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Emma Thompson        

Oscar-Winning Actress & Screenwriter; Known For "Brave" & "Nanny McPhee"

Dame Emma Thompson DBE is a British actress and screenwriter. She has received numerous accolades throughout her career spanning more than four decades, including two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2018, she was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire for her contributions to drama.

While attending Newnham College, Cambridge, Thompson became a member of the Footlights troupe and appeared in the comedy sketch series Alfresco. In 1985, she starred in the West End revival of the musical Me and My Girl, which was a breakthrough in her career. In 1987, she came to prominence for her performances in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, winning the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work on both series. In the early 1990s, she often collaborated with then-husband, actor and director Kenneth Branagh, in films such as Henry V, Dead Again, and Much Ado About Nothing.

For her performance in the Merchant-Ivory period drama Howards End, Thompson won the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1993, she received two Academy Award nominations for The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father, becoming one of the few actors to achieve this feat. Thompson wrote and starred in Sense and Sensibility, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay — making her the only person in history to win Oscars for both acting and writing — and once again won the BAFTA. Further critical acclaim came for her roles in Primary Colors, Love Actually, Saving Mr. Banks, Late Night, and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

Other notable film credits include the Harry Potter series, Brave, Nanny McPhee, Men in Black 3 and the spin-off Men in Black: International, Beauty and the Beast, Cruella, and Matilda the Musical.


Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson attend 'Saving Mr. Banks' premiere in ...
The Tom Hanks film closed the BFI London Film Festival Sunday night.
Emma Thompson and her mother to be honoured by Conservatoire ...
British actress Emma Thompson and her mother Phyllida Law will be honoured by the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland this summer.
Emma Thompson to Join Philharmonic's 'Sweeney Todd' - NYTimes ...
In her New York stage debut, Ms. Thompson will play the pie-making Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's March production of “Sweeney Todd.”

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