Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1989)

Lowest Rated: 8% Survivor (2015)

Birthday: Apr 15, 1959

Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK

One of the first ladies of contemporary British stage and cinema, Emma Thompson has won equal acclaim for her work as an actress and a screenwriter. For a long time known as Kenneth Branagh's other half, Thompson was able to demonstrate her considerable talent to an international audience with Oscar-winning mid-1990s work in such films as Howards End and Sense and Sensibility. Born April 15, 1959 in Paddington, West London, Thompson grew up in a household well-suited for creative expression. Both of her parents were actors, her father, Eric Thompson, the creator of the popular TV series The Magic Roundabout, and her actress mother, Phyllida Law, a cast member of This Poisoned Earth (1961), Otley (1968) and several other films. Thompson and her sister, Sophie (who also became an actress), enjoyed a fairly colorful upbringing; as Emma later said, "I was brought up by people who tended to giggle at funerals." She excelled at school, was well liked, and went on to enroll at Cambridge University in 1978. It was at Cambridge that Thompson started performing as part of the legendary Footlights Group, once home to various members of Monty Python, who provided a huge inspiration to the fledgling comedienne. Unfortunately, Thompson's studies and her work with fellow Footlights members Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry were interrupted when her father had a debilitating stroke. Thompson went home for a few months, where she taught him how to speak again. After her return to Cambridge, she graduated in 1980 with a degree in English, and she got her first break working for a short-lived BBC radio show. Personal tragedy struck for Thompson in 1982 when her father died of a heart attack. Ironically, it was in the wake of this turmoil that her professional life began to move forward: she got a job touring with the popular satire Not the Nine O'Clock News and worked with co-conspirators Fry and Laurie on the popular BBC comedy sketch show Alfresco. This led to Thompson's biggest break to date when she was picked for the lead in a revised version of the musical Me and My Girl. Coincidentally featuring a script by Fry, the show proved popular and established Thompson as a respected performer. She stayed with the show for over a year, after which she got her next big break when she was cast as one of the leads in the miniseries Fortunes of War (1988). The other lead happened to be Kenneth Branagh, and the two were soon collaborating off-screen as well as on. Following Thompson's BAFTA Award for her work on the series (as well as a BAFTA for her role on the TV series Tutti Frutti), she helped Branagh form his own production company, Renaissance Films. In 1989, the same year that she starred in the nutty satire The Tall Guy (which teamed her with Black Adder stalwarts Rowan Atkinson, Richard Curtis and Mel Smith)and in a televised version of Look Back in Anger with Branagh, she appeared as the French queen in Branagh's acclaimed adaptation of Henry V. Following the success of Henry V, Thompson had a droll turn as a frivolous aristocrat in Impromptu (1990) and then collaborated with Branagh on the noirish suspense thriller Dead Again in 1991. The film proved a relative hit on both sides of the Atlantic, and it further established the now-married Branagh and Thompson as the First Darlings of contemporary British theatre. The following year, Thompson came into her own with her starring role in Merchant Ivory's Howards End. She won a number of awards, including an Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel, and she found herself an international success almost overnight.After a turn in the ensemble comedy Peter's Friends that same year, Thompson starred as Beatrice opposite Branagh's Benedict in his adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in 1993. That year proved an unqualified success for the actress, who was nominated for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscars, the former for her portrayal of a r

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet Cruella Actor 2021
83% How to Build a Girl Actor 2020
15% Dolittle Poly 2020
46% Last Christmas Adelia Screenwriter Producer 2019
80% Late Night Katherine Newbury 2019
23% Men in Black International Actor 2019
89% Missing Link The Elder 2019
No Score Yet Mysteriet om herr Länk The Elder 2019
37% Johnny English Strikes Again Prime Minister 2018
73% The Children Act Fiona Maye 2018
91% King Lear Goneril 2018
93% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Actor 2017
71% Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts $504M 2017
58% Alone in Berlin Anna Quangel $19.9K 2017
67% Sea Sorrow Actor 2017
78% Bridget Jones's Baby Una Alconbury Dr. Rawlings Screenwriter $24.1M 2016
56% Sold Executive Producer 2016
62% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) Cemolina $0.2M 2016
28% Burnt Dr. Rosshilde Dr Rosshilde 2015
47% A Walk In The Woods Catherine Bryson $19.2M 2015
8% Survivor Actor $0.2M 2015
42% Effie Gray Lady Eastlake Screenwriter 2015
28% Annie Screenwriter $58.7M 2014
33% Men, Women & Children Narrator $0.6M 2014
29% The Love Punch Kate $1.2M 2014
79% Saving Mr. Banks P.L. Travers $53.3M 2013
47% Beautiful Creatures Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine $19.5M 2013
78% Brave Queen Elinor $237.3M 2012
68% Men in Black III Agent O Oh $179.1M 2012
96% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 Professor Sybil Trelawney $381.1M 2011
No Score Yet The Song of Lunch Actor 2010
76% Nanny McPhee Returns Executive Producer Screenwriter Nanny McPhee $29M 2010
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked) Charlotte $8.1M 2009
94% An Education Headmistress $12.6M 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey Kate Walker $14.9M 2009
No Score Yet The Journey Narrator 2009
63% Brideshead Revisited Lady Marchmain $6.4M 2008
No Score Yet Alfresco Actor 2008
68% I Am Legend Dr. Krippen -- uncredited $256.4M 2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out Actor 2007
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sybil Trelawney $292M 2007
73% Stranger Than Fiction Kay Eiffel $40.2M 2006
70% POV Actor 2006
73% Nanny McPhee Nanny McPhee Screenwriter $47.2M 2006
31% Imagining Argentina Cecilia Rueda 2004
90% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor Sybil Trelawney $249.4M 2004
64% Love Actually Karen $59.4M 2003
69% Treasure Planet Capt. Amelia $38.2M 2002
No Score Yet We Know Where You Live Actor 2001
83% Wit Screenwriter Dr. Vivian Bearing 2001
50% Maybe Baby Druscilla 2000
43% Judas Kiss Agent Hawkins 1998
81% Primary Colors Susan Stanton 1998
65% The Winter Guest Frances 1997
98% Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood Screenwriter 1995
54% Carrington Dora Carrington 1995
36% Junior Dr. Diana Reddin 1994
No Score Yet Fortunes of War Actor 1994
14% My Father, the Hero Isabelle (uncredited) 1994
94% In the Name of the Father Gareth Pierce 1993
95% The Remains of the Day Miss Kenton 1993
90% Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice 1993
71% Peter's Friends Maggie 1992
94% Howards End Margaret Schlegel $0.2M 1992
83% Dead Again Grace/Margaret Strauss 1991
76% Impromptu Duchess D'Antan 1991
89% The Tall Guy Kate 1990
100% Henry V Princess Katherine 1989
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger Alison Porter 1989

TV

Credit
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host 2019
89% Years and Years
2019
Vivienne Rook 2019
No Score Yet The Late Show With Stephen Colbert
2015
Guest 2019
2018
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
Guest 2019
2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest 2018
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest 2017
2014
2013
No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
2000
Mrs. Lovett 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
Guest 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
Guest 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest 2013
2006
2005
2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2014
She 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
Guest 2010
No Score Yet POV
1988
Appearing 2007
92% Angels in America
2003
Angel The Angel/Emily/Homeless Woman 2003
No Score Yet Ellen
1994-1998
1997
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Nanny Gee 1992

QUOTES FROM Emma Thompson CHARACTERS

Beatrice says: I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.

P.L. Travers says: If you so much as step foot in here with that trolley, I shall scream. One cannot live on cake alone!

P.L. Travers says: What is wrong with his leg?

Richard Morton Sherman says: He got shot.

P.L. Travers says: That's hardly surprising. Can I expect anymore drama from anyone else?

P.L. Travers says: Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.

P.L. Travers says: It's blasphemy, you know. Tea in a paper cup.

Mrs. Lincoln says: Well, slap my ass and call me Sally!

P.L. Travers says: i feel very anti red

P.L. Travers says: i feel very anti red.

Ralph says: Welcome, Mrs. P.L. Travers, to the city of angels.

P.L. Travers says: It smells... of...

Ralph says: Jasmine?

P.L. Travers says: Chlorine, and sweat.

P.L. Travers says: (Woman wheels in with cart full of pastries; P.L. Travers looks over) "If you so much as step into the room with that thing, I'll scream!"

P.L. Travers says: If you so much as step into the room with that thing, I'll scream!

P.L. Travers says: Poor A. A. Milne.

P.L. Travers says: It is honored Mr. Disney....

Walt Disney says: Oh Walt you got to call me Walt!!!!

Maggie says: Fill me with your little babies!

Captain Amelia says: (to Delbert) You have the most beautiful eyes.

Captain Amelia says: You have the most beautiful eyes.

Doctor Doppler says: She's lost her mind!

Walt Disney says: Where did she come from?

P.L. Travers says: Mary Poppins and the Banks, their family to me

P.L. Travers says: Mary Poppins and the Banks, their family to me .

P.L. Travers says: Mary Poppins and the Banks, they're family to me .

Walt Disney says: Mary Poppins was a real person? So it's not the children she comes to save. It's their father. It's your father.

Walt Disney says: You know you haven't been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth

Walt Disney says: You know you haven't been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth.

P.L. Travers says: No no no please.

P.L. Travers says: No, no, no please.

Walt Disney says: Well when does anyone get to go to Disneyland with Walt Disney himself?

P.L. Travers says: I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons

P.L. Travers says: I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons.

Walt Disney says: Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children

Walt Disney says: Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.

P.L. Travers says: You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children.... My Dear

P.L. Travers says: You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children.

P.L. Travers says: Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale

P.L. Travers says: Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale.

P.L. Travers says: I know what he's going to do to her, she'll be converting and twinkling.

Walt Disney says: Well you can't imagine how excited I am to finally meet you.

P.L. Travers says: Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney

P.L. Travers says: Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney.

Walt Disney says: Walt now you gotta call me Walt

Walt Disney says: Walt now you gotta call me Walt.

Don DaGradi says: Introducing the creator of our beloved Mary.

P.L. Travers says: Poppins. Never ever just Mary. Now where is Mr. Disney?

Walt Disney says: The boys have come up with an idea! I think it's gonna make you happy!

P.L. Travers says: You didn't bring me all the way here to tell me that?

Walt Disney says: Oh, no. I had a wager I couldn't get you on a ride. I just won twenty bucks!

Sarafine says: Macon macon macon, that was a very naughty move, well done,

Sarafine says: Macon macon macon, that was a very naughty move, well done.

Merida says: I want my freedom!

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?

Merida says: Our fate lives in us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.

Headmistress says: nobody does anything worth doing without a degree

Headmistress says: Nobody does anything worth doing without a degree.

Helen says: nobody does anything worth doing with a degree. no woman, anyway

Helen says: Nobody does anything worth doing with a degree. No woman, anyway.

Professor Trelawney says: You may be young in years, but the heart that beats beneath your bosom is as shriveled as an old maid's! Your soul as dry as the pages of the books to which you so desperately cleave.

Hermione Granger says: [Storms out]

Professor Trelawney says: Have I said something?

Nanny McPhee says: When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go."

Nanny McPhee says: When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go.

Simon Brown says: We will never want you.

Nanny McPhee says: Then I will never go.

Merida says: I want my freedom!

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost you?

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?

Queen Elinor says: A princess does not put her weapons on the dining table!

Merida says: Oh Mum....

Merida says: Oh Mum...

Merida says: Mom, you have changed.

Queen Elinor says: [laughs] We both have.

Queen Elinor says: Legends are lessons. They ring with truths

Queen Elinor says: Legends are lessons. They ring with truths.

Captain Amelia says: I'm Captain Amelia. Late of a few run-ins with the Procyon Armada, nasty business, but I won't bore you with my scars. You've met my first officer, Mr. Arrow? Sterling, tough, dependable, honest, brave and true.

Mr. Arrow says: Please, Captain.

Captain Amelia says: Oh shut up, Arrow. You know I don't mean a word of it.

Queen Elinor says: (Feeling unwell) Arr, what on earth was in that cake!

Queen Elinor says: [feeling unwell] Arr, what on earth was in that cake!

Nanny McPhee says: I am Nanny McPhee. Small C, Big P.

Queen Elinor says: sorry i dont speak bear

Queen Elinor says: Sorry, I don't speak bear.

Merida says: Sorry, I don't speak bear.

Merida says: I want my freedom!

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost you?

Queen Elinor says: (to Merida) Don't you dare loose another arrow!

Queen Elinor says: [to Merida] Don't you dare loose another arrow!

Vivian Bearing says: Brevity is the soul of wit.

Queen Elinor says: Oh, Merida! It's marriage, it's not the end of the world.

King Fergus says: Pretend i'm Merida.

King Fergus says: Pretend I'm Merida.

Queen Elinor says: ok.

King Fergus says: I don't want to get married, I want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as I ride through the Glen, firing arrows into the sunset.

King Fergus says: I don't want to get married i want to stay single and let my hair flow in the wind as i ride my horse shooting arrows into the sunset!

Queen Elinor says: Merida, a princess does not place her weapons on the table.

Merida says: (Whining) Mum, it's just my bow!

Merida says: [whining] Mum, it's just my bow!

Merida says: I want my freedom!

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your will freedom cost?

Queen Elinor says: But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?

Marianne Dashwood says: Fanny wishes to know where the key to the silver cabinet is kept.

Elinor Dashwood says: Betsy has it I think. What does Fanny want with the silver?

Marianne Dashwood says: One can only presume she wants to count it! What are you doing?

Marianne Dashwood says: Presents for the servants. Have you seen Margaret by the way? I'm worried about her, she's taking to hiding in the oddest places.

Marianne Dashwood says: Fortunate girl. At least she can escape Fanny, which is more than any of us is able.

Elinor Dashwood says: You do your best. You've not said a word to her for a week.

Marianne Dashwood says: I have. I've said, "Yes" and "No".

Marianne Dashwood says: I have. I've said, 'Yes' and 'No'.

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: if only he knew that by wednesday he will die

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: If only he knew that by wednesday he will die.

Harold Crick says: What?! did you who said that?

Harold Crick says: What? Did you who said that?

ER Orderly says: Are you suffering from something?

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: Just writer's block.

Penny Escher says: And I supposed you smoked all these cigarettes.

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: [beat] No, they came pre-smoked.

Penny Escher says: [deadpan] They said you were funny...

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: I don't need a nicotine patch, Penny, I smoke cigarettes.

Ana Pascal says: [laughing at Harold's humor]

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: [narrating] Harold nervously made small talk.

Harold Crick says: You have very...[gesturing] straight teeth.

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: [narrating] Very small talk.

Ana Pascal says: Thanks. They're real. [nodding]

Harold Crick says: "As Harold took a bite of Bavarian sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be ok. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true. And, so it was, a wristwatch saved Harold Crick." -Kay Eiffel

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: As Harold took a bite of Bavarian sugar cookie, he finally felt as if everything was going to be ok. Sometimes, when we lose ourselves in fear and despair, in routine and constancy, in hopelessness and tragedy, we can thank God for Bavarian sugar cookies. And, fortunately, when there aren't any cookies, we can still find reassurance in a familiar hand on our skin, or a kind and loving gesture, or subtle encouragement, or a loving embrace, or an offer of comfort, not to mention hospital gurneys and nose plugs, an uneaten Danish, soft-spoken secrets, and Fender Stratocasters, and maybe the occasional piece of fiction. And we must remember that all these things, the nuances, the anomalies, the subtleties, which we assume only accessorize our days, are effective for a much larger and nobler cause. They are here to save our lives. I know the idea seems strange, but I also know that it just so happens to be true. And, so it was, a wristwatch saved Harold Crick.

Margaret Schlegel says: Discussion keeps a house alive.

Nanny McPhee says: "It's an odd thought, granted, but there it is."

Nanny McPhee says: It's an odd thought, I grant you, but there it is.

Elinor Dashwood says: What do you know of my heart? What do you know of anything but your own suffering. For weeks, Marianne, I've had this pressing on me without being at liberty to speak of it to a single creature. It was forced on me by the very person whose prior claims ruined all my hope. I have endured her exultations again and again whilst knowing myself to be divided from Edward forever. Believe me, Marianne, had I not been bound to silence I could have provided proof enough of a broken heart, even for you.

Karen 'Kay' Eiffel says: This is a story about a man named Harold Crick and his wristwatch. Harold Crick was a man of infinite numbers, endless calculations, and remarkably few words. And his wristwatch said even less. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would brush each of his thirty-two teeth seventy-six times. Thirty-eight times back and forth, thirty-eight times up and down. Every weekday, for twelve years, Harold would tie his tie in a single Windsor knot instead of the double, thereby saving up to forty-three seconds. His wristwatch thought the single Windsor made his neck look fat, but said nothing.

Nanny McPhee says: I am Nanny McPhee. Small C, Big P.