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Emma Thompson

Real name: Emma Thompson
Birthdate: April 15, 1959
Status: Dating
Partner: Greg Wise

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Emma Thompson (born 15 April 1959) is an Emmy-, BAFTA- and Academy Award-winning English actress, comedian, and screenwriter. She is also a patron of the Refugee Council.

Thompson was born in Paddington, London, England. Her father, Eric Thompson, was an actor known for narrating the children's TV series The Magic Roundabout. Her mother, Phyllida Law, is a Scottish actress. Thompson's sister is actress Sophie Thompson. Thompson has spent part of her life in Scotland and has stated that she "feel Scottish".

Thompson went to Camden School for Girls and then read English Literature at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she was a member and vice-president of the Footlights comedy club. While there, Thompson dated Footlights member and future actor, Hugh Laurie. After completing her education, she came to fame with a leading role in the West End revival of the musical Me and My Girl, opposite Robert Lindsay, followed by the BBC serial drama, Fortunes of War.

Thompson's first major film role was in a romantic comedy, The Tall Guy (1989). Her career took a more serious turn with a series of critically acclaimed performances and films, beginning with 1992's Howards End (for which she received an Oscar for Best Actress), the part of Gareth Peirce, the lawyer for the Guildford Four, in 1993's In the Name of the Father, The Remains of the Day opposite Anthony Hopkins, and as the British painter Dora Carrington in the film Carrington (1995). She won her next Oscar in 1996, for Best Adapted Screenplay for her screenplay adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, a film in which she also played the Oscar-nominated lead actress role. She has said that she keeps both of her award statues in her downstairs bathroom, citing embarrassment at placing them in a more prominent place.

Thompson's recent television work has included a starring role in the 2001 HBO drama Wit, in which she played a dying cancer victim, and 2003's Angels in America, playing multiple roles, including one of the titular angels. Her Emmy Award was as a guest star in a 1997 episode of the show Ellen; in the episode, she played a fictionalized parody of herself: a closeted lesbian more concerned with the media finding out she's actually American. She also appeared in an episode of Cheers in 1992. Her character, Nanette "Nanny" Gee, was the host of a children's television program and Frasier Crane's first wife.Thompson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

While she was at Cambridge University, Thompson had a romantic relationship with her fellow student, actor Hugh Laurie, who was also a member of the Cambridge Footlights Revue, and now star of the hit show House.

Thompson married Kenneth Branagh, with whom she appeared in Fortunes of War, on August 20, 1989. They appeared together several times, in hit films such as Dead Again, Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing, but were eventually divorced in October 1995. Americans were often surprised and disappointed to find that in Britain, 'Ken and Em' were often attacked by critics and sneered at by satirists, for what was interpreted to be easy, early success.

In 2003, Thompson married actor Greg Wise (who starred with her in Sense and Sensibility) with whom she has a daughter, Gaia Romilly, born in 1999.

Cult BBC TV Series starring Emma and Robbie Coltrane bringing both to national prominence. Written by John Byrne (Scottish artist)


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