Academy Award-winning actress Emma Thompson will receive the 2,415th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Aug. 6, two weeks before the release of her latest film, Nanny McPhee Returns.
Maggie Gyllenhaal, Thompson’s castmate in the film, and “House” star Hugh Laurie, who Thompson dated when both attended England’s University of Cambridge, will join Thompson in speaking in the late-morning ceremony in front of the Pig ‘n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which administers the Walk of Fame, announced today.
Thompson won a best actress Academy Award for her portrayal of Margaret Schlegel in the 1992 Edwardian class drama “Howard’s End”, a role which also won her Golden Globe and BAFTA awards.
Thompson won a second Oscar in 1996 for best adapted screenplay for “Sense and Sensibility”, a film she also received a best actress Academy Award nomination.
Thompson received two Oscar nominations for her work in 1993 — a best actress nomination for “The Remains of the Day” and a best supporting actress nomination for her role as a lawyer in “In the Name of the Father”.
Thompson also won an Emmy as outstanding guest actress in a comedy for portraying herself in a 1997 episode of “Ellen”.
Born April 15, 1959 in London to a father who was a theater director and writer and a mother who was an actress, Thompson made her television debut while still in college on the British Broadcasting Corp.’s “Friday Night, Saturday Morning”.
Thompson appeared frequently on both television and the stage in England in the 1980s. She made her feature film debut in the 1989 comedy “The Tall Guy”, which starred Jeff Goldblum.
Thompson co-starred with Kenneth Branagh — her husband from 1989-95 — in four films he also directed, “Henry V”, “Dead Again”, “Peter’s Friends” and “Much Ado About Nothing”.
Thompson’s other film credits include “Last Chance Harry”, “Stranger Than Fiction”, “Junior”, “Carrington”, “The Winter Guest”, “Primary Colors”, “Imagining Argentina”, and “Love Actually”.
Thompson also played professor Sybill Trelawney in 2004′s “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, and “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” three years later.
Thompson is writing a new film version of “My Fair Lady” and starring with Alan Rickman in a BBC production of the poem “The Song of Lunch”.