University of Cambridge
Camden School for Girls
Co-starred with Robert Redford and Nick Nolte in "A Walk in the Woods"
Wrote and co-starred in period drama "Effie Gray"
Starred with Pierce Brosnan in the comedy "The Love Punch"
Cast in dual role as Mrs. Lincoln and Sarafine in feature adaptation of young adult fantasy novel "Beautiful Creatures"
Starred as "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers opposite Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks"
Voiced Queen Elinor in Disney Pixar animated feature "Brave"
Cast in "Men in Black III" opposite Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones
Reprised role of Professor Sybill Trelawney for seventh and final installment "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2," directed by David Yates
Earned a Grammy nomination for narrating Nanny McPhee Returns
Reprised title role and wrote screenplay for family comedy sequel "Nanny McPhee Returns"; also executive produced
Co-starred with Dustin Hoffman in romantic comedy "Last Chance Harvey"
Reprised role of Professor Sybill Trelawney in "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix"
Played a governess who uses magic to rein in the behavior of seven ne'er-do-well children in "Nanny McPhee"; also wrote screenplay
Voiced the narrator dictating Will Ferrell's life in Marc Forster comedy "Stranger Than Fiction"
Cast as Sibyl Trelawney, the ethereal and quirky professor of divination in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban"
Starred in Richard Curtis' directorial debut "Love Actually"
Re-teamed with Nichols to play the Angel in HBO miniseries adaption of "Angels in America"; earned SAG and Emmy nominations
Returned to acting in Mike Nichols' TV adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Wit" (HBO), playing a professor who develops ovarian cancer; also co-wrote screenplay with Nichols; earned Emmy nominations for writing and acting
Cast as the wife of a presidential candidate (John Travolta) in Mike Nichols-directed "Primary Colors"
Appeared on ABC sitcom "Ellen" as a British actress named 'Emma Thompson' who reveals she is a lesbian from Ohio
Played on-screen mother and daughter opposite her real-life mother in "The Winter Guest," directed by Alan Rickman
Made screenwriting debut with adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense and Sensibility," directed by Ang Lee; also co-starred
Played a rare comic lead in "Junior" opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger
Starred in British TV drama "The Blue Boy"; first collaboration with mother Phyllida Law, who played her on-screen mother
Earned an Oscar nomination for her performance as a housekeeper in Merchant-Ivory's "The Remains of the Day"; again co-starred with Hopkins
Received an Oscar nomination for her role as the lawyer for the Guildford Four in Jim Sheridan's "In the Name of the Father"
Made memorable guest role on NBC sitcom "Cheers" as Nanny Gee, a woman from Dr. Frasier Crane's past
Breakthrough screen role, co-starring with Anthony Hopkins in Merchant-Ivory production "Howards End"
Cast opposite Kenneth Branagh in stage revival of "Look Back in Anger"; directed by Judi Dench
Made film debut in "The Tall Guy"
Acted role of Katherine in "Henry V"; again directed by Branagh, who also co-starred
Hosted and wrote own BBC-TV comedy-variety series "Thompson"
Starred with Robbie Coltrane in six-hour BBC miniseries "Tutti Frutti"
Played Harriet Pringle opposite Kenneth Branagh in BBC miniseries "Fortunes of War"
Co-starred opposite Robert Lindsay in hit West End musical "Me and My Girl"
Wrote and performed one-woman show "Short Vehicle" at the Edinburgh Fringe
Worked with Hugh Laurie and Stephen Fry in sketch comedy series "Alfresco"
Co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed and performed with Cambridge's first all-female revue "Woman's Hour"
Acted with Cambridge University's theatrical club the Footlights
Thompson was the first person to win Oscars for both acting and screenwriting, in 1993 and 1996 respectively.
Thompson stated that she kept her Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars in the bathroom of her home.
On her relationship with her mother: "In my 20's I was domestically unbound, so I spent a lot of time with my mother, and our relationship moved sideways away from the typical mother-daughter thing. In a sort of subterranean way, though, I rely on her approval more than any body's, and if I feel her disapproval, it has a profound effect on me." -- The New York Times, Dec. 21, 1997
Thompson was cast as God in Kevin Smith's religious satire "Dogma" but had to bow out due to pregnancy. She was replaced by singer/songwriter Alanis Morissette.
On film makeup: "I mind having to look pretty, that's what I mind, because it is so much more of an effort." -- The Guardian,Oct. 16, 2005