Emma Thompson (Mrs. Lincoln/Sarafine) is one of today’s most honored talents for her work as both an actress and a screenwriter. In 1993, she swept the Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award, and BAFTA Award for her role in the Merchant Ivory drama Howards End. The following year, Thompson earned dual Oscar® and Golden Globe nominations: for Best Actress in James Ivory’s The Remains of the Day, and for Best Supporting Actress in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father.
In 1996, Thompson again garnered dual Academy Award®nominations, receiving a nod for her role in Ang Lee’s Sense and Sensibility and winning the Oscar® for her screenplay, adapted from the book by Jane Austen.
In 2012, Thompson starred in Pixar’s animated Brave, and Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black 3. She also completed filming on the romantic comedy caper Love Punch, opposite Pierce Brosnan, and Saving Mr. Banks, with Tom Hanks and Paul Giamatti, set for release December 20, 2013.
Thompson is chair of the Helen Bamber Foundation, a U.K.-based human rights organization, co-curating the interactive art installation “Journey,” on its behalf. She is also an ambassador for the international development agency ActionAid, addressing the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to sweep across Africa, and has served as president of the Teaching Awards since 2010.