Dame Emma Thompson, DBE, is a British actress, voice actress, comedian, screenwriter, author, and activist who is best known for her roles as Margaret Schlegel in Howard's End for which she earned an Academy Award for Best Actress, and was nominated for her roles in The Remains of the Day, and In the Name of the Father, Elinor Dashwood in Ang Lee's period drama film Sense and Sensibility for which she garnered another Best Actress nomination and won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; making her the only person to have won an Oscar for both writing and acting, Sybill Trelawney in the Harry Potter franchise, and as Nanny McPhee in Nanny McPhee and its sequel, Nanny McPhee Returns, the latter of which was also scripted by her. Thompson is regarded as one of the UK's most acclaimed actresses and is known for her portrayals of enigmatic women, often in period dramas and literary adaptations, and playing matronly characters with a sense of wit.

Her Disney roles include Captain Amelia in the 2002 Disney animated film, Treasure Planet, Queen Elinor in the 2012 Disney/Pixar film, Brave, P. L. Travers in the 2013 Disney biographical drama film, Saving Mr. Banks, and Mrs. Potts in the 2017 live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

In May 2019, it was announced that Thompson will be playing an undisclosed role in the 101 Dalmatians live-action spin-off, Cruella.

Disney Roles

Awards and Nominations Received by Emma Thompson

Film Year Role Award Category Result
Saving Mr. Banks 2013 P. L. Travers BAFTA Award Best Actress Nominated
Empire Award Best Actress Won
Golden Globe Award Best Actress - Drama Nominated
National Board of Review Best Actress Won
Satellite Award Best Actress Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Broadcast Film Critics (Critics' Choice Awards) Best Actress Nominated
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Denver Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Dublin Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Houston Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Won
North Carolina Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
Phoenix Film Critics Society Best Cast Nominated
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Actress Nominated
St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Best Actress Nominated
Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Best Actress Nominated
Alliance of Women Film Journalists Award Best Actress Nominated
Awards Circuit Community Award Best Actress Nominated
Gold Derby Award Best Actress Nominated
IGN Award Best Movie Actress Nominated
The Richard Attenborough UK Regional Film Award Best On Screen Duo Won



  • Emma Thompson shares the following things with Emma Watson:
    • Both of them were born on April 15.
    • Their first names of both of them is Emma, and their respective surnames ends in "-son".
    • Both of them played in the Harry Potter movies. Also, both of them played in Beauty and the Beast from 2017 (Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts and Emma Watson as Belle).
      • Speaking of that movie, they also share their birthday with Luke Evans, who portrayed Gaston.
    • Both of them are famous British actresses.
  • Her character that she portrayed in Beauty and the Beast, Mrs. Potts, was voiced by Angela Lansbury in the 1991 animated film of the same name. Interestingly, both of them are British actresses.

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