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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Cruella Actor 2021
No Score Yet Dolittle Polynesia 2020
No Score Yet The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Polynesia 2020
No Score Yet Last Christmas Actor Screenwriter 2019
79% Late Night Katherine Newbury 2019
23% Men in Black International Actor 2019
No Score Yet Mysteriet om herr Länk The Elder 2019
89% Missing Link Actor 2019
83% How to Build a Girl Actor 2019
37% Johnny English Strikes Again Prime Minister 2018
73% The Children Act Fiona Maye 2018
89% 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 Screenwriter Dr. Rawlings $24.1M 2016
56% Sold Executive Producer 2016
62% Barney Thomson (The Legend of Barney Thomson) Cemolina $0.2M 2016
28% Burnt Dr. Rosshilde 2015
47% A Walk In The Woods Catherine Bryson $19.2M 2015
8% Survivor Actor $0.2M 2015
41% Effie Gray Screenwriter Lady Eastlake 2015
28% Annie Screenwriter $58.7M 2014
33% Men, Women & Children Narrator $0.6M 2014
27% 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 $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 Nanny McPhee Screenwriter $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
62% 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
72% Stranger Than Fiction Kay Eiffel $40.2M 2006
70% POV Actor 2006
73% Nanny McPhee Screenwriter Nanny McPhee $47.2M 2006
31% Imagining Argentina Cecilia Rueda 2004
90% 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 2001
83% Wit Dr. Vivian Bearing Screenwriter 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
52% 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

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

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
I love you with so much of my heart that none is left to protest.
P.L. Travers
If you so much as step foot in here with that trolley, I shall scream. One cannot live on cake alone!
P.L. Travers
What is wrong with his leg?
Richard Morton Sherman
He got shot.
P.L. Travers
That's hardly surprising. Can I expect anymore drama from anyone else?
P.L. Travers
Disappointments are to the soul what thunderstorms are to the air.
P.L. Travers
It's blasphemy, you know. Tea in a paper cup.
Mrs. Lincoln
Well, slap my ass and call me Sally!
P.L. Travers
i feel very anti red
P.L. Travers
i feel very anti red.
Ralph
Welcome, Mrs. P.L. Travers, to the city of angels.
P.L. Travers
It smells... of...
Ralph
Jasmine?
P.L. Travers
Chlorine, and sweat.
P.L. Travers
(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
If you so much as step into the room with that thing, I'll scream!
P.L. Travers
Poor A. A. Milne.
P.L. Travers
It is honored Mr. Disney....
Walt Disney
Oh Walt you got to call me Walt!!!!
Maggie
Fill me with your little babies!
Captain Amelia
(to Delbert) You have the most beautiful eyes.
Captain Amelia
You have the most beautiful eyes.
Doctor Doppler
She's lost her mind!
Walt Disney
Where did she come from?
P.L. Travers
Mary Poppins and the Banks, their family to me
P.L. Travers
Mary Poppins and the Banks, their family to me .
P.L. Travers
Mary Poppins and the Banks, they're family to me .
Walt Disney
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
You know you haven't been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth
Walt Disney
You know you haven't been to Disneyland and it's the happiest place on earth.
P.L. Travers
No no no please.
P.L. Travers
No, no, no please.
Walt Disney
Well when does anyone get to go to Disneyland with Walt Disney himself?
P.L. Travers
I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons
P.L. Travers
I won't let her turn into one of your cartoons.
Walt Disney
Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children
Walt Disney
Says the woman who sent a flying nanny with a talking umbrella to save the children.
P.L. Travers
You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children.... My Dear
P.L. Travers
You think Mary Poppins has come to save the children.
P.L. Travers
Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale
P.L. Travers
Stop! Mary Poppins is not for sale.
P.L. Travers
I know what he's going to do to her, she'll be converting and twinkling.
Walt Disney
Well you can't imagine how excited I am to finally meet you.
P.L. Travers
Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney
P.L. Travers
Would you mind my name is Mrs. Travers, Mr. Disney.
Walt Disney
Walt now you gotta call me Walt
Walt Disney
Walt now you gotta call me Walt.
Don DaGradi
Introducing the creator of our beloved Mary.
P.L. Travers
Poppins. Never ever just Mary. Now where is Mr. Disney?
Walt Disney
The boys have come up with an idea! I think it's gonna make you happy!
P.L. Travers
You didn't bring me all the way here to tell me that?
Walt Disney
Oh, no. I had a wager I couldn't get you on a ride. I just won twenty bucks!
Sarafine
Macon macon macon, that was a very naughty move, well done,
Sarafine
Macon macon macon, that was a very naughty move, well done.
Merida
I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Merida
Our fate lives in us. You only have to be brave enough to see it.
Headmistress
nobody does anything worth doing without a degree
Headmistress
Nobody does anything worth doing without a degree.
Helen
nobody does anything worth doing with a degree. no woman, anyway
Helen
Nobody does anything worth doing with a degree. No woman, anyway.
Professor Trelawney
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
[Storms out]
Professor Trelawney
Have I said something?
Nanny McPhee
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
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
We will never want you.
Nanny McPhee
Then I will never go.
Merida
I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost you?
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Queen Elinor
A princess does not put her weapons on the dining table!
Merida
Oh Mum....
Merida
Oh Mum...
Merida
Mom, you have changed.
Queen Elinor
[laughs] We both have.
Queen Elinor
Legends are lessons. They ring with truths
Queen Elinor
Legends are lessons. They ring with truths.
Captain Amelia
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
Please, Captain.
Captain Amelia
Oh shut up, Arrow. You know I don't mean a word of it.
Queen Elinor
(Feeling unwell) Arr, what on earth was in that cake!
Queen Elinor
[feeling unwell] Arr, what on earth was in that cake!
Nanny McPhee
I am Nanny McPhee. Small C, Big P.
Queen Elinor
sorry i dont speak bear
Queen Elinor
Sorry, I don't speak bear.
Merida
Sorry, I don't speak bear.
Merida
I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost you?
Queen Elinor
(to Merida) Don't you dare loose another arrow!
Queen Elinor
[to Merida] Don't you dare loose another arrow!
Vivian Bearing
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Queen Elinor
Oh, Merida! It's marriage, it's not the end of the world.
King Fergus
Pretend i'm Merida.
King Fergus
Pretend I'm Merida.
Queen Elinor
ok.
King Fergus
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
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
Merida, a princess does not place her weapons on the table.
Merida
(Whining) Mum, it's just my bow!
Merida
[whining] Mum, it's just my bow!
Merida
I want my freedom!
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your will freedom cost?
Queen Elinor
But are you willing to pay the price your freedom will cost?
Marianne Dashwood
Fanny wishes to know where the key to the silver cabinet is kept.
Elinor Dashwood
Betsy has it I think. What does Fanny want with the silver?
Marianne Dashwood
One can only presume she wants to count it! What are you doing?
Marianne Dashwood
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
Fortunate girl. At least she can escape Fanny, which is more than any of us is able.
Elinor Dashwood
You do your best. You've not said a word to her for a week.
Marianne Dashwood
I have. I've said, "Yes" and "No".
Marianne Dashwood
I have. I've said, 'Yes' and 'No'.
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
if only he knew that by wednesday he will die
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
If only he knew that by wednesday he will die.
Harold Crick
What?! did you who said that?
Harold Crick
What? Did you who said that?
ER Orderly
Are you suffering from something?
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
Just writer's block.
Penny Escher
And I supposed you smoked all these cigarettes.
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
[beat] No, they came pre-smoked.
Penny Escher
[deadpan] They said you were funny...
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
I don't need a nicotine patch, Penny, I smoke cigarettes.
Ana Pascal
[laughing at Harold's humor]
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
[narrating] Harold nervously made small talk.
Harold Crick
You have very...[gesturing] straight teeth.
Karen 'Kay' Eiffel
[narrating] Very small talk.
Ana Pascal
Thanks. They're real. [nodding]
Harold Crick
"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
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
Discussion keeps a house alive.
Nanny McPhee
"It's an odd thought, granted, but there it is."
Nanny McPhee
It's an odd thought, I grant you, but there it is.
Elinor Dashwood
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
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
I am Nanny McPhee. Small C, Big P.