Emma Thompson biography

Emma Thompson

Actor, Film actor

1959 –


Who is Emma Thompson?

Emma Thompson is a British actress, comedienne, screenwriter and author. She first came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War; she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both. Her first major film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy. In 1992, Thompson won multiple acting awards, including an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress, for her performance in the British drama Howards End. In 1993, Thompson garnered dual Academy Award nominations, as Best Actress for The Remains of the Day and as Best Supporting Actress for In the Name of the Father.

In 1995, Thompson scripted and starred in Sense and Sensibility, a film adaptation of the Jane Austen novel of the same name, which earned her an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role among other awards. Other notable film and television credits have included her role in the Harry Potter film series, Much Ado About Nothing, Wit, Love Actually, Angels in America, Nanny McPhee, Stranger than Fiction, Last Chance Harvey, An Education, Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, Men in Black 3, Brave, and Saving Mr. Banks. In 2012, Thompson authored The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit to commemorate the 110th anniversary of the publication of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Famous Quotes:

  • 'The first time I was nominated, I didn't know anything about the Oscars. That was almost 15 years ago. I just did Oscar week and enjoyed it very much because I was with my mum. Even so, each time it's happened I've come down with some ghastly infection. It is overwhelming for people. It has nothing to do really at all with your performance. It comes down to if you get an Oscar for your film, then the revenue for your film goes up. They mean a great deal. I can't deny it.'
  • 'I've realized that in all the great stories, even if there's a happily-ever-after ending, there's something sad.'


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Apr 15, 1959
  • Atheism
  • English people
  • Scottish people
  • British people
  • United Kingdom
  • Newnham College, Cambridge
    ( - 1980)
  • Camden School for Girls
  • University of Cambridge
Lived in
  • Paddington
  • Scotland

on July 23, 2013

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