Emma Thompson’s performance as Miss Kenton is ranked #52 on Premiere Magazine’s 100 greatest performances of all time.
Miss Kenton is the main female character on The remains of the day.
She does not substitute Lord Darlington’s values for her own, she makes her own decisions, fighting to defend her ideals. She is fragile but also very determined. In the end she makes a painful but inevitable choice and Emma’s performance is terrific, the spectators are involved in her inner suffering but they are also fascinated by Miss Kenton’s desire to find fulfillment beyond working life, despite an apparent unrequited love.