Emma Thompson

Emma Thompson

Movie Actress

Dame Emma Thompson DBE is a British actress. Regarded as one of the best actresses of her generation, she has received numerous accolades throughout her four-decade-long career, including two Academy ...

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Apr 15, 1959
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Emma Thompson was born on April 15, 1959, in Paddington, London. She is an only child to parents Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law. Emma's father was a Scottish actor, director and comedian and her mother is an English actress.

At the age of six, Emma began taking acting classes with the Young Lyceum Theatre Company in Covent Garden. At the age of 11, she joined the National Youth Theatre and by 16, she had already graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in English literature.

Early in her career, Emma appeared in productions like “Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf” and “The Tall Guy” as well as television series like “Tutti Frutti”. In 1993 she starred in “The Remains of the Day” which earned her a BAFTA Award for Best Actress. In 1995 she won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her adaptation of Jane Austen's novel “Sense & Sensibility”. 

In 2001 she starred alongside Hugh Grant in “Love Actually” and won a BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. In 2003 she starred alongside Colin Firth and Alan Rickman in “Nanny McPhee” which earned her another BAFTA Award for Best Actress. 

Emma has also done voice work for films such as “Beauty & The Beast” (as Mrs Potts) and “Brave” (as Queen Elinor). Her latest film is “Late Night” which premiered at Sundance Film Festival 2019 where it won the Grand Jury Prize.

Life Timeline

<div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1959</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Emma Thompson is Born</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">On April 15, 1959, Emma Thompson was born in London, England.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1978</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins First Acting Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">At the age of 19, Thompson wins her first acting award for her performance in Cambridge University's Footlights Revue.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1987</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Broadway Debut</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Thompson makes her Broadway debut in the play Me and My Girl.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1989</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Thompson wins an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her performance in the film Howards End.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">1995</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Wins Second Academy Award</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Thompson wins her second Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2001</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Writes and Stars in Love Actually</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Thompson writes and stars in the romantic comedy Love Actually.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="timeline-item"><p id="" class="timeline-year">2013</p><h3 id="" class="timeline-title">Awarded Damehood</h3><p id="" class="timeline-text">Thompson is appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.</p></div>

Why We Love Them

<div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">A.</span> She's a Talented Actress</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Emma Thompson is a talented actress who has appeared in multiple award-winning films. She has won an Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe for her performance in Sense and Sensibility. Her acting range allows her to play a variety of roles, from comedic to dramatic.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">B.</span> She's an Inspiring Person</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Emma Thompson is an inspiring person who stands up for what she believes in. She speaks out against gender inequality and environmental issues and has received numerous awards for her activism. She is also a philanthropist who donates her time and money to various charities.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="whywelove-item"><h3 id="" class="whywelove-title"><span class="whywelove-leter">C.</span> She's Hilarious</h3><p id="" class="whywelove-text">Emma Thompson is an incredibly funny person and has appeared in some of the funniest movies of all time. Her comedic timing is impeccable and she always knows how to deliver a joke perfectly. She can make any situation hilarious with her wit and charm.</p></div>

Interesting Facts

<div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">1.</span> Academy Award Winner</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Emma Thompson is a two time Academy Award winning actress, having won Best Actress for her performance in Howard's End in 1993 and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility in 1995.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">2.</span> Attended Cambridge University</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Emma Thompson attended Cambridge University where she was a member of the famous comedy troupe Footlights. She graduated with an MA in English Literature.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">3.</span> Wrote the Script for Love Actually</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Emma Thompson wrote the script for Love Actually, one of the most popular romantic comedies of all time. She also starred in the movie alongside Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">4.</span> Has Written Several Adaptations </h3><p id="" class="facts-text">In addition to writing the screenplay for Love Actually, Emma Thompson has written several adaptations of classic books such as Nanny McPhee and The Tale of Despereaux.</p></div>

    <div id="" class="facts-item"><h3 id="" class="facts-title"><span class="facts-number">5.</span> Appeared in Harry Potter</h3><p id="" class="facts-text">Emma Thompson made a memorable appearance in the Harry Potter films as Professor Sybill Trelawney, the eccentric Divination professor at Hogwarts.</p></div>


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