Fast Facts

  • Was a member of the Footlights comedy troupe while at Cambridge University, and briefly dated her 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, 1992) and writing (Sense and Sensibility, 1995).
  • Lampooned her own image by playing an English actress in a 1997 episode of Ellen, earning an Emmy for the performance.
  • Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
  • Wrote The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit in 2012, an addition to the Peter Rabbit series, as well as The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit in 2013.
  • Is an ambassador for ActionAid and has travelled to Uganda, Ethiopia, Burma and Mozambique to raise awareness.
  • Is a patron for the Elton John AIDS Foundation, and Ambassador for the Galapagos Conservation Trust.

Awards

  • 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
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Screenplay - Motion Picture: 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, 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
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay): Winner
  • 1995, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1993, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1992, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2009, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2009, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1993, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Adapted Screenplay: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 1994, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2004, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2014, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1995, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
  • 2013, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor 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
  • 1996, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Screenplay: Winner
  • 2004, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
  • 2014, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Leading Actress: Nominee
  • 2014, Critics' Choice Movie Awards — Best Actress: Nominee
  • 1992, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Supporting Female: Nominee
  • 1994, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Female Lead: Nominee
  • 1996, Writers Guild Awards — Adapted Screenplay: Winner
  • 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: Nominee
  • 2007, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actress: Nominee
  • 2002, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress in a Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 1998, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1996, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actress: Nominee

Relationships

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

College

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