Actor and screenplayer

Emma Thompson is the only actor ever to win Oscars for both acting and writing.

She won Best Actress in 1993 for her role (Margaret Schlegel) in Howards End and she was awarded for her Sense and Sensibility screenplay in 1996.

She has contributed to several movie screenplays.

Here’s a list of movies she has had a hand in writing.

1. Sense and sensibility

It was her first ever movie screenplay and she spent five years perfecting the script. When she won the Oscar for the Best Adapted Screenplay, she became the only person ever to have won the Academy Award for both acting and writing.

The film starred Emma, Hugh Grant, Kate Winslet and the late and unforgettable Alan Rickman.

2. Wit

It’s a very painful TV movie. Emma stars as an English Literature professor diagnosed with ovarian cancer, offering a portrayal of how the disease can change a person’s life.

Emma continuously breaks the fourth wall by looking straight into the camera and clearly expressing all her feelings, as if she were a detached and involved narrator at the same time.

3. Nanny McPhee and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

Emma wrote and acted in these funny family movies based on the Nurse Matilda novels by Christianna Brand. She plays the part of an ugly and scary nanny who has to re-educate kids too lively.

It is a Mary Poppins type story in which the governess uses magic to rein the behavior of the children.

4. Effie Gray

It’s a period drama based on the real-life scandal that shocked Victorian-era England; this movie tells the story of the triangle involving Euphemia “Effie” Gray, painter John Everett Millais, and art critic John Ruskin.

The nineteen girl married the art critic John Ruskin (played by Greg Wise, Emma’s husband), but Ruskin refused to consummate their marriage.

5. Bridget Jones’s Baby

Emma Thompson rewrote the screenplay for the third Bridget Jones movie, and she also has a small supporting role as Bridget’s ob-gyn, a funny and blunt woman.

She seems utterly amused by Bridget’s predicament and Emma is hilarious as usual.

6. Last Christmas

Emma co-wrote this holiday rom-com with her husband Greg Wise. It is based on George Michael’s music. Emma Thompson co-stars as Emilia Clarke‘s mother, a Slavic woman very attached to traditions and exhausted by life far from her homeland.

Emma also rewrote parts of the script of Pride and prejudice, that’s why she has a “special thanks” credit at the end of the movie.

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