F A S C I N A T I N G F A C T S
Ranked #91 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997]
Educated at Cambridge University, studied English Literature.
Cambridge Footlights Revue (198?) with Hugh Laurie, Stephen Fry.
She co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed Cambridge University's first all-female revue "Woman's Hour" in 1983.
Was named to the Board of Advisors for FAHRENHEIT Theatre Company, Cincinnati's Classical Theatre In Cincinnati, OH.
Her mother is Phyllida Law, who has appeared in several movies with her.
Father is stage director Eric Thompson.
Was originally slated to play the role of "God" in Kevin Smith's Dogma (1999). She was unable to perform due to her pregnancy.
She was initially cast as the lead in Basic Instinct (1992), but refused later on. About Sharon Stone's appearance she said: “As far as I can see, from Sharon Stone's love scene in "Basic Instinct", they molded her body out of tough Plasticine. She was shagging Michael Douglas like a donkey, and not an inch moved. If that had been me, there would have been things flying around hitting me in the eye.”
Speaks French and Spanish fluently.
Lives across the street from her mother and down the street from her sister.
Her brother-in-law is Richard Lumsden, a British actor-comedian.
She was ranked fifth in the 2001 Orange Film Survey of greatest British film actresses.
She is one of the elite eight thespians to have been nominated for both a Supporting and Lead Acting Academy Award in the same year. The other seven are Fay Bainter, Teresa Wright, Jessica Lange, Sigourney Weaver, Al Pacino, Holly Hunter, and Julianne Moore. Holly Hunter recieved her double-nomination in the same year that Thompson did.
Has one song dedicated to her and named after her, on famous French singer Georges Moustaki's album, "Moustaki", released in 2003.
She is the only person to have won Academy awards for both acting and writing. She won Best Actress for Howard's End, and Best Adapted Screenplay for Sense and Sensibility
Accepted the role of Professor Trelawny in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) to impress her daughter, Gaia.
Shares birthday with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) co-star Emma Watson.