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EMMA THOMPSON (Nanny McPhee / Screenplay by) was born in London. Her father was theatre director Eric Thompson, also the creator of the successful children's television series The Magic Roundabout. Her mother is actress Phyllida Law. She read English at Cambridge, and whilst there, she appeared in many Footlights performances including Cambridge's first all-women revue, Woman's Hour, and The Cellar Tapes, which won the Perrier Pick of the Edinburgh Fringe and was later broadcast by the BBC.

After Cambridge, Thompson made appearances on television, and in 1985 she played opposite Robert Lindsay in the original cast of the musical Me and My Girl. That same year, her own TV special, Up For Grabs, aired on Channel 4. Following this, she played Suzy Kettles in the John Byrne BBC TV series Tutti Frutti and then played opposite Kenneth Branagh in The Fortunes of War. For these performances, she won her first BAFTA for Best Actress.

She went on to write and record her own series, Thompson, for the BBC.

She followed this with her first feature film, The Tall Guy, directed by Mel Smith, co-starring Jeff Goldblum and Rowan Atkinson for Working Title, and then returned to the BBC to film The Winslow Boy, directed by Michael Darlow.

In 1988, she filmed Henry V, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh, and the next year filmed Impromptu directed by James Lapine.

Thompson then joined the Renaissance Theatre Company and toured the world playing Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream and the Fool in King Lear.

In 1990, Thompson filmed Dead Again, directed by and co-starring Kenneth Branagh. Roles followed in Peter's Friends and Much Ado About Nothing, both directed by Branagh. She played opposite Anthony Hopkins in the Merchant-Ivory film The Remains of the Day, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award® and a Golden Globe for Best Actress. She then filmed Jim Sheridan's In the Name of the Father with Daniel Day-Lewis, for which she was also nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Supporting Actress. Thompson won the 1993 Academy Award® for Best Actress, as well as the Golden Globe Award; the New York, Los Angeles and National Film Critics Awards; and the BAFTA Award, all for her role in the Merchant-Ivory production of Howard's End.

In 1994, she appeared in The Blue Boy, an independent feature shot on location in Scotland for America's PBS, and Junior, a comedy co-starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito for director Ivan Reitman. A year later she starred in the title role in Carrington, Christopher Hampton's story of the strange love affair between artist Dora Carrington and Lytton Strachey. She also starred in and wrote the screenplay adaptation (based on Jane Austen's novel) of Sense and Sensibility for director Ang Lee. For her writing accomplishments on that film, she received an Academy Award® for Best Adapted Screenplay as well as a Golden Globe Award, the USC Scripter Award and Best Screenplay awards from the Writers Guild, the Boston Society of Film Critics, the Broadcast Film Critics, the Chicago Film Critics, the Los Angeles Film Critics and the New York Film Critics. She also received a nomination from the British Academy of Film and Television. For her performance in Sense and Sensibility, she received her third BAFTA and National Board of Review awards for Best Actress, along with an Academy Award® nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a Screen Actors Guild nomination. Thompson followed that with starring roles in a succession of films including The Winter Guest, shot on location in Scotland and co-starring her mother, Phyllida Law, for director Alan Rickman; Primary Colors, with John Travolta, Billy Bob Thornton and Kathy Bates for director Mike Nichols; and the independent feature Judas Kiss with Alan Rickman, this time as co-star.

More recently, Thompson starred in the HBO telefilm Wit, for which she received


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