
    In 2003, Thompson and Wise were married in Dunoon.
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    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 42
    Thompson's only credit of 2002 was a vocal performance in Disney's Treasure Planet, an adaptation of Treasure Island, where she voiced Captain Amelia.
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  • 2000
    Age 40
    She was not seen on screen again until 2000, with only a small part in the British comedy Maybe Baby, which she appeared in as a favour to its director, her friend Ben Elton.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 39
    When she became a mother in 1999, Thompson made a conscious decision to reduce her workload, and in the following years many of her appearances were supporting roles.
  • 1996
    Age 36
    Thompson was absent from screens in 1996, but returned the following year with Alan Rickman's directorial debut, The Winter Guest.
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  • 1995
    Age 35
    Thompson was living alone as the relationship with Branagh deteriorated, and entered into clinical depression. While filming Sense and Sensibility in 1995, she began a relationship with her co-star Greg Wise.
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  • 1994
    Age 34
    In 1994, Thompson made her Hollywood debut playing a goofy doctor alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito in the blockbuster Junior.
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  • 1992
    Age 32
    Early in 1992, Thompson had a guest role in an episode of the American comedy series Cheers as Frasier Crane's first wife.
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  • 1991
    Age 31
    Her second release of 1991 was another pairing with Branagh, who also directed, in the Los Angeles-based noir Dead Again.
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    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 29
    The couple married in 1989 and proceeded to appear in several films together, with Branagh often casting her in his own productions.
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    In 1989, she and Branagh—who had formed a romantic relationship—starred in a stage revival of Look Back in Anger, directed by Judi Dench and produced by Branagh's Renaissance Theatre Company.
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    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.
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  • 1987
    Age 27
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 25
    At the end of 1985, she wrote and starred in her own one-off special for Channel 4, Emma Thompson: Up for Grabs.
    In 1985, Thompson was cast in the West End revival of the musical Me and My Girl, co-starring Robert Lindsay.
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  • 1982
    Age 22
    Thompson had her first professional role in 1982, touring in a stage version of Not the Nine O'Clock News.
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    In 1982, Thompson's father died as a result of circulatory problems at the age of 52.
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  • 1980
    Age 20
    In 1980, Thompson served as the Vice President of Footlights, and co-directed the troupe's first all-female revue, Woman's Hour.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1977
    Age 17
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Thompson was born in Paddington, London, on 15 April 1959.
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