Emma Thompson biography
The Children Act
Date of Birth: April 15, 1959
Emma Thompson was born in Paddington, England. Acting was in her blood as her father was a stage director and her mother an actress. Thompson started acting while she was still a child and later, when she was taking an English Literature degree at Cambridge, she wrote, directed, and produced the college's first all-female comedy revue.
After graduation, Emma took that comedic sensibility to various comedy clubs around London with her own stand-up act that led to a comedy series on British television. She met her (now ex) husband, actor-director Kenneth Branagh, when she joined his Renaissance Theatre Company. They married a year later and have since divorced.
And yes, she says it's true that she keeps the Academy Award she won for her role in the Merchant Ivory production Howards End in the bathroom of her London house. But at least now it has company as she also won a second Oscar, this time for Best Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility. Her take on whether she's an anomaly or not in the Hollywood food chain is this: "There are a lot of highly intelligent women who can act. There are not too many roles to fill—that's the problem."
Emma has enjoyed a successful career in acting, starring in such popular films as Love Actually (2003), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004), Nanny McPhee (2005) - for which she also wrote the screenplay, Stranger Than Fiction (2006), Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 (2011), Men in Black 3 (2012) and the voice of Elinor in the Disney/Pixar feature Brave (2012).
In 2013, Emma was nominated for a Golden Globe for her portrayal of crusty Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks (2013) opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. Most recently, Emma played the mother of the title character in The Legend of Barney Thomson (2016), despite being only two years older than the actor playing her son, Robert Carlyle. She has since appeared as the hapless lead character's doctor in Bridget Jones's Baby (2016), which she also co-wrote with the author of the Bridget Jones' books, Helen Fielding and Dan Mazur, and joined Emma Watson and Dan Stevens for the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast (2017). In the film, she plays Mrs. Potts.
Most recently, Emma starred in the drama The Children Act(2018) as a high court judge who must preside over a difficult case involving a sick teenage boy.
Emma was first married to actor and director Kenneth Branagh from 1989 until they separated in 1995. She married second husband, co-star Greg Wise, on July 29, 2003. Togther they have a daughter, Gaia Romilly Wise.