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  • Emma Thompson

    Born on April 15, 1959 in Paddington, London, England

awards & nominations

Saving Mr. Banks (2013)

Emma Thompson as "P.L. Travers"

Spurred on by a promise he made to his daughters, Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) embarks on what would become a 20-year quest to obtain the movie rights to "Mary Poppins." The author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), proves to be an uncompromising curmudgeon who has no intention of letting her beloved characters become mangled in the Hollywood machine. However, when the books stop selling and she finds herself in need of money, Travers reluctantly agrees to consider Disney's proposition.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2013) Nominated Leading Actress
Golden Globe (2013) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2013) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

The Song of Lunch (2010)

A book editor meets up with his former 15 years after their break-up.

Emmy (Primetime) (2012) Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

An Education (2009)

Emma Thompson as "Headmistress"

Despite her sheltered upbringing, Jenny (Carey Mulligan) is a teen with a bright future; she's smart, pretty, and has aspirations of attending Oxford University. When David (Peter Sarsgaard), a charming but much older suitor, motors into her life in a shiny automobile, Jenny gets a taste of adult life that she won't soon forget.

Screen Actors Guild Awards (2009) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Last Chance Harvey (2008)

Emma Thompson as "Kate Walker"

In London for his daughter's wedding, a struggling jingle-writer, Harvey Shine (Dustin Hoffman), misses his plane to New York, and thus loses his job. While drowning his sorrows in the airport pub, Harvey meets Kate (Emma Thompson), a British government worker stuck in an endless cycle of work, phone calls from her mother, and blind dates. A connection forms between the unhappy pair, who soon find themselves falling in love.

Golden Globe (2008) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

Love Actually (2003)

Emma Thompson as "Karen"

Nine intertwined stories examine the complexities of the one emotion that connects us all: love. Among the characters explored are David (Hugh Grant), the handsome newly elected British prime minister who falls for a young junior staffer (Martine McCutcheon), Sarah (Laura Linney), a graphic designer whose devotion to her mentally ill brother complicates her love life, and Harry (Alan Rickman), a married man tempted by his attractive new secretary.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2003) Nominated Actress in a Supporting Role

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Emma Thompson as "Elinor Dashwood"

When Elinor Dashwood's (Emma Thompson) father dies, her family's finances are crippled. After the Dashwoods move to a cottage in Devonshire, Elinor's sister Marianne (Kate Winslet) is torn between the handsome John Willoughby (Greg Wise) and the older Colonel Brandon (Alan Rickman). Meanwhile, Elinor's romantic hopes with Edward Ferrars (Hugh Grant) are hindered due to his prior engagement. Both Elinor and Marianne strive for love while the circumstances in their lives constantly change.

Academy Award (1995) Nominated Best Actress
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1995) Won Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (1995) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role

Junior (1994)

Emma Thompson as "Dr. Diana Reddin"

A research scientist becomes the world's first pregnant man in order to test a drug he and a colleague have designed for expectant women. To carry out the trial, he has an embryo implant, believing that he will only carry the baby for three months - hardly expecting to face the prospect of giving birth.

Golden Globe (1994) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical

In the Name of the Father (1993)

Emma Thompson as "Gareth Peirce"

Unemployed young Irishman Gerry Conlon (Daniel Day-Lewis) gets by as a petty thief in 1970s Belfast. When local IRA leaders get fed up with him, he flees to England and meets up with his friend Paul Hill (John Lynch). On the same night that the IRA bombs a nearby pub, the friends get kicked out of their communal digs and are forced to sleep in a park. He returns to Belfast, but is arrested as the prime suspect in the bombing and imprisoned, where he spends 15 years trying to clear his name.

Academy Award (1993) Nominated Best Supporting Actress
Golden Globe (1993) Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

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