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Emma Thompson (born 15.4.1959)

Emma Thompson is a British actress and has won a number of awards, including an Academy Award and awards from BAFTA and Golden Globe.

Emma Thompson: Childhood

Emma Thompson was born in Paddington, London. Her father, Eric Thompson, was an actor and also wrote the hugely successful children's show The Magic Roundabout. Her mother, Phyllida Law is also an actress.

Thompson attended Camden School for Girls and went on to study English at Cambridge University. Whilst at university, Thompson was a member of Footlights, the university theatrical club. Fellow members at the time included Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Tony Slattery. Shortly after graduating from university, Emma landed a role in the West End production of Me and My Girl, alongside Robert Lindsay. She then went on to star in the BBC drama Fortunes of War.

Emma Thompson: Acting Career

Thompson started out in television, with a BBC comedy sketch show, entitled Thompson. The series was unpopular and criticised by TV journalists.

Emma Thompson got her first major role in a film, in The Tall Guy. In 1992, she went on to star in Howard's End. It was this role that earned her an Oscar for Best Actress. She went on to appear in a string of critically acclaimed productions, including In The Name of the Father and The Remains of the Day, in which she starred alongside Anthony Hopkins.

In 1996, Thompson won her second Oscar; this time for Best Adapted Screenplay, for her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, the novel by Jane Austen. She was also nominated for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. Hugh Grant co-starred as the male lead.

Returning to television work, Thompson has featured in HBO's drama series Wit in 2001 and Angels in America in 2003.

Thompson's more recent film work has seen her star as Sybill Trelawney in two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. In 2005, Emma Thompson took the lead role in Nanny McPhee, which she also wrote. The project took her nine years and was considered a moderate success.

In Stranger than Fiction, Thompson plays an author obsessed with killing her main character, though the character turns out to be a real person.

Emma Thompson: Personal Life

Whilst at university, Thompson dated fellow Footlights member Hugh Laurie.

In 1989, Emma Thompson married the actor Kenneth Branagh. She had previously worked with him on Fortunes of War. The couple went on to work with each other on Henry V, Much Ado About Nothing and Dead Again. In 1995, the pair divorced.

In 2003, Emma Thompson re-married, to the actor Greg Wise. They have a daughter together, named Gaia Romilly, who was born in 1999. The year that they married, the couple also adopted a 16 year old Rwandan refugee by the name of Tindyebwa Agaba. It is thought that Tindyebwa's family members were all killed in the Rwandan genocide. Thompson and Wise are currently fighting a decision to deport him.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Emma Thompson Claims Hollywood Sexism Is Worse Than Ever

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Beloved English actress Emma Thompson has waded into the debate about gender equality in Hollywood, claiming that, far from making progress since the issue was first seriously raised in the last decade, the industry has gone backwards.

Speaking to the UK entertainment magazine Radio Times, the 56 year old star bemoaned that sexism in the movies was “still completely s***”. She’s one of many recent high-profile names to point out the equality gap in Hollywood, following the likes of Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock and Patricia Arquette.

“I don’t think there’s any appreciable improvement, and I think that, for women, the question of how they are supposed to look is worse than it was even when I was young. So no, I am not impressed, at all. I think it’s still completely s***, actually,” Thompson said.

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'Downton Abbey', Emma Thompson And 'Wolf Hall' Lead A Very British Year At The Emmy Awards

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‘Downton Abbey’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ have led the British nominations at this year's Emmy Awards, with both dramas picking up three nods each. While HBO series ‘Game Of Thrones’ might have dominated this year’s nominations with 24 nods, British stars have also flourished with actors Joanne Froggatt, Emma Thompson and Ricky Gervais among the nominees.

joanne froggatt‘Downton Abbey’s’ Joanne Froggatt has picked up an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama

ITV drama ‘Downton Abbey’ received three nominations including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama for Jim Carter and Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Drama for Joanne Froggatt, who plays maid Anna Bates. Froggatt was nominated in the same category last year, but lost out to ‘Breaking Bad’s’ Anna Gunn.

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A Walk in The Woods Trailer

Bill Bryson has been living in the UK with his English wife for a long time but now feels his retirement is wasted on the luxury of home comforts. Now after moving back to the US, he wants adventure, and what better way to get it than by hiking the 2,200 mile long Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine. It's a glorious woodland walk for anyone, but it's rarely finished by even the most experienced hikers and the thought of this ageing man taking on the dangers of the trail frightens his kids and his wife. It seems Bill is deadset on this challenge, and while his wife can't stop him doing it, she can at least insist he be accompanied by a friend. Unfortunately, the only person crazy enough to join him is his fat, former alcoholic buddy Katz, whose probably going to be more of a hindrance than a help, but will at least be exposed to some much needed reflection... and a few hungry bears.

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Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse

Emma Thompson - Celebrities at Chiltern Firehouse - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 23rd June 2015

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Emma Thompson leaving the set of the movie "Alone in Berlin" at the prison.

Emma Thompson - Emma Thompson leaving the set of the movie "Alone in Berlin" which was shot at a prison. - Moers, Germany - Monday 1st June 2015

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The First Picture Of Emma Watson And The Rest Of The 'Beauty And The Beast' Cast Has Arrived

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Thanks Josh Gad for making our day! Yes the Frozen actor has just put a mid-week smile on many a face as he’s shared the first cast picture from the upcoming live action remake of Beauty and the Beast. The real life Olaf shared the image on Instagram, captioning the snap, “Can't wait for you to be our guest.”

Watson will star as Belle in the live action remake.

Posing with Gad in the pic is Emma Watson who will of course be playing Belle, former ‘Downton Abbey’ star Dan Stevens who’ll star as the Beast, Luke Evans who is his love rival Gaston and Kevin Kline who plays Belle’s father Maurice. Gad will star as Gaston’s sidekick Le Fou in the remake, which is due to begin filming later next month.

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Survivor Trailer

The world of counter-intelligence has gotten an awful lot more dangerous. When a visa security officer (Milla Jovovich) is posted in the US Embassy in the United Kingdom, she is tasked with ensuring that known or suspected terrorists are unable to make their way to the United States. But when she come under fire from a deadly assassin known only as "The Watchmaker" (Pierce Brosnan), she ends up framed for various crimes she didn't commit and is forced on the run. Now, she must do her best to keep doing her job while being hunted and tracked by not only The Watchmaker, but US Security Services and Marines. 

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Emma Thompson to Play Mrs Potts in 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has joined the cast of Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast and will play Mrs Potts, the housekeeper who was transformed into a teapot in the magical 1991 animated version.

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Dame Angela Lansbury voiced the character in the original movie, which was the first animated movie to be nominated for the Oscar for Best Picture.

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'Beauty And The Beast' Remake Confirmed For March 2017, Adds Emma Thompson And Kevin Kline

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More Disney casting news! The forthcoming live action re-make of the classic Beauty and the Beast will feature Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts and Kevin Kline as Belle’s father Maurice, it was announced on Monday.

A statement released to People by Disney confirmed the addition of yet more high profile names to an already star-studded cast, for what is shaping up to be the most anticipated Disney release in years.

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Emma Thompson will become an anthropomorphised teapot in the 'Beauty and the Beast' remake

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Josh Gad to Join Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in Disney's Live Action 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Josh Gad has become the latest actor to join the cast of the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. 34-year-old Gad has been cast as Le Fou, the villain Gaston's minion. Gad is best known for voicing Olaf in Disney's Frozen and for his roles in such films as The Internship and JobsEmma Watson (Harry Potter) has been cast as Belle, Dan Stevens (Downton Abbey) as the Beast and Luke Evans (Dracula Untold) as Gaston. Emma Thompson (Saving Mr. Banks) and Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner) are also rumoured to be in talks with the film's producers.

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Josh Gad is set to play Le Fou in the upcoming live-action film of Beauty and the Beast.

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Moet British Independent Film Awards - Arrivals

Dame Helen Mirren and Emma Thompson - Photographs of a host of stars as they arrived for the Moet British Independent Film Awards which were held at the Old Billingsgate in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 7th December 2014

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Men, Women & Children Review


There's a fundamental flaw to this multi-strand social media-themed drama: it's told completely from the perspective of older people who are fearful about the possibilities, rather than the generation for whom electronic communication is the norm. It's well-made by director Jason Reitman (age 36) and his cowriter Erin Cressida Wilson (50) from the novel by Chad Kultgen (38), but it kind of misses the point that this is the future of human interaction. So younger (or more switched-on) viewers won't buy the cautionary message.

IR's set in Austin, Texas, where Rachel and Don (Rosemarie DeWitt and Adam Sandler) are each so focussed on finding space outside their marriage that they don't notice that their teen son Chris (Travis Tope) is hanging out with self-proclaimed slutty cheerleader Hannah (Olivia Crocicchia). Her best friend Allison (Elena Kamporis) is starving herself to be like her, spurred on by her mother (Judy Greer), who is doing everything she can to make Allison a star. Meanwhile, Patricia (Jennifer Garner) is desperate to control how her daughter Brandy (Kaitkyn Dever) uses small-screens, especially worried about her growing friendship with Tim (Ansel Elgort), whose father (Dean Norris) is annoyed that he has quit the school football team.

Oddly, the film seems to adopt the adults' fears as its central tone: the internet and mobile phone communications are potentially dangerous, addictive and isolating. But this makes the film feel more like a sermon than a set of intertwined stories. A far more interesting approach would be to explore how communication and relationships are shifting due to the influence of online media. Indeed, the generational aspects to the films various plotlines are the most compelling elements, with clashing points of view between grown-ups and kids. But audience members who believe that mobile phones and social media sites are the future will struggle with the way Reitman presents them as inherently troublesome.

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Effie Gray: Does It Take Victorian Repression Too Far?

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Critics have been divided about the latest British period drama to hit cinemas. Effie Gray is based on a notorious true scandal from the mid-19th century, and most reviews have commented that the buttoned-up approach leaves the film feeling more than a little dull.

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Dakota Fanning stars in 'Effie Gray'

Indeed, for a film about a torrid love triangle, the movie only barely hints that there's any sex going on beyond lots of aching glances. Director Richard Laxton was clearly channelling Victorian timidity about these things, but there are spicier hints laced through Emma Thompson's script and the layered performances of the strong cast, including Dakota Fanning, Greg Wise, Tom Sturridge, Julie Walters, David Suchet, Derek Jacobi and Thompson herself.

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Effie Gray Review


Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the Victorian period and attitudes, which somewhat undermines the vivid emotions of the characters. It's a fascinating story about a woman caught in her society's harshly restrictive rules about women, and the script by Emma Thompson captures some strong observations, interaction and personal feelings, but the film is so dark and repressed that it ultimately feels a bit dull.

In the mid 19th century, Effie Gray (Dakota Fanning) has been courted by noted art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) since she was only 12 years old, and he has waited for her to come of age to marry her. But as she moves in with his suffocating parents (Julie Walters and David Suchet) in London, Effie soon realises that she's trapped in a hopeless situation. While he's loving, John simply refuses to touch her, which makes her doubt her own intellect and femininity. She's befriended by Lady Eastlake (Thompson), who knows a thing or two about cold marriages and helps her make a plan. Then Effie and John travel to Scotland with John's protege, the painter Everett Millais (Tom Sturridge), and Effie begins to understand that there might be other possibilities out there.

Since the film is made in Victorian style, it leaves all of the heaving passion far beneath the surface. It's obvious that Effie (and the audience) are craving a bit of lusty bodice-ripping, but any action remains behind closed doors, only hinted at in the clever dialogue. This makes the film realistic and intriguing, but difficult to get a grip on. And instead of the scandalous love triangle of historical record, the film plays out more as a drama about a young woman working out a complex escape from male-dominated society. Even so, it's a compelling journey, with some remarkable twists and turns along the way, and the complex characters add plenty of detail.

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Climate change march in London

Emma Thomson and Gaia wise - Climate change march in London - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 21st September 2014

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