Emma Thompson

65, from Paddington, London, England, UK

Artwork for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2Image of Emma Thompson

Biography

Dame Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress and screenwriter. Regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation, she has received numerous accolades throughout her career spanning over four decades, including two Academy Awards, three BAFTA Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and a Primetime Emmy Award. In 2018, she was made a Dame (DBE) by Queen Elizabeth II for services to drama.

Born to actors Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe, and appeared in the comedy sketch series Alfresco (1983–1984). 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 (1989), Dead Again (1991), and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

For her performance in the Merchant-Ivory period drama Howards End (1992), Thompson won the BAFTA Award and the Academy Award for Best Actress. In 1993, she received two Academy Award nominations—Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress—for the respective roles of the housekeeper of a grand household in The Remains of the Day and a lawyer in In the Name of the Father, becoming one of the few actors to achieve this feat. Thompson wrote and starred in Sense and Sensibility (1995), 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 (1998), Love Actually (2003), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Late Night (2019), and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022).

Other notable film credits include the Harry Potter series (2004–2011), Nanny McPhee (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), An Education (2009), Men in Black 3 (2012) and the spin-off Men in Black: International (2019), Brave (2012), Beauty and the Beast (2017), Cruella (2021), and Matilda the Musical (2022). Her television credits include Wit (2001), Angels in America (2003), The Song of Lunch (2010), King Lear (2018) and Years and Years (2019). Authorised by the publishers of Beatrix Potter, Thompson has also written three Peter Rabbit children's books.

Timeline

2026Future projects

2025Future projects

  • Poster for Bridget Jones: Mad About the Boy

    Dr. Rawlings

2023Aged 64

  • Poster for What's Love Got to Do with It?

    Cath

  • Poster for Merchant Ivory

    Self

2022Aged 63

  • Poster for Good Luck to You, Leo Grande

    Nancy Stokes

  • Poster for The Fringe, Fame and Me

    Self

  • Poster for Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical

    Agatha Trunchbull

  • Poster for The Laughter & Secrets of 'Love Actually': 20 Years Later

    Self

2021Aged 62

  • Poster for Hannibal Hopkins & Sir Anthony

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Cruella

    The Baroness

  • Poster for An Audience with Adele

    Self

2020Aged 61

  • Poster for Dolittle

    Poly (voice)

  • Poster for How to Build a Girl

    Amanda

2019Aged 60

  • Poster for Late Night

    Katherine Newbury

  • Poster for Missing Link

    Dora the Yeti Elder (voice)

  • Poster for Men in Black: International

    Agent O

  • Poster for Hollywood's Dark Secret

    Self

  • Poster for Extinction

    (Unknown)

  • Poster for Last Christmas

    Petra Andrich

  • Poster for Ponyboi

    Co-Producer

2018Aged 59

  • Poster for King Lear

    Goneril

  • Poster for The Children Act

    Fiona Maye

  • Poster for Greenpeace: There's a Rang-Tan in My Bedroom

    Narrator (voice)

  • Poster for Beyond Boundaries: The Harvey Weinstein Scandal

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Johnny English Strikes Again

    Prime Minister

2017Aged 58

  • Poster for Beauty and the Beast

    Mrs. Potts

  • Poster for The Meyerowitz Stories

    Maureen Meyerowitz

  • Poster for Sea Sorrow

    Self

2016Aged 57

2015Aged 56

  • Poster for The Legend of Barney Thomson

    Cemolina

  • Poster for A Walk in the Woods

    Catherine Bryson

  • Poster for Burnt

    Dr. Rosshilde

  • Poster for Sainsbury's: Mog's Christmas Calamity

    Narrator (voice)

2014Aged 55

  • Poster for The Love Punch

    Kate Jones

  • Poster for The Real Mary Poppins

    Self

  • Poster for And the Oscar Goes To...

    Self (archive footage)

  • Poster for Effie Gray

    Lady Eastlake

  • Poster for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

    Mrs. Lovett

  • Poster for Men, Women & Children

    Narrator (voice)

2013Aged 54

  • Poster for Beautiful Creatures

    Mrs. Lincoln / Sarafine Duchannes

  • Poster for Saving Mr. Banks

    P.L. Travers

2012Aged 53

  • Poster for Men in Black 3

    Agent O

  • Poster for Walking the Dogs

    The Queen

  • Poster for Brave

    Elinor (voice)

2011Aged 52

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2

    Sybill Trelawney

  • Poster for When Harry Left Hogwarts

    Self

2010Aged 51

  • Poster for Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

    Nanny McPhee

  • Poster for The Song of Lunch

    She

  • Poster for Fry and Laurie Reunited

    Self

2009Aged 50

  • Poster for The Boat That Rocked

    Charlotte

  • Poster for An Education

    Headmistress

2008Aged 49

  • Poster for Brideshead Revisited

    Lady Marchmain

  • Poster for Last Chance Harvey

    Kate Walker

2007Aged 48

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

    Sybill Trelawney

  • Poster for Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out

    Self

  • Poster for I Am Legend

    Dr. Alice Krippin

2006Aged 47

  • Poster for Stranger Than Fiction

    Karen Eiffel

2005Aged 46

  • Poster for Nos Bastidores de Hollywood

    Self

  • Poster for Nanny McPhee

    Nanny McPhee

  • Poster for A Tribute To Ismail Merchant

    Self (archive footage)

2004Aged 45

  • Poster for Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

    Sybill Trelawney

2003Aged 44

  • Poster for Love Actually

    Karen

  • Poster for Imagining Argentina

    Cecilia Rueda

2002Aged 43

  • Poster for Treasure Planet

    Captain Amelia (voice)

2001Aged 42

  • Poster for Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw

    Self

  • Poster for The Remains of the Day: The Filmmaker's Journey

    Self

  • Poster for Wit

    Vivian Bearing

  • Poster for Love & Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day'

    Self

2000Aged 41

  • Poster for Maybe Baby

    Druscilla

1998Aged 39

  • Poster for Primary Colors

    Susan Stanton

  • Poster for Judas Kiss

    FBI Agent Sadie Hawkins

  • Eight

    Thanks

1997Aged 38

  • Poster for Hospital!

    Elephant Woman

  • Poster for The Winter Guest

    Frances

1995Aged 36

  • Poster for Carrington

    Dora Carrington

  • Poster for Sense and Sensibility

    Elinor Dashwood

1994Aged 35

  • Poster for My Father the Hero

    Isabel (uncredited)

  • Poster for The Blue Boy

    Marie Bonnar

  • Poster for Junior

    Dr. Diana Reddin

1993Aged 34

  • Poster for Much Ado About Nothing

    Beatrice

  • Poster for The Remains of the Day

    Miss Kenton

  • Poster for In the Name of the Father

    Gareth Peirce

1992Aged 33

  • Poster for Howards End

    Margaret Schlegel

  • Poster for Peter's Friends

    Maggie Chester

1991Aged 32

  • Poster for Impromptu

    Duchess D'Antan

  • Poster for Dead Again

    Margaret Strauss / Grace

1989Aged 30

1984Aged 25

  • Poster for Slags

    Young Woman

1983Aged 24

1982Aged 23

  • Poster for The Cellar Tapes

    various