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Academy Award–winning actress Emma Thompson starred in films like Howards End, Sense and Sensibility and Nanny McPhee.
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Directed by Alan Rickman, the drama received some positive reviews, but it did not achieve much in terms of an audience. The following year, Thompson won an Emmy Award for her guest appearance on the sitcom Ellen. She played a fictionalized version of herself as a closeted lesbian who was pretending to be British.
Thompson earned an Emmy Award nomination for her work with Mike Nichols on Wit. The pair adapted the play, about a professor dying of cancer, for television. Thompson starred in the critically acclaimed production. Two years later, she earned more accolades for her multiple roles in the miniseries Angels in America. An all-star cast, including Al Pacino and Meryl Streep, brought Tony Kushner's award-winning play to television.
Back on the big screen, Thompson appeared in two installments of the wildly popular Harry Potter series. She also wrote and starred in the children's film Nanny McPhee (2005). In 2008, Thompson appeared in two very different films. She starred as Lady Marchain in Brideshead Revisited, based on the Evelyn Waugh novel, about an aristocratic English family. In Last Chance Harvey, Thompson starred opposite Dustin Hoffman in a romantic drama about two strangers who meet by chance and the relationship that develops between the two.
In March 2010, Thompson returned to theaters in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang, the next installment in her series about a very offbeat babysitter. Her screenplay was also used as the basis for a novel by the same title.
Outside of acting, Thompson is a supporter of numerous environmental and social causes. She has served as an international ambassador for ActionAid and she joined Greenpeace in its action to stop the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport. Thompson is also active at her daughter's school, teaching drama to the students there.
Thompson currently resides in London with her husband and their daughter.
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