Emma Thompson was born in London on April 15, 1959.
Thompson came from a family of actors, as both of her parents and her sister also act.
Thompson attended Cambridge University, where she studied literature. She was a member of the university’s Footlights Group.
After doing some work on radio, Thompson got her first television role in 1983 on the comedy program “Alfresco.” She worked alongside Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry on the program.
Thompson performed in plays in England, and then eventually landed a role on the BBC show “Fortunes of War” in 1987. She co-starred with Kenneth Branagh, whom she married in 1989. They divorced in 1995.
In 1991 Thompson appeared in “Dead Again.”
In 1992 Thompson starred in “Howard’s End,” which earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.
In 1994 Thompson received two Oscars nominations. She was nominated for Best Actress for her role in “The Remains of the Day,” and was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “In the Name of the Father.”
Thompson played in the comedy “Junior” in 1994 alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny Devito.
In 1996 she won an Oscar for Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published, for “Sense and Sensibility.” She was also nominated for Best Actress for her role in the movie.
In 1998 she starred alongside John Travolta in “Primary Colors.”
Thompson joined an all-star cast in 2003 in “Love Actually,” where she starred alongside Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson.
She starred as Professor Sybil Trelawney in the “Harry Potter” series in 2004, 2007 and 2011.
In 2005 Thompson starred in “Nanny McPhee.” She also played the role in 2010 in “Nanny McPhee Returns.”
She appeared in “An Education” in 2009.
Also in 2012 she provided the voice of Elinor in the animated hit “Brave.”
In 2012 she played in “Men In Black 3” alongside Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones.
She starred in “Saving Mr. Banks” with Tom Hanks in 2013.