Emma Thompson Biography

Birthday: 1959-04-15
Place of Birth: Paddington, London
Height: 5' 8½" (1.74 m)
Wiki Biography: Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959, into a family of actors - her father was Eric Thompson, who has passed away, and her mother, Phyllida Law, has co-starred with Thompson in several films (her sister, Sophie Thompson, is an actor as well). Thompson's wit was earlier cultivated by a cheerful, clever, creative family atmosphere, and she was a popular and successful student. She attended Cambridge University, studying English Literature, and was part of the university's Footlights Group, the famous group where, previously, many of the Monty Python members had first met. Thompson graduated in 1980 and embarked on her career in entertainment, beginning with stints on BBC radio and touring with comedy shows. She soon got her first major break in television, on the comedy skit program "Alfresco" (1983), writing and performing along with her fellow Footlights Group alums Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie. She also worked on other TV comedy review programs in the mid-1980s, occasionally with some of her fellow Footlights alums, and often with actor Robbie Coltrane. Thompson found herself collaborating again with Fry in 1985, this time in his stage adaptation of the play "Me and My Girl" in London's West End, in which she had a leading role, playing Sally Smith. The show was a success and she received favorable reviews, and the strength of her performance led to her casting as the lead in the BBC television miniseries "Fortunes of War" (1987), in which Thompson and her co-star, Kenneth Branagh, play an English ex-patriate couple living in Eastern Europe as the Second World War erupts. Thompson won a BAFTA award for her work on the program. She married Branagh in 1989, continued to work with him professionally, and formed a production company with him. In the late 80s and early 90s, she starred in a string of well-received and successful television and film productions, most notably her lead role in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howards End (1992), which confirmed her ability to carry a movie on both sides of the Atlantic and appropriately showered her with trans-Atlantic honors - both an Oscar and a BAFTA award. Since then, Thompson has continued to move effortlessly between the art film world and mainstream Hollywood, though even her Hollywood roles tend to be in more up-market productions. She continues to work on television as well, but is generally very selective about which roles she takes. She writes for the screen as well, such as the screenplay for Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995), in which she also starred as Elinor Dashwood, and the teleplay adaptation of Margaret Edson's acclaimed play Wit (2001) (TV), in which she also starred. Thompson is known for her sophisticated, skillful, though her critics say somewhat mannered, performances, and of course for her arch wit, which she is unafraid to point at herself - she is a fearless self-satirist. Thompson and Branagh divorced in 1994, and Thompson is now married to fellow actor Greg Wise, who had played Willoughby in Ang Lee's Sense and Sensibility (1995). Thompson and Wise have one child, Gaia, born in 1999.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Alfresco 1983 Comedy
Assaulted Nuts 1985 Comedy
Fortunes of War Harriet Pringle 1987 Drama
Tutti Frutti 1987 Comedy
Thompson 1988 - 1988
Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood 1995 Drama
Angels in America 2003 - Drama
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
The Tall Guy 1990 Comedy, Romance
Dead Again Grace 1991 Game Show, Biography, 0, Comedy
Howards End 1992 Drama, Romance
Peter's Friends Maggie 1992
Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice 1993 Comedy, Romance
The Remains of the Day Miss Kenton 1993 Drama, Romance
Junior Dr. Diana Reddin 1994
In the Name of the Father Gareth Peirce 1994 Drama
Carrington Dora Carrington 1995
Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood 1995 Biography
The Brave 1997
The Winter Guest Frances 1997 Drama
Primary Colors Susan Stanton 1998 Comedy, Drama
Judas Kiss 1999 Crime, Drama, Thriller
Wit Vivian Bearing 2001
Maybe Baby 2001 Comedy, Romance
Treasure Planet Captain Amelia 2002 0, 0, Sport, 0
Imagining Argentina 2003 Drama, Romance, Thriller
Love Actually Karen 2003 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Angels in America 2003 Drama, Fantasy
Nanny McPhee Nanny McPhee 2005 0, 0
Last Chance Harvey Kate Walker 2008 Biography, 0
Nanny McPhee Returns Nanny McPhee 2010
Brave 2012 0, 0, 0, Drama
Men in Black 3 Agent O 2012 0, 0
Impromptu Duchess D'Antan 2013
Saving Mr. Banks P.L. Travers 2013 0, 0
Beautiful Creatures Mrs. Lincoln / Sarafine 2013 Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Effie Gray Lady Eastlake 2013 Drama
Voyage of Time Narrator 2014 Drama
Love Punch Kate 2014 Comedy
The Legend of Barney Thomson Cemolina 2015 Game Show, 0, 0
Alone in Berlin Anna Quangel 2016 Drama