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Age: 63

Birthday: 15th April

Emma Thompson 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 Awards, two British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globes, a British Academy Television Award and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Born in London to actors Eric Thompson and Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe. 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) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

For her performance in 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 acclaim came for her portrayal of author P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks (2013), a sexually repressed widow in Good Luck to You, Leo Grande (2022), and Miss Trunchbull in Matilda the Musical (2022).

Other notable film credits include Primary Colors (1998), Love Actually (2003), 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), Late Night (2019), and Cruella (2021). 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.

Our Top 10 Emma Thompson movies...

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

  2. Brave (2007)

  3. Men in Black 3 (2012)

  4. Last Chance Harvey (2008)

  5. Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

  6. The Remains of the Day (1993)

How do you rate Emma Thompson's films?...



Johnny English Strikes Again (2018)


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011)

Men in Black 3 (2012)

Nanny McPhee (2005)

Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang (2010)

Last Chance Harvey (2008)


Sense and Sensibility (1995)


Brave (2007)

Beauty and the Beast (2017)


Men in Black: International (2019)


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