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Emma Thompson

Highest Rated:   100% Henry V (1989)
Lowest Rated:   9% Survivor (2015)
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


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Johnny English 3
  • Actor
92% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)
  • Actor
71% Beauty and the Beast
  • Mrs. Potts
$504M 2017
59% Alone in Berlin
  • Anna Quangel
$19.9k 2017
82% The Children Act
  • Actor
67% Sea Sorrow
  • Actor
77% Bridget Jones's Baby
  • Dr. Rawlings
  • Screenwriter
$24.1M 2016
53% Sold
  • Executive Producer
63% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson)
  • Cemolina
$0.2M 2016
29% Burnt
  • Dr. Rosshilde
46% A Walk In The Woods
  • Catherine Bryson
$19.2M 2015
9% Survivor
  • Actor
$0.2M 2015
42% Effie Gray
  • Screenwriter
  • Lady Eastlake
28% Annie
  • Screenwriter
$58.7M 2014
32% Men, Women & Children
  • Narrator
$0.6M 2014
27% The Love Punch
  • Kate
$1.2M 2014
78% Saving Mr. Banks
  • P.L. Travers
$53.3M 2013
46% Beautiful Creatures
  • Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine
$19.5M 2013
78% Brave
  • Queen Elinor
$237.3M 2012
68% Men in Black III
  • Agent O
$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
75% Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Screenwriter
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Executive Producer
$29M 2010
61% Pirate Radio (The Boat That Rocked)
  • Charlotte
$8.1M 2009
95% An Education
  • Headmistress
$12.6M 2009
71% Last Chance Harvey
  • Kate Walker
$14.9M 2009
No Score Yet The Journey
  • Narrator
63% Brideshead Revisited
  • Lady Marchmain
$6.4M 2008
No Score Yet Alfresco
  • Actor
69% I Am Legend
  • Dr. Krippen -- uncredited
$256.4M 2007
No Score Yet Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out
  • Actor
78% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  • Sybil Trelawney
$292M 2007
72% Stranger Than Fiction
  • Kay Eiffel
$40.2M 2006
70% POV
  • Actor
73% Nanny McPhee
  • Nanny McPhee
  • Screenwriter
$47.2M 2006
31% Imagining Argentina
  • Cecilia Rueda
91% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Professor Sybil Trelawney
$249.4M 2004
63% Love Actually
  • Karen
$59.4M 2003
69% Treasure Planet
  • Capt. Amelia
$38.2M 2002
No Score Yet We Know Where You Live
  • Actor
82% Wit
  • Dr. Vivian Bearing
  • Screenwriter
46% Maybe Baby
  • Druscilla
43% Judas Kiss
  • Agent Hawkins
80% Primary Colors
  • Susan Stanton
65% The Winter Guest
  • Frances
98% Sense and Sensibility
  • Elinor Dashwood
  • Screenwriter
55% Carrington
  • Dora Carrington
36% Junior
  • Dr. Diana Reddin
No Score Yet Fortunes of War
  • Actor
14% My Father, the Hero
  • Isabelle (uncredited)
94% In the Name of the Father
  • Gareth Pierce
97% The Remains of the Day
  • Miss Kenton
89% Much Ado About Nothing
  • Beatrice
72% Peter's Friends
  • Maggie
93% Howards End
  • Margaret Schlegel
$0.2M 1992
83% Dead Again
  • Grace/Margaret Strauss
76% Impromptu
  • Duchess D'Antan
89% The Tall Guy
  • Kate
100% Henry V
  • Princess Katherine
No Score Yet Look Back in Anger
  • Alison Porter


No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center
  • Mrs. Lovett
  • 2014
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2014
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2004
No Score Yet Masterpiece
  • She
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2010
No Score Yet POV
  • Appearing
  • 2007
90% Angels in America
  • Angel The Angel/Emily/Homeless Woman
  • 2003
No Score Yet Cheers
  • Guest
  • Nanny Gee
  • 1992

Quotes from Emma Thompson's Characters