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EMMA THOMPSON (Poly) is one of the world's most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. She is the sole artist thus far to have received an Academy Award for both acting and screenwriting.

Last Christmas is currently in release worldwide. Thompson is co-screenwriter, producer and a member of the cast that stars Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding under the direction of Paul Feig. She also co-starred this year to critical acclaim with Mindy Kaling in Late Night, from a screenplay by Kaling, directed by Nisha Ganatra. For her performance, Thompson was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy. On television, Thompson is part of a brilliant ensemble cast in the BBC One/HBO six-part series by Russell T. Davies, Years & Years. For her performance, she has been nominated as Best Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie Made for Television by the Critics' Choice Association.

Thompson made her feature film debut in 1988, starring opposite Jeff Goldblum in the comedy The Tall Guy. In 1992, she caused a sensation with her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the Merchant-Ivory adaptation of E.M. Forster's Howards End. Sweeping the Best Actress category wherever she was considered, the performance netted her a British Academy of Film and Television Arts Award, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, New York Film Critics Circle Award, Golden Globe Award and Academy Award. She earned two Oscar nominations the following year for her work in The Remains of the Day and In the Name of the Father. In 1995, Thompson's adaptation of Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility, directed by Ang Lee, won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and Best Screenplay awards from the Writers Guild of America and the Writers Guild of Great Britain, among others. For her performance in the film she was honored with a Best Actress award from BAFTA and nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. Her performance in Richard Curtis' Love Actually earned Thompson Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the 2004 Evening Standard Film Awards, London Film Critics Circle Awards and Empire Film Awards, along with a BAFTA nomination. In 2013, Thompson's moving portrayal of author 'P.L. Travers' in Saving Mr. Banks earned her both the National Board of Review and Empire Best Actress Awards, along with Golden Globe, Broadcast Film Critics, SAG and BAFTA nominations.

Thompson wrote the screenplay and portrayed the title character of the magical nanny in Nanny McPhee (2005), her film based on Christianna Brand's Nurse Matilda stories, directed by Kirk Jones. She reprised the title role in Nanny McPhee Returns (2010), for which she again wrote the screenplay and acted as an executive producer. She is currently developing a stage musical on the character.

In 2004, Thompson brought to the screen JK Rowling's character of Sybil Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) for director Alfonso Cuaron, and reprised the role in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007) for director David Yates.

Her other film credits include Men In Black International; The Children Act, directed by Richard Eyre, based on the best-selling novel by Ian McEwan, and co-starring Stanley Tucci and Fionn Whitehead; Noah Baumbach's Meyerowitz Stories; Disney's live action international hit Beauty and the Beast; Last Chance Harvey (Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress); Love Punch; Pixar's Academy Award-winning animated film, Brave; Henry V; Dead Again; Peter's Friends; Much Ado About Nothing; Junior; Carrington; The Winter Guest; Imagining Argentina; Primary Colors; Stranger Than Fiction; and Men In Black 3.

For director Mike Nichols, she starred in the HBO telefilms Wit (2001, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and Angels in America (2002, Screen Actors Guild Award and EMMY Award nominations). For her performance in the BBC Two television production of Christopher Reid's narrative poem, Song of Lunch, opposite Alan Rickman, Thompson was nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award (in the U.S. it aired on "Masterpiece" on PBS). Also in 2012, she portrayed Elizabeth II in the Sprout/SKY ARTS production Walking the Dogs.

In March of 2014, to the delight of both critics and audiences, she portrayed Mrs. Lovett in the New York Philharmonic's staged production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, opposite bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, in the title role. The production marked Thompson's New York Philharmonic debut, New York stage debut, and first time performing the role. She and Terfel reprised their roles this Spring, in a sold-out, limited run at the London Coliseum with the English National Opera, for the ENO's first ever season of musical theater.

In September 2014, Penguin Press published "The Spectacular Tale of Peter Rabbit," the third in the series written by Thompson. To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Peter Rabbit, Thompson was commissioned to write the 24th tale in the existing collection of Peter Rabbit stories. It marked the first time that Frederick Warne & Co, the publisher, had published an additional title to the series, which Beatrix Potter wrote between 1902 and 1930. The book, titled The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit, was published in September 2012 to great critical acclaim and in October 2013, Penguin published The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit.

Thompson was born in London to Eric Thompson, a theater director and writer, and Phyllida Law, an actress. She studied English at Cambridge University and was invited to join the university's long-standing Footlights comedy troupe, which elected her vice president. Hugh Laurie was President. While still a student, she co-directed Cambridge's first all-women revue Women's Hour, made her television debut on BBC-TV's Friday Night, Saturday Morning as well as her radio debut on BBC Radio's Injury Time.

She continued to pursue an active stage career concurrent with her TV and radio work, appearing in A Sense of Nonsense touring England in 1982; the self-penned Short Vehicle at the Edinburgh Festival in 1983; Me and My Girl first at Leicester and then London's West End in 1985; and Look Back in Anger at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue in 1989.

Throughout the 1980s Thompson frequently appeared on British TV, including widely acclaimed recurring roles on the Granada TV series Alfresco, BBC's Election Night Special and The Crystal Cube (the latter written by fellow Cambridge alums Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie), and a hilarious one-off role as upper-class twit Miss Money Sterling on The Young Ones. In 1985, Channel 4 offered Thompson her own TV special Up for Grabs and in 1988 she wrote and starred in her own BBC series called Thompson. She worked as a stand-up comic when the opportunity arose, and earned £60 in cash on her 25th birthday in a stand-up double bill with Ben Elton at the Croydon Warehouse. She says it's the best money she's ever earned.

Thompson is president of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a U.K.-based human rights organization, formed in April 2005 to help rebuild the lives of and inspire a new self-esteem in survivors of gross human rights violations. On behalf of the foundation, Thompson co-curated "Journey," an interactive art installation, which used seven transport containers to illustrate the brutal and harrowing experiences of women sold into the sex trade. Thompson and "Journey" traveled to London, Vienna, Madrid, New York and the Netherlands for exhibitions and interviews.

Four years ago, Thompson joined Greenpeace on their Save the Arctic campaign and she continues as an active supporter of Greenpeace. She is a supporter of the U.K.-based Food Foundation and Child Hunger. She is also an Ambassador for the international development agency ActionAid and has spoken out publicly about her support for the work the nongovernmental organization is doing, in particular, in addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to sweep across Africa. She has been affiliated with the organization since 2000 and thus far has visited ActionAid projects in Uganda, Ethiopia, Mozambique, South Africa, Liberia and Myanmar. She is a Patron of the Refugee Council and a patron of Edinburgh College's Performing Arts Studio of Scotland.

In June 2018, she was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire.


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