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Birth Place: London, England

Birthday: April 15, 1959, Aries

Profession: Actor, Writer

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Fast Facts

  • Grew up in a family of entertainers. Father was a stage director and actor; mother is an actress.
  • Was a member of the Footlights comedy troupe while at Cambridge; briefly dated her Footlights colleague Hugh Laurie.
  • In 1988, headlined her own BBC variety-comedy show titled Thompson.
  • First person to win Academy Awards for both acting (Howards End) and writing (Sense and Sensibility); keeps her Oscars in her bathroom.
  • Lampooned her own image by playing an English actress in a 1997 episode of Ellen and earned an Emmy for the performance.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
  • Active with ActionAid, an English charity in Africa.

Awards

  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2002, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: Winner
  • 1992, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2003, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1995, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2013, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1998, European Film Awards — European Achievement in World Cinema: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • Phyllida Law — Mother
  • Kenneth Branagh — Ex-husband
  • Eric Thompson — Father
  • Gaia Romilly Wise — Daughter
  • Greg Wise — Husband
  • Sophie Thompson — Sister

College

  • University of Cambridge, Newnham College, Cambridge, England (BA in English Literature, 1982)