Talk:Emma Thompson

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I have changed her from English to British due to her strong connections with Scotland. If you have any comments to oppose please discuss before editing. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:37, 14 March 2009 (UTC)

She's British either way, but she was born in England, so that makes her English. As such, calling her British lacks specificity and could be misleading. I'm English myself, but I've lived for twenty years in the USA - that doesn't make me American, or even 'transatlantic'. I'm English - always will be, and so is Ms. Thompson. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:22, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

I see this one's doing the rounds again, the last person to change it back to British ignoring their own advice to "take it to talk". I'm not touching it, but I am wondering how far one would get likewise changing, say, Sean Connery's nationality to "British"... —Vom (talk) 14:22, 18 March 2011 (UTC)

I would be interested in hearing from those who have decided that Thompson should be described as English. What are they basing this decision on? Particularly when;

  • Her mother is Scottish.
  • The article quotes her as "feeling Scottish".
  • She lived some while in Scotland.

Obviously she was born in England, but taking the above three points into consideration, isn't "British" a better portrayal of her mixed heritage and upbringing? Can anyone, as guidelines suggest, cite where she has stated a preference for "English"?

And I do not understand how (as claimed by above) British could be considered "misleading". Thompson is 100% British, which is more than could be said for what makes her English. Nor do I believe a comparison with Sean Connery's nationality valid (as suggested by Vom). Connery has self-declared his nationality quite clearly. Has Thompson? --Escape Orbit (Talk) 21:43, 5 April 2011 (UTC)

As no one has commented so far I'm going to go ahead with changing this back to British for the above reasons. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 21:49, 14 April 2011 (UTC)


Here is a picture that could be cropped and used...? Image:The Schlegel sisters.jpg gren 06:54, 5 Apr 2005 (UTC)

wrong photo[edit]

There is a photo of Kate Winslet on Emma Thompson's page. 22:32, 20 August 2006 (UTC)


I found "Hey pplz this isn't the real Emma Thompson I am the best one ever!" on the page. I'm going to delete it.--Mr.Weirdo 00:52, 16 December 2006 (UTC)

Dead Links

The link to a interview of Ms Thompson regarding parenting is dead.

Early Life - Richard Armitage[edit]

There was a link to a Richard Armitage who is a US politician, which I don't think could be correct as the agent mentioned in the Early Life paragraph. I also don't think that the actor Richard Armitage is the correct person (since he would have been quite young at the time.) So I unlinked the name until someone knows better. Derekbd (talk) 19:58, 7 January 2008 (UTC)

Eric Thompson[edit]

I've re-written the bit about her father, Eric Thompson, to be slightly more respectful of both him and The Magic Roundabout -- it's a great work.--JO 24 (talk) 22:16, 11 July 2008 (UTC)

Award winning.[edit]

I feel that Academy, BAFTA award winning etc. should be added to the lead as it's more flattering and acknowledges her ability straight off. Other Award winning actors and actresses have it, so why not Emma? It's within the guidelinges and isn't unnecessary as it gives important information quickly without having to read the whole article. (talk) 17:01, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

I don't think it's necessary, unless you want to just put the Academy award part. Enigma message 17:28, 30 July 2008 (UTC)
I, however, do think it is necessary, considering other actors and actresses, such as Halle Berry, or Angelina Jolie, for example, have practically glittering introductions. (talk) 14:42, 9 August 2008 (UTC)


Note that 'libertarian anarchist' means something very different in Britain (where it is a philosophy of the political left) to what it means in the US (where it is a philosophy of the political right). The link to libertarian anarchism may be completely misleading. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:24, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

I too thought when I read it the other day that the link to libertarian anarchism was likely very misleading. Thompson's revelation to the Andrew Marr Show on Sunday that she has been a member of the Labour Party "all my life" confirms that this is indeed the case. Changed the link therefore to the somewhat less misleading libertarianism article which accommodates in its opening paragraphs - however begrudgingly -the traditional left-wing definition of the term which continues to predominate outside the US/English-speaking cultural zone. Wingspeed (talk) 21:04, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
My guess is her views are what would be described in the US as a libertarian socialist or anarcho-socialist. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:15, 22 March 2014 (UTC)


Emma Thompson was in John Osborne's play Look Back in Anger copyright 1989 for Thames Television.

New image[edit]

Could anyone find a new image of her. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:43, 28 July 2012 (UTC)


Where does this idea about Thompson being born in Paddington come from? I can't find any good sources that mention it. I'm not suggesting it isn't true, but can anyone provide an interview where it mentions this (or something similar?) I think it would be good to source it in the article. --Lobo (talk) 14:01, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

A joke about feminism and high heels[edit]

The addition regarding Thompson being a feminist and her campaign against high-heels should not be added, or at least not supported by the cite provided. The problem here is the taking of what are evidently humorous comments at an awards dinner and making them out to be something else. I don't know if Thompson regards herself as a feminist, or believes that woman shouldn't wear high heels. But I seriously doubt the validity of taking what she said in in this occasion as notable statements of her beliefs. You only have to look at what she also said;

  • She's grateful for the menopause, because it was cold.
  • She believes her perm played a role in her recent acting successes.
  • She has sex rarely, and then only with animal noises.
  • Tom Hanks needs a good smack.

Are we to quote these as serious statements of Thompson's personal views? Or perhaps, just maybe, they were in jest? Are we so sure then that what she said about her shoes, feminism and high heels weren't also just a bit tongue in cheek? I don't believe that even the NY Times blogger cited takes them seriously. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 22:56, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

  • She gets coverage all over for this though. [1] So joke or not, it should be mentioned in the article. Google news search finds many results. [2] Dream Focus 01:42, 14 January 2014 (UTC)
Sorry, but news coverage of one night out does not make it notable and worth mentioning in an Encyclopaedia article about her life. This joke is not a feature of her personal life, so unless you think it's worth starting a section about "Jokes she once said"? Although I'd think that was still trivia. --Escape Orbit (Talk) 22:57, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

GA Review[edit]

This review is transcluded from Talk:Emma Thompson/GA1. The edit link for this section can be used to add comments to the review.

Reviewer: Jaguar (talk · contribs) 17:43, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

I'll review this before anybody steals it this time! I'll leave down some initial comments within 24 hours and will mainly focus on copy editing issues. Jaguar 17:43, 31 March 2014 (UTC)

GA review – see WP:WIAGA for criteria

  1. Is it reasonably well written?
    A. Prose quality:
    B. MoS compliance for lead, layout, words to watch, fiction, and lists:
  2. Is it factually accurate and verifiable?
    A. References to sources:
    It is well referenced.
    B. Citation of reliable sources where necessary:
    C. No original research:
  3. Is it broad in its coverage?
    A. Major aspects:
    B. Focused:
  4. Is it neutral?
    Fair representation without bias:
  5. Is it stable?
    No edit wars, etc:
  6. Does it contain images to illustrate the topic?
    A. Images are copyright tagged, and non-free images have fair use rationales:
    B. Images are provided where possible and appropriate, with suitable captions:
  7. Overall:
    Pass or Fail:

Initial comments[edit]


  • "Cited as one of the greatest British actresses of her generation,[2][3]" - it is in best practise to remove/relocate any references form the lead into the article (per WP:LEAD and most GA articles)
  • Other than this though the whole lead complies per WP:LEAD and meets the GA criteria.

For strong statements like that citations are not out of place in the lead.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:16, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Acting career[edit]

  • "The film was a box office disappointment" - in what way? Was it a failure because it only generated $510,712 or just because the film itself was bad?
Box office disappointment means what it says, a commercial failure without implying a critical failure.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:20, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
  • "She later reprised her role with cameo appearances in the Order of the Phoenix (2007) and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 (2011)" - I wouldn't say these were both cameo roles as her character (Professor Trelawney) was a minor and recurring character in both the books and films
Agreed I think it was more than a cameo and more a minor role.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:20, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Personal life[edit]

  • "In 2003, Thompson and Wise were married in Dunoon." - could this location be explained/linked?
I explain where it is and that it's a holiday home earlier in personal life section..♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:31, 2 April 2014 (UTC)
  • Everything else in this section checks out just fine though.

Filmography, awards and nominations[edit]

  • This section is unreferenced. Possibly a small expansion and at least one reference would make it meet the GA criteria.
Sourced in various places in article but I've added a source to NY Times Awards list.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:31, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

On hold[edit]

This article is nearly flawless as nearly every section meets the GA criteria. The prose is excellent and the only problems I could find were the references in the lead, a few copyediting issues in the 'Acting Career' section and the unreferenced filmography section. Believe me, it took me a long time to read through this article and to do this review but to be honest with you I can't find anything else wrong with it! This is a good thing - I'll put this on hold for at least seven days and once those issues are addressed to this article would become GA in no time! Jaguar 13:43, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

@Jaguar: Appreciate the review and time you took to read it. Hope you enjoyed it. thanks.♦ Dr. Blofeld 12:31, 2 April 2014 (UTC)

Close - promoted[edit]

Sorry for coming late as I've been out all day and night. Yeah I did enjoy the review - the hardest part of it was to spot any flaws in the copyediting but there were next to none as this article is flawless. It would have passed straight away if it was not for those minor issues! Thank you for addressing those points so quickly, this article now has its well deserved GA status. Thank you :) Jaguar 20:35, 2 April 2014 (UTC)