Theme Times – Emma Thompson

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Emma Thompson By Justin Harris

Dame Emma Thompson DBE (born 15 April 1959) is a British actress, screenwriter, activist, author and comedian. She is one of Britain’s most acclaimed actresses and is the recipient of numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, three BAFTA Awards and two Golden Globe Awards.

Born in London to English actor Eric Thompson and Scottish actress Phyllida Law, Thompson was educated at Newnham College, University of Cambridge, where she became a member of the Footlights troupe. After appearing in several comedy programmes, she came to prominence in 1987 in two BBC TV series, Tutti Frutti and Fortunes of War, winning the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress for her work in both series. Her first film role was in the 1989 romantic comedy The Tall Guy. In the early 1990s, she often collaborated with her husband, actor and director Kenneth Branagh. The pair became popular in the British media and co-starred in several films, including Dead Again (1991) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).

In 1992, Thompson won an Academy Award and a BAFTA Award for Best Actress for the period drama Howards End. In 1993, she had dual Academy Award nominations for her roles in The Remains of the Day as the housekeeper of a grand household and In the Name of the Father as a lawyer, becoming the eighth performer in history to be nominated for two acting Oscars in the same year. Thompson scripted and starred in Sense and Sensibility (1995), which earned her numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay—which makes her the only person to receive Academy Awards for acting and writing—and a second BAFTA Award for Best Actress. In 2013, she received acclaim and several award nominations for her portrayal of author P. L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks. Other notable film and television credits include the Harry Potter film series (2004–2011), Wit (2001), Love Actually (2003), Angels in America (2003), Nanny McPhee (2005), Stranger than Fiction (2006), Last Chance Harvey (2008), 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 the BBC/HBO series Years and Years (2019).

I am a huge fan of Emma Thompson as an actress, she is an excellent actress. The first film l ever saw of hers l think was probably 1992’s Howards End and l am not even that sure, how l came to be watching that, but rather suspect it had something to my now ex-wife who was a big fan of Emma long before l was.

The films l saw after that were Much Ado About Nothing and The Remains of the Day both of which l watched because of the main leads as opposed to the secondary leads. But and however, Emma Thompson was cracking in both of those films and it was then that l started to follow her career a little more closely than l had previously.

Below are her – in my opinion – best film roles – they may differ to yours and if they do, l would like to hear which films of hers you enjoyed below – so let me know, fan or not?

The Harry Potter Series – Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 – Order of the Phoenix 2007 – Deathly Hallows Part 2 2011
Harry, Ron and Hermoine return to Hogwarts just as they learn about Sirius Black and his plans to kill Harry. However, when Harry runs into him, he learns that the truth is far from reality.
Much Ado About Nothing – 1993
Hero and Claudio, a much-in-love young couple who are set to get married, trick Benedick and Beatrice into confessing to their real feelings for each other. Their plan works without a hitch.
Primary Colours 1998
In this adaptation of the best-selling roman a clef about Bill Clinton’s 1992 run for the White House, the young and gifted Henry Burton (Adrian Lester) is tapped to oversee the presidential campaign of Gov. Jack Stanton (John Travolta). Burton is pulled into the politician’s colorful world and looks on as Stanton — who has a wandering eye that could be his downfall — contends with his ambitious wife, Susan, (Emma Thompson) and an outspoken adviser, Richard Jemmons (Billy Bob Thornton).
In the Name of the Father – 1993
Gerry Conlon, a young Irish man living in London, is wrongly sentenced to life in prison with his father after the IRA bombing of 1974. He spends the next 15 years trying to prove his innocence.
The Remains of the Day – 1993
James Stevens, a loyal butler to Lord Darlington, grows apprehensive when his master reveals himself to be a Nazi sympathiser prior to the outbreak of World War II.
Sense and Sensibility – 1995
After the death of their father, three young girls find themselves in abject poverty. The responsibility to provide for the family lands on the oldest sisters, who are also dealing with heartbreaks.
Judas Kiss – 1998
The shooting of a U.S. senator’s wife raises the stakes for kidnappers (Simon Baker-Denny, Gil Bellows, Carla Gugino) seeking a hefty ransom for a computer magnate.
Love Actually – 2003
Eight London couples try to deal with their relationships in different ways. Their tryst with love makes them discover how complicated relationships can be.
Nanny McPhee – 2005
Cedric Brown is left with seven mischievous children after the sudden death of his wife. Resultantly, he seeks the help of a nanny with magical powers to control them.
Saving Mr. Banks – 2013
London’s Pamela Travers, a financially crunched author, visits Los Angeles to meet Walt Disney, who is very keen to adapt her ‘Mary Poppins’ for the cinema. But his methods do not meet her approval.
Stranger than Fiction – 2006
Harold’s life is turned upside down by a narration only he can hear. When the voice declares that Harold is facing death, he realises he must find out who it is and persuade it to change his fate.
Wit – 2001
Professor Vivian Bearing (Emma Thompson), an expert on the work of 17th-century British poet John Donne, has spent her adult life contemplating religion and death as literary motifs. Diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer, she consents to an aggressive and experimental form of chemotherapy administered by Dr. Kelekian (Christopher Lloyd) and his assistant, Dr. Posner (Jonathan M. Woodward), her former student. Facing death on a personal level, she reflects on her life and work.

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So there we go folks – Emma Thompson – Fan or Not?

5 thoughts on “Theme Times – Emma Thompson

  1. I’ve only seen Harry Potter and Love Actually but I do like her. So many good movies I’ve missed. I need Hermione’s “Time Turner” gadget😉


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