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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

Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer


Bridget has always known how to get herself into a muddle - catastrophic muddles at that - even though she's been separated from her last love, Mark, for five years it appears their journey together hasn't come to an end as yet. 

After taking advice from one of her colleagues, Bridget decides that it's time to get back on the dating scene and after deciding that the likes of Tinder aren't for her, Bridget finds herself being set up with Jack Qwant who she sees in the news room studio. 

The pair get on remarkably well and soon find themselves spending the night together. A little fun is just what Bridget needed. When she finds herself at the christening of one of her friends little girls, her and Mark are forced to be amicable towards one another but the pair fall into old habits and Bridget and he also spend the night together. 

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Beauty And The Beast - Teaser Trailer


Disney have released the new teaser trailer for the remake of the much-loved animated film Beauty and the Beast. The 2017 version of this classic Disney film is a live-action movie and it is claimed that the Disney magic will not be lost as a result, but rather preserved and made even more magical. Emma Watson stars as the protagonist, Princess Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast.

The narrative follows Belle on her quest to find her father who has been captured and imprisoned in the Beasts castle, on arriving at the castle she finds herself becoming imprisoned as well. In order to free her father she agrees to stay in the Beasts castle as his prisoner. After spending time with the Beast she starts to see beyond his frightening exterior and into his kind heart and soul, which leads her to start falling in love with him.

However Belle soon finds herself caught in the middle between the two men who want her, the Beast and Gaston and it is in this climatic end that leads her to confess her love for one of them, but which one she chooses, you'll have to watch and see.

Angry Farmer Sprays Manure At Emma Thompson And Greenpeace Protestors On Proposed Fracking Site


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An angry farmer has sprayed raw sewage Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson and her sister Sophie after they violated a court injunction protecting a proposed fracking site in Lancashire.

The 57 year old actress and her younger sibling joined in with a Greenpeace protest near Fylde, Lancashire on Wednesday afternoon (April 27th) against the controversial energy extraction process known as fracking, and filmed a ‘Great British Bake Off’ parody short while baking renewable energy-themed cakes in a bespoke kitchen powered by solar panels underneath a marquee.

Emma ThompsonEmma Thompson took part in the Greenpeace anti-fracking protest in Fylde, Lancashire today

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Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer


After battling the dating scene and finally finding love with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones is ready to take her relationship to the next stage - well, sort of. After years of thinking that Mark was all she wanted, she realises that their relationship isn't as close as it once was and decides to call it a day.

Back where she started, Bridget decides that the men in her life are just distractions, now it's time to get fully involved in her work and climb to the position she's always wanted. As things start to fall into place for Bridget, soon her love life begins to pick up speed too.

A fleeting meeting with Mr Darcy leads to the pair reuniting - temporarily at least - whilst Bridget is also being wooed by a smooth American called Jack, a man who doesn't have Darcy's prim and proper ways but is just as charming. Playing the field doesn't work out quite as easily as Bridget hoped as she falls pregnant. Now all she must do is find out which partner she wants to be with and more importantly, who the father is.

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Emma Thompson, Mark Rylance And Others Pose For Nude Photos With Dead Fish


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Emma Thompson and Mark Rylance and other stars are taking part in an awareness campaign to highlight the dangers of overfishing. Nothing unusual about that, you might think, until you see the photos from the campaign, featuring the celebrities posing nude with fish.

The Fishlove campaign is aimed at persuading diners to choose less well-known fish such as spratt and herring in order to protect cod and bream stocks.

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Emma Thompson - Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson on the set of 'Yen Din Kia Kissa' in New York. Fans lined the streets to watch scenes be filmed. at Strrets of NY City - New York, United States - Wednesday 16th March 2016

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Emma Thompson - Adam Sandler, Dustin Hoffman and an unrecognizable Emma Thompson spotted on the set of 'Yen Din Ka Kissa,' which has also been referred to as 'The Meyerowitz Stories' - New Yotk, New York, United States - Friday 11th March 2016

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Emma Thompson and Dustin Hoffman

Emma Thompson - Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson on the film set of the new movie 'Yen Din Ka Kissa' in New York City. Dustin was joined on set with his wife Lisa Hoffman. at Strrets of NY City - New York City, New York, United States - Thursday 10th March 2016

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Emma Thompson - Emma Thompson and Chris Rock on the film set of the new movie 'Yen Din Ka Kissa' in New York City at Strrets of NY City - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 9th March 2016

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Emma Thompson - Emma Thompson arriving at Tegel airport to leave town after attending the 66th annual International Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) - Berlin, Germany - Wednesday 17th February 2016

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Deleted Scenes From 'Love Actually' Reveals Heartbreaking Storyline Cut From Final Film


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Christmas must be soon approaching if we’re talking about Love Actually again. Richard Curtis’ 2003 rom-com has become a Christmas staple over the past decade and has been responsible for more than a few tears over a festive turkey. But a recently rediscovered deleted scene from the film has revealed another heartbreaking storyline which failed to make the final cut.

Emma thompsonEmma Thompson stars in Love Actually.

The storyline involves a stern headmistress, played by Anne Reid, who returns home from work to care for her terminally ill partner Geraldine, played by Frances de la Tour. The two were linked to the wider plot in the film through Emma Thompson's character, whose son was a pupil at Reid's school.

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Burnt Review

Good

Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end it feels so concocted that it's difficult to believe. While there's plenty of potential in the premise, the film becomes distracted by irrelevant subplots that try to stir up some tension but never quite manage it. And for a movie about food, the cuisine is simply too abstract to be mouthwatering.

At the centre is Adam (Bradley Cooper), a bad boy chef whose partying ways ended his high-flying career in Paris. After a period of penance in New Orleans, he moves to London to start again, with the goal of finally getting his elusive third Michelin star. Since he has alienated his friends, he turns to Tony (Daniel Bruhl), a guy who always had a soft spot for him and happens to be running a posh restaurant, which Adam quickly takes over. He rustles up some old colleagues (Omar Sy and Riccardo Scamarcio) and hires hot-shot Helene (Sienna Miller) as his sous chef. But his demanding perfectionism is keeping things from running very smoothly.

This set-up is ripe for both black comedy and soul-searching drama, and yet writer Steven Knight throws in irrelevant sideroads including a mandated therapist (the wonderful Emma Thompson), a bitter rival (a jagged Matthew Rhys), a couple of randomly violent loan sharks and a precocious little girl. Even though the actors do what they can to make every scene intriguing, none of these story elements add anything to the overall film. Still, Cooper holds the movie together with sheer charisma, even if his sudden transition from absolute tyrant to cuddly sweetheart isn't terribly convincing. At least he adds some surprising textures to his scenes, and indulges in sparky banter with those around him. And while Miller is solid in her thankless role, even she can't breathe life into such a thinly developed romance.

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A Walk In The Woods Review

Very Good

Echoing his witty writing style, Bill Bryson's memoir of his trek up the Appalachian Trail is adapted as a gently amusing comedy that combines big landscapes with sharp observational humour. Even though it centres on two old men, the film's message is almost identical to Reese Witherspoon's Wild, except that this movie never preaches at all. Instead, it meanders along with a wry smile and an ear for a snappy punchline.

Bill (Robert Redford) has moved back to America with his English wife Catherine (Emma Thompson) after living in Britain for 20 years. And now he feels the need to reconnect with his homeland. So he decides to hike the 2,100-mile mountain path from Georgia to Maine. Catherine insists that he takes someone with him, but the only volunteer is Katz (Nick Nolte), a wheezing ex-alcoholic with whom Bill deliberately lost touch. Even so, they set off on their walk, having a series of small adventures as they meet other hikers (including the hilariously too-perky Kristen Schaal), flirt with a hotel owner (Mary Steenburgen) and get into a bit of trouble when Katz has a romp with a married woman (Susan McPhail). They also encounter a couple of grizzly bears and find themselves trapped overnight on a narrow mountain ledge.

The question obviously isn't whether or not they complete the epic trek. No, this is a film about how self-discovery continues into old age, and so does the ability to discover new things in the world. Director Ken Kwapis makes the most of the picturesque landscapes, while including superb details that make the journey come to life. Although there are several sequences that were obviously shot in a studio with a fake backdrop and green-screen vistas. And some of the events along the way are badly contrived, dipping into silly slapstick. On the other hand, the running conversation between these two long-time friends is priceless.

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Emma Thompson Joins Greenpeace Protests Over Shell Arctic Drilling


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Emma Thompson has added her voice to the Greenpeace protests occurring outside Shell’s headquarters on London’s Southbank over the last several weeks, helping the demonstrators and telling the attendant media that people needed to “get the f*** involved” in order to prevent damage to the environment.

On Wednesday (September 2nd), the 56 year old actress joined with Greenpeace’s ongoing protests, which have lasted a number of weeks, against Shell’s Arctic drilling programme. It has attracted the attention of top classical musicians who have composed ‘requiems to the Arctic’, and the support of other celebrities such as Charlotte Church.

Emma Thompson GreenpeaceEmma Thompson helping Greenpeace protest outside Shell HQ in London

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Burnt - Teaser Trailer


Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a job and more of a way of life for Adam Jones, who has wanted to become the greatest chef the world has ever seen since as long as he can remember. He was just 16-years-old when he left school to go to Paris and achieve his dream; becoming a Michelin star chef infamous across the Parisian culinary scene. But his rise to success came much too soon, and it wasn't long before his dream began to crumble around him, beaten by a life of drugs, violence, and volatile behaviour. With many of his opponents thinking him dead, he returns to London a new man to reignite his passion, earn a third Michelin star, and open the best restaurant in the world. All he needs is a talented team behind him, who is willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.

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Emma Thompson

Date of birth

15th April, 1959

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Female

Height

1.71


Emma Thompson Movies

Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer

Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer

Bridget has always known how to get herself into a muddle - catastrophic muddles at...

Beauty And The Beast - Teaser Trailer

Beauty And The Beast - Teaser Trailer

Disney have released the new teaser trailer for the remake of the much-loved animated film...

Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer

Bridget Jones's Baby Trailer

After battling the dating scene and finally finding love with Mark Darcy, Bridget Jones is...

Burnt Movie Review

Burnt Movie Review

Strong characters help hold the attention as this overcooked drama develops, but in the end...

A Walk in the Woods Movie Review

A Walk in the Woods Movie Review

Echoing his witty writing style, Bill Bryson's memoir of his trek up the Appalachian Trail...

Burnt Trailer

Burnt Trailer

Restauranteering is not a profession that should be taken lightly. Indeed, it's less of a...

A Walk in The Woods Trailer

A Walk in The Woods Trailer

Bill Bryson has been living in the UK with his English wife for a long...

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Survivor Trailer

Survivor Trailer

The world of counter-intelligence has gotten an awful lot more dangerous. When a visa security...

Men, Women & Children  Movie Review

Men, Women & Children Movie Review

There's a fundamental flaw to this multi-strand social media-themed drama: it's told completely from the...

Effie Gray Movie Review

Effie Gray Movie Review

Based on a notorious true story, this film takes a muted approach that matches the...

Effie Gray Trailer

Effie Gray Trailer

When young Effie Grey (Dakota Fanning) is married to John Ruskin (Greg Wise), a man...

Men, Women & Children Trailer

Men, Women & Children Trailer

One group of very different people - including popular high school teens and their less...

The Love Punch Movie Review

The Love Punch Movie Review

An old-school caper comedy, this goofy romp struggles to surmount its badly contrived screenplay. Fortunately...

The Love Punch Trailer

The Love Punch Trailer

Richard and Kate are middle-class and middle-aged parents who have come to the end of...

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