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Emma Thompson Net Worth, Wiki & Biography in 2017

Emma Thompson was born on 15 April 1959, in Paddington, London UK, of English and Scottish (mother) descent.Emma Thompson is an extremely well-known British actress who has made a successful career, starring in a long list of films that made her very popular, often in period dramas and literary adaptions. but is also known for her natural, often self-deprecating sense of humour, and in fact used to be a comedian. Besides being an actress, Emma is also a screenwriter, and so not only is she one of the most famous UK actresses today, but she is also quite wealthy.

So how rich is Emma Thompson and how did she become so wealthy? It is estimated that Emma’s net worth reaches $64 million, which she has accumulated through acting and screenwriting during a career in the entertainment industry spanning more than 30 years.

Emma Thompson Net Worth $64 Million

Emma Thompson was born into a theatrical family; both her father Eric Thompson and mother Phyllida Law were actors, her mother subsequently starring with Emma in several films. Emma was educated at Camden School for Girls, and then graduated with a BA in English Literature from Newnham College, Cambridge University. While studying, she also made her debut in 1982 when she appeared in the comedy sketch show Cambridge Footlights Revue, with such notable celebrities as Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, with whom she collaborated later in TV shows. She then toured with the stage version of the popular TV series ‘Not the Nine O’Clock News’.

Since then Emma Thompson has appeared in a number of television series such as ‘The Fortunes of War’, ‘Tutti Frutti’, and ‘Thompson’, the latter self-written too, but not very successful. Thompson’s early filmography also includes a few television films such as ‘Wit’, ‘The Song of Lunch’, and ‘Walking the Dogs’. In 1989 she appeared in the British film ‘Henry V’ as Katharine, daughter of Charles VI.All these activities improved her net worth considerably.

However, Emma rose to prominence in 1989 through her performance in the film ‘The Tall Guy’, featuring Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson. This role significantly increased Emma Thompson’s popularity and net worth. She has subsequently starred in many successful films, including ‘The Remains of the Day’ with Anthony Hopkins, ‘In the Name of the Father’, with Daniel Day-Lewis, ‘Love Actually’ together with an ensemble cast of well-known celebrities, and in three of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of films.

Emma has also won a number of awards. In 1992 for her performance in the film ‘Howards End’ she won the Academy Award for The Best Actress. The movie ‘Sense and Sensibility’, a screen adaptation of the novel by Jane Austen, earned Thompson a BAFTA award for Best Actress.

In addition though, Emma is a versatile personality, whose career revolves not only around cinema and television but also in theatre. She has starred in eight plays, ranging from ‘Henry V’ to, in 2014, starring in the musical ‘Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street’, portraying Mrs. Lovett.

Throughout her acting career Emma Thompson has built a loyal fanbase and has become a household name in the cinema. This is unsurprising as she has appeared in over 40 films and more than 20 TV productions, as well as continuing to perform on the stage. All of her performances have contributed to her net worth

Emma Thompson proved herself not only as a professional actress but also as a successful writer. As a screenwriter, Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay for the film ‘Sense and Sensibility’. which won her an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Moreover, in 2012 Thompson also wrote ‘The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit’, the sequel to The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter. and the book was a bestseller. Another book ‘The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit’ appeared in 2013. Consequently, these involvements added significantly to the total amount of Emma Thompson’s net worth.

In her personal life, Emma Thompson has been married twice. Her first husband was Kenneth Branagh, whom she married in 1989 but divorced in 1995. Since 2003 Thompson has been married to Greg Wise. Together they have two children, daughter Gaia Romilly Wise and an adopted son Tindyebwa Agaba Wise.

Emma Thompson information

Emma Thompson information

Birth date: April 15, 1959 age 56
Birth place: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height:5 ft 7 in (1.71 m)
Profession:Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Author, Voice Actor, Film Producer
Nationality:United Kingdom
Spouse:Greg Wise (m. 2003), Kenneth Branagh (m. 1989–1995)
Children:Tindyebwa Agaba Wise, Gaia Romilly Wise
Parents:Eric Thompson, Phyllida Law
Siblings:Sophie Thompson

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Yeh Din Ka Kissa2017post-production
Beauty and the Beast2017completedMrs. Potts
The Children Actpost-productionFiona Maye
High Road2016TV Series shortEmma Thompson
The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers' War on Climate Science2016ShortNarrator (voice)
Bridget Jones's Baby2016Dr. Rawlings
Alone in Berlin2016Anna Quangel
Burnt2015/IDr Rosshilde
Barney Thomson2015Cemolina
Love Song2015Short
A Walk in the Woods2015Catherine Bryson
Effie Gray2014Lady Eastlake
Live from Lincoln Center2014TV SeriesMrs. Lovett
Men, Women & Children2014Narrator (voice)
Saving Mr. Banks2013P.L. Travers
The Love Punch2013Kate
Beautiful Creatures2013Mrs. Lincoln Sarafine
Brave2012Elinor (voice)
Playhouse Presents2012TV SeriesThe Queen
Men in Black 32012Agent O
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 22011Professor Sybil Trelawney
The Song of Lunch2010TV MovieShe
Nanny McPhee Returns2010Nanny McPhee
Pirate Radio2009Charlotte
An Education2009Headmistress
Last Chance Harvey2008Kate Walker
Brideshead Revisited2008Lady Marchmain
I Am Legend2007Dr. Alice Krippin (uncredited)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix2007Sybil Trelawney
Stranger Than Fiction2006Karen Eiffel
Nanny McPhee2005Nanny McPhee
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Professor Sybil Trelawney
Angels in America2003TV Mini-SeriesNurse Emily The Angel Homeless Woman
Imagining Argentina2003Cecilia Rueda
Love Actually2003Karen
Treasure Planet2002Video GameCaptain Amelia (voice)
Treasure Planet2002Captain Amelia (voice)
Sense and Sensibility: Deleted Scenes2002Video shortElinor Dashwood (uncredited)
Wit2001TV MovieVivian Bearing
Maybe Baby2000Druscilla
Judas Kiss1998FBI Agent Sadie Hawkins
Primary Colors1998Susan Stanton
Ellen1997TV SeriesEmma Thompson
The Winter Guest1997Frances
Hospital!1997TV MovieElephant Woman
Sense and Sensibility1995Elinor Dashwood
Carrington1995Dora Carrington
Junior1994Dr. Diana Reddin
The Blue Boy1994TV MovieMarie Bonnar
My Father the Hero1994Isabel (uncredited)
In the Name of the Father1993Gareth Peirce
The Remains of the Day1993Miss Kenton
Much Ado About Nothing1993Beatrice
Peter's Friends1992Maggie Chester
Howards End1992Margaret Schlegel
Cheers1992TV SeriesNanny G
Dead Again1991Grace Margaret Strauss
Impromptu1991Duchess D'Antan
Look Back in Anger1989TV MovieAlison Porter
Henry V1989Princess Katherine de Valois
Theatre Night1989TV SeriesJenny Wilbur / Catherine Winslow
The Tall Guy1989Kate
Thompson1988TV SeriesVarious roles
Fortunes of War1987TV Mini-SeriesHarriet Pringle
Tutti Frutti1987TV Mini-SeriesSuzi Kettles
Emma Thompson: Up for Grabs1985TV Movie
Assaulted Nuts1985TV SeriesVarious
Alfresco1983-1984TV SeriesVarious Characters / Patronising Woman / Sherri / ...
The Young Ones1984TV SeriesMiss Money-Sterling
The Comic Strip Presents...1984TV SeriesYoung Woman
The Crystal Cube1983TV MovieJackie Meld / Various roles
There's Nothing to Worry About!1982TV SeriesMrs. Wally / Sue / Receptionist / ...
Cambridge Footlights Revue1982TV MovieVarious Characters

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Bridget Jones's Baby2016screenplay
Effie Gray2014written by
Nanny McPhee Returns2010written by
Nanny McPhee2005screenplay
Pride & Prejudice2005additional dialogue - uncredited
Wit2001TV Movie teleplay
Sense and Sensibility1995screenplay
ThompsonTV Series 5 episodes, 1988 writer - 1 episode, 1988
Emma Thompson: Up for Grabs1985TV Movie
Alfresco1983-1984TV Series additional material - 2 episodes
An Evening for Nicaragua1983TV Special
There's Nothing to Worry About!1982TV Series written by - 3 episodes
Cambridge Footlights Revue1982TV Movie

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Saving Mr. Banks2013performer: "Let's Go Fly a Kite"
Brave2012performer: "Noble Maiden Fair"
Peter's Friends1992performer: "The Way You Look Tonight", "Orpheus In the Underworld"
Cheers1992TV Series performer - 1 episode
Thompson1988TV Series performer - 1 episode
Alfresco1983TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sold2016executive producer
Nanny McPhee Returns2010executive producer
The Journey2009/IIIShort executive producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Paddington2014special thanks for helping with the screenplay
Ministry & Nightmare2013Short special thanks
Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story2009Documentary thanks
Le concert2009thanks
Pride & Prejudice2005special thanks
Eight1998Short thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Resurrection of Victor Jara2015DocumentaryHerself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (credit only)
Today2015TV SeriesHerself
Live with Kelly and Michael2006-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Graham Norton Show2013-2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Good Morning America2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
EE British Academy Film Awards: The Red Carpet Show2014TV SpecialHerself
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter: Supporting Actor
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter / Nominee
E! Live from the Red Carpet2014TV SeriesHerself
19th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
2014 Golden Globe Arrivals Special2014TV SpecialHerself - Interviewee
71st Golden Globe Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Presenter / Nominee (uncredited)
Effie Gray: Interview with Emma Thompson2014Video documentary shortHerself / Lady Eastlake
The Hollywood Reporter Roundtables2013TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman1993-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Inside Edition2013TV Series documentaryHerself
The Culture Show2006-2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2003-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Morning2005-2013TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Loose Women2012TV SeriesHerself
The Big Picture2012TV SeriesHerself
Men in Black 3: Building a Better Alien - Inside the World of Rick Baker2012Documentary shortHerself
Shakespeare in Italy2012TV Series documentaryHerself
MSN Exclusives2012TV SeriesHerself (2013)
The Jonathan Ross Show2012TV SeriesHerself - Guest
La hora de José Mota2010-2011TV SeriesHerself
Fry and Laurie Reunited2010TV Movie documentaryHerself
Thompson and the Magic Roundabout2010Video documentary shortHerself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2010TV SeriesHerself
The Daily Show2010TV SeriesHerself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2006-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1994-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Mike Nichols2010TV MovieHerself
Janela Indiscreta2010TV SeriesHerself
Cinema 32010TV SeriesHerself
Días de cine2010TV SeriesHerself
Wetten, dass..?2010TV SeriesHerself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross2005-2010TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Xposé2009-2010TV SeriesHerself
Live from Studio Five2010TV SeriesHerself
2010 Britannia Awards2010TV SpecialHerself
2010 Britannia Awards: Red Carpet2010TV SpecialHerself
Los desayunos de TVE2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The View2006-2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Gomorron1995-2009TV SeriesHerself / Last Chance Harvey
An Unconventional Love Story: The Making of Last Chance Harvey2009Video shortHerself
QI2009TV SeriesHerself
La nuit des Césars2009TV Series documentaryHerself
Tavis Smiley2009TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards2009TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical & Presenter: Best Director
Richard & Judy2005-2008TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Stephen Fry: 50 Not Out2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Biography2007TV Series documentaryHerself
The Hidden Secrets of Harry Potter2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Happy Birthday Elton! From Madison Square Garden, New York2007TV MovieHerself
Comic Relief 2007: The Big One2007TV SpecialHerself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006-2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Close Up2006TV SeriesHerself - Interviewee / Actress
Film '721996-2006TV SeriesHerself
Clive James Talking in the Library2006TV SeriesHerself
The Tony Danza Show2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
GMTV2005-2006TV SeriesHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2006TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHerself
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHerself - Presenter
Timeshift2005TV Series documentaryHerself - Interviewee
HBO First Look2004TV Series documentaryHerself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
HARDtalk2003TV SeriesHerself
Charlie Rose1994-2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Parkinson2003TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Der Filmemacher Ang Lee2003TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Storytellers2003Video documentary shortHerself / Karen
Anthony Hopkins: A Taste for Hannibal2002TV MovieHerself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV Special
Breaking the Silence: The Making of 'Hannibal'2001Video documentaryHerself - N.Y. Premiere
We Know Where You Live2001TV MovieHerself
Blind Loyalty, Hollow Honor: England's Fatal Flaw2001Video documentary shortHerself
The Remains of the Day: The Filmmaker's Journey2001Video documentary shortHerself
Junket Whore1998DocumentaryHerself
Bravo Profiles: The Entertainment Business1998TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself
B-Roll1998Video shortHerself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1997TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Very Important Pennis1996TV SeriesHerself
The 49th Bafta Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture and Presenter: Best Actor in a TV Series
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay / Presenter: Best Art Direction / Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Screenplay & Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
In Ismail's Custody1994Video documentaryActress
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominated: Best Actress in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role and Presenter: Best Actor in a Leading Role
The 9th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Female Lead
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHerself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama & Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Love and Loyalty: The Making of 'The Remains of the Day'1993TV Movie documentaryHerself
Larry King Live1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Showbiz Today1993TV SeriesHerself
The Frost Programme1993TV SeriesHerself
The 65th Annual Academy Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Leading Role
Breakfast News1993TV SeriesHerself
The Making of 'In the Name of the Father'1993Documentary shortGareth Peirce
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Best Actress in a Motion Picture Drama
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1991TV SeriesHerself - Guest
A Night of Comic Relief 21989TV SpecialHerself
A Royal Night of One Hundred Stars1985TV SpecialHerself
Royal Variety Performance 19841984TV MovieHerself
Friday Night, Saturday Morning1979-1980TV SeriesHerself
Time Presents: Milestones 2016 - A Tribute to the Stars We've Lost2016TV Movie documentaryHerself
To the Ends of the Earth2016DocumentaryNarrator

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight2016TV SeriesHerself
Welcome to the Basement2015TV SeriesSusan Stanton
Lennon or McCartney2014Documentary shortHerself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon2014TV SeriesHerself
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Graham Norton Show2014TV SeriesHerself
Effie Gray: Interview with Dakota Fanning2014Video documentary shortLady Eastlake (uncredited)
My Favourite Joke2011TV SeriesMiss Money-Sterling
The Many Faces of...2010TV Series documentarySuzi Kettles
Del corto a Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
Premio Donostia a Antonio Banderas2008TV SpecialCecilia Rueda
Strictly Courtroom2008TV Movie documentaryGareth Peirce (uncredited)
TV's Believe It or Not2008TV Movie documentaryHerself (uncredited)
A Brief History of Merchant and Ivory2007Video documentary shortMargaret Schlegel (uncredited)
Cámara negra. Teatro Victoria Eugenia2007TV Short documentaryHerself
Comedy Connections2007TV Series documentaryKate Lemmon
Room 1012007TV SeriesHerself
University Challenge: The Story So Far2006TV Movie documentaryMiss Money Sterling (uncredited)
Wrestling with Angels: Playwright Tony Kushner2006DocumentaryThe Angel of America
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesCecilia Rueda
Creating the Vision2004Video documentary shortProf. Sybil Trelawney (uncredited)
Épreuves d'artistes2004TV Movie documentaryHerself
101 Biggest Celebrity Oops2004TV Special documentaryHerself - #93 Celebrity Rejections: Basic Instinct
Before They Were Stars1996TV SeriesHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ComedyThe Legend of Barney Thomson (2015)
2016Parajanov-Vartanov Institute AwardParajanov-Vartanov Institute Awards.To the Ends of the Earth (2016)
2015BAFTA Scotland AwardBAFTA Awards, ScotlandBest Actress - FilmThe Legend of Barney Thomson (2015)
2014Richard Harris AwardBritish Independent Film Awards
2014Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013Lifetime Achievement AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards

For her eclecticism in switching from period films to fantasy genre, to contemporary settings. And ... More

2010Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 6 August 2010. At 6714 Hollywood Blvd.
2009Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryLast Chance Harvey (2008)· Dustin Hoffman
2009Acting and Activism AwardWomen Film Critics Circle Awards"For her work on and off screen against sex trafficking"
2004Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActressLove Actually (2003)
2004Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressLove Actually (2003)
2004ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearLove Actually (2003)
2003Muse AwardNew York Women in Film & Television
2002Christopher AwardChristopher AwardsTelevision & CableWit (2001)· Mike Nichols (director/writer/executive producer)
· Simon Bosanquet (producer)
· Julie Lynn (co-producer)
· Charles F. Ryan (co-producer)
· Michael Haley (co-producer)
· Cary Brokaw (executive producer)
2001Humanitas PrizeHumanitas Prize90 Minute or Longer Cable CategoryWit (2001)· Mike Nichols
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Writing of a Motion Picture or MiniseriesWit (2001)
2001Best ActressValladolid International Film FestivalWit (2001)
1998Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEllen (1994)
1997Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1997ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Screenwriter of the YearSense and Sensibility (1995)
1997Pasinetti AwardVenice Film FestivalBest ActressThe Winter Guest (1997)
1996Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1996USC Scripter AwardUSC Scripter AwardSense and Sensibility (1995)· Jane Austen (author)
1996WGA Award (Screen)Writers Guild of America, USABest Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996Writers' Guild of Great Britain AwardWriters' Guild of Great BritainFilm - ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or PublishedSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Screenplay - Motion PictureSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Leading RoleSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Adapted ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1995BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1995LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1995NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1995STFC AwardSociety of Texas Film Critics AwardsBest ActressSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995STFC AwardSociety of Texas Film Critics AwardsBest Screenplay, AdaptedSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995Yoga AwardYoga AwardsWorst Foreign Actressfor her body of work
1994DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)The Remains of the Day (1993)
1994Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressMuch Ado About Nothing (1993)
1993CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1993DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1993DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)Howards End (1992)
1993Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1993KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Remains of the Day (1993)
1993KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActressIn the Name of the Father (1993)
1993ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearHowards End (1992)
1993NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest ActressHowards End (1992)
1993SEFCA AwardSoutheastern Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1993OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleHowards End (1992)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaHowards End (1992)
1993BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1992BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1992KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1992LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1992NBR AwardNational Board of Review, USABest ActressHowards End (1992)
1992NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressHowards End (1992)
1988BAFTA TV AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressTutti Frutti (1987)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Mommie Dearest Worst Screen Mom of the Year AwardWomen Film Critics Circle AwardsThe Legend of Barney Thomson (2015)
2015Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Love Punch (2013)· Pierce Brosnan
2015CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Actress - International CompetitionSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressSweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - In Concert with the New York Philharmonic (2014)
2015OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Female Performance in a Fiction ProgramLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
2015Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a MovieLive from Lincoln Center (1976)
2014Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014DFCS AwardDenver Film Critics SocietyBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsLead ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Jupiter AwardJupiter AwardBest International ActressBeautiful Creatures (2013)
2014ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Actress of the YearBeautiful Creatures (2013)
2014NCFCA AwardNorth Carolina Film Critics AssociationBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Music, Adapted SongSaving Mr. Banks (2013)· Richard M. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Robert B. Sherman (music and lyrics by)
· Jason Schwartzman (performed by)
· B.J. Novak (performed by)
· Bradley Whitford (performed by)
2014ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2014BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Leading ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013DFCCDublin Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013Golden SchmoesGolden Schmoes AwardsBest Actress of the YearSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013IGN AwardIGN Summer Movie AwardsBest Movie ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite Movie Icon
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSaving Mr. Banks (2013)· Tom Hanks
· Annie Rose Buckley
· Colin Farrell
· Paul Giamatti
· Ruth Wilson
· Jason Schwartzman
· B.J. Novak
· Bradley Whitford
· Kathy Baker
· Melanie Paxson
· Rachel Griffiths
· Ronan Vibert
2013SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Motion PictureSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2013WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressSaving Mr. Banks (2013)
2012ACCA TVAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a TV Movie or MiniseriesThe Song of Lunch (2010)
2012Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieThe Song of Lunch (2010)
2010ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion PictureAn Education (2009)· Dominic Cooper
· Alfred Molina
· Carey Mulligan
· Rosamund Pike
· Peter Sarsgaard
· Olivia Williams
2009ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleAn Education (2009)· Carey Mulligan
· Peter Sarsgaard
· Alfred Molina
· Rosamund Pike
· Cara Seymour
· Dominic Cooper
· Olivia Williams
2009Audience AwardIrish Film and Television AwardsBest International ActressBrideshead Revisited (2008)
2009ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearBrideshead Revisited (2008)
2009Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalLast Chance Harvey (2008)
2008EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsWomen's Image Award
2008EDA Female Focus AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsActress Defying Age and AgeismLast Chance Harvey (2008)
2008British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Supporting ActressBrideshead Revisited (2008)
2008Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting RoleBrideshead Revisited (2008)
2007Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressStranger Than Fiction (2006)
2007Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Supporting ActressStranger Than Fiction (2006)
2007ALFS AwardLondon Critics Circle Film AwardsBritish Supporting Actress of the YearStranger Than Fiction (2006)
2006EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest Actress in a Comedic PerformanceStranger Than Fiction (2006)
2004Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryLove Actually (2003)· Alan Rickman
2004Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Lead ActressAngels in America (2003)
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLove Actually (2003)
2004PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest Ensemble ActingLove Actually (2003)· Hugh Grant
· Colin Firth
· Sienna Guillory
· Liam Neeson
· Lulu Popplewell
· Kris Marshall
· Heike Makatsch
· Martin Freeman
· Joanna Page
· Chiwetel Ejiofor
· Andrew Lincoln
· Keira Knightley
· Nina Sosanya
· Martine McCutcheon
· Laura Linney
· Thomas Brodie-Sangster
· Alan Rickman
· Rodrigo Santoro
· Rowan Atkinson
· Claudia Schiffer
· Bill Nighy
· Gregor Fisher
· Rory MacGregor
· Carla Vasconcelos
· Shannon Elizabeth
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalLove Actually (2003)
2004Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Actress in a Supporting Role in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAngels in America (2003)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieAngels in America (2003)
2004BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting RoleLove Actually (2003)
2003AnnieAnnie AwardsOutstanding Voice Acting in an Animated Feature ProductionTreasure Planet (2002)
2003OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesAngels in America (2003)
2002Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest Actress in a Picture Made for TelevisionWit (2001)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWit (2001)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or MiniseriesWit (2001)
2002Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWit (2001)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actress in a Motion Picture or MiniseriesWit (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a MovieWit (2001)
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a MovieWit (2001)· Mike Nichols (writer)
1999American Comedy AwardAmerican Comedy Awards, USAFunniest Actress in a Motion Picture (Leading Role)Primary Colors (1998)
1999Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Actress - DramaPrimary Colors (1998)
1998British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest Performance by a British Actress in an Independent FilmThe Winter Guest (1997)
1998Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressThe Winter Guest (1997)
1998Outstanding European Achievement in World CinemaEuropean Film AwardsPrimary Colors (1998)
1998OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actress in a Comedy SeriesEllen (1994)
1997European Film AwardEuropean Film AwardsEuropean Actress of the YearThe Winter Guest (1997)
1996CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ScreenplaySense and Sensibility (1995)
1996Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest ActressSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996DavidDavid di Donatello AwardsBest Foreign Actress (Migliore Attrice Straniera)Sense and Sensibility (1995)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading RoleSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a CastSense and Sensibility (1995)· Hugh Grant
· Alan Rickman
· Kate Winslet
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaSense and Sensibility (1995)
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Screenplay - AdaptedSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Actress in a Leading RoleSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleSense and Sensibility (1995)· Kate Winslet
· Hugh Grant
· Alan Rickman
· Elizabeth Spriggs
· Gemma Jones
· Harriet Walter
· Emilie François
· Greg Wise
· Imogen Stubbs
1995NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressSense and Sensibility (1995)
1995Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or MusicalJunior (1994)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressThe Remains of the Day (1993)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Female LeadMuch Ado About Nothing (1993)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Leading RoleThe Remains of the Day (1993)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actress in a Supporting RoleIn the Name of the Father (1993)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - DramaThe Remains of the Day (1993)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureIn the Name of the Father (1993)
1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest ActressThe Remains of the Day (1993)
1992Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleImpromptu (1991)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsTV Movie/Mini Actress of the DecadeWit (2001)
1996Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest ActressCarrington (1995)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest ActressThe Remains of the Day (1993)

TitleSalary
Junior (1994)$1,500,000

#Fact
1Along with Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx and Cate Blanchett, she is one of only eleven actors to receive Academy Award nominations in two acting categories in the same year. She was nominated for Best Actress for The Remains of the Day (1993) and Best Supporting Actress for In the Name of the Father (1993) at the 66th Academy Awards in 1994. Hunter was likewise nominated for both awards at the 66th Academy Awards, winning Best Actress for The Piano (1993).
2Shares her birthday with her Harry Potter co-star Emma Watson (April 15).
3When she won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in Howards End (1992), she received that from Sir Anthony Hopkins, who had been her co-star in that movie. The next year, she presented the Best Actor Oscar to Tom Hanks for his performance in Philadelphia (1993). The two would co-star in Saving Mr. Banks (2013).
4Is the only cast member to have a Shakespearian role directly after a British premiere attendance, upon the same day as the role other co-stars matched Emma Thompson's attended/support of a Shakespeare themed event. [May 1989]
5She appeared in four films directed by her then husband Kenneth Branagh: Henry V (1989), Dead Again (1991), Peter's Friends (1992) and Much Ado About Nothing (1993).
6Both of her Oscars were presented to her by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
7Did an uncredited final polishing of the script for Paddington (2014).
8Was the 105th actress to receive an Academy Award; she won the Best Actress Oscar for Howards End (1992) at The 65th Annual Academy Awards (1993) on March 29, 1993.
9As of 2017, has appeared in five films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Howards End (1992), In the Name of the Father (1993), The Remains of the Day (1993), Sense and Sensibility (1995) and An Education (2009).
10Has won two Oscars and at both ceremonies, her statuettes were presented to her by frequent co-star Sir Anthony Hopkins.
11Thompson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tilda Swinton, Marion Cotillard, Tom Hanks, Daniel Brühl, Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams are the only actors to receive a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA and Critics' Choice Award nomination for the same performance and then fail to be Oscar-nominated for it: for their performances in Saving Mr. Banks (2013), The Departed (2006), We Need to Talk About Kevin (2011), Rust and Bone (2012), Captain Phillips (2013), Rush (2013),Nightcrawler (2014) and Arrival (2016), respectively.
12According to a 2012 Guardian profile of Emma Thompson, in 2003, she and Greg Wise (who had already had their daughter, Gaia), informally adopted a teenage boy. Their son, Tindyebwa ("Tindy") Agaba, was a former child soldier from Rwanda whom Thompson first met when he was 16 at a party for the charity organization the Refugee Council. Tindy's family had died before or during the Rwandan genocide, and after he escaped from his forced child soldier-hood, he lived on the streets of London before receiving aid from the Refugee Council.
13Has been best friends with Simon McBurney ever since they were teenagers.
14Several of her Harry Potter castmates have appeared in her Nanny McPhee films as well: Imelda Staunton, Kelly Macdonald, Ralph Fiennes, Maggie Smith and Rhys Ifans.
15Prior to giving birth to her daughter Gaia in 1999, Thompson became pregnant by her then-husband Kenneth Branagh in 1994 and partner Greg Wise in 1997; she suffered miscarriages on both occasions. Thompson and Wise used IVF to conceive Gaia.
16On August 7, 2010, she was awarded a Star (#2416) on the Hollywood Walk of Fame right outside the 'British' landmark pub the Pig 'n' Whistle. Longtime friend Hugh Laurie was on hand to deliver fond words of commendation.
17First experience of Los Angeles occurred in 1973 when, at age 14, she accompanied her father Eric Thompson who was scheduled to direct a theatrical production of Alan Ayckbourn's "The Norman Conquests" at the Ahmanson Theatre. Coincidentally, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (adjacent to the Ahmanson) would be where, 20 years on, Thompson was awarded her first Best Actress Oscar for Howards End (1992) in 1993.
18Met husband-to-be Greg Wise on the set of Sense and Sensibility (1995).
19She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on August 6, 2010. Among those who helped her celebrate were Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Laurie.
20Good friends with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hayley Atwell.
21Returned to work eight months after giving birth to her daughter Gaia in order to begin filming Wit (2001).
22Ex-sister-in-law of Joyce Branagh.
23Whilst working on the Oscar winning script for Sense and Sensibility (1995), Emma's computer developed a serious problem and she was unable to locate the file. She took the computer to Stephen Fry who, after seven hours, finally managed to retrieve the script.
24Was to executive produce the film "Johnny Hit and Run Pauline", that was to be written and directed by Fay Efrosini Lellios (1998). Actors Sherilyn Fenn, Kate Winslet, Rufus Sewell, Miranda Richardson and Paul McGann were involved in the project. The shooting was set to start in June 1998 in New Hampshire. The film was canceled due to financial withdrawal.
25Though she is not seen in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) after her character is fired, it is her voice that speaks the prophecy that Harry retrieves at the film's ending.
26Good friends with Meryl Streep after starring with her in Angels in America (2003).
27Was considered for the lead role of Emma Peel in the high-profile film adaptation of The Avengers (1998), which went to Uma Thurman.
28Won both of her Oscars for films that also featured actors she would work with again in the Harry Potter films. Helena Bonham Carter, who appeared in Howards End (1992), also played Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007). Alan Rickman, who appeared in Sense and Sensibility (1995), had played Professor Severus Snape in most of the films so far.
29Has played Hugh Grant's love interest in Sense and Sensibility (1995) and his sister in in Love Actually (2003).
30She was a member of the Cambridge Footlights and in 1981, along with Stephen Fry, Tony Slattery, Hugh Laurie, Paul Dwyer and Paul Shearer, she became the winner of the first ever Perrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
31Her performance as Miss Kenton in The Remains of the Day (1993) is ranked #52 on Premiere magazine's 100 Greatest Performances of All Time (2006).
32Used to keep her Oscar statuettes in her bathroom but had to move her Oscars to make room for her daughter Gaia's artwork. She now keeps them in her office.
33Read English Literature at Cambridge University.
34Accepted the role of Professor Trelawny in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to impress her daughter, Gaia.
35Is the only person to have won Academy awards for both acting and writing. She won Best Actress for Howards End (1992), and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility (1995).
36Has one song dedicated to her and named after her, on famous French singer Georges Moustaki's album "Moustaki" (2003).
37Is one of only ten actors who have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year for their achievements in two different movies. The other nine are Fay Bainter, Cate Blanchett, Teresa Wright, Barry Fitzgerald (nominated in both categories for the same role in the same movie), Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, Julianne Moore and Jamie Foxx. Holly Hunter received her double-nomination in the same year that Thompson did.
38She was ranked fifth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British film actresses.
39Her brother-in-law is Richard Lumsden, a British actor-comedian.
40Resides across the street from her mother and down the street from her sister.
41Speaks French and Spanish fluently.
42She was initially cast as the lead role in Basic Instinct (1992), but refused later on. About Sharon Stone's appearance she said: "As far as I can see, from Sharon Stone's love scene in Basic Instinct (1992), they molded her body out of tough Plasticine. She was shagging Michael Douglas like a donkey, and not an inch moved. If that had been me, there would have been things flying around hitting me in the eye.".
43Turned down the role of Anna Leonowens in Anna and the King (1999), which went to Jodie Foster.
44Was originally slated to play the role of "God" in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999). She was unable to perform due to her pregnancy.
45Her father was stage director Eric Thompson.
46Her mother is Phyllida Law, who has appeared in several movies with her.
47Was named to the Board of Advisors for Cincinnati Shakespeare Festival (previously Fahrenheit Theater Company) in Cincinnati, Ohio.
48Elder sister of Sophie Thompson.
49She co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed Cambridge University's first all-female revue "Woman's Hour" (1983).
50Attended and graduated from Camden School for Girls, and the all-women Newnham College of Cambridge University with an English degree (1982). Jodhi May also attended Camden School for Girls.
51Ranked #91 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
52Gave birth to her first child at age 40, a daughter Gaia Romilly Wise on December 4, 1999, and jokingly called her "jane.com". Child's father is her husband Greg Wise.

#Quote
1I leaned an awful lot about screenwriting from Tutti Frutti (1987) - about how important the standard of screenwriting is. Tutti Frutti was some of the best material I've ever had to work on - just sublime. It's got comedy, tragedy, all the elements - but it's written in such a way that they can all live and subsist together, because they were written by a genius and not by somebody who thinks, "Now I'll do the sad bit." You see that in film after film and TV programme after TV programme, where it's writing by numbers. You look at Tutti Frutti and you say to every screenwriter, "Watch this."
2[on renowned author E.M. Forster] I've always been fascinated by the 19th Century, and his characters walk right off the page.
3I never expected to be a film actress and I wasn't terribly ambitious about it. And film acting and stage acting are not the same thing. In the theatre, you have to wear all your energy on the outside in order to project the character to the guy in the back row, but if you do that for film, it's too much. You have to internalize because a thought can be translated by a muscle in your face, and a film audience will be able to read that.
4Films are like history, and I think as people get older, they're so much more interesting. When you're doing theatre, people see the play, go home and don't remember it, but with film you can leave a lot of cannisters behind and can live in people's memories.
5Books are like people, in that they'll turn up in your life when you most need them.
6When my mum was young, everyone wanted to be in their thirties. Now people are desperate to put the clock back, and there's something absolutely tragic about that. And the loss of our engagement with our aging and getting older and wiser and having more skills - a wider palette - we've lost that. We have granted youth power that it doesn't have.
7[on her career moments] I said to my agent, "I need to earn money. Get me a job." The first three that came up were a very, very old lady in a wheelchair, Bradley Cooper's mother, and Mother Theresa. I thought, "Well, clearly I have to do something to turn around the Nanny McPhee image as it's gone into people's minds and stayed there." In the end, other things turned up. It was very funny, but Mother Theresa would have just put the tin lid on it really.
8To be perfectly frank, I sometimes think that the young must get very bored with the parts that they are required to play. It's not as though there are that many very complex, interesting roles for anyone. The guys are now required to stand around looking beautiful and be superheroes. And I'm very, very bored. They must be bored too. Where are all the dramas we used to love? Where are all the stories?
9[on working with Tom Hanks in Saving Mr. Banks (2013)] It was such fun. You can imagine. He's a darling and such a good actor. We've known each other on a social level for some time and we always said "What can we do? What can we do?". And this turned up and it was sort of perfect.
10I have the same career trajectory as Maggie Smith. I was passionate about comedy. I wanted to be Lily Tomlin. I wanted that career. Write my own stuff and play it. And I did it for awhile. I had my own series which was so badly reviewed by he critics I thought I can't do this anymore.
11I would rather have a root canal treatment for a year than go on Twitter or Facebook. The irony of Facebook is [that you speak out but] don't say it to anybody's face. It revolts me, repels me.
12[on her appearance on 'the red carpet', clad in a hot pink number] It's Stella McCartney. It was actually much shorter on the runway, but when I tried it on it was a bit mutton-dressed-as-a-lamb, so I had it lengthened. I like my legs but not the top bits very much.
13Why insist on building a new border between human beings in an ever-shrinking world where we are still struggling to live alongside each other?
14[Walt] Disney had a very Dickensian childhood. Disneyland was a way of rendering the world a safe place for himself and other children.
15Th nanny story is essentially the western. It's the stranger from out of town who comes into the situation of conflict, solves the issues using unorthodox methods and then must depart. Shane and Buffalo Bill turn up as Nanny McPhee and Mary Poppins in the female world.
16Once you're a mom, you've been split into two people. Like Peter Pan and his shadow.
17[on being reminded she once claimed that picturing the men she had slept with helped her drift off] I haven't done that in a long time. I'm more likely to rehearse casserole recipes, which perhaps is a sad indictment of my state of mind.
18My godfather said that 'story' was about taking the chaotic jigsaw of life, making it into a picture and putting a frame around it so that we could look at it, have control over it. Story and art are the humanizing elements in us.
19[on the personality of P.L. Travers and Saving Mr. Banks (2013)] She is a rather extraordinary combination of things. I suppose that was the scary thing about playing her. In film, we often get to play someone who is emotionally or morally consistent in some way, and she was not consistent in any way.
20[1992] We just did Hamlet with Sir John Gielgud and it was so luvvy it wasn't true.
21I'm very lucky I write as well. I don't see how I could be as effective a mother as I'd like to be if I had to go away and act all the time. So I've sort of pulled back from acting, which is fine, because I've found over the years - and this was a surprise to me - that I can get the same kind of creative satisfaction from writing as I have heretofore gotten out of acting. It's very encouraging, really.
22The first time I was nominated, I didn't know anything about the Oscars. That was almost 15 years ago. I just did Oscar week and enjoyed it very much because I was with my mum. Even so, each time it's happened I've come down with some ghastly infection. It is overwhelming for people. It has nothing to do really at all with your performance. It comes down to if you get an Oscar for your film, then the revenue for your film goes up. They mean a great deal. I can't deny it.
23Acting simply cannot be about how you look. It would be very difficult to make a film where you have to be beautiful in every shot. You have to put so much effort into it; you have to hold your head at particular angles, put the light in a certain way and I don't like acting like that. I like to act unconscious of how I look.
24I've realized that in all the great stories, even if there's a happily-ever-after ending, there's something sad.
25Children are much more understanding of the suddenness and arbitrariness of death than we are. The old fairy tales contain a lot of that, and we've stolen from them, just as they stole from Greek myth, which has that same mixture of pre-Christian chaos.
26Liam Neeson, quite frankly, is sex on legs. Always has been.
27I mind having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort.
28But when I lose my temper, I find it difficult to forgive myself. I feel I've failed. I can be calm in a crisis, in the face of death or things that hurt badly. I don't get hysterical, which may be masochistic of me. But in small matters, I am not calm at all. My worst quality is impatience.
29My appearance has changed a lot over the years, but it has far more to do with how I feel about being a woman. I've never thought of myself as vain. When I was at Cambridge, I shaved my head and wore baggy clothes. What I did was to desexualise myself. It was partly to do with the feminism of that time: militant and grungy. That's all changed now, though I don't think it is liberating to get your tits out. I don't hold with that. But I am much more comfortable with being a woman now than I was in my twenties.
30I have periods of intense activity, then stop. My ideal is to work hard in the morning until I pick Gaia up from school. Just putting an empty square in my diary seems to make a space in my head, too. You have to be very good at saying no.
31I am who I am and there is nothing I can do about that.
32I can't stand this new culture of the instant disposable celebrity. It's all so vulgar.
33[on her role in the Harry Potter film] I have a nervous breakdown in the film and in one scene I get to stand at the top of the stairs waving an empty sherry bottle which is, of course, a typical scene from my daily life, so isn't much of a stretch.


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