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Born April 19, 1959, in London, Emma Thompson is the daughter of actress Phyllida Law. While studying English Literature at Cambridge, Thompson also began acting and got her professional start on BBC sitcoms in the late 1980s.

She made her film debut with 1989's The Tall Guy, followed the same year with Henry V, the first of four films she made with then-husband Kenneth Branagh. She won a Best Actress Academy Award for Howards End and was also nominated for In the Name of the Father, Remains of the Day and Sense and Sensibility.

Her screenplay of Sense and Sensibility also earned Thompson her second Oscar (for Best Adapted Screenplay), making her the first person to win both acting and writing Oscars. After playing a thinly disguised Hilary Clinton in Primary Colors (1998), Thompson also did award-winning work in TV movies, including Wit and Angels in America.

Emma Thompson in A Walk in the Woods

A Walk in the Woods

2015 R

Returning to America after living abroad many years, aging travel writer Bill Bryson decides to focus on his native land by hiking the length of the Appalachian Trail with his long-estranged pal Stephen Katz -- a tottering, wisecracking ex-alcoholic.

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  • Emma Thompson in Love Actually Love Actually
  • Emma Thompson in Barney Thomson Barney Thomson
  • Emma Thompson in Brave Brave
  • Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks Saving Mr. Banks
  • Emma Thompson in The Remains of the Day The Remains of the Day
  • Emma Thompson in Beautiful Creatures Beautiful Creatures
  • Emma Thompson in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Emma Thompson in Nanny McPhee Returns Nanny McPhee Returns
  • Emma Thompson in Burnt Burnt
  • Emma Thompson in Men in Black 3 Men in Black 3
  • Emma Thompson in Primary Colors Primary Colors
  • Emma Thompson in Impromptu Impromptu
  • Emma Thompson in Nanny McPhee Nanny McPhee
  • Emma Thompson in Stranger than Fiction Stranger than Fiction
  • Emma Thompson in Sense and Sensibility Sense and Sensibility
  • Emma Thompson in Pirate Radio Pirate Radio
  • Emma Thompson in An Education An Education
  • Emma Thompson in Much Ado About Nothing Much Ado About Nothing
  • Emma Thompson in In the Name of the Father In the Name of the Father
  • Emma Thompson in Effie Gray Effie Gray
  • Emma Thompson in Brideshead Revisited Brideshead Revisited
  • Emma Thompson in Men, Women & Children Men, Women & Children
  • Emma Thompson in Henry V Henry V
  • Emma Thompson in Wit Wit
  • Emma Thompson in Junior Junior
  • Emma Thompson in Treasure Planet Treasure Planet
  • Emma Thompson in Last Chance Harvey Last Chance Harvey
  • Emma Thompson in The Love Punch The Love Punch
  • Emma Thompson in Carrington Carrington
  • Emma Thompson in Angels in America Angels in America
  • Emma Thompson in Peter's Friends Peter's Friends
  • Emma Thompson in Alfresco Alfresco
  • Emma Thompson in Maybe Baby Maybe Baby
  • Emma Thompson in We Know Where You Live. Live! We Know Where You Live. Live!
  • Emma Thompson in Imagining Argentina Imagining Argentina
  • Emma Thompson in Wrestling with Angels: Tony Kushner Wrestling with Angels: Tony Kushner
  • Emma Thompson in The Song of Lunch The Song of Lunch