Emma Thompson (born 15.4.1959)Emma Thompson is a British actress and has won a number of awards, including an Academy Award and awards from BAFTA and Golden Globe.Emma Thompson: Childhood Emma Thompson was born in Paddington, London.Her father, Eric Thompson, was an actor and also wrote the hugely successful children's show The Magic Roundabout. Thompson attended Camden School for Girls and went on to study English at Cambridge University.
Fellow members at the time included Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Tony Slattery.
Shortly after graduating from university, Emma landed a role in the West End production of Me and My Girl, alongside Robert Lindsay.
She then went on to star in the BBC drama Fortunes of War.
Emma Thompson: Acting Career Thompson started out in television, with a BBC comedy sketch show, entitled Thompson.
She was also nominated for Best Actress for her lead role in the film. Returning to television work, Thompson has featured in HBO's drama series Wit in 2001 and Angels in America in 2003.
Thompson's more recent film work has seen her star as Sybill Trelawney in two Harry Potter films, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.In 2005, Emma Thompson took the lead role in Nanny Mc Phee, which she also wrote.The series was unpopular and criticised by TV journalists.Emma Thompson got her first major role in a film, in The Tall Guy. It was this role that earned her an Oscar for Best Actress.She went on to appear in a string of critically acclaimed productions, including In The Name of the Father and The Remains of the Day, in which she starred alongside Anthony Hopkins.In 1996, Thompson won her second Oscar; this time for Best Adapted Screenplay, for her adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, the novel by Jane Austen.