Sophie Thompson

Sophie Thompson

Highest Rated: 100% The Missionary (1982)

Lowest Rated: 20% Relative Values (2000)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: London, England, UK

A respected character actress who is also part of one of Britain's most celebrated show business families, Sophie Thompson has brought life to a bevy of characters on the stage, screen, and television. The daughter of actors Eric Thompson and Phillyda Law, and the younger sister of actress Emma Thompson, Sophie Thompson was born in London in 1962. She began acting at a very young age and had already done TV work by the time she attended the Old Vic Theatre School. Following two seasons with the Old Vic, the actress transferred her talents to the West End for a number of prestigious Shakespearean productions, including Judi Dench's Much Ado About Nothing and Derek Jacobi's Hamlet, as well as countless contemporary works by the likes of Tennessee Williams and Tom Stoppard. Over the course of her stage career, Thompson has earned many honors, most notably two Olivier nominations for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Alan Ayckbourne's Wildest Dreams and Company, and a Clarence Derwent Award for her performance in the former.Onscreen, Thompson has appeared to memorable effect in a variety of films, often stealing the light from her more prominent co-stars. Although she made her film debut in 1982 with an uncredited role as a prostitute in The Missionary, it was not until the 1990s that she began to gain any sort of recognition amongst filmgoers. Thompson did hilarious work in the 1994 hit Four Weddings and a Funeral, playing a bride whose very vocal and energetic wedding night antics cause no end of discomfort for a hapless Hugh Grant. She also provided priceless support in a pair of Jane Austen adaptations, first in Roger Michell's acclaimed 1995 film adaptation of Persuasion, in which she played Mrs. Musgrove, the heroine's disagreeable hypochondriac sister and then in Douglas McGrath's Emma (1996), which saw her play the socially inept Miss Bates. The latter film allowed Thompson to act alongside her mother, who, in no great stretch of casting, portrayed Mrs. Bates, her onscreen mother. Although she has repeatedly demonstrated her comedic ability in a number of films, Thompson is equally well-suited to drama, as she memorably demonstrated in Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), a drama about five close-knit Irish sisters that cast her as a simple-minded and ultimately tragic young woman.

Highest Rated Movies



59% Tales from the Lodge Actor 2019
No Score Yet A Gert Lush Christmas Sue 2015
No Score Yet That Day We Sang Actor 2014
77% Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 Mafalda Hopkirk $295M 2010
36% Eat Pray Love Corella $80.6M 2010
No Score Yet Masterpiece Classic Charlotte Bartlett 2008
60% A Room With a View Charlotte Bartlett 2007
No Score Yet A Harlot's Progress Actor 2006
No Score Yet Fat Slags Actor 2004
No Score Yet The Young Visiters Bessie Topp 2003
78% Nicholas Nickleby Miss Lacreevy $1.4M 2002
86% Gosford Park Dorothy, Still Room Maid $41.3M 2001
20% Relative Values Moxie 2000
64% Dancing at Lughnasa Rose Mundy 1998
84% Emma Miss Bates 1996
86% Persuasion Mary Musgrove 1995
96% Four Weddings and a Funeral Lydia the Bride (2nd Wedding) 1994
57% Twenty-One Francesca 1991
No Score Yet Tumbledown Louise Stubbs 1988
100% The Missionary Mission Girl 1982


100% Feel Good
Maggie 2020
No Score Yet New Tricks
Ruth Shireen 2015
No Score Yet Love Life
Penny 2012
No Score Yet Masterpiece
Charlotte Bartlett Mrs. Reynolds Mrs. Perks 2011
82% Doc Martin
Tasha 2010
100% Inside No. 9


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