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Friday's Connector: Emma Thompson

August 10th, 2010
08:27 PM ET

Actress Emma Thompson is one of the most popular actresses in the world and is known for both her work in both comedic and dramatic roles.

Emma Thompson is your Connector of the Day.
Emma Thompson is your Connector of the Day.

Thompson is currently viewed as one of Britain's' most celebrated actresses and also has a huge profile on the global stage.

Thompson has played everything from a Jane Austen heroine to an unsightly nanny, but the glitz and the glam have had little impact on her.

Thompson remains as level-headed as the day she first stepped into the limelight.

Growing up in a theatrical household, it didn't take long for Thompson to hone her acting chops.

After a series of stage and television gigs, she went on to star in more than 30 films – including hits such as "Love Actually" and the "Harry Potter" series

Off the screen,  Thompson has been just has influential. In 2007, she established the project "Journey" to bring the brutal issue of child trafficking to light.

Recently, Thompson has added "creenwriting to her list of accomplishments.

This month she is promoting her self-written sequel to Nanny Mcphee - "Lady Mcphee Returns."

Making success look effortless - Emma Thompson is your Connector of the Day.

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  1. arwyn

    I agree with Ms. Thompson. Audrey Hepburn was beautiful had a lovely speaking voice and was generally liked by everyone. But heavy into acting talent – no. She used the same mannerisms in all the characters she played. I believe Ms. Thompson did not intend for her remarks to be mean or belittle Ms. Hepburn, she was just stating a fact that she believes in.

    August 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Reply
  2. Jurgen R. Brul

    Hello Emma Thompsonand CNN friends,

    I would like an answer from Emma Thompsonon the following questions:

    – What is your opinion on Sexual or Pornography Addiction under Teenage Entertainers, Teenage Dads and Teenage Moms?

    – What is your opinion on the way David William Donald Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is handling HIV/AIDS Awareness in the Dark side of the Sexual or Pornography Entertainment Business Industries?

    – What is your opinion on the way David William Donald Cameron, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, is handling the Heroin, Cocaine and Marihuana use in the Dark side of the Sexual or Pornography Entertainment Business Industries?

    I am awaiting Emma Thompson’s replies.

    Greetings,
    Jurgen R. Brul
    Hometown: Paramaribo
    Country: Suriname

    August 10, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  3. Keira

    Hi,

    I'd like to know what has kept her so grounded in a environment that some would describe as 'artificial' (Hollywood)?

    Also, what is her opinion on roles for women over a certain age in Hollywood? Are they in short supply or do you just need to know where to look?

    Thanks,

    Keira
    NY

    August 11, 2010 at 4:22 am | Reply
  4. jeff in Cincinnati

    What's your favorite memory of working on 'Harry Potter'? Had you read the books before you were up for the role? What film would you suggest people see that they are unlikely to have ever heard of?

    August 12, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  5. gary in Alexandria

    No questions. I am just awed by your accomplishments both on and off the stage. Bravo 🙂

    August 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Reply
  6. marlyn from Laos

    to me you are just a great and verstatile actress. i first took notice of you when out of boredom, i went to see a movie and nanny mc phee was on. then i realized you were in the other films that i actually liked! harry potter of course was one of them. but now, its all different (thanks to cnn), i learned more about you besides being an actress. i learned about journey and your theater carreer and now, you are not just that great and versatile actress, you are now that great and versatile actress with depth. thanks for sharing yourself to the world!

    August 12, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  7. P.O. Nwaogu

    The problem is in the terminology ‘marriage’ being applied to what the gays are doing. Marriage relationship has at its background begetting of children even though at times there might be childless marriages but it is a contract between a man and woman to live as husband and wife. Marriage can only be legitimate when a male marries a female. Therefore ‘marriage’ between same sexes is ludicrous. Who among the two will be a husband and who the wife when the two are of the same sex? Please invent another appellation for what the gays are doing and leave us alone. What the gays call marriage and civil authorities are legalizing it is not marriage and it will never be. Governments supporting gay marriages are really going berserk!
    P.O. Nwaogu

    August 16, 2010 at 7:24 am | Reply
  8. Bidule

    @P.O. Nwaogu

    The roots of marriage are linked to women slavery where a father was to sell his daughter to the best offering. So as I understand your conservatism, and your ideology that things should never change, then are you saying that we should consider going back to those ages where women were nothing but merchandises to be sold by the father? You seem to be afraid of some little change in semantics here... Give equal rights to everybody, then we'll think about which words should be in use. Words are not that important, equality of rights for everyone is primordial.

    January 9, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Reply

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