Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson


4/15/1959, London, England.

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Emma is the daughter of English actress Phyllida Law and of stage director Eric Thompson. Actress Sophie Thompson is her sister. Emma attended the Camden School for Girls, a comprehensive girls' secondary school in North London. She first came into the limelight at Cambridge, where she studied English…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2008, Emma joined with the Warrington Peace Centre to invite them to help tackle knife crime in schools.

    • Emma was nominated for SAG Awards in 1996, 2002, and 2004. In 1996, she was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role" for Sense and Sensibility. In 2002, she was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" for Wit. In 2004, she was nominated for "Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries" for Angels in America.

    • Emma was nominated for an Emmy in 2004 for her work in Angels in America. The category was "Outstanding Lead Actress in a Television Movie or Miniseries".

    • In a recent interview with Jonothan Ross, Emma declared that she would like to make a trilogy of Nanny McPhee films.

    • Emma and Greg have adopted Tindyebwa, a Rwandan teenager who lost his sister and his parents in the genocide.

    • Emma and Greg were married in Dunoon on the Cowal peninsula in Scotland and the couple have a second home there.

    • Emma is a campaigner for the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture and she involved Alone, a London based charity for the homeless.

    • Emma stars in Stranger Than Fiction. This film is Marc Forster's follow-up to Finding Neverland and it's due to be released in November 2006.

    • In December 2005, Emma won the script award at the 15th annual Women in Film and Television Awards in London for her film Nanny McPhee.

    • Emma is an ambassador for the N.G.O. 'ActionAid International'. She has done numerous press interviews promoting AIDS awareness and has made a television advert for their 'Sponsor A Child Campaign'.

    • In 1997, Alan Rickman directed Emma in the film 'The Winter Guest.' In 2003, they were to play opposite each other as husband and wife in the film 'Love Actually.'

    • Emma shares her birthday, April 15th, with the Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson who plays Hemoine Granger.

    • In a 1984 episode of the comedy series 'The Young Ones, Emma appears as a member of the 'Footlight College, Oxford' team in a parody of the television quiz 'University Challenge.' Other members of the 'team' included real life Cambridge companions Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

    • In the film 'The Blue Boy', Emma plays Marie Bonnar. The character's mother is played by Emma's real life mother actress Phyllida Law.

    • Emma took her mother, actress Phyllida Law, to the Oscar ceremony in 1992. Her husband, Kenneth Branagh, was unable to attend as he was contracted to play Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon.

    • Emma makes an uncredited, brief appearance in the film 'My Father The Hero' starring Gerard Depardieu.

    • In 1998, Emma won an Emmy for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her appearance in 'Ellen'.

    • When Emma won her Oscar in 1992 for her role in Howards End, the award was presented by her co-star in the film Sir Anthony Hopkins. He had won the Best Actor award the previous year for his role in The Silence of The Lambs.

    • For the film 'Wit', Emma received two Emmy award nominations. One was for Lead Actress in a Mini Series of a Movie and the other was for Writing for a Mini Series of a Movie.

    • Emma has appeared with Sir Anthony Hopkins on two occassions, in 'Howards End' and 'The Remains of The Day.' Both films were Merchant Ivory productions.

    • At the Venice Film Festival in 1997, Emma received the Best Actress award for her role as Frances in 'The Winter Guest.'

    • Emma gave The Renaissance Theatre Company their motto 'Ingenuas didicisse fideliter artes emollit mores nec sinit esse feros.' The motto comes from Ovid and means ' To have conscientiously studied the liberal arts refines behaviour and does not allow it to be savage.'

    • In 1983, Emma performed in the Edinburgh Fringe in a one woman show called 'Short Vehicle.'

    • Emma's movie, 'Stranger Than Fiction', also stars Dustin Hoffman and Queen Latifah.

    • Emma received a Golden Globe nomination for her role as Vivian Bearing in the film 'Wit' She also wrote the screen play from a Margaret Edison play.

    • One of Emma's earliest stage performances was in 1979 when she played Gwendolyn in Tom Stoppard's play ' Travesties.'

    • Whilst Emma's dissertation achieved a First, her overall degree was a 2:1 Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree.

    • At Cambridge, the topic of Emma's 10,000 word dissertation, written as part of the final year degree result, was author George Eliot. The dissertation element of her degree received a First Class result.

    • At the end of her first year at Cambridge, Emma performed in the title role of the Footlights pantomine Aladdin.

    • In 1993, Emma told 'People Magazine' that she keeps her Oscar in the loo.

    • Emma's father is the late Eric Thompson, creator of the childrens' television programme 'The Magic Roundabout.'

    • Emma Thompson and Greg Wise's daughter is called Gaia. The name comes from Greek Mythology and means Goddess of the Earth.

    • Emma wrote the screenplay for the 2005 film Nanny McPhee. She also played the title role.

    • Emma was awarded her 1988 Best Actress BAFTA award for two television roles: Harriet Pringle in Fortunes of War and Suzy Kettles in Tutti Frutti. Both series were produced by the BBC.

    • In 1997, the UK film magazine 'Empire' ranked Emma as no. 91 in their list of 'Top 100 Movie Stars'.

    • Emma is the only person win an Oscar in the two categories of Screenplay, for 'Sense and Sensibility', and Actress, for her role of Margaret Schlegel in'Howards End'.

    • Emma is left-handed.

  • Quotes

    • Emma: (On keeping her Oscars in the toilet) They look far too outré anywhere else. They're great big, gold, shiny things. They're up there tarnishing quietly along with everything else I own, including my body. It does give people the opportunity to pick them up and play with them in privacy rather than having to say, "Can I hold that?" You'd have to come to my house. There's no posh space. Every space is kind of a family space. I'm surprised my daughter hasn't used them for nefarious purposes actually. They're heavy.

    • Emma: (On putting on the make up for the character Nanny McPhee) This look took an upsettingly short time to achieve. It took longer to get dressed up for bloody Sense and Sensibility.

    • Emma: I was brought up by very witty people who were dealing with quite difficult things - disease and death... I was brought up by people who tended to giggle at funerals.

    • Emma: Having reached 40 this year, if they were going to find someone to play opposite me they'd have to exhume him.

    • Emma: (On plannng a name for her and Greg's child) I've been toying with names like Winston and Clementine, but I don't think they're going to wash.

    • Emma: I place a high moral value on the way people behave. I find it repellent to have a lot, and to behave with anything other than courtesy in the old sense of the word: politeness of the heart, a gentleness of the spirit.

    • Emma: I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is, of course, a typical scene from my daily life, so isn't much of a stretch.

    • Emma: If you've got to my age, you've probably had your heart broken many times. So it's not that difficult to unpack a bit of grief from some little corner of your heart and cry over it.

    • Emma: When I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me. But in small matters, I am not calm at all. My worst quality is impatience.

    • Emma: I mind having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort.

    • Emma: I am who I am and there is nothing I can do about that.

    • Emma: (on singing) I do sing, in fact one of my first jobs when I was 24 was in the West End for fifteen months, in the musical Me and My Girl. I was the first girl with Robert Lindsey. I was a baby really. I was clinically depressed at the end of it. I had to be cheerful through all this thing, I was 'doing the Lamberth walk' I was dancing and singing, it was hell! You had to be incredibly healthy and fit and keep on working on your voice. You couldn't ever go out and have a drink at night. I couldn't have a life. By the end of it I said that's it, I'll never do that again.

    • Emma: (Talking about the film Nanny McPhee) The film I've loved best out of anything I've done.

    • Emma: (November 10th 2006 talking to Jonathan Ross about her changing career) I give good tragic...it is odd, especially since I wanted to be a comedian. I did it 'til I was 27, and I didn't start acting 'til then, then I started doing really sad things and they just seemed to have got sadder and sadder; untill I started playing people dying of cancer, people being tortured, then a suicidal writer who tries to kill herself in all sorts of different kinds of ways and then I thought, hang on a minute.

    • Emma: The one thing you've got to be prepared to do as a parent is not to be liked from time to time.

    • Emma: (On her inability to put her feet up) Part of my personality that's very forceful is the moral part. I'm trying to train myself to be less driven by a kind of moral imperative. I have a great and strange ambition that I'd really love to be one of those ladies who could lie on the sofa watching television and eating chocolates in furry slippers with those little pompoms on. But it's just not something I think I'll ever be able to do because I just can't relax to that degree. If I have got an hour to myself I think, 'OK, I'll clean out the medicine cupboard'. I think a little bit of frivolity would be very good for me.

  • Great actress.

    Funny. Great in all she does.
  • Talented and a Great Actress in Her Own Right!

    Emma Thompson I found out, about her when she was working with her then husband, Kenneth Branagh. As they starred in the movie "Dead Again." And two other movies, plus did a tv mini-series for the BBC and worked on stage, for his theatre company. She is a talented actress and one of the best. Plus really pretty to look at. As she is an Oscar winner. Plus she is very talented as a writer. And really has surpassed her ex in terms of career wise moves. She is now remembered as Nanny McPhee and in the Angels in America series. Really talented and really lovely!moreless