Thompson is an actress, writer, and a comedian in Britain. She is famous for the roles of reticent women. She was born to Eric Thompson, an English actor and Phyllida Law, a Scottish actress in London. She completed her education at the Newnham College in the University of Cambridge. She appeared in many comedy programs initially and came in two series of BBC TV in the year 1987 namely Fortunes of War, and Tutti Frutti for which she won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress. Her first role in films was in the year 1989 in the movie named The Tall Guy. She collaborated frequently with
, her husband, director, and actor. The couple became famous in the media and acted in many films together like Dead Again in the year 1991, and in the film named Much Ado About Nothing in the year 1993. She was the script writer and star of the film name Sense and Sensibility in the year 1995. She contributed a lot to the film industry by acting in the films and TV series like Harry Potter, Love Actually, Wit, Angels in America, Stranger than Fiction, Nanny McPhee, Last Chance Harvey, Brave, and Men in Black 3 from 2001 to 2012. During 2013, she played a role in the film named Saving Mr. Banks for which she won many award nominations. She is now the wife of the actor Greg Wise. She lives in London along with her husband, an adopted son and her daughter. Her first role in her acting profession was the Not the Nine O'Clock News' stage version in the year 1982. She then acted in the comedy series of ITV named There's Nothing To Worry About in the same year.
In the year 1983, she participated in the show of BBC named The Crystal Cube. In 1985, she co-starred with Robert Lindsay in the musical Me and My Girl. At the end of the year 1985, she became the writer and star of the British public-service television broadcaster named Channel 4. In the year 1989, she appeared as Princess Katherine in the British drama film named Henry V In the year 1991, she played a period drama named Impromptu about George Sand's life, which starred , and Judy Davis. She won the nomination at the Independent Spirit Awards for the Best Supporting Female category. She paired for the second time with Branagh in the same year 1991. He acted in a guest role in the year 1992 in the Cheers' episode, an American comedy series as the first wife of Frasier Crane. She acted opposite Vanessa Regrave and in the year 1992 in the period drama named Howards End. She acted another two films with Branagh namely Peter's Friends, Much Ado About Nothing in the years 1992 and 1993 respectively. In the year 1993, she acted with Anthony Hopkins and Merchant-Ivory in the film named
of the Day. In the year 1994, she made her debut in Hollywood by acting in the blockbuster film named Junior. She then acted in the British biographical film named Carrington in the year 1995.She then became a part of the success of Sense and Sensibility in the year 1995. She took a gap in 1996 and returned in the next year with the Winter Guest, a directional debut of Alan Rickman.
She then appeared in Ellen's episode for which she won a Primetime Emmy Award. She starred in the film named Primary Colors in the year 1998 with
. She reduced her movie workload at the time she became a mother in the year 1999. She did not appear on the screens until the year 2000. She appeared in a small role in the film named Maybe Baby as a favor for
, her friend and the director of the film. In the year 2001, she was the actor of the HBO television film named Wit. In the year 2002, she gave a vocal performance in the film Treasure Planet of Disney, and also in Treasure Island. She acted in supporting roles in the year 2003 in the drama named Imagining Argentina. She also worked for a second time with HBO in the film Angels in America in the year 2003. In 2004, she acted in the third series of Harry Potter film. She reprised her role in the year 2007 in the Order of the Phoenix and the year 2011, in the Deathly Hallows-Part 2. she acted in the lead role alongside Angela Lansbury and
. In the year 2007, she played a character in the blockbuster I Am Legend. She then played the character of Catholic Lady in the year 2008 in the adaptation of the film named Brideshead Revisited. She then worked for the Last Chance Harvey, a London-based romantic film in the year 2008. In both the films in the year 2009, she appeared as a cameo. She acted in Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang in the year 2010. In the year 2012, she made a rare performance in a Hollywood film of big-budget in the Men in Black 3, which was a continuation of the famous sci-fi comedy franchise.
In the year 2013, she played the character of an evil mother in the film Playhouse Presents. Her next performance in Saving Mr. Banks was very successful. During 2013, she played the lead character in the romantic-comedy film named The Love Punch. In the year 2014, she made her
debut, which is also her first stage performance in her 24 years of journey in the Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. In the same year, she made the narration for the film of Men, Women & Children. In 2015, she acted in A Walk in the Woods and The Legend of
. There are two upcoming projects namely Alone in Berlin, and Beauty and the Beast of Disney, which was scheduled for the year 2017.