Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

Highest Rated: 100% Henry V (1989)

Lowest Rated: 14% Dolittle (2020)

Birthday: Apr 15, 1959

Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, UK

Growing up in England, Emma Thompson gravitated towards writing and the arts, eventually pursuing an English degree at Newnham College at Cambridge. While there, she began to find her calling to acting, especially when she joined the school's sketch comedy group that included the likes of Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry. As she finished her time in school, she began to work her way onto the small screen, starting to break out in the mid-1980s with roles on shows such as "Tutti Frutti" (BBC 1987) and "Fortunes of War" (BBC1 1987), the latter of which is where she met her first husband Kenneth Branagh, who she would also go on to work with on a variety of films, including "Henry V" (1989), "Dead Again" (1991), and "Much Ado About Nothing" (1993). Her role in the Anthony Hopkins-starring "Howards End" (1992) drew her much acclaim and earned Thompson numerous Best Actress accolades, including an Academy Award, a Golden Globe, and a BAFTA. The following year, she joined the exclusive club of getting a nomination for two projects, in this case, for "In the Name of the Father" (1993) and "The Remains of the Day" (1993), though she won neither award. Her marriage with Branagh ended around the same time as "Sense and Sensibility" (1995) debuted, which Thompson starred in and also wrote. Both her performance and her screenplay received critical acclaim, resulting in another Oscar win, this time for Best Adapted Screenplay. Following that, Thompson focused her acting more on the small screen again, finding plaudits for her work in various miniseries and TV movies including "Wit" (HBO 2001) and "Angels in America" (HBO 2003). Around the same time, she also appeared as Professor Trelawney in multiple Harry Potter films, first in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004). That was part of her return to more mainstream movies, as she appeared in both more nuanced dramas such as "Saving Mr. Banks" (2013) and box office smashes like "Beauty and the Beast" (2017) and "Men in Black 3" (2012). In 2019, Thompson starred in the Mindy Kaling-penned comedy "Late Night" (2019) as a beleaguered late night talk show host.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cruella Baroness (Character) - 2021
14% 76% Dolittle Poly (Voice) $77M 2020
80% 77% Late Night Katherine Newbury (Character) $15.5M 2019
23% 66% Men in Black: International Agent O (Character) $80M 2019
79% No Score Yet How to Build a Girl Amanda (Character) $70.5K 2019
47% 81% Last Christmas Petra (Character),
Screenwriter,
Producer
$35.1M 2019
89% 67% Missing Link The Elder (Voice) $16.6M 2019
37% 49% Johnny English Strikes Again Prime Minister (Character) $4.3M 2018
80% No Score Yet The Reckoning: Hollywood's Worst Kept Secret Unknown (Character) - 2018
91% 67% King Lear Goneril (Character) - 2018
71% 80% Beauty and the Beast Mrs. Potts (Character) $504M 2017
67% No Score Yet Sea Sorrow Unknown (Character) - 2017
74% 62% The Children Act Fiona Maye (Character) $432.5K 2017
92% 72% The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Maureen (Character) - 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet To the Ends of the Earth Narrator - 2016
57% 50% Alone in Berlin Anna Quangel (Character) - 2016
78% 65% Bridget Jones's Baby Dr. Rawlings (Character),
Screenwriter
$24.1M 2016
62% 52% The Legend of Barney Thomson Cemolina (Character) - 2015
28% 44% Burnt Dr. Rosshilde (Character) $13.7M 2015
47% 48% A Walk in the Woods Catherine Bryson (Character) $29.5M 2015
42% 38% Effie Gray Lady Eastlake (Character),
Screenwriter
- 2014
56% 73% Sold Executive Producer - 2014
29% 31% The Love Punch Kate (Character) - 2013
47% 54% Beautiful Creatures Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine (Character) $19.4M 2013
79% 84% Saving Mr. Banks P.L. Travers (Character) $83.3M 2013
78% 75% Brave Elinor (Voice) - 2012
68% 70% Men in Black 3 Agent O (Character) $179M 2012
96% 89% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Sybill Trelawney (Character) $381M 2011
76% 55% Nanny McPhee Returns Nanny McPhee (Character),
Screenwriter,
Executive Producer
$29M 2010
94% 80% An Education Headmistress (Character) $12.6M 2009
61% 71% Pirate Radio Charlotte (Character) $8M 2009
62% 52% Brideshead Revisited Lady Marchmain (Character) $6.4M 2008
71% 53% Last Chance Harvey Kate Walker (Character) $14.9M 2008
78% 81% Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Sybil Trelawney (Character) $292M 2007
73% 85% Stranger Than Fiction Kay Eiffel (Character) $40.1M 2006
73% 64% Nanny McPhee Nanny McPhee (Character),
Writer
$47.1M 2005
90% 86% Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Professor Trelawney (Character) $249.4M 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels in America Nurse Emily (Character) - 2003
64% 72% Love Actually Karen (Character) $59.4M 2003
31% 71% Imagining Argentina Cecilia Rueda (Character) - 2003
69% 72% Treasure Planet Captain Amelia (Voice) - 2002
83% 91% Wit Vivian Bearing (Character),
Writer
- 2001
50% 48% Maybe Baby Druscilla (Character) $19.1K 2000
81% 64% Primary Colors Susan Stanton (Character) $39M 1998
43% 46% Judas Kiss FBI Agent Sadie Hawkins (Character) - 1998
65% 75% The Winter Guest Frances (Character) $849.3K 1997
97% 90% Sense and Sensibility Elinor Dashwood (Character),
Writer
$42M 1995
54% 74% Carrington Dora Carrington (Character) $2.3M 1995
36% 22% Junior Dr. Diana Reddin (Character) $36.7M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet Blue Boy Marie Bonnar (Character) - 1994
94% 95% In the Name of the Father Gareth Peirce (Character) $24.6M 1993
90% 86% Much Ado About Nothing Beatrice (Character) $22.5M 1993
95% 89% The Remains of the Day Miss Kenton (Character) $23M 1993
69% 78% Peter's Friends Maggie Chester (Character) $4.1M 1992
94% 82% Howards End Margaret Schlegel (Character) $157.9K 1992
76% 72% Impromptu Duchess D'Antan (Character) $128.6K 1991
83% 77% Dead Again Grace/Margaret Strauss (Character) $35.5M 1991
100% 89% Henry V Katherine (Character) $10.2M 1989
89% 66% The Tall Guy Kate (Character) $91.1K 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes of War Harriet Pringle (Character) - 1987

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show Guest 2020 2017-2018 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Front Row Late Guest 2020
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live with Kelly and Ryan Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet 26% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Good Morning America Guest 2018-2019 2012-2014 2009
No Score Yet 58% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2019 2014
89% 91% Years and Years Vivienne Rook MP (Character) 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dish Nation Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainment Tonight Canada Guest 2019
No Score Yet 40% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2018-2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet etalk Guest 2019 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Today Guest 2019 2015 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Saturday Night Live Host 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2019 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Front Row Guest 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet The View Guest 2018
No Score Yet No Score Yet Your Morning Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Social Guest 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live! With Kelly and Michael Guest 2013-2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live From Lincoln Center Unknown (Character) 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Conversation Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Katie Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2013
No Score Yet 75% Late Show With David Letterman Guest 2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood & Dine Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Early Show Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Live With Regis and Kelly Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hollywood Dailies Guest 2010
No Score Yet No Score Yet QI Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Entertainers: With Byron Allen Guest 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Angels in America Unknown (Character) 2003
No Score Yet No Score Yet Ellen Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 92% Cheers Nanny Gee (Guest Star) 1992
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fortunes of War Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfresco Unknown (Character) 1983-1984
No Score Yet 100% The Young Ones Miss Money-Sterling (Guest Star) 1984
No Score Yet No Score Yet FREE HBO: Years and Years Vivienne Rook MP (Character)

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.