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 The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle Polynesia 2020
No Score Yet Last Christmas Screenwriter Actor 2019
80% Late Night Katherine Newbury 2019
22% Men in Black International Actor 2019
89% Missing Link Actor 2019
No Score Yet Mysteriet om herr Länk The Elder 2019
No Score Yet Mysteriet om Hr. Link Actor 2019
No Score Yet Late Night 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
46% 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
28% 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
79% 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 Nanny McPhee Executive Producer Screenwriter $29M 2010
62% 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 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 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
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

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 Cheers
1982-1993
Guest Nanny Gee
  • 1992

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